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EU and partners launch call for health research proposals in African countries

The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership (EDCTP), the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), and the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) have launched a call for proposals for implementation research on health in African countries. The call aims to strengthen capacity for implementation research conducted through close collaboration between researchers and national disease programs. Diseases covered include malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhea, lower respiratory tract infections, yellow fever, and neglected tropical diseases.

 Only WHO African Region residents are eligible to apply.

Website – EDCTP

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Sweden hosts new land rights institution for indigenous peoples

Together with the Ford Foundation, the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) has launched ‘The Tenure Facility’, a new global institute that focuses on land rights issues for local communities and indigenous peoples. It will support local organizations and is based on a four year pilot project funded jointly by Sida and the Ford Foundation in Indonesia, Mali, Peru, Cameroon, Liberia, and Panama. The Facility officially started on October 3rd and will be located in Stockholm, Sweden.  

Press release – Sida (in Swedish)

News report – Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish)

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World Bank devotes World Development Report 2018 to education

The World Development Report 2018 focuses on poor learning outcomes in developing countries and how to address them. The report, produced annually by the World Bank, is the first to be devoted solely to education. 'LEARNING to Realize Education’s Promise' details three main messages and recommends policy actions to address them:

  • 'Schooling is not the same as learning'.
  • 'Schooling without learning is not just a wasted opportunity, but a great injustice'.
  • 'There is nothing inevitable about low learning in low- and middle-income countries'.

Publication - World Bank

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Norwegian foreign ministry highlights need to connect ODA to national investments

At the Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) event during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende highlighted the need to connect ODA to national investments through, for example, the Global Financing Facility (GFF). The GFF is a key financing platform to support the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. Melinda Gates and Canada’s Minister of Development, Marie-Claude Bibeau, also encouraged an increase of contributions to the financing mechanism, which matches every US$1 donation with US$4 from the World Bank's International Development Fund. 

60 countries and over 150 organizations have contributed US$27 billion to the GFF, with the private sector contributing 25% of necessary commitments. Norway is GFF's largest contributor, having pledged US$600 million for the 2016-2020 funding period.

Press release - Norwegian Government (in Norwegian)

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Norwegian prime minister highlights education at UN General Assembly

In a statement made at the high-level side event on education at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Prime Minister Erna Solberg highlighted three factors Norway considers most important for investing in high-quality education for sustainable growth:

  • national ownership and responsibility for education;
  • inclusive and innovative education, including minorities and the poorest;
  • increased finance for education, bridging the gap between humanitarian assistance and long-term development cooperation.

Solberg further encouraged donors to support the Norwegian co-founded Education Cannot Wait fund, as well as the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).

Press release – Norwegian Government

News article - Bistandsaktuelt (in Norwegian)

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Norwegian foreign ministry and Norad present new research strategy

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norad have presented a newly developed research strategy, which aims to ensure systematic and targeted research efforts for the two organizations. The strategy champions research as the basis of policy development and decisions, and emphasizes the importance of international research cooperation and contributions to global knowledge in priority areas.

Four areas of research will be prioritized:

  • Security policy, specifically regarding the North and Russia
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Development and development assistance

Website - Norwegian Government (in Norwegian)

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Action Against Hunger releases report on new financing mechanisms and nutrition

Action Against Hunger (ACF) released a report with the title “Emerging Financing Mechanisms: Where is the Value for Nutrition?”. The report explores how new financing mechanisms, with a specific focus on the Global Financing Facility (GFF), can help fill the gaps in nutrition financing. The report provides a landscape of nutrition financing and analyzes the specific experiences of the GFF. It also highlights opportunities for civil society and provides recommendations for the World Bank, high-burden countries, and donors.

Report – Action Against Hunger

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Boris Johnson calls special meeting of foreign ministers on Rohingya crisis

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson hosted a ministerial meeting on the Rohingya crisis on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. The meeting included ministers from Canada, Denmark, Turkey, Australia, Indonesia, Sweden, Bangladesh, the US ambassador to the UN, and a representative of the EU.

France, Australia, and the UK all urged Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi to push for an end to military violence against Rohingya Muslims. Burmese national security adviser Thaung Tun, who was present at the meeting, confirmed that those who had fled could return, but the process had to be “discussed”.

News article - Reuters 

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French Minister of Foreign Affairs announces key priorities for UNGA

French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, held a press conference in New York where he listed the core priorities for France during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) this week. Among other issues such as terrorism and multilateralism, Le Drian listed development and Official Development Assistance (ODA), focusing specifically on climate, education, gender, and fragile African states as key issues that France will bring up during UNGA. He also mentioned President Emmanuel Macron’s pledge to spend 0.55% of Gross National Income (GNI) on ODA by 2022 as a testament to France’s commitment to international development. Further, he announced that France will present the matter of security and development in the Sahel to the UN Security Council during the French presidency next month. 

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in French)

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Sweden will fulfill ODA target of 1% of GNI in 2018 budget

The Swedish government has announced that it will present the supplemental budget for 2017 and the budget bill for 2018 to parliament on September 20, 2017. The FY2018 budget will include the largest Swedish development budget to date: The government will add SEK500 million (US$59.3 million) for ODA, while the current ODA funding allocated for asylum seekers is estimated to decrease, from SEK8.1 billion (US$961 million) for FY2017 to SEK2.8 billion (US$332 million) in the FY2018 budget. This is the lowest level in 10 years. As a result, the ODA share of gross national income (GNI) will grow from 0.99% to 1%.

The additional ODA budget will primarily be allocated to the following areas: 

  • humanitarian assistance
  • sustainable development
  • climate change
  • peace and human rights
  •  sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)
  • gender equality
  • fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Agenda 2030

Press release - Swedish government (in Swedish)

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