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Meeting report for ‘Effective SRHR Messaging in Changing Times’ workshop published

The meeting was organised in September 2018 by one of Share-Net’s Communities of Practice consisting of Rutgers, Amref Flying Doctors, RNW Media, AFEW International, and individual member Doortje Braeken. The report contains the full summary of all the discussions and the key takeaways from the three workshops:

Workshop 1 - Reframing language: how to reach the wider public with your message?

  • Key lessons: Identify values to create commonalities; tell the whole story; identify words that work, and do not hide the perpetrators; and find out how to work together as a community.

Workshop 2 - How to talk about sensitive topics within communities?

  • Key lessons: Practice active listening, give respect and compassion; know what you need to ask to the communities and then ask to understand their values; and how do you protect and support people who stick their neck out? 

Workshop 3 - Lobby messages towards conservative governments: fight or unite?

  • Key lessons: Analyze what can be learned from positive stories; establishing solidarity between CSOs, the human rights movement, women’s movement, etc; and build bigger coalitions around shared values 

Newsletter - Share-Net

Netherlands Global health

EU advances plans for next R&D spending program with 'trilogue' discussion

EU discussions continue on defining sector-specific details for Horizon Europe, the proposed 2021-2027 EU research and innovation program. Negotiators from the EU Council and European Parliament meet this week for the opening 'trilogue' discussion to agree on how money will be spent. While the Parliament has set its stance on Horizon Europe, the Council has only partly agreed on an official position. Agreement on the rest is expected to take place during the EU Competitiveness Council meeting in February 2019.

According to a draft agenda for this week’s trilogue, five issues will kick off the discussion: the structure of the program; defense research; widening participation measures to improve participation of newer EU countries; ensuring open access to research results; and ethics.

Draft document – Politico EU

Dutch Parliament approves increase of €5 million for WHO to fight TB

The Dutch Parliament has approved an amendment for a one-off increase of €5 million (US$5.5 million) for the World Health Organisation to help introduce new diagnostics and treatments for TB at the country level. The amendment was introduced by the four coalition parties of the government and also received support from a majority among the opposition.

This political support has evolved on the strength of MP Anne Kuik stepping up as a TB Ambassador (after signing the Global TB Caucus Barcelona Declaration), the Dutch co-hosting a high-level TB/HIV side event on the morning of the UN HLM on TB, and Dutch leadership around the AIDS2018 Conference, the TB2018 pre-conference, and the Union Conference in The Hague in 2018. 

Amendment text - Dutch Parliament (in Dutch)

Netherlands Global health

UK improving preparedness for humanitarian disaster through technology

UK development minister Penny Mordaunt has stated that the UK is improving its preparedness for humanitarian disaster by harnessing technology to better predict where disasters will strike. One in every 70 people worldwide is caught up in a humanitarian crisis, with that number expected to climb, and the humanitarian sector is now the largest area of bilateral development assistance worldwide. 

UK satellite and supercomputer technology are enabling the government to have some of the most accurate weather forecasts in the world and being used to help families, communities, and governments prepare for El Niño, which could affect up to 25 countries. The UK also made available an additional £34 million (US$45.8 million) of funding for the United Nations Central Emergency Relief Fund in December 2018, and provided £1 million (US$1.3 million) to the World Health Organisation’s Early Warning Alert and Response System (EWARS) to prevent the spread of threatening infectious diseases among the 800,000 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Press release – UK government 

United Kingdom Global health

UK welcomes Independent Expert Panel Report on UNAIDs and pushes for new leadership

The UK government has thrown its support behind the recently published Independent Expert Panel Report into UNAIDS that highlights how badly managed harassment, including sexual harassment, and bullying have been dealt with within the organization. The UK, as outgoing chair of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, successfully managed to get the Board to agree to initiate the recruitment of a new executive director. The current executive director, Michel Sidibé, stepped down in response to the findings from the panel and the Board's decision.

Report - Independent Expert Panel

Press release - UK government 

United Kingdom Global health

Italy supports Lake Chad Region with €8.4 million contribution

In the Lake Chad region over 10 million people are facing severe hardship, malnutrition, and hunger, with an urgent need for health services. An emergency relief package worth €8.4 million (US$9.3 million) has been issued by Italy to support the Lake Chad region countries of Niger, Nigeria, Chad, and Cameroon. Emanuela del Re, the Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, has confirmed that funds will be used to improve food security, access to water, and development in rural areas, as well as to deliver medicine and health-care kits.

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Italy Agriculture Global health

Spain's development secretary meets with global health think tank ISGlobal in Barcelona

The Spanish Secretary of State for International Co-operation and Ibero-America Juan Pablo de Laiglesia visited the global health think tank Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) to discuss current collaborations and explore future efforts. Laiglesia highlighted the current government of Spain’s commitment to fight against malaria and Chagas disease, as well as his intention to maintain a partnership with ISGlobal to advance the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. 

Press release – ISGlobal

Spain Global health

UK to spend £38 million using UK satellite technology to address development challenges

The UK government will spend £38 million (US$51 million) of its development assistance budget to support ten new projects that will use satellite technology to help address global health, agriculture, and prevention of environmental disasters in developing countries. The projects are part of the UK Government Space Agency’s International Partnership Program, which is fully funded by UK official development assistance (ODA) as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) run by the UK’s Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

The projects selected for 2018 include an early warning system for dengue fever in Vietnam and a project aimed at helping smallholder coffee farmers in Kenya and Rwanda to improve their crop quality and yield.  A further round of calls for projects will take place early next year.

News article – Devex

UK Parliament’s International Development Committee launches inquiry into progress on supporting SDGs

The UK Parliament’s International Development Committee has launched a new inquiry into the UK’s progress in supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its overseas work through the Department for International Development and other government departments. In July 2019 the UK government will present its Voluntary National Review to the UN detailing the progress it has made towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since their adoption in September 2015. The deadline for written evidence is February 1, 2019.

Inquiry homepage - UK Parliament 

Italy supports UNFPA with €3 million for maternal mortality reduction in Somalia

Italy has announced a contribution to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) of €3 million (US$3 million) to support the work on maternal mortality reduction in Somalia. The contribution will significantly contribute to enhance the health of women and children and will directly go to strengthen reproductive health services and family planning, as well as improving access to services for certain parts of the population. Part of the funding will also be used to strengthen capacity in key hospitals. 

Press release - UNFPA Somalia 

Italy Global health