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UK announces largest development assistance commitment to support climate resilience in Africa

The UK secretary of state for international development, Rory Stewart, has announced £250 million (US$321 million) in grants to tackle climate change in Africa over the next five years. The funding, the UK's largest direct commitment on climate, will ensure UK expertise can help developing countries in Africa become more climate-resilient and move away from fossil fuels onto cleaner energy sources.

The announcement was made during Stewart’s trip to Kenya. On the trip, he also committed an extra £4 million (US$5 million) in UK development assistance to help prevent malnutrition and the threat of starvation for those living off arid lands in Kenya.

Press release – DFID

South Korea and UNICEF talk women's and children's health at policy consultation

South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs held an annual policy consultation meeting with UNICEF to discuss areas of cooperation to enhance the human rights of women and children worldwide. They discussed South Korea’s role in the UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited initiative, a partnership to implement South Korea’s Action with Women and Peace initiative, and humanitarian assistance to North Korea to improve North Korean children’s health and nutrition.

Press release – MOFA (in Korean)

WaterAid calls on UK leadership to address global water and sanitation crisis

The UK-based NGO WaterAid has called upon the UK government to do more to address the global water and sanitation crisis.

Writing on the parliamentary news website, PoliticsHome, WaterAid’s Advocacy Co-ordinator Bethan Twigg argued that the UK needs to scale up its investment in water and sanitation, which accounted for just 2% of its bilateral official development assistance in 2017. Twigg also called for the UK to ensure its support for water and sanitation is better integrated across all its programming. Access to clean water, basic sanitation, and proper hygiene, according to Twigg, is the most basic foundation for the type of upward mobility that all types of projects across different development agendas see as an ultimate goal.

Editorial- PoliticsHome

Norway announces record-high 2019 funding to UN organizations

The Norwegian government is increasing its core contribution to the UN and providing an all-time-high contribution to six UN organizations. The contributions are as follows:

  • UNICEF: NOK 1 billion (US$126 million)
  • UNDP: NOK 615 million (US$74 million)
  • UNFPA: NOK 530 million (US$6 million)
  • UN Women: NOK 100 million (US$12 million)
  • UNHCR: NOK 380 million (US$46 million)
  • WFP: NOK 300 million (US$36 million).

These are the highest contributions Norway has given to these organizations collectively. The Norwegian government expects the funds to be spent in an efficient and transparent manner.

Press release - Norweigan government

G20 leaders adopt joint declaration on global issues in Osaka

The G20 representatives adopted the 'G20 Osaka Leaders' Declaration', consisting of fives sections which cover a variety of global urgent issues: 

  1. Global economy;
  2. Fostering robust global economic growth;
  3. Global finance anti-corruption;
  4. Creating a virtuous cycle of growth by addressing inequalities;
  5. Realizing an inclusive and sustainable world.

The declaration also discusses pressing issues in global health, particularly the urgent need for universal health coverage(UHC) and a cooperative effort to address antimicrobial resistance. Further discussion will take place at the G20 health ministers' meeting in October 2019.

Press release - G20

South Korea puts US$6 million towards Sri Lankan project to support vulnerable populations

South Korea's Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has agreed to allocate US$6 million from 2019 to 2022 towards a project entitled 'Resilience building against recurrent natural shocks through climate adaptation and diversification of livelihoods for vulnerable communities in Sri Lanka'. Prioritizing better access to clean drinking water and the provision of various technical trainings, this project aims to increase income levels and living standards for some of the most vulnerable households in the country across five different districts.

News article – Daily Mirror

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DevelopmentAid opens registration for donor network

DevelopmentAid, a membership organization and data provider for individuals and organizations in the international development sector, has recently opened the registration for donors in its network. Donors with DevelopmentAid can publish calls in the funding database to an audience of 100,000 entities and over 66,000 development professionals.

DevelopmentAid services include:

  • Donor analysis for monitoring investments made by every donor per sector, region, and type of contract

  • Tender tracking services for keeping up to date with upcoming development projects from multilateral organizations, bilateral donors, development banks, government agencies, and more

  • Recruitment tools to identify candidates that meet TOR requirements

  • Consortia building solutions for finding partners with relevant references and project experience

  • Due diligence system for candidate filtering

Donor registration - DevelopmentAid

Informational brochure - DevelopmentAid

Norway, Germany, and Ghana initiate cross-sectoral action plan to achieve SDG 3

Norway’s Prime Minister, the German chancellor, and the President of Ghana initiated a cross-sectoral action plan to achieve SDG3, ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages. The plans will be presented at the UN General Assembly in September, 2019. 

Report - Government website (in Norwegian)

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Norway launches action plan for sustainable food production systems

Five Norwegian ministers launched the government’s action plan for sustainable food production systems within the spheres of Norwegian foreign and development policies from 2019 to 2023. The plan emphasizes four different areas (food production, value creation and markets, nutrition and diet, policies and governance) that are to become the focus of Norway in its development work, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa.                                                        

Action plan– Government website (in Norwegian)

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African, European leaders commit to use agriculture to achieve sustainable development at third AU-EU agriculture ministerial conference

Leaders met in Rome on June 21, 2019, for the third African Union-European Union agriculture ministerial conference on the theme of ‘Promoting sustainable regional agri-food value chains’. Ministers discussed the importance of the agricultural sector in promoting nutrition and income security, and for encouraging rural development.

Attending ministers committed to intensifying the cooperation on sustainable agriculture, rural development, and sustainable food systems through the initiatives provided for in the Action Agenda alongside the conference declaration, and will seek to coordinate additional state-level actions.

Event website - European Commission

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