EU commits US$29 million to victims of conflict in Nigeria

The EU committed a new emergency assistance package of €27 million (US$29 million) to support millions of people affected by the conflict in Nigeria’s Lake Chad region. European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič, announced the commitment while visiting the region which is under the influence of armed groups.

Roughly 8 million people in Nigeria are currently in need of humanitarian assistance. The EU’s funding will help to provide food, access to clean water and sanitation facilities, shelter, basic health services, and education for children.
Press release - European Commission

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Canada funds development projects supporting women in Morocco

During a visit to Morocco, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Philippe Champagne, announced CA$14 million (US$10 million) in funding for development projects in the country. The projects target women’s economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, and sustainable economic development.

Champagne promised CA$8 million (US$6 million) over five years, to be spent on efforts to integrate women into economic activities related to growing rosemary and cedar. Programs will promote egalitarian relationships within households, literacy, and business skills development.

An additional CA$6 million (US$4 million), disbursed over 5 years, will go toward empowering women through sustainable entrepreneurship by creating profitable economic enterprises and labor market opportunities.

Press release - Global Affairs Canada

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Japan to support establisment of 50 girls’ schools in Pakistan

Director-General of South Asian Development for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Shohei Hara, announced during a visit to the Sindh province of Pakistan that the two governments will start work soon on establishing 50 schools for girls in Sindh. JICA will also help upgrade the Liaquat University of Medical Science (LUMS) Jamshoro.

Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah indicated the need to improve technical education in the region, and Hara noted that “JICA would extend assistance to Sindh province for a number of projects in education, technical education, livestock, and other sectors."

JICA has been cooperating with the government of Sindh since the 1980s and has overseen the completion of many projects, including the Jamshoro Thermal Power Plant, Indus Highway, and other livestock sector projects.

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Australian parliamentarians visit Bangladesh, coinciding with development policy review

Five members of Australia's parliament visited Bangladesh this week to learn about their country's development programs and the impact that Australian development assistance is having on marginalized groups in Bangladesh. This visit coincides with the upcoming review of Australia's international development policy.

Parliamentarians from both major parties visited refugee facilities in Cox's Bazaar- and Gavi-supported women's projects in Dhaka. Senator Kristina Keneally told reporters that the experience made her reflect on how Australia could "do more".

The visits to Bangladesh and other countries in East Asia and the Pacific were facilitated by Save the Children Australia with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Japan strengthens education partnerships in Kenya to support science, technology, innovation in Africa at large

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Headquarters Senior Vice President, Dr. Nobuko Kayashima, reinforced Japan's support for the development of human resources in science, technology, and innovation (STI) in Africa and for advancing partnerships between Kenya and Japan. The announcement was made during a visit to the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). Kayashima noted that previous collaborations have strengthened the linkage between academia and industry, and expressed support for further partnerships that connect the two sectors.

Through the 'African Union-African Innovation-JKUAT and PAUSTI Network' (AFRICA-ai-JAPAN) project, Japan and JKUAT have worked together to strengthen STI in Africa. The initiative has made JKUAT a top-class university in the region, especially in agriculture, science, and engineering.

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Oxfam Netherlands publishes report on global inequality ahead of World Economic Forum

Ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Dutch NGO Oxfam Novib published a report on the world's extreme wealth inequality. The report, titled 'Time to Care', puts economic disparities in stark terms, noting that "in 2019, the world’s billionaires, only 2,153 people, had more wealth than 4.6 billion people", and that the total wealth of the world's 22 richest men is equivalent to the wealth of all African women combined.

The report focuses on gendered economic inequality and dives, as well, into the issue of taxation systems. In particular, Oxfam observes that the Netherlands remains a tax heaven, costing developing countries 100 billion annually: money that could be invested in health and education. 

Time to Care - Oxfam Novib

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Canada announces US$33 million for seven development projects in Sudan and Mozambique

Canada has announced CA$44 million (US$33 million) in funding for seven projects on women’s economic empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, access to education, trade, and mitigation of the impacts of the 2019 cyclones Idai and Kenneth. These projects in Sudan and Mozambique were announced after Rob Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, concluded a seven-day trip to the region.

The projects include: 

  1. Mozambican rural women’s and girls’ participatory economic empowerment, CAD$18 million (US$14 million) over 5 years: This project will foster economic empowerment for rural women in Mozambique and stimulate agri-food production through experimental agroforestry and climate-smart agriculture training;
  2. Combat absenteeism and barriers to education, CAD$15 million (US$11 million) over 5 years: This project will work to combat absenteeism and barriers to education for girls in Mozambique;
  3. Action for girls and young women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in Mozambique, CAD$10 million (US$8 million) over 5 years: This project aims to improve gender equality in Mozambique by promoting adolescent girls' sexual and reproductive health and rights;
  4. Advancing sexual and reproductive health in Cabo Delgado, CAD$250,000 (US$190,000): This project focuses on sexual and reproductive health in Cabo Delgado and will assist the Government of Mozambique in providing better services in areas affected by Cyclone Kenneth;
  5. Mozambique recovery facility, CAD$250,000 (US$190,000): Through this project, the Government of Mozambique will be provided with assistance for planning and coordinating necessary reconstruction after Cyclone Idai;
  6. Reducing Mozambique’s high trade costs, CAD$250,000 (US$190,000): This project will focus on the unfavourable trade environment in Mozambique, working to identify key interventions that could reduce in-country trade costs and trade-related inefficiencies along the Beira and Nacala corridors; and
  7. Supporting gender integration into policy planning at the Sudanese Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, CAD$50,000 (US$38,000): This project will support gender integration in policy planning at the Sudanese Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare. 

Press release - Global Affairs Canada

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Australian photojournalist illustrates health crisis in neighboring Papua New Guinea

Award-winning photojournalist Alex Ellinghausen has outlined health challenges in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the key role of Australian government assistance and NGO programs. 

Documenting a visit to PNG with members of Australia's federal parliament, Ellinghausen emphasized the ongoing tuberculosis and nutrition problems affecting PNG's children. He also wrote on the improving situation for girls’ education and the programs addressing gender-based violence.

News article - Sydney Morning Herald

Study examines dependency of Kiribati education initiatives on Australian assistance

A study examining the dependency of Kiribati on Australian assistance has been published in the scientific journal Wiley. The study focuses in particular on the Australian-funded Kiribati Education Facility program to include children with disabilities in school programs, which has generated significant improvements in the access of disabled children to school. There is concern that these inclusive education initiatives would not surivive without continued funding from Australia, which is in danger of being cut if the government were to change its developing funding priorities.

'Dependency on Australian aid and the introduction of inclusive education initiatives in Kiribati' - Wiley Online Library

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European Commission announces US$321 million in new funding for development in Morocco

The European Commission adopted new bilateral cooperation programs worth €289 million (US$321 million) to support Morocco on reforms and inclusive development. The new bilateral cooperation financing was accompanied by an additional €102 million (US$113 million) in budget support for border management through the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

The total of €389 million (US$432 million) in funding is intended to help contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth in Morocco while also fighting smuggling networks and protecting migrant victims. The development funding is aimed at improving access for vulnerable people to education and vocational training; strengthening the health sector; improving public administration performance; strengthening protections for human rights; and providing institutional support for the Moroccan Parliament.
Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, said in a statement announcing the funding that shared challenges give rise to the need for deeper EU cooperation with Africa. 
Press release - European Commission

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