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Friday, 20 October 2017

The cost of disaster is critical in determining the support and impact on countries and the Federated States of Micronesia has been struggling to determine the full cost of Typhoons Maysak and Dolphin in 2015 and the recent crippling drought. To support this process, a Post Disasters Needs Assessment training is being conducted for disaster experts from the four states of FSM — Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap. The training which begins today in Colonia, Yap, is supported by the Pacific Community or SPC and the European Union through the ACP-EU Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific project.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

The European Commission today proposed to set up a new European External Investment Plan (EIP) to encourage investment in Africa and the EU Neighbourhood, strengthen partnerships and contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Announcing the initiative, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, said: “If we look at the Middle East and Africa, we see regions with a huge potential that is being held back by war, poverty, the lack of infrastructure, and weak governance. Our European Union is already the first donor worldwide: we invest more in development cooperation than the rest of the world combined.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Foreign envoys accredited to Rwanda have reaffirmed their countries' commitment to supporting refugees in the country. The pledge was made on Thursday as nine ambassadors and high commissioners from US, Canada, Kenya, Egypt, United Kingdom, Belgium, European Union, Germany, and South Korea, toured Mahama refugee camp in Kirehe District, home to 50, 013 Burundian refugees. The tour was organised by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in collaboration with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Renewable energy projects across the world received funding worth $6 billion in 2015 from multilateral banks, a recent report has revealed. The World Bank, The European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) provided a total of $25 billion in climate finance across the world. Around 20% of this investment (i.e., $5 billion) went into adaptation projects, while the remaining 80% was invested into mitigation projects.

The most vulnerable of the urban population in Lagos are among beneficiaries of a N4 billion loan procured by the Lagos Government. Part of the loan is meant for enhancing the management and treatment of solid waste as well as strengthening the capacities of the State Government to implement integrated urban development projects. Details of the projects released by Hugo Pierrel, the Acting Country Director, of the Agence Francaise de Developement, AFD, (French Agency for Development), as part of its annual report also indicates that there was another loan of $33 million for an Ogun State Urban Water Supply Project, targeted at increasing the coverage steadiness and the quality of water supply in the State capital (Abeokuta).

At present, over 31 million Africans are migrants who live outside the country of their birth, the majority within the African continent itself. In 2015, about 14% of arrivals in Europe were African migrants. Several migrant related events in recent years, most notably perhaps the April 2015 shipwreck that claimed the lives of 800 Africans off the coast of Italy, have significantly raised the discourse on migration to centre stage in both public and political arenas, leading to the Valletta Euro-Africa Summit in November 2015.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Netherlands has unveiled a Euro 3,5 million ($3,9 million) fund to mitigate the effects of the El Nino induced drought through a number of strategies including providing crop and livestock inputs in the affected areas. A total of seven non-governmental organisations namely; Plan International Zimbabwe, Terres De Homes, World Vision, International Rescue committee, Cordaid and ICCO/Act-Alliance have joined hands under Zimbabwe Joint Drought Response (ZIMJR) Initiative to implement the project.

The St. Peter's Church Aided High School of England has donated maize worth K2 million to nearly 400 families of Sub-Traditional Authority (STA) Chitanthamapiri in Kasungu. The donation follows media reports on how badly the area had been affected by the dry spell most parts of the country experienced during the 2015/2016 growing season. The area under Chitanthamapiri's jurisdiction received almost no rain the past season resulting into complete loss of every crop the subjects had sown.

On a tour of Senegal, Niger and Rwanda, German Development Minister Gerd Müller repeated his call for a Marshall Plan for Africa. But is a post-World War II-style recovery program realistic or even necessary? Gerd Müller makes his way on foot across the arid field in Cayar, a small town in Senegal. After a few steps, he reaches the greener part of the field, which is being irrigated with the help of a solar-powered pump funded by Germany's development ministry. The irrigation has increased the farmer's crop yield and he is understandably delighted.

François Hollande has announced an increase to France’s official development assistance budget for 2017, putting an end to several consecutive years of funding cuts. EurActiv France reports. “France must set the example on development assistance,” the president told an assembly of French ambassadors at a meeting in Paris on Tuesday (30 August). With negotiations on France’s 2017 finance bill looming on the horizon, Hollande promised to increase France’s development spending, which has suffered year-on-year cuts since he began his mandate in 2012.