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Saturday, 21 October 2017

The European Commission has released €40 million in emergency humanitarian assistance to South Sudan in the wake of recent clashes in the country. The donation, the Commission said in a statement, brings to €103 million its total support for the young nation for 2016. An outbreak of violence in the young nation early this month has displaced more than 40,000 people, agencies said, as the renewed fighting threatens peace and stability. "The recent deadly escalation of hostilities in South Sudan is extremely worrying and threatens the very fragile situation in the country. The EU stands by those most in need caught up in the conflict.

The European Commission is providing additional humanitarian assistance to help address the worsening situation in the Lake Chad region. Today the European Commission has announced an additional €12.5 million in humanitarian aid to support people in Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon as they face a deteriorating humanitarian crisis. Today's additional emergency assistance will help vulnerable populations in the Lake Chad region. €9 million will be provided to support people in Nigeria, €2 million in Cameroon and €1.5 million in Niger.

The Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston Recovery Project is calling for proposals to improve the production and trading capabilities of agriculture, forestry and aquaculture farmers whose local and export trade has been adversely affected. IRP is managed by the Pacific Community (SPC) and funded by the European Union. The EU has provided around $4.6m to support recovery efforts through the IRP project.

The UN and EU are serious about supporting Government's initiative of leaving no one behind. UN resident co-ordinator Osnat Lubrani made the comment during the launch of a report on leadership training and dialogue for the people of Rotuma. Launching the report, President Jioji Konrote, said capacity building initiative on leadership for the island's chiefs, women and youths was the first of its kind.

Britain's vote to leave the European Union has left much of the global development community wondering what this will mean for the U.K.'s role as a global leader in international aid and development. It also raises issues about the implications for the Global Fund's Fifth Replenishment. As soon as the results of the vote were known, the pound sterling plummeted, dropping almost 10% against the US dollar, its lowest level since 1985 (see figure). As well, $2 trillion was wiped off world markets in a flurry of panic.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Industrialised countries have not respected their commitment to allocate 0.7% of their gross national income (GNI) to development. This failure has cost poor countries €1.8 billion since 2002, according to a new report. EurActiv Germany reports. By adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, UN member states committed to working to end poverty, hunger and inequality by 2030. The SDGs were also designed to promote education and sustainable ways of life. International leaders will meet this week to adopt the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

Thursday, 04 August 2016

In East Africa, the government of Rwanda has received a grant from Belgium within the framework of improving access to reliable on grid electricity services for households and public priority institutions. Government intends to apply a portion of the funds to eligible payments under the contract for the supply of electrical material and accessories for power lines. Bidding will be conducted in accordance with the law No 05/2013 of 13/02/2013 modifying and complementing the Law No 12/2007 of 27/03/2007 on public procurement.

Tanzania has secured a $110-million soft loan from Poland to establish a tractor assembling factory that will enhance the agriculture sector, the government has confirmed. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Adelhem Meru, said the factory, which is expected to be constructed in Kibaha, would take-off before the next financial year. "The construction will start soon and we expect to produce about 2,400 tractors annually for local consumption and sell to other East African countries," he said at the Tanzania- Poland Business Forum that brought together various investors.

Monday, 01 August 2016

The European Union will be directing more funds to the government for Post TC Winston Rehabilitation works. This was confirmed to FBC News by Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation for the Pacific, Christoph Wagner. “For us this is an opportunity to help Fiji very quickly so first we redirect assisting funds and have worked with partners like with the Pacific Community and then we will mobilize additional funds and some of these went through humanitarian aid which also came in quickly and other is also more in longer terms.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

The European Investment Bank has agreed to support a new lending initiative by Bank of Kigali to back private sector investment across Rwanda. The European Investment Bank will provide EUR 28 million (RWF 24 billion) alongside EUR 28 million being provided by Bank of Kigali for the nationwide programme. This represents the first Rwandan operation under the European Investment Bank’s second East and Central Africa Private Finance Facility, a EUR 230 million regional lending scheme that supports private sector investment in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo.