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Sunday, 04 December 2016

Water for Growth-Rwanda programme, was launched on Thursday to improve the management of water resources in the country. The four-year joint initiative between Rwanda and the Netherlands, comes at a time when the government is devising means to mitigate effects of climate change, which includes water resources management challenges, according to Ministry of Natural Resources. The programme was launched in Muhanga District, where hundreds of residents joined national and international dignitaries to plant bamboo along River Miguramo to combat riverbank erosion.

The Swedish Government has provided K264 million for the rehabilitation of Kariba Dam to save the dam from collapsing and ensure power generation for Zambia and Zimbabwe. And Kariba Dam has recorded an increase in water levels to 15 percent from 12 percent observed at the beginning of March. According to a report in Swedish Development Today publication, Swedish embassy deputy head of mission David Wiking said the deal could be concluded in June and that the assistance will come to Zambia through Sweden’s development arm – Swedish Development Aid (SIDA).

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

On 18 February, 2016, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), together with co-partners SIDA (Sweden) and DANIDA (Denmark) launched a new Land Tenure Support Programme. The UK’s contribution is £ 4.74M, SIDA £3.0M and DANIDA £1.125M. The Land Tenure Support Programme will support the Government of Tanzania (...) to make information on land records and processes of land allocation publicly available, and clarify and address current constraints to protecting legitimate land claims. Ultimately, these measures are expected to strengthen security of tenure, contributing to growth in agricultural production and more and better-planned investment in urban infrastructure, including housing.

The Government of Sierra Leone and the World Bank today signed a US$40 million credit agreement to support smallholder commercialization and agribusiness development in Sierra Leone. The project is co-financed by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) with an additional US$15 million making the total project funding of US$55 million. The project was approved by the World Bank Board of Executive Directors on February 18, 2016 and will run until May 31, 2021. The Smallholder Commercialization and Agribusiness Development project will promote smallholder commercialization by fostering productive business linkages between smallholder farmers and selected agribusiness firms and other commodity off-takers in Sierra Leone.

A UK-backed Caribbean infrastructure investment scheme became operational last week, offering £300m worth of grants for infrastructure across the region until March 2020. The fund was announced by prime minister David Cameron last September as his first visit to Jamaica in 14 years began with calls for Britain to pay billions of pounds in reparations for its role in the slave trade. The funds, announced in the first leg of his two-day visit, will be delivered by the UK’s Department for International Development and support the construction of vital new infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, in hopes of driving economic growth and development across the region.

An Italian engineering company has been reported to the OECD because the dam it is building is set to destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people in Kenya and Ethiopia. Survival International (SI)‚ a global movement for the rights of tribal peoples‚ reported engineering giant Salini to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development over the construction of the dam‚ which has cut off the Omo River’s regular flooding‚ which 100‚000 people rely on to water their crops and livestock.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

A workshop for launching the local development plan (LDP) and the restoration of the standard of living (RSL) took place on Thursday 04 February 2016 in Bertoua. Two programmes of the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) of the Lom Pangar Hydroelectric Project (LPHP) constitute the pillars of the Lom Pangar Hydroelectric Project, in the Eastern region. The first is linked to the social aspect and the second is associated with the construction of the infrastructures. They were implemented on Friday 05 February 2016 by the Dutch development company (SNV) with whom Electricity Development Corporation (EDC) concluded service contracts for the project management, signed on 20 October 2015 in Yaoundé.

The Rector of the AUF (Francophone University Association), Mr Jean-Paul de Gaudemar, and the Minister of National Education for the Ivory Coast, Mrs Kandia Camara signed a funding agreement for the M-learning project on 11 February 2016. Based on a platform of training and tablets connected to the Internet, M-learning is aimed at strengthening  the initial and on-going training of primary and middle school teachers. 600 primary and 400 middle school teachers are involved in 6 regions of the country. M-learning was selected within the framework of a call for projects launched by the AUF and the French Development Agency (AFD) in 2015.

Friday, 19 February 2016

The Manager and Senior Technical Advisor, Daniel Opwonya explaining to the Uganda National Meteorological Authority, (UNMA) and the German International Cooperation (GIZ) staff members about the newly installed weather stations in Entebbe, Kampala on Thursday, 11, February, 2016. The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) has started the installations of automatic weather stations in Kampala. Twenty weather stations are to be installed in various districts with the first phase seeing 12 being installed in February and eight in the second phase. The installation is aimed at improving the provision and utilization of targeted meteorological products by strengthening both product generation in terms of quality, quantity and flow of information.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Women make up, on average, over 40 percent of the agricultural labour force in the developing world and yet typically they do not have sufficient access to critical resources and services to become as productive as their male counterparts. In fact, across all regions, rural women and girls continue to face significant discrimination compared with men and boys, with women being more likely than men to hold poor quality jobs and benefit less from agricultural value chains.