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USAID Awards $3.5 Million to Fund Bicycles For Growth Initiative to Increase Access in Rural Communities in Sub-Saharan Africa

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The United States Agency for International Development announced two awards totaling $3.5 million for the Bicycles for Growth Initiative. This program aims to improve sustainable access to affordable bicycles in sub-Saharan Africa. With USAID support, J.E. Austin Associates and World Bicycle Relief will work together to increase mobility in rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa by developing and demonstrating means to rapidly increase bicycle uptake for individuals who cannot afford or do not have access to other transportation – thereby facilitating the opportunity for higher incomes, and better health and education outcomes. Many communities throughout sub-Saharan Africa struggle to access health services, education, economic opportunities, and basic social services due to long distanc

Technical Advisory Group to focus on growth and advancement of women’s football

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Competitive balance, increased opportunities for underserved nations, a FIFA Women’s Club World Cup, increased visibility and participation, FIFA (www.FIFA.com) international windows, prize money and the possibility of staging a biennial FIFA Women’s World Cup are some of topics included in the discussions held by the FIFA Technical Advisory Group (TAG) led by Jill Ellis. As part of a wider comprehensive consultation process, FIFA is also meeting with other women’s football stakeholders including the member associations, confederations, clubs, leagues and teams. The TAG, which comprises players, coaches, referees, administrators, sports scientists and executives, features representation from each of the six continental confederations, held its second meeting on Friday 15 October.

Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) Donates Ambulances to Support Ethiopia’s Healthcare Sector

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The UAE, through the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), has donated a number ambulances to support the healthcare sector in Ethiopia and enhance its related logistics capacities. Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, Secretary-General of the ERC, said this initiative is one of a myriad of humanitarian actions taken by the UAE to support the Ethiopian people and assist refugees in many provinces facing humanitarian challenges. The noble gesture also highlights the UAE’s determination to ensure the provision of essential services for the needy all over the world, most notably in the healthcare sector, he added.

UK provides almost £30 million to humanitarian catastrophe in northern Ethiopia

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The Minister for Africa Vicky Ford has announced an additional £29m of humanitarian aid to people affected by the catastrophic conflict in northern Ethiopia. The announcement marks World Food Day today [16 October] and increases the UK’s commitment to the crisis to more than £75m - making the UK the second largest donor. The Minister is also calling on all parties in Ethiopia to urgently agree a ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid through and for the Ethiopian Government to lift the de facto blockade of humanitarian relief into the Tigray region. The people of Tigray need 500 trucks of critical assistance per week, but less than 10% of this has been met since June. The conflict has caused a humanitarian catastrophe, with the UN estimating that 5.5 million people face acute food in

WFP and Khalsa Aid International strike partnership to support most vulnerable in two critical food crises

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A partnership between WFP and Khalsa Aid International will deliver vitally needed support to Yemen and to refugees who have fled from Ethiopia’s Tigray region to Sudan. This collaboration will help WFP to maintain programmes that provide vulnerable children and women with the nutrition they need to survive and thrive. In Yemen, Khalsa Aid International’s contribution will go towards WFP’s Healthy Kitchens programme, supporting collective kitchens that employ vulnerable members of the community – 80 per cent of whom are women – to prepare fresh, healthy meals for almost 10,000 school children. The meals are made with locally sourced ingredients and respect domestic food culture, while also providing local producers with regular business. In Sudan, the partnership will facilitate esse

NGOs mark INTERNATIONAL POVERTY ERADICATION DAY

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As the world Marks International Poverty Eradication Day 2021, we in the National Council of NGOs and our NGOs across Kenya join the various Stakeholders both local, National and international levels to mark this important day as we celebrate every effort being made by the various stakeholders to ERADICATE POVERTY. We as the Council call on stakeholders to enhance the innovative ways to eradicate poverty in our communities. This International Day For Eradication Of Poverty 2021 with the theme, Significance, History And All You Need To Know, this day for poverty Eradication presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard,and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight agai...

ECOWAS Deploys 55 Observers to the Presidential Election in Cabo Verde

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has deployed fifty five observers for the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (ECOWAS-EOM) to the Presidential Election in Cabo Verde. The observers were deployed today, October 16, 2021 in Praia, ahead of the October 17, 2021 Presidential Election. As part of ECOWAS electoral support, H.E. Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, approved the deployment of a long-term and short-term election observers to Cabo Verde to support and monitor the entire electoral process. While thanking the Observers, Gen. Francis Awagbe Behanzin, Commissioner Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the ECOWAS Commission, highlighted that ECOWAS electoral assistance to its Member States finds its justification in ECOWAS Supple...

UNDP Africa Director calls for increased investment in new approach to accelerate Nigeria’s development

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Concluding an eight-day official visit to Nigeria today, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Africa, Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa, emphasized the urgency in seizing critical opportunities to accelerate Nigeria’s sustainable development. During her visit, Ms Eziakonwa met with H.E. President Muhammadu Buhari, H.E. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, and other senior leaders at both Federal and State Government level – emphasizing the importance of leveraging wealth creation through investing in women, youth, the creative industry and the private sector. The mission included a multi-city visit to the north-east, Abuja, Owerri and Lagos. Starting with crossing the Cameroon-Nigerian border by

UNMISS, Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare hold workshop in Juba on providing services to communities

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The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) recently partnered with the State Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare, in Central Equatoria, to host a day-long, consultative workshop for development partners who work on delivering services to citizens of the state. The forum’s main aim: To give stakeholders insight into the strategic planning for resource allocation done by the state for this fiscal year and how this impacts the women, men and children residing in Central Equatoria. “People’s participation in the budget process is essential to enhance public ownership of national resources and boost delivery of much-needed services for all communities,” said Peter Malir Biar, a peace and human rights activist, attending the workshop. “I believe this meeting has brought

U.S. Government Launches New Project to Combat Corruption and Wildlife Trafficking in Madagascar

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The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and on behalf of the American people, launched on October 15 a new $3.4 million, three-year project to address the growing problems of illegal wildlife trafficking and related corruption. “Wildlife trafficking is a serious crime that damages economic prosperity, rule-of-law, good governance, conservation efforts, and human health and is often enabled by corruption,” U.S. Ambassador Amy J. Hyatt said. “The United States takes these issues very seriously, therefore we are investing in the fight to end corruption and wildlife trafficking in Madagascar.” The U.S. government’s Countering Corruption and Wildlife Trafficking project, funded by USAID, is led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)