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Safe Water, Sanitation Key To Socio-Economic Transformation in Kenya
08 December 2017

Safe Water, Sanitation Key To Socio-Economic Transformation in Kenya

3.5 million people in Kenya were identified by the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in June 2017 as urgently requiring safe drinking water. Universal access to clean and safe drinking water and basic sanitation systems are key to achieving socio-economic transformation in countries, such as Kenya.

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Turning The Tide In The Fight Against HIV/AIDS
01 December 2017

Turning The Tide In The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises the 1st December as World AIDS Day, a global public health campaign dedicated to raising awareness about AIDS spread by HIV. Approximately 36.7 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS, 2016). Of these, 2.1 million are children.

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“WHO” is creating awareness for resistance to antibiotics?
29 November 2017

“WHO” is creating awareness for resistance to antibiotics?

Resistance to antibiotics is a serious threat; every year, at least 700,000 people die worldwide from infections that no longer respond to antibiotics. That toll could rise to 10 million by 2050. Pneumonia and malaria are two of the deadliest diseases in the world, and are becoming resistant to antibiotics.

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Interview with Matthias Boyen, UNICEF Malawi
29 November 2017

Interview with Matthias Boyen, UNICEF Malawi

UNICEF has a long history of working in emergencies and humanitarian contexts, both natural and man-made. Originally called the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, the organisation was created to provide humanitarian assistance to children living in a world shattered by the Second World War.

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Reaching SDGs through Private Sector Partnerships
08 November 2017

Reaching SDGs through Private Sector Partnerships

Presently, over half of partnerships with the UN involve only one private sector partner. Additionally, 79% of UN partnerships last less than five years. These factors have led to a lack of scalability with partnerships and the inability for scaling up to increase positive impacts.

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Interview with Karin Källander, Senior Research Advisor, Malaria Consortium
08 November 2017

Interview with Karin Källander, Senior Research Advisor, Malaria Consortium

How is Malaria Consortium involved in humanitarian and development sectors? Malaria Consortium began as a malaria-focused non-profit organisation in 2003 and has grown to implement programmes across sub-Saharan Africa and southeast Asia.

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Interview with Niklas Danielsson, Senior Immunisation Specialist, UNICEF
08 November 2017

Interview with Niklas Danielsson, Senior Immunisation Specialist, UNICEF

How is UNICEF involved in humanitarian and development sectors? The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers.

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Gavi and CDC Group Expanding their Programmes through Partnership and Investment
25 October 2017

Gavi and CDC Group Expanding their Programmes through Partnership and Investment

Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, is exploring new partnerships to expand their reach in the developing world. The public-private partnership is currently looking towards tech companies in Silicon Valley to aid in increasing equitable access to immunisations in developing countries and to reach their goal of immunising 300 million people by 2020.

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Technology Giving Access to Healthcare in Africa
23 October 2017

Technology Giving Access to Healthcare in Africa

Access to healthcare in African countries differs greatly from region to region; and from urban centres to rural villages. The distance one lives to an urban centre determines the access they have to medical services, and is frequently a barrier. According to the World Economic Forum, it is estimated that Africa holds a quarter of the world’s disease burden yet it is home to only 2% of its doctors.

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East Africa Facing a Hunger Crisis
06 October 2017

East Africa Facing a Hunger Crisis

East Africa is facing a monumental hunger crisis with 24 million people affected in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan. 15 million children in the region are facing health risks due to ongoing drought and insecurity. Of them, approximately 800,000 are severely malnourished and at risk of starvation.

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The United Nations General Assembly 2017
05 October 2017

The United Nations General Assembly 2017

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) concluded on 25 September in New York City. Much of the discussion focused on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s theme was Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet.

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World Habitat Day
02 October 2017

World Habitat Day

October 2nd is World Habitat Day, which is a day to reflect on the basic right of adequate shelter for all. This year’s theme is Housing Policies: Affordable Homes, which is championed by United Cities and Local Governments and the United Nations’ Make the Shift campaign.

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ONE 2017 Data Report: Financing for the African Century
27 September 2017

ONE 2017 Data Report: Financing for the African Century

The continent of Africa is currently at a development impasse. As global aid patterns shift and African economies weaken from the drop in commodity prices, Africa's development becomes stagnate.

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United Nations Report on Sustainable Development Goals
25 September 2017

United Nations Report on Sustainable Development Goals

Commenting on the recently published UN report on the progress of achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN Secretary-General António Guterres remarked that the “rate of progress in many areas is far slower than needed to meet the targets by 2030”. This is highlighted by the rising death rates attributable to lack of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services in sub-Saharan Africa that reached 46/100,000 from 12/100,000 in 2012. In 2015, only 39% of the global population were using a safely managed sanitation system.

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Responding to Climate Change with Climate Science in Kenya
19 September 2017

Responding to Climate Change with Climate Science in Kenya

Kenya, like many other climate vulnerable countries around the world, has experienced natural disasters and extreme weather at an alarming rate and immense intensity. The impacts of climate vulnerability and natural disasters disproportionately affect the infrastructure and resilience of a country like Kenya. As rainfall during the rainy season remains low over many years, the country becomes much more vulnerable to extreme weather.

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Planet of the Apps at the Aid & Development Africa Summit 2017
29 June 2017

Planet of the Apps at the Aid & Development Africa Summit 2017

As part of the Aid & Development Africa Summit 2017 that took place in Nairobi, Kenya, Planet of the Apps presented the latest mobile applications that support Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to over 300 senior representatives and advisors from government and UN agencies, international and regional NGOs, CBOs, investors and donors, research institutes and the private sector in East Africa.

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Africa and Europe to connect at Africa Tech Summit London
10 April 2017

Africa and Europe to connect at Africa Tech Summit London

Africa Tech Summit London on April 20th is a leading event providing insight and networking with the African tech ecosystem in London. Connect with over 40 industry speakers on tech and including Etisalat Nigeria, EcoBank, IFC, Draper Dark Flow, Quartz Africa, Standard Bank, TechCrunch, Orange Digital Ventures, Red Cloud Technologies and Safaricom Spark. The event will host over 200 stakeholders from diverse backgrounds including ICTD4 in education, data and mobile.

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Putting innovation at the heart of the development efforts in sub-Saharan East Africa
14 March 2017

Putting innovation at the heart of the development efforts in sub-Saharan East Africa

Improving aid delivery and development strategy in sub-Saharan East Africa was the theme of the 2nd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit, organised by the Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) on 28th February and 1st March 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Summit put innovation and technology at the heart of the development efforts in sub-Saharan East Africa, advocating for cross-sector approach through inclusive, effective collaboration and coordination between government, UN agencies, NGOs, donors and businesses.

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Mercy Corps Research Report on Stability in Sub-Saharan Africa
20 February 2017

Mercy Corps Research Report on Stability in Sub-Saharan Africa

Mercy Corps research report “Financing the Frontier: Inclusive Financial Sector Development in Fragility-Affected Africa” commissioned by Financial Sector Deepening Africa and supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The research examines the impact of inclusive financial sector development on poverty, fragility, and stability across Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Rivulis Irrigation - Water: Vital to sustaining life
16 February 2017

Rivulis Irrigation - Water: Vital to sustaining life

Water is a limited natural resource that impacts not only the existence but also the quality of life. Water supplies are increasingly stressed given increasing demand due to population growth, competitive demand for food, fiber and fuel crops, and a disparity between the location of the water supplies and the demand.

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