News & Updates
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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