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Call for Apps Supporting Sustainable Development Goals in Africa
17 January 2017

Call for Apps Supporting Sustainable Development Goals in Africa

A new competition launched to find innovative apps that support humanitarian aid and development in Sub-Saharan East Africa. An opportunity to showcase your app at the “Planet of the Apps”, part of the 2nd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. Apply now at marketing@aidforum.org

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Ministry of ICT Kenya to give keynote address at Aid & Development Africa Summit in Nairobi
16 January 2017

Ministry of ICT Kenya to give keynote address at Aid & Development Africa Summit in Nairobi

With Aid & Development Africa Summit fast approaching, Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) is excited to share the agenda and recently confirmed speakers, who will deliver invaluable insight into technological innovations and best practice to improve aid delivery and development strategy in sub-Saharan East Africa. Sammy Itemere, Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Communications & Technology of Kenya, will deliver an opening keynote address at the Summit taking place on 28 February - 1 March 2017 at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Strengthen African health systems to help achieve SDGs
03 January 2017

Strengthen African health systems to help achieve SDGs

[ by Ochieng' Ogodo, SciDev.Net ] Critical challenges in the coverage of key health services in Africa should be addressed to help the continent achieve the SDGs, a forum has heard. According to the first regional forum in Africa on strengthening health systems for universal health coverage and achieving the SDGs, which was held in Namibia this month (12-13 December), Africa has only three per cent of the global health workforce despite bearing 24 per cent of the global disease burden. Matshidiso Moeti, director of WHO Regional Office for Africa, told the more than 240 participants that despite increased...

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[infographic] Infrastructure Resilience: Education in sub-Saharan Africa
21 December 2016

[infographic] Infrastructure Resilience: Education in sub-Saharan Africa

The recent Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) infographic provides a snapshot of the current state of education in sub-Saharan Africa. World Bank data shows that the global average pupil-teacher ratio is 24:1, in sub-Saharan Africa, however, the ratio is 42:1 and in Kenya the situation is even worse, with one teacher to every 57 pupils. Sub-Saharan Africa continues to fall behind other developing regions regarding educational attainment, despite recent progress in enrolment.

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Mobile money services are helping thousands of Kenyans escape poverty
20 December 2016

Mobile money services are helping thousands of Kenyans escape poverty

A new study has revealed that access to mobile money services has lifted 194,000 Kenyan households out of extreme poverty. Interestingly, female-headed households saw far greater increases in consumption than male-headed households. Previous studies have looked into the social impacts of Kenyan mobile money services, which allow users to store and exchange monetary values via mobile phone, and have highlighted the ways in which such services can help people save money and weather financial storms.

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[infographic] Infrastructure Resilience: Disasters & Development Assistance in sub-Saharan Africa
19 December 2016

[infographic] Infrastructure Resilience: Disasters & Development Assistance in sub-Saharan Africa

Today, the world is facing unprecedented crises and growing challenges. A total of 574 disasters were reported in 2015 alone, 116, or 20 percent, of which occurred in Africa. These disasters affected 108 million people globally, 31 million (29 percent) in Africa alone. In 2015, 32,550 people were killed as a result of disasters, compared to 14,389 in 2014. In addition, the total amount of disaster estimated damage in 2015 was almost US$ 70.3 million. 2015 was the hottest on record, with 32 major droughts across the world, which is double the ten-year average.

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[infographic] Infrastructure Resilience: Migration in sub-Saharan Africa
16 December 2016

[infographic] Infrastructure Resilience: Migration in sub-Saharan Africa

To celebrate International Migrants Day, on the 18th December, the Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) has released an infographic that considers infrastructure resilience and migration in sub-Saharan East Africa. Today, record numbers of people have been driven from their homes in search of safety due to conflict, persecution, human rights violations and natural disasters. Speaking earlier this year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon stated “We are facing the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time. Above all, this is not just a crisis of numbers; it is also a crisis of solidarity”

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[infographic] Infrastructure Resilience & Energy in sub-Saharan Africa
14 December 2016

[infographic] Infrastructure Resilience & Energy in sub-Saharan Africa

The Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) has released an infographic that explores infrastructure resilience and access to energy in sub-Saharan East Africa. The African Development Bank (AfDB), whose strategy for 2013-2022 makes infrastructure development one of its five operational priorities, states that “Africa still has massive infrastructure needs” yet invests only 4% of its gross domestic product (GDP) in infrastructure, in contrast to the 14% spent by China. A projected $100 billion will be required to meet Africa’s infrastructure needs over the next decade.

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The Global Humanitarian Overview 2017: Record funds for record need
09 December 2016

The Global Humanitarian Overview 2017: Record funds for record need

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in collaboration with humanitarian partners across the world has launched the Global Humanitarian Overview 2017, a consolidated appeal to support people affected by disaster and conflict around the world. The report states that for 2017, humanitarian partners will require a record US$22.2 billion to meet the needs of 92.8 million people in 33 countries. The appeal, which is the largest in the history of the United Nations, will support humanitarian efforts in some the world’s worst affected areas.

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Testing begins on new HIV vaccine in time for World AIDS Day
01 December 2016

Testing begins on new HIV vaccine in time for World AIDS Day

Every year, on December 1st, World AIDS Day events take place across the world to raise awareness and show support for people living with HIV, as well as to commemorate those who have lost their lives as a result of the virus.Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have contracted the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV/AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

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Voice of America Joins Aid & Development Africa Summit 2017
01 December 2016

Voice of America Joins Aid & Development Africa Summit 2017

John Lippman, Deputy for Language Programming, Voice of America will moderate a panel discussing latest mobile innovations to support community resilience. Dr Sharad Sapra, Director of Global Innovation Centre, UNICEF and Mathias Lardinois, Program Coordinator, Belgian Development Agency (BTC) will discuss the impact of mobile devices on development work and how to utilising mobile technology to better reach and engage communities. The panel will present case studies on mNutrition and mAgri programmes in Sub-Saharan East Africa as well as best practice and lessons learned for scaling mobile-based initiatives.

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World’s first malaria vaccine to be piloted in sub-Saharan Africa in 2018
25 November 2016

World’s first malaria vaccine to be piloted in sub-Saharan Africa in 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) has secured funding for the initial phase deployment of the world’s first malaria vaccine. The WHO has announced that the vaccine will piloted in sub-Saharan Africa with immunisation campaigns beginning in 2018. Malaria infects around 200 million people a year worldwide and killed an estimated 440,000 in 2015. The majority of malaria deaths are among children in sub-Saharan Africa.

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