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Newsletter - November 2017

Dear Colleagues,

In the wake of global warming and an increasing number of natural disasters, the debate at the 2017 Climate Change Summit has led to implementation of insurance funding. The most recent Typhoon in Southern Vietnam took over 100 lives, while Japan is still recovering from the 2011 earthquake with one third of evacuees still living in temporary housing. While reducing global warming could potentially decrease the risk of natural disasters, how to ensure successful recovery of the countries and people already affected?

Antibiotics Awareness Week highlights that resistance to antibiotics is a serious threat with 700,000 people dying every year worldwide from infections that no longer respond to antibiotics. One of the diseases becoming resistant to antibiotics is pneumonia. Save the Children has launched the Fighting for Breath campaign to encourage prevention of the deadly illness.

The Aid & International Development Forum is currently accepting nominations for the Innovator of the Year Award. The competition aims to recognise individuals for their inspiring leadership, creative problem-solving and implementation of innovative programmes that have helped drive Africa’s progress towards SDGs. The winner will be announced at the Aid & Development Africa Summit on 28th February 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. To make a nomination and for more information, click here.

Looking forward to receiving your entries!

Kind Regards,


Innovator of the Year
World Bank Investment

World Bank Investment in Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture

The World Bank has recently approved a $250 million USD investment to the Climate-Smart Agriculture Project in Kenya. The main goal of the project is to “increase agricultural productivity and build resilience to climate change risks for smallholder farming and pastoral communities.” The secondary goal of the project is to create a crisis response system for said stakeholders.

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Africa healthcare

'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. This is due to overuse or misuse of antibiotics, which can trigger bacterial resistance....

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Typhoon Damrey

Developing Countries are in need of Recovery not just Resilience

During the UN Climate Change Summit leaders claimed insurance is key to stabilising economic growth and speeding up the recovery process. The InsuResilence Global Partnership was launched with an aim to help protect 400 million poor and vulnerable people around the world by 2020.

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Preventing Pneumonia

Preventing Pneumonia to 'Save the Children'

Pneumonia has now taken over malaria as the most life threatening disease for children. According to a report by Save the Children, worldwide, “pneumonia kills two children under five every minute or almost one million a year.” The infection has killed 22,473 Kenyans in 2015 and up to 21,640 in 2014 the previous year. The report urges the UK government to support...

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Typhoon Damrey

Typhoon Damrey Takes Over Southern Vietnam

Typhoon Damrey, which hit on November 4th, has affected at least one million children over the central region of Vietnam, says the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Over 80,000 homes and 250,000 hectares of farmland have been destroyed. Vietnam’s coastline is frequently victim to tropical thunderstorms however...

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CSA Africa

6-7 March 2018, Nairobi, Kenya

The Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Congress will bring together senior representatives from ministries of agriculture, heads of key Agri-related public institutions, UN agencies, agricultural firms, NGOs, farm associations, agriculture research and development institutes, investors, donors and the private sector to look at technological innovations, partnerships, innovative financing and the use of technology & data to advance climate-smart agriculture practices in East Africa. The participants will discover how to secure financial investment for CSA initiatives, improve agricultural productivity and scale adoption of technological innovations in agriculture. Find out more

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