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A programme to help out-of-school children in Pakistan, and other news (26 Jun 2018)

From helping Khyber Pakhtunkhwa children to record levels of solar home systems in Bangladesh

Every Tuesday we highlight some of the international development stories from across the globe that have caught our attention.

  • From September, a learning programme for out-of-school children is to launch in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Over 1.8 million children in the province are out-of-school, two thirds of whom are girls. Read more in Dawn (Pakistan).
  • Bangladesh will receive £15 million funding from the World Bank to implement the National Strategy for Development of Statistics Implementation Support Project. This aims to aid the production of accurate statistics efficiently, leading to more evidence-based policymaking. Read more in Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.
  • The number of Bangladesh households with solar home systems has increased 27% in a year, producing energy for 17 million people. This jump is helped by lower production costs, through technological advances. Read more in The Daily Star (Bangladesh).
  • Almost 30,000 households affected by earthquake in Nepal are eligible for a retrofitting grant, as identified by the National Reconstruction Agency. DFID and the UN Office for Project Services have agreed to continue retrofitting activities for the next two years. Read more in the Kathmandu Post.
  • The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities programme has appointed a new Africa MD, Dana Omran, to oversee the organisation’s strategic vision in Africa – which is to witness some of the world’s fastest rates of urbanisation over the next 30 years. Read more in Engineering News (South Africa).
  • The 2018 World Food Prize has been awarded to Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro, who have worked to reduce maternal and child undernutrition across the world. Read more in

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