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Anti-corruption funding for Jamaica, and other news (27 March 2019)

From anti-corruption funding in Jamaica, to Myanmar's National Export Strategy and mentoring for female entrepreneurs in Nigeria

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

  • The DFID country representative for Jamaica has announced that the UK government will provided $51 million to help tackle corruption in the country. The money will fund the Unification of Prosecutional Services, which aims in increase Jamaica’s ability to deal with organised and complex crimes. Read more in Jamaica Observer

  • $1 billion is being invested in India’s renewable energy sector by EverSource Capital, a joint enterprise between equity firm Everstone Capital and Lightsource BP, a solar project developer. The money is being invested through the Green Growth Equity Fund, of which DFID is an anchor investor. Read more in Deal Street Asia.

  • Discussions at the Stakeholders’ Symposium over Myanmar’s National Export Strategy for 2020 – 2025 identified current challenges in boosting the export performance and the need a strong export and policy framework to support development. Read more in Myanmar Times.

  • A two day workshop hosted by the International Trade Centre as part of the Commonwealth ‘SheTrades’ project provided mentoring and networking opportunities to female entrepreneurs in Nigeria. SheTrades aims to connect three million women to markets by 2021. Read more in This Day (Nigeria)

  • A forum organised by Star Ghana Foundation and the Civil Society Platform Ghana discussed the relationship between the SDGs and Ghana Beyond Aid, a vision that hopes to see Ghana end poverty and create gender equality in a self-sustainable manner. Read more in Ghana Web.

  • The Italian Government has agreed to give an extra €1 million to the Somalia Infrastructure Fund, which aims to promote inclusive and sustainable economic recovery and peace building through development of the country’s infrastructure. Read more in All Africa.