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Bicycles for Zimbabwean schoolchildren, and other news (15 Jan 2019)

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Overcoming the distances that prevent children in rural Zimbabwe attending school

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

  • Children in rural areas of Zimbabwe often live a long distance from local schools. The Zimbabwe Girls Secondary Education has donated 3,000 bicycles as part of an initiative to make education more accessible to marginalised people. Read more in The Herald (Zimbabwe).
  • The Government of Bangladesh is likely to cut foreign aid allocation in the revised development budget, as many departments have lowered the funding requirements for development projects – partly due to poor utilisation capacity. Read more in The Financial Express (Bangladesh).
  • Food insecurity is a major issue in Zimbabwe, with more than 2.4 million Zimbabweans in rural areas affected. DFID is supporting a monthly cash transfer programme to feed almost 100,000 villagers in five districts, in a programme run by the Word Food Programme. Read more in New Zimbabwe.