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Climate resilient infrastructure in Southern Africa, and other news (29 October 2019)

Building climate resilient infrastructure in Southern Africa, and successful economy diversification in the Gulf countries

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

  • A workshop is being held by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the UK Department for International Development, and the UK Met Office, for the Southern African Development Community, to develop actionable strategies for building climate resilient infrastructure in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, post Cyclone Idai. Read more in Modern Ghana.

  • The World Bank’s Doing Business report released last week, has found that the business climate in Gulf countries has significantly improved in the last year. The change has been triggered, in part, by increased diversification of economy, according to the founder of the Doing Business report. Read more in The Jerusalem Post.

  • The UK has announced £10 million to be given to the Catalyst Fund, supporting business development and investor opportunities for financial technology companies in emerging markets. The investment will enable Kenyan fintech companies to partnet with international investors and mentors, amongst others. Read more in Africa Business Communities.

  • USAID and the Ghana Health Service have a launched a ‘Live a Good Life’ campaign, promoting healthy lifestyles through a mass media campaign. The campaign has reached 17.5 million people, sharing messages on topics such as reproductive health, nutrition, malaria prevention, maternal and child health, and sanitation and hygiene. Read more in Ghana Web.