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Disaster response study uses Caribbean states as models, and other news (3 July 2019)

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From Carribbean states serving as case studies for shock-responsive social protection research, to funding boost for Nigeria's health and education sectors

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

  • The World Food Program has named five CARICOM states as models for disaster response coordination in the Caribbean. These five states will serve as case studies for OPM and the WFP’s joint, ongoing study into shock-responsive social protection in the Caribbean. Read more in Caribbean News Now.
  • $465 million is being provided by the World Bank to support the Higher Education Development in Pakistan Project and the Central Asia-South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project, which will enable trade of sustainable electricity between central and southern Asian countries. Read more in The Nation Pakistan.
  • Nigeria will receive $243 million from USAID to help achieve their development goals. The funding is expected to be used towards improvements in health and nutrition, education, and sanitation, as well as strengthening economic and government functions. Read more in Punch Nigeria.  
  • India’s Statistics Ministry has launched a dashboard to monitor the country’s progress towards achieving the SDGs. Developed with DFID India, the dashboard pulls together data from over 100 different sources to provide comprehensive information. Read more in Business Standard India.
  • Outreach boat services to Bonthe Island in Sierra Leone are being re-launched after being shut down in 2017 due to a lack of resources. The boat brings healthcare services for vulnerable and hard to reach groups, including addressing maternal and infant mortality rates. Read more in All Africa.