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Improving education in the Philippines, and other news (24 January 2020)

The Philippine governement increases classrooms in remove areas, and introducing hybrid renerwable energy in the Maldives

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

  • The Philippine government is launching a programme to build more classrooms across remote areas in the country. The Philippines ranked last in a recent test by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development looking at reading comprehension in 79 countries. The government is promoting a new complimentary approach between the state and private sector to improve education facilities in the country. Read more in Manila Times.
  • The implementation of the POISED project supported by the Asian Development Bank and Environment Ministry of the Maldives has begun to introduce solar-battery-diesel hybrid electricity systems in 48 islands; the project aims to ultimately bring hybrid renewable energy to 160 of the inhabited Maldives islands. Read more in Modern Diplomacy.
  • The European Union will provide around €10 million to support small- and medium-sized enterprises in Bosnia with the aims to improve the competitiveness of export-orientated sectors, agriculture, tourism, and employment. Read more in Sarajevo Times.
  • USAID has launched the first two of their global health awards; collectively worth $130 million the awards are given to increase the capacity of government institutions and local organisations to deliver scaled-up, sustainable reproductive and maternal healthcare. Read more in All Africa.