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Increasing renewable energy use in Côte d’Ivoire, and other news (27 March 2020)

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Training small and medium enterprises on renewable energy use in Côte d’Ivoire, and improving sanitation services in Bangladesh

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

  • To meet the goal of electrification in all parts of Côte d’Ivoire by 2025, alongside increasing renewable energy use to over 40% by 2030, a new government project has been created with support from the German International Development Cooperation Agency (GIZ) to train small and medium-sized enterprises in using renewable and efficient energy. Read more in Afrik 21.

  • $170 million has been approved by the World Bank for improving sanitation services in Dhaka City, Bangladesh. The Dhaka Sanitation Improvement Project will treat sewage and septage to reduce inland flooding and water pollution, alongside upgrading sewer connections and communicable septic tanks. Read more in Somoy News.

  • A five year programme in Kenya to address acute malnutrition in the northern counties has been initiated by USAID. The project aims to create long-term sustainable solutions beyond immediate humanitarian assistance often provided. Read more in Kenyans.
  • Following the 2017 Hurricane Maria, rebuilding efforts starting in Dominica are aiming to create the first entirely climate resilient country, a goal that was outlined following the hurricane. Through new building codes, targets for renewable energy sources, and improving public infrastructure Dominica hopes to incorporate climate resilience into all government functions within four years. Read more in The St. Kitts & Nevis Observer.