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Jordan’s disability inclusivity, and other news (07 Aug 2018)

From the Global Disability Summit to supporting healthcare in Uganda

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

  • At the Global Disability Summit 2018, Jordan’s efforts to improve inclusivity for people with disabilities were recognised. The country aims to be fully accessible and inclusive by 2027. Read more in the Jordan Times.
  • Key stakeholders from microfinance institutions, banks, and development agencies met at a roundtable to discuss education financing in Pakistan. Topics included the needs of the low-cost private school segment and enhancing the education outcomes for underserved Pakistani children. Read more in The Nation (Pakistan).
  • The US will contribute a further $100 million in support to Uganda, bringing the total given in assistance the by United States Mission in Uganda to almost $1 billion. The funding supports agriculture, trade, justice, and more – but chiefly the health sector. Read more in VOA News.
  • Elsewhere, British High Commissioned Thomas Drew has affirmed DFID’s support to the new Pakistan government’s intention to provide education to 22 million out-of-school children. Read more in The Express Tribune (Pakistan).
  • More than 620 million people in sub-Saharan African do not have electricity, and many African leaders are exploring nuclear energy as part of the solution. But costs may mean that their interest will have to be postponed, as discussed during the 2018 BRICS summit in Joannesburg. Read more in Ghana News Agency.
  • China is currently a noted contributor to international development with the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’; the South China Morning Post explores an overview of what other countries around the world are doing with overseas development. Read more in the South China Morning Post.