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Millions of people lacking access to water, and other news (22 August 2019)

Supporting women-led businesses and young enterpreneurs in Nigeria and relieving water stress in the global south

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

  • Small- and medium-sized enterprises in Nigeria are to receive financial support to help boost inclusive growth. The initiative aims to ensure easier access to market for young enterpreneurs, women, and agricultural workers, and will be supported by the private sector and international donors and managed by the country's Bank of Industry. Read more at The Nation.
  • More than 50 million people living in 15 major cities in the global south face a critical lack of access to piped utility water, even in locations where water itself is relatively abundant. Read more at
  • Severe acute malnurishment rates remain high in the Katsina state in Nigeria, with almost a third of all children under the age of five being underweight. Read more at the Vanguard
  • Urgent action is needed to tackle global water pollution, which is impacting progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Read more at the Thomson Reuters Foundation