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New climate law in Kenya, and other news (29 May 2018)

From climate change commitments in Kenya to the new federal budget in Nepal

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

  • A new law in Garissa, Kenya, means that 2% of the county’s budget must be allocated to mitigating the effects of climate change. The Climate Change Funds Bill will enable the local administration to undertake projects to assist people affected by recent intermittent drought, and tackle climate-related adaptation. Read more in The Star (Kenya).
  • Yubaraj Khatiwada, Nepal’s minister of finance, has unveiled his first budget – with energy, agriculture, infrastructure, and tourism as the federal government’s areas of focus. Notable items include plans for new railways and waterways, and a new programme called ‘Sustainable Energy for All’, focusing on hydroelectric and renewable sources. Read more in the Kathmandu Post.
  • The UK government have called Bangladesh a ‘development success story-in-the-making’, following years of sustained economic growth. Read more in The Daily Star (Bangladesh).
  • The Punjab government in Pakistan have said that the independence of women, distribution of assets, and expansion of human resources are among their top priorities. Speaking at a workshop on the Punjab Capital Investment Project organized by the Work Bank and DFID, Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha (a member Punjab’s Provincial Assembly) emphasised the importance of economic independence. Read more in the Pakistan Observer.

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