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Nutrition Olympiad in Bangladesh, and other news (24 Apr 2018)

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From the Nutrition Olympiad to improving financial access in Pakistan

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

  • While child malnutrition has declined since the mid-90s, levels of chronic malnutrition remain high – with 36% of malnourished children in Bangladesh. The ‘Nutrition Olympiad 2018’ was held in Bangladesh on 21 April, jointly organized by the Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development, Ministry of Food, and the Meeting the Under Nutrition Challenge (MUCH). The latter is a project implemented by the UN’s FAO with financial assistance from USAID and the EU. Read more in the Daily Observer (Bangladesh).
  • The Bank of England has unveiled a new partnership, to share ‘tailored technical assistance’, with central banks in Ghana, Sierra Leone, and South Africa. Read more in Asoko Insight.
  • The Government of Zimbabwe is planning the construction of 50 dams for the generation of hydroelectricity, and calling for investors at an international conference. The rigs are part of the government’s plans to ensure all communities have access to water. Read more in the Herald (Zimbabwe).
  • The World Bank and others have expressed concern at the rate at which Nigeria’s debt burden is rising. The total debt rose to 21.73 trillion Nigerian naira by the end of 2017, increasing over 78% from June 2015. Read more in This Day Live (Nigeria).
  • Pakistan aims to provide financial access to approximately half the population by 2020, under the National Financial Inclusion Strategy. Already 23% of adults now have access to formal financing services, up from 12% in 2008. Read more in the Express Tribune (Pakistan).