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Rural sanitation research findings, and other news (1 May 2019)

From a rural sanitation workshop in Accra, to solar powered schools in Pakistan

A research dissemination workshop has been held in Accra, presenting findings from research carried out by OPM’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene team as part of the OMI Consortium on rural sanitation operations. The workshop shared key findings from the study and discussed recommendations from WASH sector stakeholders. Read more in All Africa.

The Capital Market Authority, Rwanda, has partnered with FSD Africa, a UK Aid funded programme to support the growth of efficient and resilient financial markets to reduce poverty across sub-Saharan Africa. Read more in Africa Business Communities.

A $1.2 million grant is being provided by the EU and UNDP to five countries in Africa – Uganda, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, eSwatini, and Seychelles, aimed at growing the scale of conservation farming and enhancing climate smart agriculture practices. Read more in All Africa.

The first solar powered electricity system has been installed in a school in Kohat, Pakistan. Supported by DFID and the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), this is part of the larger Solar Schools Project being implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services to provide over 1250 schools with free, uninterrupted electricity access. Read more in The Frontier Post.

The Global Grant Fund has given R5 billion to the South African National AIDS Council to help cover treatment costs for vulnerable groups suffering from TB, HIV and AIDS. Read more in Eyewitness News (South Africa).