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Rwanda's nutrition success story, and other news (31 Jul 2018)

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From a model for tackling malnutrition to using space technology to combat dengue fever

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

  • Thirty female aspiring politicians have been trained in Jigawa, Nigeria, ahead of the 2019 election. The NGO Women in Politics, supported by DFID and in collaboration with the National Democratic Institute, ran the training and intend to roll it out to other areas of the country. Read more in The Nation (Nigeria).
  • Rwanda’s model for tackling malnutrition could help Indian states, according to an official from the Dutch nutrition science company Royal DSM. Rwanda recently had stunting levels of 51%, which are now at 38% and expected to fall below a third by 2020. The model involves transforming the agriculture system, rather than food aid. Read more in The Hindu Business Line.
  • DFID is to invest £37 million in Malawi to help ensure more children have access to quality education. The announcement was made during a visit to Lilongwe by the minister of state for Africa, Harriett Baldwin. Read more in Nyasa Times.
  • In Nigeria, village heads will be monitoring budgets of community projects in Kano. Community-based organisations will partners with civil society organisations and other stakeholders to ensure the proper execution of projects. Read more in Vanguard (Nigeria).
  • Anisul Huq, the law, justice, and parliamentary affairs minister for Bangladesh, has invited all development partners in the justice sector to engage with the country’s justice audit. This audit would be, he said, the first of its kind. Read more in BSS News.
  • The EU and Economic Community of West African States will provide an additional €10 million grant to Kaduna State, Nigeria, to invest in solar energy. The programme will expand to include rural hospitals and healthcare facilities, public secondary schools, and water treatment facilities. Read more in Punch (Nigeria).
  • Reliance on foreign funding is growing in Pakistan, with an increase in loans over grants. The Ministry of Planning, Development, and Reforms is said to be in the process of creating a strategy for investment and use of foreign aid for development. Read more in The Nation (Pakistan).
  • The UK Space Agency is running a project aimed to develop an early warning system for dengue fever outbreaks. Oxford Policy Management is part of the consortium using Earth Observation techniques to estimate the spread of the illness. Read more in the Daily Express.
  • DFID have agreed to expand the Propcom Mai-Karfi programme in Nigeria, with an additional £24 million over three years. The programme will expand into conflict-afflicted areas, and help build a sustainable economy for the rural poor. Read more in Public Finance International.