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Sharing social protection knowledge between Indonesia and Pakistan, and other news (08 May 2018)

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From Indonesia and Pakistan sharing understanding of social protection to the launch of the Asia Regional Trade and Connectivity Fund

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

  • Experts from Indonesia are currently visiting the Benzair Income Support Programme (BISP) in Pakistan on a five-day visit to share and exchange knowledge. The secretary for BISP, Omar Hamid Khan, noted that social protection is increasingly being recognised as an effective policy for addressing poverty and vulnerability. Read more in News.com.pk, or explore OPM’s impact evaluation of BISP.
  • Civil Society Organisations in Ghana have resolved to continue to sustain the outcomes of the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion initiative. Speaking at the STAR-Ghana Partners’ Learning Event, participants learned more about how policies were implemented, and lessons for the future. Read more in Modern Ghana.
  • A social business venture in Bangladesh, which facilitates effective and affordable sanitary products for schoolgirls and working women is growing in use. The endeavor (called Sokhipad) aims to expand across the country; currently 86% of Bangladesh schoolgirls use rags during their periods. Read more in the Daily Star (Bangladesh).
  • Cases of malaria have fallen by 84% in south east Asia’s Greater Mekong Subregion between 2012 and 2017. Better information, and effective cross-border collaboration, have been praised as leading to this improvement. Read more in Jordan Times.
  • The Asia Regional Trade and Connectivity Fund has been launched by DFID and ADB, ahead of the annual meeting of ADB’s Board of Governors. The fund will focus initially on Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Kyrgyz Republic, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Tajikistan, looking to improve regional integration. Read more in the Financial Express (Bangladesh).
  • Micro entrepreneurs in Africa should benefit from a digital lending platform being introduced by Mastercard and Unilever. The partnerships will enable these entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, as well as receiving training to manage finances. Read more in New Business Ethiopia.