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Strengthening social protection for disaster resilience in St. Lucia, and other news (7 May 2019)

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From disaster resilience in St. Lucia, to reducing human trafficking in Nigeria

  • Officials from the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Local Government and Empowerment in St. Lucia attended the LAC Conference on strengthening social protection for disaster resilience at the end of April. OPM's Poverty and Social Protection team, alongside the UN World Food Programme, have recently been commissioned to conduct a study of how effective St. Lucia’s social protection system is in responding to disasters. Read more in St. Lucia News Online.

  • The governor for Edo State, Nigeria, has called for more support from international development agencies to sustainably reduce human trafficking and illegal migration in the region. The Edo State Taskforce on Human Trafficking have been praised for their holistic approach in improving the education and legal systems to tackle the issue. Read more in This Day (Nigeria).

  • Following a joint workshop between the Cities Alliance, an NGO based in Brussels, and the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly on equitable economic growth in cities, priority will be given to investments in tourism, and to finding lasting solutions for sanitation and waste management systems in Oguaa, Ghana. Read more in News Ghana.

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has declared they will invest $5 billion towards its operations in Southeast Asia per year. The ABD currently focuses their work in the region on transport, energy and infrastructure services, as well as the public sector management and agriculture sector. Read more in Phnom Penh Post.

  • Electricity costs are being reduced in Somaliland through the DFID funded Energy Security and Resource Efficiency (ESRES) programme which provides access to clean, renewable energy. The ESRES programme is currently in its second stage, and aims to expand the operation by partnering with local energy service providers. Read more in Africa Business Communities.