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Coronavirus – Africa: Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance

Download logoMonths into fighting the COVID-19 pandemic at home and abroad, the United States is continuing to lead the global charge against the pandemic, building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance. Through the generosity of the American people, our foreign assistance is saving lives and helping to mitigate economic devastation around the world. The American people continue to prove they are the most generous humanitarians the world has ever known wit

Coronavirus – Kenya: EU boosts Kenya National Commission on Human Rights' (KNCHR) fight against human rights violations

Download logoThe EU has today delivered an urgent support packet of Ksh 52.2 million (EUR 450 000) to the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights to boost its efforts to counter human rights abuses during the COVID-19 pandemic. This partnership will allow the KNCHR to take up urgent public interest litigation cases that benefit the vulnerable and marginalised members of society in particular. It will also facilitate enhanced public education and awareness programmes through community radio

Coronavirus – Kenya: The EU, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Sweden and Denmark are bolstering food security in Kenya and the region with over...

Download logoTeam Europe’ have put together a package of crisis-support in order to bolster food security in Kenya and neighbouring countries at a time of crisis due to COVID-19. This includes help for farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs, assistance in the fight against locusts, humanitarian aid and epidemic control measures. At least Ksh 2.4 billion (EUR 21 million) of this support will go to Kenya, and the support for Kenya’s neighbours also helps Kenya. Concretely, the Europ

The African Utopia at the End of the COVID-19 Tunnel

In 1990, when Cameroon's football team did the unthinkable and beat Argentina in the World Cup, the proportion of the world's population living below the poverty line was 37.1 per cent. Fast-forward 35 years later to 2015, following a global adoption of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this figure now stands at 9.6%. The concept of a universal benevolent dictator - a classic assumption in beginner economic courses to escape the complexities of real-world decision-mak

Coronavirus – Africa: World Tourism remains at a standstill as 100% of countries impose restrictions on travel

Download logoCOVID-19 has placed the whole world on lockdown, with new research from the World Tourism Organization showing that 100% of global destinations continue to have restrictions on travel in place, and 72% have completely closed their borders to international tourism. From the start of the crisis, the United Nations specialized agency for tourism has been tracking responses to the pandemic. This latest research shows that while discussions on possible first measures for lifting restr

Coronavirus – Africa: COVID-19 impacts observing system

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is concerned about the increasing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the quantity and quality of weather observations and forecasts, as well as atmospheric and climate monitoring. Meteorological measurements taken from aircraft have plummeted by an average 75-80% compared to normal, but with very large regional variations; in the southern hemisphere, the loss is closer to 90%. Surface-based weather observations are in decline, especially in Africa a

Coronavirus – Africa: International Rescue Committee (IRC) in response to nearly $7 billion UN appeal

Download logoAs the United Nations increases its Humanitarian Response Plan to nearly $7 billion to counter the global public health and humanitarian consequences of COVID-19, David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, said: “The UN’s renewed funding appeal of $6.7 billion to continue fighting the common threat of Coronavirus sends a simple message: global action is needed now to avoid the pandemic running rampant in the weakest corners

Coronavirus – Africa: UNHCR Global COVID-19 Emergency Response

Download logoHighlights While the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak remains in the United States and Western Europe, WHO has reported worrying upward trends in various parts of Africa, the Americas, and Eastern Europe, without a concentrated outbreak so far in refugee and internally displaced camps and settlements. As of 20 April 2020, UNHCR estimated that 167 States have partially or fully closed their borders to contain the spread of the virus. 57 of these states are making no exc