From Africa’s eradication of wild polio to the IMF’s warning of a lost decade for the world’s poorest countries

The Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) has declared the continent free from wild polio.

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the economic impact of COVID-19 will lead to a lost decade for the world’s poorest countries unless they get ‘concerted and urgent help’,

Related: World Bank Looking for Ways to Trim Poor Nations’ Debt Stock

 

Gavi, the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, say 172 economies are now engaged in discussions to potentially participate in the COVAX initiative, ‘a global initiative aimed at working with vaccine manufacturers to provide countries worldwide equitable access to safe and effective vaccines, once they are licensed and approved’.

Related: A global COVID-19 facility could prevent ‘vaccine nationalism’ — but the challenges are steep

 

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is looking to raise an additional USD $5 billion for its COVID-19 Response Mechanism after the initial USD $500 million Fund allocated in April was fully deployed to countries by the end of July.

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Seventeen current and former employees from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) say they have either witnessed or been the victim of misconduct, including abuses of power, racism, sexism, harassment and inappropriate relationships while working at the GCF’s headquarters.

Related: Boss vows to tackle misconduct claims at UN Green Climate Fund

 

Philip Barton, the new Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)’s permanent undersecretary, has announced the names of the FCDO’s new leadership team. The announcement comes less than two weeks before the department is set to start work.

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A new report on workplace discrimination in the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) says that racism is endemic in the organisation, with many black, Asian and minority ethnic men working at DFID saying they have experienced prejudice at work, and that this prejudice has affected DFID’s work with aid recipients.

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With the world’s public development banks set to gather at the Finance in Common summit in November to discuss how they can act on climate change, Devex talks to event organisers and climate advocates about what to expect from the summit.

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Researchers announced Greenland lost a record amount of ice in 2019, with a net ice loss of more than 530 billion metric tons, more than twice the annual average since 2003.

Related: Antarctica: 60% of ice shelves at risk of fracture, research suggests

 

Mauricio Claver-Carone, the Trump Administration’s controversial nominee for president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), says if elected he would work to build Bank into a financial heavyweight to counter China’s influence in the Western Hemisphere.

Related: Disrupt and compete: How Trump changed US foreign aid

 

Nigeria has doubled its voting rights in the African Development Bank (AfDB) to 16.8% ahead of the Bank’s annual meetings next week during which the AfDB is scheduled to elect its president for the next five years. The current AfDB president, Akinwumi Adesina, is from Nigeria and is currently the sole candidate for the role as he seeks re-election.

 

A new study shows infecting mosquitoes with Wolbachia, a naturally occurring bacteria, dramatically reduces their ability to transmit dengue, potentially providing researchers with a path to eliminating the disease.

 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says there are now 100 recorded cases of Ebola stemming from the ongoing outbreak in western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says the interests of the bloc and the departing U.K. would be best served by an ongoing framework for cooperation on development policy. The UK is resisting Barnier’s proposal, with a spokesperson for the UK’s Department for International Development saying it ‘will continue to cooperate with the EU on a case-by-case basis where it is in our best interest, as we do with our other development partners.’

 

A new international study led by the University of Adelaide says between 30% and 50% of the world’s water supply is stolen each year, mainly by agricultural interests and farmers.