From COVID-19’s impact on vaccination efforts to a report that one in three children have dangerous levels of lead in their blood

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says disruptions to vaccination efforts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have left 80 million children under the age of one unprotected from diseases including measles, tetanus, polio and yellow fever.

 

New data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation says one in three children around the world have concentrations of lead in their blood at levels likely to cause significant long-term health damage.

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The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched ‘The Technical Platform on the Measurement and Reduction of Food Loss and Waste’, a new platform to help the global community step up action to reduce food loss and waste.

 

Global Fund for Women president and CEO Latanya Mapp Frett says donors and policymakers should priorities longer-term and core funding, connect directly with grassroots organizations, and learn from the work of feminist development organisations in response to the disruption COVID-19 has caused to social, educational, and health services access for women and girls.

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Ricci Symons of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)’s environment, climate, gender, and social inclusion division says more climate finance should be specifically earmarked for smallholder farmers to ensure adequate support is being given to smallholders to adopt climate-smart practices and adapt to the impact of climate change.

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A new study shows the combined impacts of human-caused sea level rise, storm surges and high tides could expose an extra 23 million people to coastal flooding within the next 30 years, even with if ambitious cuts to greenhouse gas emissions are made.

 

The Democratic party has introduced legislation in the US House of Representative to repeal the Helms amendment, a US law preventing the use of US aid to fund abortion services.

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African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina has been cleared of wrongdoing following an independent review of the AfDB’s internal investigation into allegations of corruption made against Adesina earlier this year.

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The UK government’s decision to cut its Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget by nearly 20% has surprised observers. Though some cuts were expected due to the economic impact of COVID-19 the scale of the cuts, as well as the decision to make them halfway through the year, caught the development community off-guard.

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Harriet Lamb, CEO of Ashden, and Ben Jackson, former board member of U.K. Friends of the Earth, say it is up to the NGO community to protect British aid in the wake of Boris Johnson’s decision to merge the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

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Efosa Ojomo and Rich Alton of the Christensen Institute say donors and policymakers should invest in ‘market-creating innovations’ which ‘transform complicated and expensive products into products that are simple and affordable, making them accessible to a whole new segment of people’, to help nations recover from the economic impact of COVID-19.

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MacKenzie Scott has announced she has donated nearly USD $1.7 billion to 116 nonprofits over the past year, with the majority of her donations going to organisations devoted to equity that are led by women, minorities, and LGBTQ people.

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