From the declaration of ‘Climate Emergency’ as word of the year to the humanitarian crisis in Burkina Faso

Oxford Dictionaries has declared ‘climate emergency’ the word of the year for 2019, citing a hundred-fold increase in usage of the term that it says demonstrated a “greater immediacy” in the way we talk about the climate.

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A new study from the European NGO network Concord shows less than 10% of EU aid money reaches the countries where it is needed most. The study also found assistance levels dropped for the second year in a row falling to 0.47% of the EU’s combined Gross National Income (GNI) in 2018 compared with 0.49% in 2017 and 0.51% in 2017.

 

The World Food Programme (WFP) has issued a warning of an ‘escalating humanitarian crisis” in Burkina Faso driven by growing extremist violence and the long-term impact of climate crisis in the arid central Sahel region. WFP says nearly 500,000 people have been forced from their homes in the country and warns their teams on the ground are seeing malnutrition levels ‘well past emergency thresholds’. in his remarks on the crisis, WFP executive director David Beasley said ‘if the world is serious about saving lives, the time to act is now.’

 

A new report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) shows the world is on track to produce more than twice the amount of coal, gas, and oil that can be burned in 2030 while restricting a rise in global temperatures  to 1.5C.

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More than 12,000 charities have been told are no longer allowed to operate in Uganda. Reports indicated the majority of the organisations ordered to cease operations are local groups as opposed to international NGOs raising concerns the government are using these new regulatory measures on NGOs to silence critics and political opponents.

 

Global leaders have pledged USD $2.6 billion in funds to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s Polio Endgame Strategy 2019-2023 as the health community looks to push the fight to eliminate polio over the line.

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A look at the how the newly launched United Nations Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries will operate and Managing Director Joshua Phoho Setipa’s plans for the UN’s youngest institution.

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The UK Labour Party has outlined plans to review the spending of the CDC Group, the UK’s Development Finance Institute, and rebrand the CDC as a green development bank in the party’s election manifesto.

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The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment’s annual summit suggests a movement is underway in the sector to link impact investing more closely with the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

An overview of the key issues and topics discussed at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 (International Conference on Population and Development) focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

 

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced countries under the bank’s group C category, which includes nations such as China, will pay higher maturity premiums for loans from 2021.

 

Mohamed A El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz, former chair of President Barack Obama’s Global Development Council and one-time deputy director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF),  is calling on the IMF to admit its mistakes and implement reforms to adapt to a changing world before it gets left behind.

 

As the role of US foreign assistance in US diplomatic affairs as well as the possible abuse of the process for delivering that assistance emerges as one of the key questions in the US House of Representatives impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Devex looks at what we’ve learned about US foreign aid from the first week of witness testimonies.

 

Food Banks and hunger relief nonprofits receive billions in investment from food companies and supermarkets to help provide food to those in need but despite this extensive emergency food system and historically low unemployment, 40 million Americans still go hungry. Now, some hunger relief nonprofits are looking to more directly target the systemic poverty that forces people to rely on food banks to feed themselves, putting them on a collision course with some of their biggest supporters as the low-wages supermarkets offer employees one of the main factors forcing people to rely on food banks to meet their needs.

 

Multiple charities are reportedly monitoring their ties with Prince Andrew as questions about the Prince’s relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein come under growing scrutiny. The reports come in the wake of an interview the Prince gave BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis for which the Prince has been widely criticised for his explanations and defences of his relationship with Epstein and his lack of empathy for Epstein’s victims.