From the impact of the Beirut Explosion on Lebanon’s vulnerable populations to calls to delay next month’s IADB presidential election

Aid officials say last week’s devastating explosion in Beirut could have disastrous consequences for the roughly 1.5 million Syrian and Palestinian refugees living in the country and cause major disruptions to the international aid pipeline to Syria.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF say the latest data from the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) shows 43%  of schools around the world lacked access to basic handwashing with soap and water in 2019.

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A growing number of current and former officials from Latin America are calling for next month’s Inter-American Development Bank presidential election to be postponed until the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.

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Diplomats from several Latin American and European countries are reportedly working to delay next month’s vote on the presidency of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to next year when a new U.S. president could be in office following the Trump Administration’s controversial decision to nominate a US candidate for the position, breaking the longstanding unwritten rule that the President of the Bank would always be from Latin America.

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Health experts and industry insiders say the high prices and systems of Linde Group and Air Liquide, multinational gas suppliers that dominate the market for oxygen cylinders across Africa, is leaving hospitals across the continent facing a potentially deadly lack of oxygen as COVID-19 spreads through the region.

Related: New fund aims to deliver PPE to 1 million frontline health workers in Africa


The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), and African Risk Capacity (ARC) have launched two COVID-19 modelling tools for Africa, COVID-19 Potential Outcomes Scenarios and COVID-19 Spread Simulation Tool for Africa, which will ‘help African Union Member States in evaluating the potential magnitude of COVID-19 in their countries and in making decision on appropriate response to mitigate risks due to the pandemic.’

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Experts say the increase in Chinese philanthropic giving to drug and vaccine research and development efforts amid the COVID-19 pandemic, could potentially trigger more long-term giving to R&D efforts among Chinese philanthropists.

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Polio vaccination campaigns disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic have resumed in Afghanistan and Pakistan – the last two polio-endemic countries in the world – after a surge in Polio cases.

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Staff at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) who are not British nationals have been told they will not be able to change roles when they transfer to the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) until the department’s approach to nationality requirements has been determined. While EU nationals and some others are eligible for many jobs in the U.K. civil service, jobs in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the office DFID that will merge with, restricts most jobs to U.K. nationals as they are considered to require ‘special allegiance to the Crown’.

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FEWS NET, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, says below-average rainfall in late 2020 and early 2021will likely cause food security in the eastern Horn of Africa to deteriorate even further below it’s currently poor state.

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Luis Felipe Duchicela, senior adviser for Indigenous peoples’ issues at USAID, discusses USAID’s first Policy on Promoting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the agency begins its rollout.



The Trump Administration has unveiled a new report detailing how 10 U.S. government agencies, including the Department of State, Department of the Treasury, and USAID, are working to help address legal and regulatory barriers women’s economic participation as part of its Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative.

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A new report compiled by 520 scientists from more than 60 countries says the past decade was the hottest ever recorded globally, with 2019 either the second or third warmest year on record.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to sign-off on new rules barring UK Export Finance, the UK government’s chief foreign lender, from offering financial support to foreign fossil fuel projects.

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has established a new company, Fellowship Ventures LLC, to to help execute his $10 billion pledge to combat climate change.

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