From the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic to the Locust Crisis threatening East Africa

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says there are now more than 600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Africa, up from 147 cases a week ago. COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in 34 countries, with 12 countries experiencing local transmission.

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Health Experts say the countries already dealing with humanitarian and refugee crises are at risk of being overwhelmed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Experts fear that, with protective equipment already a concern for China and Europe, developing countries with weaker health systems will struggle to access the resources and tools to respond the outbreak.

Related: COVID-19 disruptions on health supply chains a challenge for aid orgs

 

NGOs in France and Greece have written to government and EU officials urging them to put in place measures to protect refugees and migrants, particularly children, as the coronavirus pandemic sees volunteer numbers plunge and many vital support services close.

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The World Bank has announced an additional USD $2 billion in funding to help with the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing its total commitment to $14 billion.

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The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says the food security of 25 million people could be endangered by the locust swarms spreading across East Africa.

Related: Nigeria struggles with largest recorded Lassa fever outbreak

 

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have been taking swipes at each other in the latest stage of the EU’s process for choosing which organisation will be the bloc’s lead development bank. The two institutions have been asked to respond to written questions from EU finance ministers and both have used their responses to attack each other.

Related: EU development chief welcomes EBRD’s sub-Saharan ambitions

 

Policy makers have begun discussing potential changes to the rules governing official development assistance (ODA) in the wake of the devastation caused by the Australian bushfires. Current ODA rules prevent countries from using their ODA budgets to provide aid to countries deemed too wealthy to qualify for ODA, even in response to a natural disaster, though opponents of amending the rules are quick to point out that the current rules do not prevent countries from sending aid to countries deemed too wealthy to qualify for ODA, they just prevent countries from counting such aid as part of their ODA commitments.

 

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and its partners are appealing for USD $1.3 billion this year to meet the humanitarian needs of refugees fleeing South Sudan.

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US nonprofits are seeking USD $60 billion in federal assistance to help respond to the impact of COVID-19 on their operations and fundraising.

Related: USAID chief to leave post

 

Climate experts are urging British Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to postpone the vital COP26 climate talks this year, despite the coronavirus outbreak, saying doing so would damage hopes of making any real progress on the climate emergency.

Related: Study: global banks ‘failing miserably’ on climate crisis by funneling trillions into fossil fuels

 

World Vision Australia is facing allegations of nepotism and corruption within its ranks that led to ongoing kickbacks as part of a $2.5 million Australian dollar (USD $1.6 million) printing and marketing contract.

 

Devex talks to Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, and World Wide Fund for Nature about how they work to engage the private sector without allowing their brands to be used for green washing.

 

The UK Charity Commission is changing its senior management structure and is now looking for a new Chief Operating Officer.

 

A look at some of the key talking points on feminist leadership at the Women in Dev conference in London this month.

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UNAIDS executive director Winnie Byanyima has outlined six areas in the global fight to end AIDS that require a ‘new era of leadership’.