From UNICEF’s warning of the impact of COVID-19 on Children to the WHO projecting a quarter of a billion people across Africa could contract the virus in the next year 

UNICEF says 6,000 children around the world could die every day over the next six months due to the impact of coronavirus on routine health services.

Related: Humanitarian Action for Children – Coronavirus (COVID-2019) Global Response (Revised May 2020)

 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it projects nearly a quarter of a billion people across Africa will contract COVID-19 in the next year, but the result will be fewer severe cases and deaths than in the US and Europe.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) emergencies director Dr Michael Ryan has warned COVID-19 ‘may never go away’ saying that, that even if a vaccine is found, controlling the virus will require a ‘massive effort’.

Related: Opinion: The future for humanitarian workers after COVID-19

 

Humanitarian leaders say domestic travel restrictions and a lack of coordinated funding are have been the biggest constraints to accessing the world’s most vulnerable communities in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

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A new survey from Devex says two-thirds of development professionals say donors are not doing enough to respond to the coronavirus.

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A new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) says the global economy could suffer between USD $5.8 trillion and USD $8.8 trillion in losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The UN says global economic losses will likely cause an estimated 34.3 million additional people to fall below the extreme poverty line in 2020, with an additional 130 million people potentially being pushed into poverty by 2030.

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Aid groups supporting Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, say the roughly one million refugees living in the various camps in the region are facing a looming humanitarian disaster after the first cases of COVID-19 amongst the Rohingya were detected.

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The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) has announced the creation of the Response, Recovery, and Resilience Investment Coalition, a coalition of several impact investing networks which will look to facilitate COVID-19 related impact investments.

Related: Impact investing in unflashy causes gains ground in the pandemic era

 

Aid groups are pushing the UN to do more to prioritise gender-based violence in its pandemic response with some advocates saying there is a disconnect between the rhetoric coming from the top around the issue and what’s being done on the ground.

 

President Trump has authorised the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) to invest domestically to improve supply chains and shore up production of strategic resources in response to the COVID-19 crisis, a move that has surprised development experts who questioned why an agency with an international development mandate was being asked to manage the task.

Related: US DFC launches new health investment initiative

 

A group of Senate Democrats have introduced legislation to provide USD $9 billion for the global COVID-19 response. Reports indicate there is support in the Senate to approve additional funds to the global response to the virus, though observers say it is unlikely the proposed bill will pass in its current form because it includes language around refugees and funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which the Trump administration has rejected in the past.

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the World Bank have signed a Framework Agreement for mutual reliance in public procurement matters related to co-financed projects in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The Agreement will allow the IDB and the World Bank to ‘leverage each other’s capacities and move in a more expeditious manner, to prepare and implement projects in countries and channel much needed resources to address the needs of the Region.’

Related: World Bank Launches Inaugural Sustainable Development Bond Impact Report

 

Organisers of a pledging conference looking to raise USD $1.41 billion in funds to support Venezuela originally scheduled to take place on the sidelines of the World Bank’s Spring Meetings say the conference will now take place in a virtual format on May 26th.

 

A group of whistleblowers who accused African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina of prevarication and favouritism have called for an independent investigation into the allegations after the AfDB’s Ethics Committee cleared Adesina of any wrong doing.

 

The 2020 Global Nutrition Report says ‘inequalities in food systems and health care coverage mask the true scope of poor nutrition progress within countries and populations’.

 

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Qu Dongyu says ‘significant gains’ have been made in the fight against the desert locust upsurge in East Africa and Yemen but stressed that more needs to be done to prevent a food security crisis, warning the ongoing rainy season provides favourable conditions for locusts to breed.

 

The EU’s human rights priorities for 2020-2024 have drawn a mixed response with even the bloc’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell, who is responsible for the work, calling the action plan by itself is ‘too vague’. One aspect of the plan that has been welcomed by rights advocates is a framework to enable the EU to agree its position on controversial issues without unanimity.