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  •  International Youth Day 2022 The role of youth in driving financial inclusion in Africa
    International Youth Day 2022: The role of youth in driving financial inclusion in Africa
     International Youth Day 2022 The role of youth in driving financial inclusion in Africa
    International Youth Day 2022: The role of youth in driving financial inclusion in Africa
    Africa4 days ago

    International Youth Day 2022: The role of youth in driving financial inclusion in Africa

    The African Union defines 'youth' as ​​someone between the ages of 15 and 35.

    With 70% of sub-Saharan Africa's population under the age of 30, Africa has the youngest population in the world.

    With such a thriving young workforce, the continent's economy has the opportunity to grow exponentially, but only if the next generations are given the tools they need.

    It is crucial that young people are involved in decision-making processes and are provided with numerous opportunities for employment and innovation.

    Depending on their needs and stage of life, access to financial services can empower young people and improve their well-being in the right circumstances.

    According to research, children start developing good financial habits as early as seven years old.

    A study conducted by the OECD for the G20 Global Alliance for Financial Inclusion shows that young people are more likely to choose non-traditional financial service providers, as they often have weak ties to the formal banking sector, both in sub-Saharan Africa as globally.

    It should come as no surprise that this generation is driving fintech adoption globally given that they have never known a world without mobile, web and app-based services.

    The study further revealed that; one in three internet users worldwide is under the age of 18, and globally, 71% of young people and just 48% of the general population use the internet.

    Many national governments, including Costa Rica, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, and Spain, have explicitly recognized Internet access as a human right since access to online information and services has become so crucial.

    At Cellulant (www.Cellulant.io), we see fintech collaborations as a vehicle to promote financial inclusion, business expansion, and overall economic development in Africa.

    We work daily to open options for people to become financially autonomous and empowered by giving global, regional and local businesses the rails they need to own their financial journeys.

    We see collaborations with Fintech companies, especially those founded and led by young people, as a tool to promote financial inclusion and the growth of individual companies, as well as the economy of the African continent as a whole.

    As some of our recent partnerships demonstrate, Young African Founders in Africa is making significant strides across a variety of sectors to drive financial inclusion; In the Gig Economy: The one-stop financial platform for Africa's gig workers, ImaliPay (www.ImaliPay.com) has partnered with Cellulant for its payments infrastructure and solutions in Kenya and Nigeria.

    Founded by 2 young Africans, Tatenda Furusa (https://bit.ly/3QoO9tw) and Sanmi Akinmusire (https://bit.ly/3zQi3Q8), ImaliPay is driving financial inclusion by enabling ImaliPay users to access services faster through Cellulant's pay rails while building an ecosystem where temp workers can create a safety net around their work through savings, credit and insurance that boost their productivity and economic empowerment .

    Cellulant is also the payment processor for Gray (https://bit.ly/3JNRakz), a Y-combinator-backed fintech startup, powering thousands of Gray customers with their payments.

    Gray offers a unique international money transfer service that allows its users to quickly send and receive international payments without restrictions.

    Gray was launched in 2021 by Idorenyin Obong (https://bit.ly/3zK17uE) and Femi Aghedo (https://bit.ly/3zOl1Vr), who wanted to help Nigerians easily switch to local currency and access foreign currencies in your accounts Retail: Leveraging Cellulant's presence across the continent, where we have a presence in 35 countries, MarketForce (https://bit.ly/3AhDfzZ) has partnered with Cellulant to offer additional revenue opportunities for informal retailers by empowering them to be agents of major financial services, as well as access to payments, savings, investments, insurance, and buy now, pay later products.

    Founded in 2018 by Tesh Mbaabu (https://bit.ly/3QmKE6O) and Mesongo Sibuti (https://bit.ly/3C3ZJG8), MarketForce is an all-inclusive B2B trading platform that enables informal traders in Africa digitally and conveniently source, order and pay for inventory, access financing, collect digital payments and earn extra money by reselling digital financial services like airtime, electricity tokens and bill payment through your RejaReja app.

    In the remittance industry: At Cellulant, our goal is to simplify the way payments are made by making sure they are made in the most seamless way.

    This fluidity is also needed in the remittance space, hence our partnership with Nala (https://www.Nala.com) to facilitate seamless cross-border payments and significantly reduce the cost of sending money from the UK and abroad.

    USA to Africa.

    Nala is a Y-Combinator-backed company, founded by Benjamin Fernandes (https://bit.ly/3SGQ7XL), that provides an app for Africans living in the UK and US to seamlessly send money to the continent .

    Cellulant continues to drive payments across the continent, one transaction at a time, helping businesses explore how the evolution of digital payment solutions can help create jobs, increase service delivery efficiencies and foster financial inclusion of our young population to develop payment in Africa.

    sector and promote economic development.

  •  Centre to showcase made in Nigeria products to Nordic European Countries
    Centre to showcase made-in-Nigeria products to Nordic European Countries
     Centre to showcase made in Nigeria products to Nordic European Countries
    Centre to showcase made-in-Nigeria products to Nordic European Countries
    General news1 week ago

    Centre to showcase made-in-Nigeria products to Nordic European Countries

    The African Network Centre Sarl Ltd says made-in-Nigeria products will be on display in four Nordic countries- Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland in October.

    Mr Ahmed Gombe, Chief Executive Officer of the centre, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.

    NAN reports that the Nordic Countries are a geographical and cultural region in Northern Europe and the North Atlantic.

    Gombe said the region had overtime expressed strong interest to do business with their African counterparts through various government initiatives and private business forums.

    He said the centre, in collaboration with other stakeholders, planned a business mission to four of the Nordic countries to promote made-in-Nigeria goods.

    He explained that there were many high quality made-in-Nigeria products which could compete favourably in the international market to boost Nigeria’s non-oil sector and diversify the economy.

    “Over the years the Nigerian Government and businesses have made increasing effort to steer away from being solely dependent on oil export as their economic mainstay, putting non-oil export in the spotlight.

    “Recently the Central Bank of Nigeria has been advocating and carrying out a series of fora to promote non-oil export and also made-in Nigeria products.

    “The economy of the Nordic Region is among the wealthiest in the world and has continued to thrive despite the impact of COVID-19, so we intend to introduce and market Nigeria to this region.

    “From Oct. 23 to Oct. 31, we will work with the Nigerian Embassy in Sweden to go round the four Nordic countries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

    “We want them to know that Nigeria is a destination for non-oil export and also a good market for import of made-in Nigeria products,” he said.

    Gombe also said that the centre was collaborating with the Nigerian Export-Import Bank to promote the export of made-in Nigeria products to other countries around the world.

    He said many youths would be trained to be ‘exportpreneurs’ after the launch of the Nigeria Export-Import Corridor Initiative with a portal to register and train youths on export of Nigerian goods.

    He also applauded the strides of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council in establishing the Export Trade Houses for made-in-Nigeria products in some African countries.

    “We are going to work with them to establish a similar Export Trade House in Morocco; we are also looking at the Nordic region to establish it somewhere there.

    “The idea is that when you want to look for made-in Nigeria products, you just go to that export warehouse.

    “We are also going to deploy technology with an app or software where you can log in, download and get the necessary information and transaction as an exportpreneur.

    “As we identify other destinations for made-in Nigeria products, we will continue to collaborate and promote this initiative,” Gombe said.

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  •  Nigerian organisation wins UNFPA award
    Nigerian organisation wins UNFPA award
     Nigerian organisation wins UNFPA award
    Nigerian organisation wins UNFPA award
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Nigerian organisation wins UNFPA award

    A Nigerian-based organisation, Hillspring Diagnostics, has won the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) global innovation award for one of the 10 projects that will advance the empowerment of women and girls worldwide.

    The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that UNFPA announced the 10 winners to its first ever Joint Innovation Challenge on Thursday.

    Joint Innovation Challenge is a cutting-edge competition to provide funding for social enterprises with innovative solutions that advance the empowerment of women and girls worldwide.

    Speaking on the award at a news conference in New York, UN spokesman, Mr Stéphane Dujarric, said 10 organisations that won the award are headed by women.

    Dujarric said Hillspring Diagnostics from Nigeria came up with a revolutionary method for detecting ectopic pregnancy, a condition which can have dangerous consequences including death of the mother and baby if not diagnosed and treated in time.

    According to him, organisations headed by women from other nine countries of Costa Rica, Armenia, Mongolia, Uganda, Turkey, Colombia, Bangladesh, Rwanda, and Cameroon were honoured.

    Dujarric said the winners pitched a range of innovations – from a portable diagnostic system for pre-eclampsia to a board game that shares information on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

    “The 10 winners each received 60,000 dollars which will allow these organisations to move from pilot stage to scale,’’ he said.

    The challenge was financed by UNFPA’s Equaliser Accelerator Fund, and implemented in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the International Trade Centre.

    Entrants were given the incentive of a cash prize which would allow them to expand their ideas from the test stage, to full production, for the potential benefit of millions around the world.

    The challenge received further funding from the Governments of Luxembourg, Finland, and Denmark.

    Launched in 2021, UNFPA’s Fund provides equity-free investments in social enterprises that are led or co-led by women, and can show evidence of the impact they will have.

    Reacting to the award, Dr Natalia Kanem, UNFPA’s Executive Director said, in relation to the competition, “creative thinking and innovative solutions are key to accelerate progress for women and girls around the world.

    ” According to her, the 2022 challenge is awarding 10 women-helmed organisations from five different regions globally.

    Initially, a panel of experts received 300 submissions from 61 countries.

    After 20 finalists pitched their innovative ideas to the panel, the eventual 10 winners then signed nine-month contracts with UNFPA and will be receiving an equity-free investment of 60,000 dollars.

    The funding will allow winning organisations to transition away from the pilot stage, and begin manufacturing at scale.

    UNFPA and its partners will also support the social enterprises with targeted mentorship, training opportunities, interactive workshops, and unique access to the global UN network.

    The winning ideas varied in function, but were united in ingenuity, said the agency.

    Other winners from Africa are the Global Pre-Eclampsia Initiative from, Uganda; Urukundo Initiative, Rwanda and Women in Entrepreneurship and Technology (WETECH), Cameroon.

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  •  U S Senate votes to approve Sweden Finland joining NATO
    U.S. Senate votes to approve Sweden, Finland joining NATO 
     U S Senate votes to approve Sweden Finland joining NATO
    U.S. Senate votes to approve Sweden, Finland joining NATO 
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    U.S. Senate votes to approve Sweden, Finland joining NATO 

    U.

    S. Senate votes to approve Sweden, Finland joining NATO  U.

    S. Senate votes to approve Sweden,  Finland joining NATO  NATO,  Aug. 4, 2022 The U.

    S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve the accession of Sweden and Finland to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) on Wednesday, with the resolution gaining the support of 95 senators.

    The single dissenting vote came from Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, who argued that there should be less focus on security in Europe and much more on the threat from China.

    U.

    S. President Joe Biden has strongly backed the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, and referred the matter to the senate for consideration in July. The vote in Washington followed a vote in France’s National Assembly earlier on Wednesday, in which 209 deputies voted in favour of Swedish and Finnish membership, while 46 voted against.

    The senate, the second chamber of the French parliament, voted to approve the accession a fortnight ago.

    Sweden and Finland applied to join the Western defence alliance in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    Until now, the two countries have been close partners, but not members, of NATO.

    Before the accession protocols can enter into force, they must be ratified by all 30 NATO member states, two-thirds of which have already given their approval for the new members.

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  •  Finland seizes goods with military use on Russian border
    Finland seizes goods with military use on Russian border
     Finland seizes goods with military use on Russian border
    Finland seizes goods with military use on Russian border
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Finland seizes goods with military use on Russian border

    Finland’s customs service said Wednesday it had caught several travellers carrying drones and other sanctioned goods across the border with Russia that could boost Moscow’s “industrial and military capabilities”.

    The seizures came as Finland debates restrictions on Russian visas following Moscow’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine that led to swingeing Western sanctions.

    More than 2,500 checks were carried out between July 22 and 27 and around 100 such cases emerged, the customs service said.

    “Currently, approximately 20 cases related to passenger traffic are under preliminary examination,” a statement said, adding that searches revealed various EU-sanctioned luxury products as well as goods that could have military applications, “such as tools used in maritime traffic.

    ” “There have also been drones as well as such items that we cannot comment on at this moment,” Enforcement Director Mikko Gronberg told AFP.

    The increasing number of Russian tourists in Finland has spurred discontent as many think tourism should be restricted due to the war in Ukraine.

    Finland’s conservative opposition party last week proposed a halt to new tourist visas for Russians.

    President Sauli Niinisto is due to discuss the issue with the government on Thursday and the proposal appears to have wide backing in parliament.

    “Personally, I think restrictions should be increased,” Aki Linden from the ruling Social Democrats, who is acting prime minister while Sanna Marin is on holiday, told AFP.

    Last week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia “would react very negatively” if there was a curb on Russian visas.

    After Russia lifted Covid travel restrictions on July 15, the number of Russian tourists heading to Finland has steadily increased.

    Although the numbers are still below pre-Covid levels, there have been more than 185,000 border crossings in July — up from the 125,000 in June.

  •  Sudan World Bank provides 100 million in emergency support
    Sudan: World Bank provides 0 million in emergency support
     Sudan World Bank provides 100 million in emergency support
    Sudan: World Bank provides 0 million in emergency support
    Africa3 weeks ago

    Sudan: World Bank provides $100 million in emergency support

    The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Sudan has received a $100 million contribution from the World Bank to help with critical emergency food and cash livelihoods in Sudan.

    In the first direct contribution between the two UN agencies in the country, the Sudan Emergency Safety Nets Project aims to provide cash and food transfers for more than two million people in the poverty-stricken and impoverished nation.

    crisis, including internally displaced persons.

    “WFP is very grateful to the World Bank for this generous contribution, at a crucial time in Sudan when more and more people don't know where their next meal will come from,” said Eddie Rowe, WFP Representative and Country Director for Sudan.

    Food insecurity The country's economic and political crisis has become more intense due to rising inflation, conflict and displacement.

    That has been exacerbated by climate shocks, including droughts and floods, and a poor harvest, all of which have increased food insecurity across Sudan.

    As hunger continues to rise at "an alarming rate", a third of the population faces food insecurity, the WFP said.

    By September, up to 18 million people, or 40 percent of the population, could fall into hunger, according to the Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment released in June. Saving lives In Sudan, WFP is working to help people facing acute hunger while addressing the root causes of food insecurity.

    The recently launched project will enable the UN food aid agency to save lives while laying the foundation for a more targeted social safety net system in Sudan by helping the most vulnerable to withstand shocks and building more resilient livelihoods.

    long term.

    “This funding will help mitigate a looming hunger crisis in Sudan and inform future systems of social safety nets for the country's most vulnerable that not only save but change lives,” said Mr Rowe. Shortfall despite generosity The allocation has been provided by the World Bank-managed Sudan Transition and Recovery Support Trust Fund (STARS), with support from the European Union, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Norway, Canada, Italy, Finland, Spain, Ireland, and the State and Peacebuilding Fund administered by the World Bank. However, despite the substantial contribution, WFP still needs at least $266 million more through the end of the year to reach more than 10 million vulnerable people a year.

    Since the beginning of 2022, WFP has reached 4.8 million people across Sudan with food or cash and nutritional support, school meals and livelihood opportunities.

  •  Sudan World Bank provides 100m in emergency support
    Sudan: World Bank provides 0m in emergency support
     Sudan World Bank provides 100m in emergency support
    Sudan: World Bank provides 0m in emergency support
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    Sudan: World Bank provides $100m in emergency support

    The UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Sudan has received a 100 million dollars contribution from the World Bank to assist with critical emergency cash and food sustenance in Sudan.

    In the first-ever direct contribution between the two UN agencies in the country, the Sudan Emergency Safety Nets Project aims to provide cash transfers and food for more than two million people across the impoverished and crisis-wracked nation, including for those internally displaced.

    “WFP is extremely grateful to the World Bank for this generous contribution, at a crucial time in Sudan when more and more people do not know where their next meal will come from,” Eddie Rowe, WFP’s Representative and Country Director in Sudan, said.

    According to Rowe, the country’s economic and political crisis has grown more intense due to rising inflation, conflict and displacement.

    “That’s been exacerbated by climate shocks – including droughts and floods, and a poor harvest – all of which has increased food insecurity throughout Sudan.

    ’’ As hunger continues to rise at “an alarming rate,” one-third of the population is facing food insecurity, WFP official said.

    By September, up to 18 million people, or 40 per cent of the population, could slip into hunger, according to the Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment released in June. In Sudan, WFP is working to sustain people facing acute hunger while addressing the root causes of food insecurity.

    The newly launched project will enable the UN food relief agency to save lives while laying the foundation for a more targeted social safety net system in Sudan by supporting the most vulnerable to withstand shocks and build more resilient livelihoods for the long term.

    “This funding will help to mitigate a looming hunger crisis in Sudan and inform future social safety net systems for the country’s most vulnerable that not only saves but changes lives,” Rowe said.

    The allocation has been provided by the World Bank-managed Sudan Transition and Recovery Support Trust Fund (STARS), supported by the European Union, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, Norway, Canada, Italy, Finland, Spain, Ireland, and the World Bank-administered State and Peacebuilding Fund. Yet, in spite the substantial contribution, WFP still requires at least 266 million dollars more through the end of the year to reach over 10 million vulnerable people year.

    Since the beginning of 2022, WFP has reached 4.

    8 million people across Sudan with life-saving food or cash and nutrition support, school meals, and livelihood opportunities.

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  •  UN Women Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa Dr Maxime Houinato visits Ethiopia strategic alliances for transformational impact
    UN Women Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Dr. Maxime Houinato, visits Ethiopia: strategic alliances for transformational impact
     UN Women Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa Dr Maxime Houinato visits Ethiopia strategic alliances for transformational impact
    UN Women Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Dr. Maxime Houinato, visits Ethiopia: strategic alliances for transformational impact
    Africa3 weeks ago

    UN Women Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Dr. Maxime Houinato, visits Ethiopia: strategic alliances for transformational impact

    UN Women ESA Regional Director Dr. Maxime Houinato visited Ethiopia from 11-15 July 2022 to provide strategic guidance to the Ethiopia Country Office, Liaison Office and development partners on the regional priorities and commitments of UN Women.

    The mission also aimed to ensure UN Women's partnership with the African Union and relevant UN system partners on the continental agenda of women, peace and security, humanitarian action and women's financial inclusion.

    Discussions on strategic entry points and important levers for successful implementation of key global intergovernmental and normative frameworks on gender equality and women's empowerment were among the key specific objectives of the mission.

    The mission gave Dr. Maxime the opportunity to share her vision for leadership with UN Women Ethiopia staff and Liaison Offices and solicit senior management views on how best UN Women can leverage partnerships, resources and existing programmatic and organizational frameworks to achieve transformational impact.

    at national, regional and continental level.

    Dr. Maxime's mission began with a bilateral meeting with the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia, Ms. Worknesh Mekonnen.

    The two discussed changes in the leadership and governance of the UN Women representation in Ethiopia, AU and ECA and the UN Country Team (UNCT) accountability on gender and the potential for inter-agency initiatives.

    Dr. Maxime met with development partners who are contributing to the Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment work through the UN Women Liaison Office with AU and ECA and the Ethiopia Country Office.

    During the meeting, he welcomed their contributions to advancing gender equality and women's empowerment in Ethiopia and encouraged them, wherever possible, to adopt more integrated support across all thematic areas, thereby catalyzing transformative change across all areas of life.

    Development partners participating in the meeting included Sweden/AIDS, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, France and the EU.

    Dr. Maxime spoke with UNDP Regional Service Center Director, Dr. Stan Nkwain, and Gender Program Advisor and Team Leader, Ms. Odette Kabaya, about joint priorities for collaboration between UN Women and UNDP, and renewed commitment to collaboration.

    At the African Union Commission's Directorate for Women, Gender and Youth, she spoke with Prudence N.

    Ngwenya, Acting Director, and Dr. Tapiwa Uchizi Nyasulu Rweyemamu, Head of the Women and Gender Policy and Development Division for affirm UN Women's commitment to ongoing collaborations.

    Dr. Maxime also had a fruitful meeting with His Excellency Mr. Tagesse Chafo, Speaker of the House of Peoples' Representatives of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, on strategic partnerships and important levers for successful implementation of normative and intergovernmental frameworks.

    key global issues on gender equality and empowerment.

    Of woman.

    The Regional Director also had a bilateral meeting with HE Ambassador Tesfaye Yilma, Minister of State for Political and Economic Diplomacy to discuss UN Women's representation in Ethiopia and thanked the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia for the unwavering support to UN operations.

    women in the country.

    At the conclusion of his five-day mission in Ethiopia, the Regional Director witnessed the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Mr. Schadrack Dusabe, Officer-in-Charge of the UN Women Country Office in Ethiopia, and H.E. Mr. Dr. Ergogie Tesfaye, Minister for Women and Social Affairs (MoWSA).

    The MoU includes a joint 4-year framework in support of the implementation of the Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Priorities as part of the 10-Year Outlook Plan of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

    Before the signing, HE the Minister held a bilateral discussion with the UN Women ESA Regional Director on issues of common interest to promote gender equality and women's empowerment in Ethiopia.

    In his remarks at the signing ceremony, Dr. Maxime reiterated UN Women's commitment to the Government of Ethiopia and the MoWSA to ensure that gender equality and women's empowerment are realized despite bottlenecks.

    natural and man-made.

  •  The World Food Program welcomes the World Bank s contribution of 100 million for critical emergency food and cash assistance in Sudan
    The World Food Program welcomes the World Bank’s contribution of 0 million for critical emergency food and cash assistance in Sudan
     The World Food Program welcomes the World Bank s contribution of 100 million for critical emergency food and cash assistance in Sudan
    The World Food Program welcomes the World Bank’s contribution of 0 million for critical emergency food and cash assistance in Sudan
    Africa3 weeks ago

    The World Food Program welcomes the World Bank’s contribution of $100 million for critical emergency food and cash assistance in Sudan

    The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Sudan received a US$100 million contribution from the World Bank to implement its recently launched Sudan Emergency Safety Nets Project.

    This project aims to provide cash and food transfers to more than two million people across Sudan, including internally displaced persons and residents.

    “WFP is very grateful to the World Bank for this generous contribution, at a crucial time in Sudan when more and more people don't know where their next meal will come from,” said Eddie Rowe, WFP Representative and Country Director for Sudan.

    This is the World Bank's first direct contribution to WFP in Sudan.

    This allocation has been provided by the Sudan Recovery and Transition Support Trust Fund (STARS) administered by the World Bank, with support from the European Union, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, the Kingdom of Saudi Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Norway, Canada, Italy, Finland, Spain, Ireland, and the State and Peacebuilding Fund managed by the World Bank. "We also extend our sincere gratitude to all donors who have invested in the STARS fund.

    This funding will help mitigate a looming hunger crisis in Sudan and inform future social safety net systems for the country's most vulnerable that they not only save but change lives," concluded Mr. Rowe. Hunger is rising at an alarming rate and every contribution helps WFP support the most vulnerable in Sudan.

    Currently, one third of the Sudanese population faces food insecurity.

    In September, up to 18 million people, or 40% of the country's population, could fall into hunger, according to the Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment published in June. The key drivers of food insecurity in Sudan are the crisis economic and political crisis, inflation, conflict and displacement, climatic shocks, including droughts and floods.

    , and a poor harvest in the last agricultural season.

    WFP's work in Sudan aims to save the lives of people facing acute hunger while addressing the root causes of food.

    unsafety.

    This newly launched project will enable WFP to save lives while laying the foundation for a more targeted social safety net system in Sudan, addressing the root causes of food insecurity by helping the most vulnerable to withstand shocks and building livelihoods.

    more resilient life in the long term.

    Despite this contribution from the World Bank and STARS donors, WFP still requires at least an additional $266 million through the end of 2022 to reach more than 10 million vulnerable people as planned at the beginning of the year.

    Since the beginning of the year, WFP has reached 4.8 million people across Sudan with food or cash and nutritional support, school meals and livelihood opportunities.

  •  Berlin expects gas flows to resume after pipeline maintenance work
    Berlin expects gas flows to resume after pipeline maintenance work
     Berlin expects gas flows to resume after pipeline maintenance work
    Berlin expects gas flows to resume after pipeline maintenance work
    Foreign4 weeks ago

    Berlin expects gas flows to resume after pipeline maintenance work

    The German government expects Russian gas flows through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to resume after routine maintenance work is completed.

    Deputy government spokesperson Christiane Hoffmann said gas flows would resume on Thursday as scheduled and in line with Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom’s contractual obligations.

    Hoffmann declined to comment on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent warning that gas deliveries could fall to 33 million cubic metres per day if a repaired turbine is not quickly delivered.

    The spokesperson reiterated that the missing turbine was a pretext to reduce gas flows, but the deployment of a replacement turbine was nonetheless underway.

    Nord Stream is a pair of offshore natural gas pipeline sets in Europe that run under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany.

    It includes the two Nord Stream 1 pipelines running from Vyborg in northwestern Russia, near Finland, and the two Nord Stream 2 pipelines running from Ust-Luga in northwestern Russia, near Estonia.

    Both sets of pipelines run to Lubmin in the northeastern German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

    Nord Stream 2 has been denied certification as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    The name “Nord Stream” occasionally refers to a wider pipeline network, including the feeding onshore pipeline in Russia, and further connections in Western Europe.

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