Six-Year Rural Electricity Deal Signed

The Tanzanian government and the World Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which the latter will provide US$209 million for the implementation of six-year Rural Electrification Expansion Programme.
The six-year project will also be financed by other Development Partners and other partners who will finance the project are Norway who will offer US$80 million, Sweden (US$70 million), European Union (US$50 million), England (US$42 million) and African Development Bank (US$5 million). Tanzanian government will issue 900m/- for the project.

Decline in HIV/AIDS Donor Funding Worries UNAIDS

Executive Director for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Michel Sidibe, has expressed worry at the decline in donor funding towards HIV/AIDS service provision.

Speaking at a press briefing at the opening of the 21st International AIDS conference in Durban, Sidibe warned that if the decline in funding continues the fight against HIV/AIDS would lead to a reverse in the gains made in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

​Agency Pledges Sh240 Billion in Aid

The French Development Agency AFD will inject over Sh240 billion into renewable energy, water and transport projects in Tanzania.

AFD Representative in Tanzania Emmanuel Baudra, told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the latest development plans are in line with the French President's commitment to increase support by a 50 per cent by 2020.

Too Important to Fail - It’s a Question of Trust

Today, 17 January 2016, marks the launch of a groundbreaking report “Too Important to Fail – Addressing the Humanitarian Financing Gap’ urging the global community to rethink the way they finance, distribute and document spending on humanitarian aid. Commissioned by the United Nations secretary-general ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in May, it details the drivers behind a diverse array of proposed changes in the status quo and lays out key recommendations for increasing effectiveness, efficiency and transparency.

Moving the Ford Foundation Forward

Today, I’m excited to announce that the Ford Foundation’s two-year transition is over. In this message, I share a number of major decisions and offer details on FordForward - our blueprint for changes in our culture, our programmes, and our assets. I invite you to read about these decisions and my reflections on them below, and to explore the details of Ford’s programmes throughout our new website.

Challenging inequality

For Peace to Happen, We Need to Measure it Better

Policymakers face tough decisions when intervening in fragile and conflict-affected states. Donors are under pressure to spend resources wisely and effectively, but at the same time, there is a lack of evidence on which policies really work.

Conflict re-emerges across the world, which highlights the need to find long-term solutions to address instability. The relationship between political settlements (the political agreements upon which a state is based) and development is particularly vexing from an evidence-based perspective.

Crunch Time for NGOs Focusing on AIDS

7 September 2015 was the deadline for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in 26 health districts to submit their plans for the closure or alternative funding of their projects to the Department of Health and United States government officials.
The US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which uses money from United States taxpayers, will stop funding local NGOs working in areas in which only six percent or less of South Africa's HIV cases live.

Water Infrastructure Funding a Challenge in Africa

The issue of funding dominated discussions at the World Water Week in in Stockholm, Swedish, as delegates mainly from Africa, discussed water and sanitation challenges on the continent.

The African Ministers' Council on Water says it is shameful that there are still people on the continent who do not have access to drinking water.

To read the article titled, “Water infrastructure funding a challenge in Africa,” click here.

SADC Discourage Reliance on Donor Funding

Ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have described the regional body’s dependence on foreign funding as a ‘profound weakness’ and have called for alternatives.

Zimbabwean Foreign Minister, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, told a meeting of the SADC council of ministers in Gaborone that “as long as we are unable to fund our own organisation, the future of our programmes and activities will remain uncertain and SADC will not be wholly ours.”

Gift of the Givers Turns 23

Aid organisation, Gift of the Givers, has sent out a special thank you to its staff, donors, media, organisations and ordinary contributors as it celebrates its 23rd birthday.

Founder, Imtiaaz Sooliman, says there would be no party or cutting of a cake rather just thankfulness that the organisation has been able to serve those in dire need across the world.


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