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23 Nov 2009 description
report World Bank
  • Despite critical links between agriculture and the MDGs, agricultural statistics remain weak

    - World Bank, Gates Foundation now collaborating to improve household surveys in Sub-Saharan Africa

    - Plan includes active dissemination of results and open access to data

    The World Bank's World Development Report 2008 highlighted the key role of agriculture in meeting the 2015 targets laid out by the Millennium Development Goals.

07 Sep 2009 description
report EastAfrican

By ESTHER NAKKAZI

Countries affected by malaria in sub Saharan Africa are to benefit from a new campaign involving distribution of 700 million bednets to people living in the region to reduce deaths caused by the disease by 2015.

A number of organisations led by the World Health Organisation have already mobilised $5 billion for the campaign, which will involve setting up more factories to make bednets.

Currently, only factories under a company called A-Z with plants in Tanzania, Nigeria and Ethiopia are making nets for the region.

The campaign is geared at increasing the use …

22 Apr 2009 description
report Africa Action

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 (Washington, DC) - Just three weeks after the London Summit of the Group of 20 countries decided to make the International Monetary Fund (IMF) the primary vehicle for global economic recovery, civil society critics are charging that the programs it has instituted since the crisis struck could do more harm than good.

On the eve of the semi-annual ("spring") meetings of the World Bank and IMF, they are demanding that the finance ministers gathering in Washington change IMF rules so that emergency funds are delivered to vulnerable countries without …