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Water: Are we all too wet behind the ears?
March 22 marked World Water Day; a day when we’re all supposed to take action to tackle the water crisis. But how many people even know there’s a crisis to be tackled? Certainly, a good few in the developing world will be aware that there’s something not quite right, since a full 1.8 billion of them still use a contaminated source of drinking water. This puts them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.
Vienna, Austria, March 14, 2017. Over 15 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing, totaling nearly US$190m, which was approved at the 158th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID). The public sector loans, which total US$106m, will support the following projects/programs:
Hunger: More than a moral outrage
The statistics are shocking, so utterly appalling as to be beyond comprehension: 780 million people deprived of sufficient nourishment; three million under-fives dead from hunger in just one year; and, 66 million primary school children sent to class every day on empty stomachs.
Tragically, this is not the trailer for some postapocalyptic sci-fi blockbuster, but hard truths about the world we live in.
Funds to benefit over 30 countries worldwide
Vienna, Austria, June 17, 2013. The Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), meeting in its 143rd Session on June 13, has approved 17 loans and grants totaling over US$234 million to boost socio-economic development in over 44 partner countries. The majority of the public sector funding will co-finance transportation, energy and water supply and sanitation projects.
The approved public sector loans are as follows:
The Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), meeting in its 135th Session, has approved over US$56 million in loans and US$6 million in grants to address Africa’s needs. The funds will be allocated to the energy, transportation, agriculture, health and financial sectors.
The Director-General of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), Mr. Suleiman J. Al-Herbish, today signed three grant agreements with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Foundation for the Social Promotion of Culture (FPSC), to help finance various projects and programs.
The first grant in the amount of US$3,000,000 will finance an OFID/UNICEF Joint Project on Scaling Up Assistance to Children affected by HIV/AIDS in nine countries in Africa.
December 1, 2009 Vienna, Austria - The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) yesterday signed three grant agreements relating to important worldwide health initiatives. The agreements were signed on behalf of OFID by Mr. Suleiman J. Al-Herbish, Director-General, and by HRH Princess Ghida Talal, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF); Professor Claude Le Coultre, Chairwoman of the Board of the International Committee of the Red Cross Special Fund for the Disabled (IFRC/SFD); and Dr.
February 13, 2009 Vienna, Austria - This week, the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) extended five new loans in support of public sector projects in Mozambique, Niger and Zambia. The agreements were signed on behalf of OFID by Mr. Suleiman J. Al-Herbish, OFID Director-General, along with HE Carlos dos Santos, Ambassador of the Republic of Mozambique to Germany; HE Ali Lamine Zeine, Minister of Economy and Finance of the Republic of Niger; and Mr. Mathias Daka, Chargé d'Affaires a.i., Permanent Mission of Zambia in Geneva. Commenting on the new financing, Mr.
September 5, 2003, Vienna, Austria - The OPEC Fund for International Development has distributed over 43,000 metric tons of food aid to towns and villages in nine African countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe that are affected by the current food crisis sweeping much of Africa. Under a special Food Aid Grant Account, the OPEC Fund has provided a total US$20 million to assist a number of countries in Africa severely affected by the worsening crisis.
Fund delegation welcomed in Zambia
Lusaka, Zambia - The OPEC Fund for International Development is continuing with its delivery and distribution of food aid items purchased to assist several African countries battling drought conditions and a food crisis. The Fund arrived in Zambia, August 24, on the first leg of a three-nation tour by a delegation led by H.E. Dr. Y. Seyyid Abdulai, Director-General.
In one of several meetings with ranking government leaders and officials, Dr. Abdulai was welcomed by H.E.