The World Bank Group today announced its emergency operations to fight COVID-19 (coronavirus) have reached 100 developing countries – home to 70% of the world’s population. Since March, the Bank Group has rapidly delivered record levels of support in order to help countries protect the poor and vulnerable, reinforce health systems, maintain the private sector, and bolster economic recovery. This assistance, the largest and fastest crisis response in the Bank Group’s history, marks a milestone in implementing the Bank Group’s pledge to make available $160 billion in grants and financial support over a 15-month period to help developing countries respond to the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19 and the economic shutdown in advanced countries.

SOURCE: World Bank

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Africa has so far escaped the worst health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the continent looks like it could be the worst hit from the economic fallout of the crisis: 80 million Africans could be pushed into extreme poverty if action is not taken. And disruptions in food systems raise the prospect of more Africans falling into hunger. Rural people, many of whom work on small-scale farms, are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of the crisis. It is therefore vital that the COVID-19 response address food security and target the rural poor.

SOURCE: Business Week

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Anondomela will allow buyers and sellers to directly meet online and have Eid shopping can happen, while still respecting public health advisories and minimising the risk of infection transmission and at the same time help many small businesses who have worked around the year (pre-Covid) to produce Eid goodies do not lose out completely, reports UNB.

In a bid to ease the suffering of these entrepreneurs, UNDP launched Anondomela as a free-of-cost alternative marketplace.

SOURCE: Dhaka Tribune

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