The Lifeline News Brief: July 18 – 24

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What we’ve been reading this week: the latest in clean cooking and renewable energy innovation, clean water and sanitation, sustainable development and much more. 

Coronavirus Infections Accelerate in Africa
Aside from frontline workers, the most vulnerable to the novel coronavirus are refugees, migrants and people who have been forcibly displaced. A record 29 million people in Africa fall into that category…
Read more via VOA News here 

Germany to fund green post-corona projects in developing countries
The 68 million euro package of green projects is designed to support poorer countries in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis. Funds from International Climate Initiative (ICI) will be used to finance 29 short-term projects in 25 developing and emerging countries, with a particular focus on nature reserves, employment and environmental consultancy.
Read more via Clean Energy Wire here

Home Learning, Reopening Schools Especially Hard in Uganda
Although the pandemic has disrupted education across the globe, the schooling crisis is more acute in Africa, where up to 80% of students don’t have access to the internet and even electricity can be unreliable, making distance learning difficult, if not impossible.
Read More via AP/ABC News here


Clean Cooking and Food Security in Times of Crisis: Women Entrepreneurship
“In general, clean cooking isn’t common among women farmers and I think I have a lot to offer these women, such as helping them organize, and helping them have their voices heard.” The Clean Cooking Alliance profiles one of the first women led cooking companies in Haiti.
Read more via Clean Cooking Alliance here

In Western Uganda, Caught Between COVID-19 Pandemic and Water Crisis
Young girls are getting pregnant. Domestic violence is on the rise. These are just some of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions in an area where water is scarce, says Mr Kikora Masereka, of Kyahwire zone, Karangura Sub County in Kabarole District of Western Uganda.
Read more via Pulitzer Center here

Covid-19 Crisis Highlights The Need For Renewable Energy Systems And A Bigger Role For Renewables
“Given that renewables are currently the most economically viable source of energy in most countries, we expect that the Covid-19 crisis will accelerate the pace at which these technologies are adopted on the continent, with hydro, wind and solar being the most attractive technologies,” says Rentia van Tonder, Head of Power at Standard Bank.
Read more via Africa.com here 

University of Khartoum Partners with UNDP on Sustainable Development Projects in Sudan
A new partnership agreement has been signed between the University of Khartoum and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sudan. The agreement covers several sustainable development projects, including the construction of solar power plants.
Read More via Afrik21 here