The Lifeline News Brief: September 19 -25

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. 

Harnessing COVID-19’s digital dividend to finance the Sustainable Development Goals
Digital is presenting clear opportunities in the wake of the COVID crisis, as hundreds of millions of people have migrated to the world of bytes to socialize, work and consume. Could digitalization underpin a transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient, more inclusive development pathway? Read more via World Economic Forum

Uganda. South Sudanese Refugees
UNHCR wins €1m prize for novel water tech in refugee camps An affordable high-tech system allowing real-time monitoring of water provision and use in refugee settlements claims the prestigious European Commission innovation prize.
Read more via UNHCR

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Off-grid sector success post-pandemic hinges on shift to new financing models As the world recovers from COVID-19, significant investment is needed to deliver universal energy access, which will not only support individual livelihoods but underpin the productivity and growth of entire economies. Decentralized energy solutions present a huge opportunity, yet they are a vastly untapped market.
Read more via Power For All 

Global Development Efforts Should Increase Focus on Fragile States in Light of COVID-19 Crisis A new OECD report outlines how the COVID-19 pandemic is aggravating inequality, poverty and insecurity in vulnerable, or fragile, countries and territories, making it more important than ever to focus development efforts on such places.
Read more via Modern Diplomacy

Uganda Parliamentary Forum Convenes Meeting on COVID-19 In Uganda there have been 6,468 recorded cases of COVID-19 with around 63 deaths and 2,600 recoveries. Due to COVID-19’s devastating effects on livelihoods, the Uganda parliamentary forum on WASH Secretariat has organized a conference focused on WASH to be held on October 6th, 2020 to sensitize the public on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read more via All Africa