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IFC Insights: Balloons to Deliver Emergency Internet Across Kenya

When Mugo Kibati, the chief executive officer of Telkom Kenya, began to understand the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic, he looked heavenward for answers. He wasn’t seeking divine intervention. Instead, he was searching for balloons. These balloons—floating cell sites that

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Enter Engineering Helps Uzbekistan Combat the Covid-19 Virus: Construction of new 10,000-bed infectious diseases facility under way

Tashkent, 22 April 2020 – As part of an on-going nationwide effort to tackle the global coronavirus pandemic, Enter Engineering, the largest EPC contractor in Uzbekistan, is nearing completion of the first unit of what is planned as a 10,000-bed medical

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WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 22 April 2020

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening. Globally, almost 2.5 million cases of COVID-19 have now been reported to WHO, and more than 160,000 deaths. We see different trends in different regions, and even within regions. Most of the epidemics

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Heads of WTO, WHO cite importance of open trade in ensuring flow of vital medical supplies

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issued a joint statement on 20 April underlining their support for efforts to ensure the normal cross-border flow of vital medical supplies and other goods and services. “Protecting

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Impact at IFC: Uncertainty, Fear, and Coronavirus: The New Reality for Africa’s Entrepreneurs

For Ada Osakwe, business was booming. Her Nuli Juice Company added six new stores in Lagos last year, and she had begun to use new technologies to expand her customer base even further in 2020. Then the Coronavirus arrived, and

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WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 20 April 2020

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening. First of all, I would like to wish all who have celebrated Orthodox Easter yesterday Happy Easter, including my own country Ethiopia. Today is the first day our press conferences are being interpreted

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IMF: Managing Director’s Speaking Points at 2020 Spring Meetings IMFC Plenary

Opening Remarks by Kristalina Georgieva April 16, 2020 As prepared for delivery Thank you, Governor. Good morning. We meet during exceptional times. And exceptional times call for exceptional action. More than ever, we must work together to respond to this unprecedented crisis

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World Bank Blogs – Planning for the economic recovery from COVID-19: A sustainability checklist for policymakers

Published on Development and a Changing Climate STEPHEN HAMMER & STÉPHANE HALLEGATTE As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, governments and emergency services are focusing on immediate needs: boosting capacity in hospitals, addressing hunger, and protecting firms and families from eviction and bankruptcy.

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UN News: WHO reviewing impact of US funding withdrawal amid COVID-19 pandemic

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday upheld the importance of international solidarity in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic: a “dangerous enemy” to all humanity. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was speaking to journalists one day after the United

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IFC Insights – “The onus is on all of us to try to do the best”

By John Donnelly Daron Acemoğlu, a native of Turkey, is a Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and co-author with James A. Robinson of Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty and The Narrow Corridor: States,

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