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The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program recently announced eighteen new grantees. The grantee organizations -- the majority of which are new to USAID -- span seven sectors and nine different countries, from Brazil to Zambia.

Ukraine’s economic crisis exposed legal, regulatory and institutional weaknesses. Ukraine needs dramatic and decisive reforms to stabilize and revitalize its economy. The three most urgent interventions include: improving the business enabling environment for SME’s, implementing a fair and transparent commercial law framework, and diversifying Ukraine’s export markets.

UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) Mark Lowcock traveled to Yemen from October 23–27 to meet with Republic of Yemen Government (RoYG) officials in the city of Aden and Al Houthi officials in the capital city of Sana’a. ERC Lowcock encouraged greater coordination of humanitarian activities and urged parties to the conflict to ameliorate Yemen’s challenging operational environment, particularly bureaucratic impediments and disruptions to humanitarian operations.


Despite substantial state support, most of the representatives of vulnerable segments of the population in Belarus face problems of exclusion from participation in public life and inadequate assistance. There are more than 545,000 people with disabilities in Belarus.


In spite of sizeable government welfare, most vulnerable populations in Belarus share the problem of exclusion and inefficient assistance.

In 2015, Belarus acceded to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is critical given that there are over 545,000 people with disabilities in Belarus. This breakthrough resulted from many years of advocacy campaigns by disabled people’s organizations.


The private sector share of the Belarus GDP is among the lowest in the region, with micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) making up most of it. Low MSME participation in the national economy hampers job creation and development of modern products and services and slows the transfer of technology demanded by a competitive market economy. While there is an increasing appreciation by the Government of Belarus for the private sector’s role in the economy, the business environment still needs improvement.


The majority of civil society organizations dedicate most of their efforts and resources to maintaining their existing capacities with a minimal focus on becoming more effective. Additionally, society lacks firsthand experience with using inclusive, participatory approaches to identify and address local issues.


Armed actors continue to target civilian populations across the Lake Chad Basin region. Three late October attacks near Borno’s capital city of Maiduguri resulted in at least 13 civilian deaths and nearly 20 injuries, according to international media. In addition, the UN reports that a mid-September attack in Cameroon’s Far North Region displaced nearly 1,700 people within Mayo-Tsanaga Department.


Last updated: November 25, 2017

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