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AfDB appoints new regional director-generals to roll out business plans

Dr Tonia KandieroDr Tonia KandierThe African Development Bank (AfDB) has appointed Dr Tonia Kandiero as director-general of its Africa regional development and business delivery office, effective December 1.

A Malawian national, Kandiero has worked across Southern Africa and brings experience in government, academia and international financial institutions. She is currently the AfDB’s resident representative for Tanzania, responsible for managing one of the largest beneficiaries, with a portfolio of $2-billion. During her tenure, the Tanzania portfolio has strengthened, making it increasingly relevant to the country. She has also focused on strengthening portfolio management across sectors, including transport, energy, water, agriculture,education and health and under her leadership engagement with the private sector has been deepened.

President Obama awards Bill and Melinda Gates with Medal of Freedom

Bill and Melinda Gates each receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama at The White House. Bill and Melinda Gates each receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama at The White House. Bill and Melinda Gates were awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony at The White House on November 22, 2016. President Obama offered the highest praise for their work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The president commended their philanthropic work and achievements. “For two decades, the Gates Foundation has worked to provide lifesaving medical care to millions — boosting clean water supplies, improving education for our children, rallying aggressive international action on climate change, cutting childhood mortality in half. The list could go on,” Obama said.

“The two have donated more money to charitable causes than anyone ever. Many years ago Melinda’s mom told her an old saying: ‘To know that even one life has breathed easier because you lived, that is success.’ By this and just about any other measure, few in human history have been more successful than these two impatient optimists.”

Stars gather in New York to celebrate 50 years of critical work by UNDP

StarsMichelle Yeoh, Connie Britton, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Padma Lakshmi, UNDP Administrator Helen ClarkThe United Nations Development Programme celebrated 50 years at the frontline of development and its leading role in realizing the Global Goals by 2030 with a starstudded gala featuring a musical performance from Grateful Dead legend Bob Weir.

He joined three of UNDP’s current Goodwill Ambassadors - His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and actors Connie Britton and Michelle Yeoh – in a star-studded Gala hosted by Emmy-nominated executive producer and host of Top Chef, and New York Times best-selling author Padma Lakshmi at Phillips, a partner of the event, in Manhattan on the night of Dec 5.

Guterres calls for peace on first day as new U.N. secretary general

GuterresNew U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres New U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres delivers a message to the international community on Sunday to call for peace in 2017. Sworn-in in December, the former Portuguese prime minister took office Sunday and will serve at least one five-year term, expiring Dec. 31, 2021. António Guterres began his tenure as ninth U.N. secretary general on Sunday with a call for peace for 2017.

The successor to 10-year leader Ban Ki-moon asked the international community in an appeal to take steps to put the violence, bloodshed and war that raged in 2016 permanently in the past.

“On this New Year’s Day, I ask all of you to join me in making one shared New Year’s resolution: Let us resolve to put peace first,” he said.

Dr. Rose Kaggwa receives the 2016 IWA Women in Water Award!

Dr. Rose KaggwaDr. Rose KaggwaRose Kaggwa is nominated as the recipient of the 2016 IWA Women in Water Award. She has worked in various management levels within the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) and is the Director of Business and Scientific Services. Rose is responsible for Capacity Development and Training, Research and Development and External Services which is the NWSC Consultancy arm.

She has 24 years’ of experience in the water sector. Rose has interfaced with various players in the water sector and has spearheaded partnerships in several countries that include: Bangaladesh, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago, India and Zambia.

She has been a key player in the various performance improvement approaches applied in the NWSC at both managerial and supervisory level and has led the NWSC consultancy unit for the last 10 years. She is the current Second President of the African Water Association Scientific and Technical Committee.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2