The federal government's special intervention programmes under the Social Safety Net's coordinating office yesterday said it has received a boost of $500 million credit from the World Bank.

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A batch of relief items was handed over to Zimbabwe's Tongogara Camp in Chipinge, Manicaland Province, on Tuesday, as part of a 2 million U.S. dollar denotation from China. The funding was used to buy foodstuff for new arrivals and being given to the refugees in the form of cash. The World Food Program (WFP), in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other aid organizations, is managing the distribution of the food items and cash transfers.

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To address the problem of illegal child adoption practices in the Naga society, the child protection services of the department of Social Welfare has launched a unique childcare service christened the ‘Cradle of Hope’—cradles will be placed at strategic locations where a mother wishing to give up her infant can place it in the cradle for the authorities to take into care. The department has also released a book, ‘Naga Customary Practices of Child Adoption,’ as part of its childcare service.

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The Borno Government has concluded arrangements to introduce conditional cash transfers to parents enrolling their children and wards in schools to revive education in the state. The State’s Commissioner for Education, Mr Inuwa Kubo, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Thursday. According to him, the state government is determined to revive education in the state, through conditional cash transfers to parents enrolling their wards in schools.

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The Republic of Sudan is a multi-ethnic country located in the north-eastern part of sub-Saharan Africa. In 2016 the country's population was estimated at 39.57 million, the fourth largest in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with 66 per cent living in rural areas. Much like Iraq, Palestine, Syria and Yemen, nearly half of Sudan's population are under the age of 18, and 5.9 million are children under age 5.

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The agency’s 711 schools, provide free basic education for Palestinian refugee children in the West Bank - including East Jerusalem - Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. They opened in September for the start of the year, not knowing if they would be able to keep them open until even the end of this month.

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The city of Ioannina in north-western Greece has concluded the first important steps towards establishing a pilot model of service integration to better meet the needs of its people. After last year’s initial discussions facilitated by WHO, 4 new primary health care units have been established and now local authorities have moved on to preparing the ground for integrated care by building the capacity of stakeholders.

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Forty years since the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action (BAPA) for promoting and implementing Technical Cooperation amongst Developing Countries and some 30 years after the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), much has been achieved.

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The Turkish Red Crescent will support Bosnia and Herzegovina in dealing with a recent refugee crisis developing near the border with Croatia, said a representative of the charity group. The head of the Delegation of the Red Crescent to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Goksen Yenigul, met Friday with Elvir Karalic, the representative of the charity organization "Pomozi.ba" in Bosnia. Hundreds of migrants on Wednesday clashed with Bosnian police while trying to cross the border into neighbouring Croatia.

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