Government of Tanzania launches a nationwide scheme to improve access to water

The Government of Tanzania in partnership with the UK Department for International Development (UKAID), has launched a performance based financing scheme in the water sector worth (£ 78 million) Tsh. 200 billion on January 30th, 2017.

The scheme targets local government authorities (LGA) in the country and provides them with additional funding for improvements in service provision and in the maintenance of water infrastructure. By doing this, the government aims to ensure there is greater focus on effective maintenance of water infrastructures and hence improve sustainability of rural water supply.

Some of the beneficiaries of the scheme in 2017 include Wanging’ombe (Iringa), Makete (Iringa), Maswa (Shinyanga). These districts are among 57 eligible districts that met the qualification criteria which includes; a functioning water and sanitation team, a credible water and sanitation plan, and report timely and accurate data on water points.

The launch event was officiated by Hon. Gerson Lwenge (MP), the Minister for Water and Irrigation and Hon. George Simbachawene (MP) the Minister of State in President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government. The Ministers were accompanied by Mr. Thomas Allan, Deputy Head of UK DFID Tanzania. Speaking during the launch event, Hon. Gerson Lwenge (MP) expressed his gratitude to the UK government and stressed on the innovative nature of the scheme. He said: This scheme is one of the very few innovative programmes and complements government’s aim to provide 85% rural population with sustainable access to clean and safe water by 2020.

Stressing on the importance of the scheme, Hon. George Simbachawene said: I instruct all District Executive Directors to ensure their districts qualify for next round. It is your responsibility to ensure District Water Engineers and Technicians report accurately and timely on the status of water points in their districts. If done well, this will enhance accountability in planning, budgeting and decision making on improving and sustaining water service provision in your districts.

The UK government is committed to increase access to improved water and sanitation to approximately 2.1 million rural Tanzanians.

Distributed by APO on behalf of British High Commission Dar es Salaam.

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Inspire Egypt: Slow Food comes to the British Embassy

On Sunday 29 January, the British Embassy hosted a Slow Food Reception in the Residence as part of its Inspire Egypt initiative, which highlights inspirational Egyptians from all walks of life, bringing them together and investing in their potential to help make a difference to Egypt and the rest of the world.

The event was a celebration of local organisations who are working to redefine food production and consumption systems through linking the pleasure and traditions of Egyptian food with a commitment to the community, the environment, and economic and gender inclusion. Egypt’s food heritage and the challenges of sourcing ingredients from small-scale producers were discussed as guests enjoyed food made from local produce from the Slow Food Cairo network, prepared in collaboration with Nafas School of Agroculinary Arts and Sciences, Ma7ali, a local delicatessen and grocery, downtown restaurant Eish & Malh that focuses on local and sustainable produce, and Nawaya Egypt, a community kitchen employing women from rural districts.

The Residence also turned its rooms into a marketplace, where 13 local groups displaced their food, and guests had the chance to talk to the producers about the benefits of clean, locally produced food, and the challenges they face. The event was the culmination of a month of activity. British Ambassador John Casson visited Minnie’s Dried Fruits and Vegetables and Baladini’s farms in Dashur and Sakkara respectively, to see where local produce was grown, and try for himself the techniques used to produce local cheeses, breads, and butter.

UK Ambassador to Egypt John Casson said: The UK is working to empower inspiring Egyptians who are building a better economy from Aswan to Alexandria. Today we celebrate the Slow Food entrepreneurs who are taking Egypt’s great agricultural potential and turning it into good, clean, fair food and new jobs in Egypt’s rural areas. If you have never tasted this amazing Egyptian food you have a treat in store.

Sara El-Sayed said: Tonight’s event allowed the Slow Food Egypt network to start a conversation about local food though the British Embassy’s Inspire Egypt programme. We are looking forward to showcasing our “good, clean and fair” food from our producers and discussing what we can all do to protect local, indigenous and artisanal products.

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Fighting Blocks IOM Humanitarian Assistance in Upper Nile, South Sudan

IOM has been forced to suspend humanitarian activities in Wau Shilluk in South Sudan’s Upper Nile area due to violent clashes over the weekend putting thousands at risk. Due to this increased insecurity, IOM has had to post pone the registration of nearly 3,000 thousand vulnerable individuals for humanitarian assistance indefinitely.

“Violence in Upper Nile has once again hindered the ability of IOM and other relief agencies to provide assistance to populations seriously in need,” said IOM South Sudan Chief of Mission William Barriga. “Civilians will undoubtedly suffer as sporadic fighting makes it more difficult for aid workers to deliver services.”

Clashes between Government and opposition forces began south of Wau Shilluk on 25 January and continued to spread in the direction of Wau Shilluk and Malakal town. The shelling gradually grew closer to Wau Shilluk on 27 January just as the 14-person IOM team was about to resume registration, forcing staff to evacuate to safer areas with the support of World Vision, which provides humanitarian aid in the area.

An estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people remained to be registered when the team was forced to evacuate. Between 16–26 January, 20,446 people were registered or verified as previously registered last year. Maintaining accurate registration information informs more accurate response planning and tracking of displacement trends in the volatile Upper Nile region.

Wau Shilluk is located across the White Nile River from Malakal town, one of South Sudan’s largest urban areas before the current crisis and home to more than 33,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) who are sheltering at the protection of civilians (PoC) site.

Displacement patterns in this area have remained fluid in recent years. July and August 2015 saw a rapid influx of IDPs traveling from Wau Shilluk to the Malakal PoC site due to deteriorating conditions in Wau Shilluk following months of limited humanitarian access.

Recently, when river access reopened in November 2016, IOM estimates that between 12 November and 30 December more than 2,000 people left the Malakal PoC site to travel to Wau Shilluk to re-join family members, cultivate land or proceed on to refugee camps in Sudan. Only 60 percent of these indicated that they intended to leave permanently.

Separately, fighting in Renk, Upper Nile, on 30 January, halted IOM health operations in the area due to ongoing shelling and small arms fire. Through static clinics and rapid response teams, IOM is providing primary health care to IDPs and host community members in Renk. As part of its maternal care programme, IOM is the sole provider of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS in the Renk area.

Three years of civil crisis have left millions in need of lifesaving humanitarian aid in South Sudan. More than 1.83 million people have been displaced internally and another 1.17 million people have fled to neighbouring countries since the crisis erupted in December 2013. IOM continues to provide multi-sector humanitarian assistance to population in need across the country.

For further information, please contact Ashley McLaughlin at IOM South Sudan, Tel: +211 922 405 716, Email:
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The World Communication Forum Association Names APO Wire as Official Newswire Service for World Communication Forum 2017

The World Communication Forum Association (WCFA) ( announced today it has named APO Wire ( as the Official Newswire for the Geneva World Communication Forum 2017 (, a unique platform for a global meeting of influencers of the worldwide communications industry, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, during the week of 13-17 March 2017.

The Geneva World Communication Forum provides a prestigious conference uniting a great number of experts worldwide – owners and managing partners of PR consultancies, ministers of communications, foreign ministers, public diplomacy representatives, chief communications officers and senior managers in PR and communications, seasoned practitioners in corporate affairs, marketing or media relations, bloggers, public administrators, and scientists from leading innovation or technology centres.

As the Official Newswire to the 2017 World Communication Forum, APO Wire will distribute news releases, media advisories and other content to its network of newsrooms, websites, portals and databases and will be offering a 50% discount to nominees and winners on all press releases relating to the Communication of the Future Award (C4FAwards) (

More than 40 PR agencies have used APO Wire services over the last 12 months, including Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Weber Shandwick, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, APCO Worldwide, Edelman, Porter Novelli (UK), Ruder Finn (UK), FTI Consulting, Idea Engineers, Tribeca PR, Magna Carta, VUMA Reputation Management, WPP Team Gabon, Atmosphere Communications and Djembe Communications, among many others.

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Yanina Dubeykovskaya, Founder and Content Director of the World Communication Forum and President of the World Communication Forum Association, commented: “World Communication Forum’s uniqueness in 2017 lies not only in its extended format and its shift – from the global village of Davos, to the global capital, Geneva – but also in marking the higher level of development of the communication industry, in revealing the new professional identity of the worldwide communication community! We can now clearly and unambiguously declare that, today, communication has become a key driver of human development and humanity itself – intangible and non-material, communication is the very resource that contains a true potential for positive future changes!”.

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