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Bid to strengthen disaster resilience
The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) board of directors has approved a total of $US15 million ($F31m) in financing, comprised of policy-based loans and grants, for the Pacific Disaster Resilience Program which will help strengthen Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu’s resilience to disasters. ADB’s assistance will include loans worth $US3.1m ($F6.4m) each to Samoa and Tonga. It will also include grants worth $US2.9m ($F6m) each to Samoa and Tonga and $US3m ($F6.2m) to Tuvalu. All three grants are financed from the Asian Development Fund, ADB’s grant-based development financing vehicle. An ADB-supported $US2m ($F4m) technical assistance grant will help the three countries implement priority resilience building activities and share their experiences. “This program will facilitate faster early recovery and reconstruction which will significantly reduce the secondary economic and social costs normally caused by delays…
Grief, loss & resilience
Record-breaking hurricanes brought death and destruction to the Caribbean and the US, while North Korea-US tensions soared. ISIS suffered military defeat but inspired terror attacks across the globe. Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe was brought down, while hundreds of thousands of Thais finally laid a beloved king to rest. Here is a wrap of some of the year’s major events….