Daily Archives: January 24, 2019

Landmark 100,000 green affordable homes initiative for Kenya moves forward

President Kenyatta said the partnership with UNOPS paves the “way for adequate, decent, and affordable housing for Kenyans”.

Copenhagen, Denmark, Jan. 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

Vous trouverez ci-joint le communiqué de presse en français.

  • Agreement signed between the government of Kenya, UNOPS and partners hopes to deliver at least 100,000 affordable, sustainable homes nationwide
  • UNOPS and its partners aim to attract $647 million worth of investment in the project
  • UNOPS and the government of Kenya to deliver mass affordable housing project across the country with a focus on sustainability.
  • UNOPS to invest $10 million in seed funding to kickstart investment
  • The project has a total estimated gross development value of around $4.7 billion

UNOPS landmark affordable housing agreement with the government of Kenya has taken a major step forward this week, following further details of the project announced by Executive Director Grete Faremo in New York.

As part of the agreement, UNOPS and its partners will seek to attract $647 million worth of investment to deliver at least 100,000 affordable and sustainable homes across the country.

The project will provide significant employment opportunities for local communities nationwide and help to alleviate the housing crisis in Kenya.

The agreement is a major milestone in UNOPS commitment to fostering innovative financing for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and will help the government of Kenya open access to sustainable, affordable and environmentally sound housing for its citizens.

UNOPS Executive Director, Grete Faremo said:

“Thousands of people in Kenya will be able to benefit from sustainable and affordable homes.

“By reducing the investment risks of development activities, we are helping to bring about new partnerships between the private and public sectors.

“The knock-on effect means unlocking new opportunities and providing jobs for local communities, which all helps drive progress towards the SDGs”.

The 100,000 houses are to be constructed using green technologies and energy-efficient solar rooftops, while the implementation work will include local equipment, skills and expertise. The needs of local communities will be a key priority of the project, through the inclusion of public facilities including children’s playgrounds, schools and community halls.

In a previous statement on the project, President Uhuru Kenyatta said:

“We are very excited about this project [with UNOPS] and we look forward to unlocking similar partnerships that will allow us to fulfil our duties as leaders and pave the way for adequate, decent, and affordable housing for Kenyans”.

UNOPS Social Impact Investment Initiative (S3i) seeks to de-risk infrastructure investment projects in an effort to help attract financing from the private sector to national development agendas. Projects selected are subjected to a rigorous due diligence process that will ensure a positive environmental, social and economic impact, with a financial return.

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About UNOPS

UNOPS mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development. We help the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, and deliver sustainable infrastructure and procurement in an efficient way. Read more about UNOPS: www.unops.org

About UNOPS Social Impact Investment Initiative (S3i)

UNOPS S3i seeks to de-risk and structure infrastructure investment projects in an effort to help attract financing from the private sector to national development agendas. Projects selected are subjected to a rigorous and comprehensive due diligence process that will ensure a positive environmental, social and economic impact, with financial returns for private sector investors.

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UNOPS
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Landmark 100,000 affordable homes initiative for Ghana moves forward

President hails agreement: “New dawn for Ghana and our citizens”

Copenhagen, Denmark, Jan. 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

Vous trouverez ci-joint le communiqué de presse en français.

  • Agreement signed with the government of Ghana, UNOPS and its partners hopes to deliver at least 100,000 affordable homes nationwide.
  • UNOPS and its partners aim to attract $436 million worth of investment.
  • UNOPS to invest $11 million in seed funding.
  • Project has an estimated gross development value of $5.3 billion.
  • Project will last six to ten years, providing 3,000 job opportunities for local communities.

UNOPS landmark agreement with the government of Ghana has moved forward this week with the Executive Director, Grete Faremo’s announcement this week in New York. As part of the agreement, UNOPS and its partners seek to attract $436 million worth of investment to deliver at least 100,000 affordable homes across the country.

The project, which will last between six and ten years, will also provide job opportunities for local communities nationwide and help towards alleviating the housing crisis in Ghana.

The agreement is a major milestone in UNOPS commitment to fostering innovative financing for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and will help the government of Ghana open access to sustainable, affordable and environmentally sound housing for its citizens.

UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo said:

“There is great potential to improve access to sustainable and resilient housing for thousands of people in Ghana.

“At the same time, this project will work to boost livelihoods and the local economy.

“The knock-on effect means unlocking new opportunities and resources for local communities, which helps drive progress towards the SDGs”.

The 100,000 houses are to be constructed using energy-efficient solar rooftops, and manufactured locally, which will provide up to 3,000 jobs for local people.

In a previous statement on the project, President Nana Akufo-Addo said:

“I believe we are all well aware of the challenges Ghana, and most of Africa, faces when it comes to the provision of decent, well-planned and organized housing for our citizens. The difficulty in addressing this on-going challenge has led to a huge housing deficit in our country.

“I believe that with the signing of this project agreement, we shall be ushering into existence a new dawn for Ghana and our citizens”.

UNOPS Social Impact Investment Initiative (S3i) seeks to de-risk infrastructure investment projects in an effort to help attract financing from the private sector to national development agendas. Projects selected are subjected to a rigorous due diligence process that will ensure a positive environmental, social and economic impact, with a financial return.

Notes: 

About UNOPS

UNOPS mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development. We help the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, and deliver sustainable infrastructure and procurement in an efficient way. Read more about UNOPS: www.unops.org


About UNOPS Social Impact Investment Initiative (S3i)

UNOPS S3i seeks to de-risk and structure infrastructure investment projects in an effort to help attract financing from the private sector to national development agendas. Projects selected are subjected to a rigorous and comprehensive due diligence process that will ensure a positive environmental, social and economic impact, with financial returns for private sector investors.

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Tom Collins
UNOPS
+4592437464
tomco@unops.orgCopyright © 2019 GlobeNewswire, Inc.

Amajita arrive safely in Niger

South Africa’s National Under-20 (Amajita) squad arrived safely in Niamey, Niger’s capital on Thursday afternoon leading up to this year’s CAF Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations tournament.

This eight-nation continental tournament is set to run from 2 � 17 February 2019 in the city of Niamey and Maradi.

Top four finishers of this biennial continental showpiece will automatically qualify for this year’s upcoming FIFA Under-20 World Cup set to take place in Poland from 23 May to 15 June.

The national juniors left South Africa on Wednesday evening (23 January, 23h00) for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; where they caught a connecting flight for Niamey, Niger at 10h30.

Amajita are in Group A, and will battle it out against hosts Niger, Burundi and Nigeria.

Amajita have been in camp since 14 January where Amajita coach Thabo Senong worked with a group of 28 players in search of a 21-man squad that is to represent the nation on this continental stage.

The coach expressed that it was not an easy process to go through given the amount of

talent he had to work and choose from to make the final squad. However, added that he had full confidence in his final 21 players he had selected.

Source: South Africa Football Association

Amajita arrive safely in Niger

South Africa’s National Under-20 (Amajita) squad arrived safely in Niamey, Niger’s capital on Thursday afternoon leading up to this year’s CAF Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations tournament.

This eight-nation continental tournament is set to run from 2 � 17 February 2019 in the city of Niamey and Maradi.

Top four finishers of this biennial continental showpiece will automatically qualify for this year’s upcoming FIFA Under-20 World Cup set to take place in Poland from 23 May to 15 June.

The national juniors left South Africa on Wednesday evening (23 January, 23h00) for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; where they caught a connecting flight for Niamey, Niger at 10h30.

Amajita are in Group A, and will battle it out against hosts Niger, Burundi and Nigeria.

Amajita have been in camp since 14 January where Amajita coach Thabo Senong worked with a group of 28 players in search of a 21-man squad that is to represent the nation on this continental stage.

The coach expressed that it was not an easy process to go through given the amount of

talent he had to work and choose from to make the final squad. However, added that he had full confidence in his final 21 players he had selected.

Source: South Africa Football Association

SOUTH AFRICA: ALL SYSTEM GO FOR FINAL VOTER REGISTRATION WEEKEND

PRETORIA, The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is ready to receive millions of South Africans who will at the weekend take to voting stations to register or confirm their details as the commission prepares for the national and provincial elections later this year.

Addressing journalists, IEC chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo said 22,925 voting stations will be open for registration at the weekend between 8am and 5pm on both days.

Mamabolo said this weekend’s voter registration will allow new voters to register and all existing voters to update and check their address and registration details.

Each voting station will be stocked with registration forms in all official languages, maps of the ward to help locate voters’ place of residence and copies of the current voters’ roll, along with various stationery items and sign boards.

Each voting station will also be equipped with a ‘zip zip’ ID scanner, which contains the voters’ roll and helps to link each visitor to the voting station and ward, he said.

Each voting station will be staffed with about three registration officials, who will assist voters swiftly and efficiently.

There are currently 26 million registered voters on the national common voters’ roll and the Electoral Commission hopes at least one million additional voters will be added during this weekend’s registration drive, he said.

Mamabolo and IEC chairperson Glen Mashinini reiterated that the youth was the biggest section of society that needed to be urged to go to voting stations at the weekend.

Despite this weekend being the last general voter registration drive, the IEC will next month have special registration campaigns at tertiary education campuses to help boost youth registrations.

The Electoral Commission is hopeful that voters, who are already registered, will use the opportunity to visit their voting station to check their registration and specifically to confirm and update their address details, said Mamabolo.

Registered voters can also do this online via the ‘Click, Check and Confirm’ facility on the Electoral Commission’s website at www.elections.org.za.

Since this service was introduced in October 2016, more than 125,000 voters have used the service to confirm or update their address details. The current registration drive ahead of this year’s national and provincial elections has seen a surge in the use of this portal, with more than 2,000 users per day updating their addresses on the site over the past week.

After this weekend, registered voters can update their details online and unregistered voters can visit their local IEC office during office hours to register � but only for a short period, Mamabolo said.

Once the elections are proclaimed by the President and Premiers, the voters’ roll for this year’s elections will be sealed and no further registrations will be allowed.

Mamabolo said voter registration has been taking place at correctional facilities around the country over the past two days, allowing offenders the opportunity to exercise their vote. South Africans living abroad will register at South African foreign missions between Feb 1 and 4 February 2019.

Meanwhile, the IEC has welcomed the signing into law of the Political Party Funding Act by President Cyril Ramaphosa this week.

The commission said it is working on implementing the relevant sections of the act from April 1.

Source: Nam News Network