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Aid provided by the New Zealand Government for humanitarian crises in Africa and Yemen will increase by $4.85 million. The boost, to help combat drought, disease and people suffering from conflict, was announced by Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee on Wednesday.

This week's roundup explores the ways in which sports can play an active role in diplomacy.

Kenya's last two general elections have been tarnished by allegations of fraud and outbreaks of violence, which have divided the nation since. The country is hailed as Africa's Silicon Savannah and when citizens head to the polls again on 8th August, they will be using technology to make sure these elections are free and credible.

Campaigns to get people cycling are focusing on girls and women, making it easier for them to get to school, helping with business and reducing sex attacks. [...] World Bicycle Relief, which has distributed and sold hundreds of thousands of bikes, is working with schools to change the dynamic.

THE  Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) has unveiled a new roadmap with medium and long-term objectives that will fast-track the growth of the industry. The strategic five-point action plan is to galvanize the nation’s tourism, improve service delivery and effectiveness in critical sectors of the industry.

Tourism is one of the main income sources of developing countries. For Kenya, one of Africa's leading tourism destinations, the industry is the country's second largest source of foreign exchange after agriculture. [...] Currently Kenya is serviced from the key long-haul source markets by five international full-service airlines that fly direct from their hub to Nairobi.

The Gobabeb Research and Training Centre in the Namib Desert received a Suzuki Gypsy bakkie from the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) on Tuesday. [...] TIKA representative Abdulkadir Abukan mentioned that in 2016, Turkey was named as the most generous country for foreign aid per GDP, donating almost US $6.2 billion internationally. “We are very impressed by the work being done at Gobabeb. We are especially happy to be able to assist, in this way, in the work being done to help train the next generation of Namibian scientists,” said Abukan.

In 2015, amid the greatest displacement crisis since World War II, a million refugees and migrants arrived on Europe’s shores. [...] In November 2015, as the crisis peaked, European leaders met in Valletta, Malta to try to reach a unified response.

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