The pandemic has stressed the importance of digitization in banking. Zambia National Commercial Bank had established a firm digital foundation before 2020 and has continued to build on it throughout the crisis, growing its customer outreach, increasing its profits and confirming its position as Zambia’s undisputed digital financial leader.
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Yemen, the victim of a conflict that has torn it apart from within since the Houthi rebels’ 2014 uprising, is teetering on the economic cliff. As the value of its currency plummets, this nation, heavily dependent on food exports, faces a combination of catastrophic circumstances, with more foreign aid possibly the only viable solution.
COVID-19’s path of destruction has not left untouched the fundamental need we all share for food security. Rising food prices and other factors have cut access, especially for the world’s poorest, to nutritious, affordable food. Government and relief agencies worldwide are scrambling to ensure the fulfilment of this most basic human need.
January 13 of this year marked the 10th anniversary of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, a devastating episode that levelled much of the Caribbean nation, leaving 300,000 dead and displacing a further 1.6 million (more than 10 percent of the total population).