National agency funds ND foreign aid in Ghana

first_imgThe Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) recently awarded $375,000 to The University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) to conduct research on the MCC’s water project in Ghana. The MCC is an independent U.S. foreign aid agency founded by Congress in 2004. The MCC designed its program in Ghana with the intention of using water projects to alleviate disease and poverty in the country. Michael Sweikar, managing director of NDIGD, said the blank purchase agreement, reached in June, will enable NDIGD to monitor MCC’s project and to evaluate the initiative’s overall effects.  “The contract with them provides assistance in monitoring and evaluation to help measure the impact of one of their water interventions in Ghana,” Sweikar said. NDIGD monitoring and evaluation specialist Lila Khatiwada said the project aims to reduce diseases and widespread health problems, such as diarrhea, in some of the poorest areas of Ghana. “MCC implemented water interventions in 30 districts in Ghana for [the] poorest of the poor,” Khatiwada said. “They provide water points, water holes and water systems to extend to newer communities.” Khatiwada said comparing communities that receive MCC water treatments with those that do not will be NDIGD’s primary method of assessment.  “We will be using rigorous study,” he said. “One community receives the [MCC’s] water treatment, and this is called the ‘treatment community.’ Similar communities we call ‘control communities’ did not receive the treatment. We will compare the outcome between the two communities.” Khatiwada said NDIGD collected baseline data for the relevant communities in 2010. It will compare that data to post-treatment statistics that it will collect sometime in 2014. “The hypothesis is that there will be a reduction in disease [in the treatment community],” Khatiwada said. “It could be untrue, partially true, but we are testing that.” Sweikar said the involvement of Notre Dame faculty is an important aspect of the project.  Edwin Michael, professor of biological sciences and a member of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health, and Joe Kaboski, professor of economics, are working with Khatiwada and NDIGD monitoring and evaluation specialist Juan Carlos Guzman to design the study and complete the research.  “The faculty has the chance to analyze the data and future publication,” Sweikar said. “Interdisciplinary strengths in global health add a diverse array of subject area knowledge that is beneficial to the team.” Contact Katie McCarty at kmccar16@nd.edulast_img read more

Plava Laguna is investing HRK 2019 million in 300

first_imgIn Poreč, Plava Laguna will also invest in the camping segment in 2019 (AK Puntica, AK Zelena Laguna, AK Bijela uvala and AK Ulika), and more intensive investment in expanding and arranging the existing capacities for accommodation of workers in Poreč and Umag to ensure high quality employee accommodation.  In 2019, Plava Laguna will continue with large investments in its facilities, and will thus invest HRK 300 million in the destinations of Poreč, Umag and Rijeka. Key investments include the construction of a new administrative building of the company in Poreč and the thorough arrangement of the Savudrija camp, which includes new, additional facilities in the camp.  The largest part of this investment is the construction of a new pool complex of 3.200 m2, which will improve the level of service and quality and significantly extend the season and the days of occupancy of the camp. Also, with this investment, the camp will get a completely new atmosphere and provide guests with an extraordinary experience of the destination as well as provide conditions for a top vacation.  Looking at the total of 2018 and 2019, the investments of Plava Laguna amount to more than 750 million kuna, which are the highest amounts in the recent history of the company.  BLUE LAGOON INCREASES INCOME FOR WORKERS ON AVERAGE 8,85% The estimated value of the investment in the camp is 46 million kuna, and it will be the largest investment of Plava Laguna in Umag during 2019. Thus, Camping Savudrija will become a camp for families and couples with the offer of “active vacation”, whereby the existing pitches will be arranged and mobile homes and glamping tents will be introduced.  This year, the investment in Park Resort in Porec amounted to 245 million kuna, and it is a family product consisting of 309 accommodation units, of which 154 hotel rooms and suite, 91 garden suites, 43 apartments and 21 villas. In Umag, among other things, investments were made in the complete reconstruction of the Stella Maris camp, worth 84 million kuna, and in Garden Suites & Rooms Sol Umag in the amount of 35 million kuna. center_img Next year, Plava Laguna is also investing in the Park Umag camp. The value of arranging plots and setting up our own glamping tents amounts to a total of 6,2 million kuna of investment.  In addition, in 2019, Plava Laguna will invest in an administrative building in Poreč, which will be located in the Facinka business zone at the very entrance to the city. The value of the investment is HRK 86 million. The company will also invest in an additional six villas in the Bellevue resort in the Blue Resort. Six newly renovated accommodation units, landscaping, as well as the completion of the process of renovating villas in 2019 will amount to 6 million kuna. Park Resort in Porec This year, Plava Laguna achieved the largest capital budget in its history – half a billion kuna.  RELATED NEWS:last_img read more