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01 Feb 2016 description

UK Aid through Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) is supporting the reconstruction of essential canal systems in Bamyan Province.

The canals are helping local farmers to increase their crop yields significantly, thanks to better irrigation. The canals are also improving local living standards by providing hydroelectricity.

Local farmer Baaz Mohammad has seen his land’s productivity increase by 50 percent since the new canal system was built.

Baaz said:

28 Jan 2016 description

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Thursday 1/28/2016 - 22:38 GMT

Germany moved Thursday to toughen its asylum policies, as Finland and Sweden announced plans to deport tens of thousands of people in a bid to contain the migrant crisis.

Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel announced that Germany will place Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia on a list of "safe countries of origin" -- meaning their nationals would have little chance of winning asylum.

Some migrants will also be blocked from bringing their families to join them in Germany for two years, Gabriel said.

14 Jan 2016 description

Calais, France | AFP | Thursday 1/14/2016 - 13:24 GMT


Tensions were high at a sprawling migrant camp in the northern France on Thursday as hundreds of refugees defied efforts to move them to a more permanent encampment as the winter cold kicks in.

Known as The Jungle, the camp in the northern port city of Calais is home to thousands of refugees and migrants who have gathered at the site in the hope of somehow getting to Britain.

15 Dec 2015 description
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UK and Australia support Future of Afghan Cities Programme

Kabul, 15 December 2015 – At a ceremony held in Kabul the Government of Afghanistan and UN-Habitat over the weekend officially launched the ‘Future of Afghan Cities Programme’.

The programme is supported by Australia and the United Kingdom and will focus on the development of a National Urban Priority Programme (U-NPP) and undertaking a detailed analysis of five main city regions and 20 strategic district municipalities.

09 Dec 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

Kabul, 09 December 2015 -The British Embassy in Kabul and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched today in Kabul a new collaboration with the Afghan Ministry of Public Health to expand access to services for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV).

27 Nov 2015 description

Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines, a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.

24 Nov 2015 description

Chair’s Summary – Publication of the G7 Report on the Implementation of the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict

The Chair of the G7 has the honour to present the G7 Report on the Implementation of the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict.

12 Nov 2015 description

A key supporter of the Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Program (AREDP), the UK is helping people with disabilities across Afghanistan earn a better living through business support loans.

People with disabilities are frequently denied access to even basic levels of education and have to rely on the support of their family and friends. Having successfully piloted a programme to support persons with disabilities, AREDP are now expanding their programme to other areas.

29 Oct 2015 description

Through the UK funded business support programme in Balkh, women like Raqiba, a mother of seven, are becoming successful entrepreneurs.

Although Raqiba had worked as a shopkeeper, she did not have the experience of running a professional business until four years ago, when she was trained in a program supported by the Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Program (AREDP).

For the last four years she has been selling Balkhi women’s handicrafts in her shop in Rabia Balkhi marketplace in Mazar-e-Sharif city, a market dedicated to female shopkeepers.

16 Oct 2015 description

Paris, France | AFP | Friday 10/16/2015 - 17:00 GMT

More than 610,000 people desperately fleeing war and poverty have reached Europe's shores in 2015, as the continent struggles with its worst migrant crisis since World War II, the International Organization for Migration said Friday.

Here is a look at six key phases in the crisis.

  • Europe overwhelmed -

After some 1,200 migrants drown in a week in April off the Libyan coast, EU leaders raise the alarm and triple a budget for Mediterranean operations by the border agency Frontex.

15 Oct 2015 description
report IRIN

MALMO, 15 October 2015 (IRIN) - Sweden is experiencing a rapid rise in the numbers of unaccompanied refugee children seeking asylum there. In the first two weeks of October alone, well over 4,000 unaccompanied minors arrived in the country, bringing the total this year to 18,000, more than two and a half times the 7,000 that came during the whole of 2014.

17 Sep 2015 description

Publié le mercredi 16 septembre 2015

Le nombre de réfugiés qui affluent vers l’Europe augmente sans cesse chaque semaine. 156 000 migrants sont entrés sur le sol européen pour le seul mois d’août. Certains arrivent par l’Italie, d’autres par la Grèce et remontent l’Europe pour rejoindre l’Allemagne, l’Angleterre ou la France dans l’espoir d’y trouver une vie meilleure. Mais qui sont-ils ? D’où viennent-ils ? Que fuient-ils ? Eclairage des différents responsables géographiques de SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL.

06 Sep 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 4 Sep 2015 19:47 GMT

By Tom Esslemont

LONDON, Sept 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When 16-year-old Alem fled his home country, Eritrea, in February of this year he never imagined he would be heading for a new life in Britain.

Read the full article on AlertNet

03 Sep 2015 description

Twenty years on from the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement in November 1995, the consequences of conflict – including the long-term effects of displacement – are still being felt in the Western Balkans. FMR 50 examines the case of people who were displaced from and within Bosnia and Herzegovina as a result of the 1992-95 war, and reflects on the lessons that may be drawn from the successes and failures of the Agreement. FMR 50 includes 20 articles on ‘Dayton +20’, plus five ‘general’ articles.

31 Aug 2015 description

Röszke, Hongrie | AFP | lundi 31/08/2015 - 00:07 GMT

par Csaba SEGESVARI / avec Serene ASSIR à Presevo en Serbie

Plusieurs dirigeants européens sont montés au créneau dimanche en faveur du droit d'asile des réfugiés au moment où des milliers de migrants progressaient sur la route des Balkans dans l'espoir de gagner l'espace Schengen.

20 Aug 2015 description

Le Haut Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, António Guterres, se félicite de la déclaration conjointe franco-britannique à propos de la situation à Calais ainsi que du plan d’action qui y est associé, tel qu’il a été annoncé aujourd’hui.

20 Aug 2015 description

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, welcomes the joint Franco-British declaration on the situation in Calais and the associated action plan announced today.

20 Aug 2015 description
report IRIN

OXFORD, 19 August 2015 (IRIN) - Migrant arrivals to Europe in 2015 were widely expected to surpass the record levels reached in 2014, as conflicts in Syria and elsewhere raged on. But the staggering number of sea arrivals to Greece in recent weeks appears to have taken many by surprise. Greece recorded more than 50,000 arrivals in July, according to the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, surpassing in just one month the 43,500 who arrived during the whole of 2014.

20 Aug 2015 description

August 17, 2015 - The recent government reaction to the events in Calais has focused on strengthening border control as a primary response. As many European states, including the UK, take this approach, the complex mixed migration flows and causes of human mobility have been lost in a heated debate characterised by increased security and threats to deport irregular migrants.