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29 Apr 2016 description

By Jamie Tahana, RNZ International

The fate of hundreds of people detained illegally on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island remains uncertain, after a PNG court struck a blow to Canberra's policy of sending asylum seekers abroad.

850 asylum seekers and refugees have been languishing in the Manus compounds for up to three years, having been transferred there under Australia's offshore processing policy.

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27 Apr 2016 description

Sydney, AUSTRALIA | AFP | Wednesday 4/27/2016 - 06:25 GMT

Papua New Guinea on Wednesday said a controversial asylum-seeker camp on Manus island will close, throwing Australia's border protection policy into disarray.

It follows a Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday that detaining people at the Australian-funded facility was unconstitutional and illegal.

27 Apr 2016 description
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At a glance:

  • We directly assisted 2.3 million people across 23 countries.

  • 89 cents of every dollar we spent went straight to our programs overseas.

  • We responded to 11 emergencies.

  • 94 per cent of our staff are nationals of the country they work in.

CARE Australia 2010-2015

27 Apr 2016 description

Sydney, AUSTRALIA | AFP | Wednesday 4/27/2016 - 04:25 GMT

Australia Wednesday insisted its controversial border protection policy remains valid despite a Papua New Guinea court ruling the detention of asylum-seekers in the country was unconstitutional and illegal.

Canberra has been criticised internationally for sending asylum-seekers who attempt to enter the country by boat to remote processing centres on Manus island or the tiny Pacific outpost of Nauru.

It says its actions deter others wanting to make the risky journey, often from Indonesia.

26 Apr 2016 description

Confirmed pledges (persons) since 2013: 130,955
Additional places/visas granted under Other Legal Forms of Admission:* 15,823
Resettlement submissions to the USA: 32,369
TOTAL places made available to date: 179,147

26 Apr 2016 description

Australia has provided strong support to Nepal as part of recovery efforts following the earthquakes one year ago that killed almost 9000 people and injured about 20,000 others.

The Australian Government has provided more than $28 million in assistance to Nepal. This includes approximately $12 million for immediate humanitarian relief and more than $16 million for recovery and reconstruction. The first tranche of funding helped provide 42,000 people with access to safe water and sanitation, and 68,000 people with emergency shelter assistance.

22 Apr 2016 description
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Part 2: Official Sector Statistical Summary 2014–15

Launch of the Green Book

Joint media release

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP
  • Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

21 April 2016 - Today we announce the release of the most comprehensive summary of Australia’s relationship with our regional bilateral aid partners, Australian Engagement with Developing Countries (The Green Book).

21 Apr 2016 description
report Caritas Australia

March is the month that marks the 5th anniversary of the escalation of violence in Syria since the start of the civil war, described as one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world today. As part of one of the largest humanitarian networks in the world, the Caritas global network has collectively reached 1.8 million Syrians in its programs in the past year alone.

20 Apr 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere


As of 31 March, there were 91 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016 (28 in January, 45 in February, 18 in March). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2015), the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased in 2016 (Figure 1).


16 Apr 2016 description

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Saturday 4/16/2016 - 05:53 GMT

A refugee has been convicted of attempted suicide after being moved from an Australian-funded detention camp on the Pacific island of Nauru in a decision described as "sickening".

Prosecutors had pressed for jail time of one to two months, arguing a tough response was needed as a deterrent to those using self-harm "to get what they want", but he was instead reportedly fined Aus$200 ($154).

14 Apr 2016 description

In Perth, Australia, where the initial families of Syrian refugees arrived in 2015, the first of over 12,000 refugees to arrive and later find resettlement in Australia, it is, as stated by the Refugee Action Coalition, that refugees, or those coming from such war-torn countries, would need to be reliant on quality support services to get settled, services which are at the current moment lacking, causing the delay in the resettlement in regional towns of Western Australia.

13 Apr 2016 description

13/04/2016 - Development aid totalled USD 131.6 billion in 2015, representing a rise of 6.9% from 2014 in real terms as aid spent on refugees in host countries more than doubled in real terms to USD 12 billion. Stripping out funds spent on refugees, aid was still up 1.7% in real terms, according to official data collected by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC).

10 Apr 2016 description

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), Australia’s peak body for overseas development and humanitarian organisations, today launched a new interactive map tracking the work of Australian NGOs in developing countries around the world.

“For the first time, Australians will be able to ‘see’ how community and government support for Australian aid and development NGOs translates into critical programs on the ground, around the globe,” said Mr Marc Purcell, CEO of ACFID.

06 Apr 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (no updates)

There were 3,884 cases of dengue reported in China in 2015, with the majority of cases being reported during September and October. In December, there were 62 dengue cases (with no associated deaths) reported, which was a decrease from 470 cases reported in November, and lower than the number of cases reported in December 2014 (n=180) (Figure 1).