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Donors respond to plea on behalf of hungry vulnerable families in DR Congo

KINSHASA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes contributions of more than US$48 million for food assistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The contributions were from by the African Development Bank, France, Ireland, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States of America.

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Switzerland's official development assistance in 2013

Switzerland spent CHF 2.964 billion on official development assistance (ODA) in 2013, an increase of 3.4% compared with 2012. With an ODA of 0.47% of gross national income (GNI) in 2013, Switzerland ranks 8th among the 29 member states of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which is publishing its ODA rankings this Tuesday.

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Aide publique au développement de la Suisse en 2013

La Suisse a consacré CHF 2'964 millions à l’Aide publique au développement (APD) en 2013. Cela représente une hausse de 3,4% par rapport à 2012. Avec une APD représentant 0,47% du Revenu national brut (RNB), la Suisse figure, pour 2013, au 8e rang des 29 pays membres du Comité d’aide au développement (CAD) de l’Organisation pour la coopération et le développement économiques (OCDE), qui publie ce mardi son classement en la matière.

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Swiss Contribution Will Boost Nutrition For Mothers And Children In Sudan

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed two contributions from the government of Switzerland that will improve the poor nutritional status of children, pregnant women and nursing mothers in Sudan.

Switzerland is giving WFP Sudan a total of CHF 4.7 million (US$5.2 million) in two separate contributions including an in-kind donation of 600 metric tons of dried skimmed milk, valued at CHF 3.7 million (US$4.1 million), and a cash donation of CHF 1 million (US$1.1).

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India + 1 other
We Can Not Leave Everything to God: Children and Crowd Management in Schools, Southasiadisasters.net issue no.107, March 2014

The 107th issue of Southasiadisaster.net is titled ‘We Can Not Leave Everything to God: Children and Crowd Management in Schools’ explores the important theme of Crowd Management. Crowd management is extremely important for a country like India that routinely witnesses stampedes. Replete with views of experts from the field, this issue provides vital information on Crowd management policies, practices and procedures. The content includes:

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Contribution de la Suisse au Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR)

Le Conseil fédéral a décidé aujourd’hui d’accorder au CICR une contribution de siège d’un montant de 80 millions de francs pour l’année en cours. Ce soutien financier sera prélevé sur le crédit-cadre de l’aide humanitaire de la Confédération.

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Switzerland’s commitment in Syria and the Region

Three years of war in Syria have stretched the capacities of the neighbouring countries hosting a total of 2.5 million Syrian refugees as well as the financial resources of the international community. However, with more than half of the Syrian population depending on humanitarian aid, Switzerland is committed to continue providing much-needed aid to the victims of this crisis.

Switzerland’s activities

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Swiss contribution to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

The Federal Council pledged today a headquarters contribution of CHF 80 million to the ICRC for the current year. This support will be provided from the framework credit of Swiss Humanitarian Aid.

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New phase of the Local Governance programme Sharique launched

The third phase of the Swiss government mandated and supported local governance programme “Sharique” was officially launched on March 3, 2014 at an event held in the Embassy of Switzerland. The new phase will be implemented by a consortium comprising the HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation (HSI) and the Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) of the BRAC University. The Director of IGS, Dr. Rizwan Khair, and the Country Director of HSI, Mr. Felix Bachmann, among others were present at the launching event which was inaugurated by the Ambassador of Switzerland to Bangladesh, Mr. Christian Fotsch.

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Switzerland Supports Palestine Refugees

East Jerusalem

The Government of Switzerland has made a contribution of CHF 33.7 million (US$ 37.8 million) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). The funds, including CHF 15.8 million (US$ 17.9 million) in 2014 and CHF 17.9 million (US$ 20.3 million) in 2015, will support the UNRWA General Fund, financing core services such as schools for half a million children, 138 primary health care facilities, and social safety net assistance for nearly 300,000 Palestine refugees.

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Federal Council approves a contribution of CHF 33.7 million to UNRWA

At its meeting on 26 February 2014, the Federal Council approved a contribution of CHF 33.7 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). This contribution covers the period 2014–2015. Through its humanitarian and development aid for millions of refugees, UNRWA plays a key stabilising role in the region.

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Cooperación Suiza dona $us 75 mil para apoyo psicológico a niños afectados por los desastres

La Paz, 19 feb (ABI).- La Cooperación Suiza en Bolivia, a través de UNICEF, se suma a la ayuda humanitaria para las familias damnificadas, con una donación de 75 mil dólares para apoyar en la recuperación 'psicoafectiva' de niños, niñas y adolescentes de las zonas afectadas por las lluvias e inundaciones en el Departamento del Beni, informaron el miércoles fuentes oficiales.

'Un nuevo sol para el bienestar comunitario, es el nombre del programa de recuperación psicoafectiva', remarca un boletín de prensa.

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WFP Strengthens Its Programmes In Madagascar With Support From Switzerland

Geneva / Antananarivo - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) strengthens its programmes aimed to combat food insecurity in Madagascar, particularly through its relief and recovery operation in response to natural disasters.

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Switzerland working to prevent torture and combat early marriage in Tajikistan

Bern, 11.02.2014 - The 5th round of human rights talks between Switzerland and Tajikistan took place in Dushanbe from 10 to 11 February 2014. The aim of this annual meeting is to take stock of progress made in the protection and promotion of human rights. This year, particular emphasis was placed on the prevention of torture and early marriage.

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OECD Development Co-operation Peer Review Switzerland 2013

Switzerland on track to meet aid targets; should play greater leadership role

Switzerland provided USD 3 billion in official development assistance (ODA) in 2012, or 0.45% of its gross national income (GNI), in line with its goal to reach 0.5% of GNI by 2015.

In a new Peer Review of Switzerland, the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) welcomed the country’s progress in channelling more resources into fighting poverty and sharpening its development policies in line with the DAC’s 2009 recommendations.

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Le PAM renforce ses programmes à Madagascar grâce au soutien de la Suisse

Genève/Antananarivo – Le Programme Alimentaire Mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) renforce ses interventions afin de lutter contre l’insécurité alimentaire à Madagascar, notamment à travers son programme de secours et de redressement.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

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A Somali mother longs for an Alpine reunion with her children

GENEVA, January 28 (UNHCR) – With her head wrapped in a bright turquoise scarf and sporting a red and white striped sweater, Nimo, 26, looks like the picture of cheerfulness.

However, when asked about her children, the Somali refugee's large round eyes fill with tears and she starts slowly shaking her head back and forth. "It's hard for me to talk about my children. I miss them so much. When I talk about them, the sadness stays with me for days," she says.

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Swiss Spring for Syrian Refugees Passes

By Ray Smith

LUCERNE, Switzerland , Jan 23 2014 (IPS) - Switzerland facilitated family reunification for Syrians in September. So far, more than 1,100 Syrian refugees have benefited from the programme, while thousands are waiting at Swiss embassies in the region, hoping for a similar chance. Surprised by these numbers, Switzerland put an end to the programme.