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24 Jan 2015 description

KfW (German Government owned Development Bank) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed an agreement for the value of Euro 10,000,000.

20 Jan 2015 description

Damascus

UNRWA gratefully acknowledges the timely and consistent support of the government and people of Germany for Palestine refugees in Syria. The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs contributed €2 million ($2.49 million) to the UNRWA cash assistance programme in July 2014, and an additional €2 million ($2.49 million) in October 2014.

20 Jan 2015 description

Germany contributes €34.2M to support children affected by the Syria crisis in Lebanon

Beirut, 19 January 2015 – The government of Germany, through KfW Development Bank, is contributing €34.2 million to UNICEF’s ongoing efforts to support vulnerable children affected by the Syria crisis in Lebanon.

The grant will assist UNICEF in providing access to quality formal and non-formal education in safe and protective environments and ensuring that girls, boys and women have adequate access to child protection services.

08 Jan 2015 description

The current Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone continues to claim lives. In October, the first cases also appeared in the neighbouring country of Mali. Within the framework of the German Partnership Programme for Excellence in Biological and Health Security, the German Government has now provided Mali with a mobile laboratory unit: it should help the country to reliably diagnose and effectively combat Ebola.

07 Jan 2015 description
report Deutsche Welle

In 2014, thousands of asylum seekers risked their lives trying to reach Germany. Syrians fleeing the ongoing civil war made up the largest group.

On a sunny day in mid-September, a young Syrian student once again put his life in danger: Around noon, Ahmad, as he has asked to be called, calmly strolled up to a wall in his home town, Hama, and smeared angry, bright-red letters across it: "The Syrian Revolution will never be defeated. We will fight until victory."

02 Jan 2015 description

Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier and Health Minister Hermann Gröhe presented a Lufthansa Airbus converted into rescue transport for Ebola patients at Berlin Tegel airport on 27 November. The “flying isolation unit” is ready for immediate deployment. It is intended to ensure that aid workers who become infected can be flown out to Germany and treated here.

02 Jan 2015 description

The fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is posing a dramatic challenge for the international community. The German Government is continuously expanding its assistance and support for the countries affected, providing 161.7 million euros to date. In his capacity as Special Representative of the Federal Government, Ambassador Walter Lindner – formerly Regional Director for Africa and Crisis Management Commissioner at the Federal Foreign Office – directs and coordinates all aid measures.

29 Dec 2014 description

KEY POINTS

  • Sierra Leone has declared a lockdown in the north of the country to look for suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

  • Under the coordination of UNMEER, THW has purchased 240 additional hospital beds for use in Sierra Leone.

28 Dec 2014 description

Conakry, Guinée | AFP | lundi 08/12/2014 - 09:31 GMT

Un navire néerlandais a livré samedi en Guinée une partie de l'aide de l'Union européenne (UE) contre Ebola qu'il convoie pour les trois pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest les plus touchés par l'épidémie, a-t-on appris dimanche de source européenne à Conakry.

26 Dec 2014 description

KEY POINTS

  • Experts say that while there are positive developments, it will take continued efforts and considerable time before the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) can be brought to an end.

  • A German Ebola treatment unit has been opened in Paynesville, Liberia.

  • WFP has assured partners that, despite the fire last week, Conakry main logistics hub is operating at full capacity.

Key Political and Economic Developments

26 Dec 2014 description

The partnership between the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to strengthen early warning systems for coastal hazards was boosted last week, with a new contribution of Euro 250,000 to the ESCAP Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disaster and Climate Preparedness. The new contribution follows an initial contribution of Euro 500,000 made in December 2013.

22 Dec 2014 description

SANA’A – The German government has donated €24 million (US$30 million) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Yemen to support nutrition, protective safety nets and girls’ education.

From the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the contribution will be channelled through the German development bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).

20 Dec 2014 description

The Deputy Minister for the German Economic Cooperation and Development Mr. Thomas Silberhorn, and the German Ambassador to Lebanon Mr. Christian Clages and UNDP country director Mr. Luca Renda visited the village of Qabb Eliass in bekaa to follow up on the German funded projects through the Lebanon Host Communities Support Project (LHSP).

19 Dec 2014 description

As the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ukraine exceeded half a million, the European Commission and Germany have supported the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in further assistance to vulnerable people from Donbas and Crimea. With this funding an additional 20 000 internally displaced persons in Ukraine will be helped to cope with the winter.

17 Dec 2014 description

The Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, Christoph Strässer, travelled to northern Iraq on 13 and 14 December to gain an insight into the preparations for the protection of the refugees from the upcoming winter. Before his departure, he announced that the Federal Government would increase its winter relief, providing a further five million euros.

17 Dec 2014 description

On behalf of the German Government and with the help of Ukrainian partners, GIZ has built seven winter accommodation centres, providing a further 4,600 displaced people in Ukraine with a roof over their heads when temperatures drop.

15 Dec 2014 description

15 December 2014 East Jerusalem

The German Development Bank (KfW) and UNRWA signed two agreements worth a total of EUR 25 million ($ 31.3 million) to support Palestine refugees in Gaza and Lebanon.

EUR 20 million ($ 25 million) provided by KfW on behalf of the Government of Germany will fund cash assistance for temporary shelter, as well as major repairs and reconstruction of homes in Gaza. This will help families who are still homeless following the summer 2014 hostilities move into transitional shelter until their home repairs have been completed.

12 Dec 2014 description
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A new batch of urgently needed medical and relief supplies is leaving to the Ebola-affected region in West Africa today on board of the Dutch ship "Karel Doorman".

For the second time, as part of the coordinated European response to the Ebola outbreak, the Netherlands has offered to transport vital supplies free of charge. The vessel is carrying 1,500 tons of food for the World Food Programme (WFP) in addition to more than 50 vehicles, medical supplies and protective clothing for health personnel offered by Belgium, France, Germany and the UK.

10 Dec 2014 description

GENEVA, December 10 (UNHCR) – Young Abdu was born deaf and needed a cochlear implant that could drastically improve his hearing and his life; 17-year-old Abdullah suffered from a blood disorder and was in danger of dying without an urgent transfusion.

The problem was that their families could not afford to help them. They simply lacked money for the treatment that would help their children after exhausting their savings since fleeing Syria and finding shelter in neighbouring Lebanon.