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21 Nov 2014 description

11/21/2014 - 14:07 GMT

Germany has sent 400 motorbikes to the areas of west Africa worst hit by the Ebola epidemic to speed up testing for the virus.

The specially adapted fleet of bikes will be able to rush test samples to laboratories from remote areas, where patients can often wait nine days or more for results.

The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) said the motorbikes should cut transport delays to a day.

Experts say faster test results could help slow the spread of the epidemic, which has so far claimed more than 5,400 lives, according to the UN.

20 Nov 2014 description


• Close to 37,000 Eritrean asylum seekers arrived in Europe between January and October 2014 via Sudan and Ethiopia, according to UNHCR.

• On average 1,000 refugees from South Sudan have been arriving in Sudan per week recently, UNHCR reports.

• SMoH and WHO report that 101 cases of hemorrhagic fever were registered in North Darfur and West Darfur since late August 2014.

• WFP to start a food voucher programme for an estimated 50,000 displaced people residing in Hamediya IDP camp, Central Darfur.

13 Nov 2014 description
report Deutsche Welle

Ebola patients in Liberia can now be treated in a new center set up in Monrovia with funding from German aid organizations. A German armed forces airlift will keep supplies flowing in.

13 Nov 2014 description

LILONGWE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed two contributions from the government of Germany totalling €2.6 million. Part of the donation, €395,900 (about 240 million MWK), is for nutrition assistance, and the remaining €2,250,000 (about 1.4 billion MWK) will help build resilience over a four-year period in some of Malawi’s most food insecure districts.

11 Nov 2014 description
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BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started providing food vouchers to assist half a million Iraqis displaced by the conflict in Iraq. This new scheme empowers recipients to choose their own food and prioritise their own needs.

Thanks to a donation of US$5 million from Japan and a contribution of US$2.2 million from Germany, WFP began distributing the food vouchers in the district of Soran in the governorate of Erbil, reaching an initial group of 500 women and men last week. Distribution of vouchers to a further 1,700 people is set to begin today.

10 Nov 2014 description

BERLIN/ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received €24 million (more than US$ 30 million) from the government of Germany to support the increasing need for food assistance to more than one million people affected by the Ebola virus epidemic.

06 Nov 2014 description

• “Cuando uno asume un acuerdo, un compromiso, es difícil, pero a la larga se demuestra que vale la pena y yo creo que el Presidente (Santos) ya ha dedicado mucho tiempo a reflexionar sobre la fase posconflicto, por lo que creo que ahora hay que apostar por una solución”, afirmó la Jefe de Gobierno germana tras reunirse en Berlín con el Mandatario colombiano.

Berlín, 5 nov (SIG).

06 Nov 2014 description

La Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA) y el gobierno de Alemania firmaron hoy un convenio de cooperación por el que el país europeo potenciará su respaldo a las actividades de la Misión de Apoyo al Proceso de Paz en Colombia (MAPP/OEA) con un aporte de 450.000 euros.

Este aporte se suma a las notables contribuciones que el gobierno alemán ha realizado a la Misión desde el año 2008. Estos recursos estarán destinados a apoyar las labores de monitoreo y acompañamiento de la Misión a los distintos programas de construcción de paz en el territorio colombiano.

06 Nov 2014 description

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Germany today signed a cooperation agreement by which the European country will increase its support for the activities of the Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia (MAPP/OAS) with a contribution of 450,000 euros.

This important contribution is just the latest of several made by the German government to the Mission since 2008. These resources will go to support the tasks of monitoring and accompaniment of the Mission to the various peace building programs in Colombia.

05 Nov 2014 description
report The Niles

The South Sudan National Ministry of Electricity, Dams, Irrigation and Water Resources with the support of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Finland inaugurated the second phase of “Yei Urban Water and Sanitation Project” to provide clean and sufficient water and sanitation services.

04 Nov 2014 description

IOM and Germany yesterday (3/11) marked 60 years of the Federal Republic’s membership in the organization with a commitment to increase dialogue and cooperation on migration policies.

The two sides emphasized the importance of cooperation in emergency humanitarian aid, resettlement and the voluntary return and reintegration of migrants and failed asylum seekers back to their countries of origin. They also agreed to hold annual high level consultations alternating in future between Berlin and Geneva.

04 Nov 2014 description
report Government of Peru


Las autoridades de los distritos de San José de los Molinos, La Tinguiña, Parcona e Ica recibieron un importante donativo de equipos para la instalación de Sistemas de Alerta Temprana - SAT ante Inundaciones en las mencionadas localidades.

Dichos equipos han sido donados por la Cooperación Alemana GIZ, que forma parte del equipo técnico del SAT en Ica, y consiste básicamente en sirenas, altoparlantes, torres para la instalación de sirenas, radios portátiles, chalecos, mapas de peligros y material informativo.

03 Nov 2014 description


This year, Germany and the International Organization for Migration celebrate 60 years of partnership. Beginning in 1954, our collaboration has expanded over time to include a rich and diverse range of projects and programmes implemented in Germany and around the world. Working together in development contexts, humanitarian emergencies, post-conflict and transition settings, as well as on migration-related issues in Europe and Germany, Germany and IOM are making a positive difference in migrants’ lives around the world.

29 Oct 2014 description

With support from German Development Ministry, UNICEF reinforces support for refugee children

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29 Oct 2014 description
report Deutsche Welle

In an effort to compromise with German state governments, the Cabinet has drafted a bill that would eliminate some of the restrictions for asylum seekers. The law seeks to ease residency and employment requirements.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet released a draft bill on Wednesday, which aims to reform the system for asylum seekers across the country. The decision came in response to a proposal by the upper house of parliament - the Bundesrat - in September. It is seen as a compromise to what representatives of the 16 states had proposed.

24 Oct 2014 description

10/24/2014 - 03:48 GMT

by Yannick PASQUET

Syrian refugees are bedding down in the converted classrooms of a former Berlin high school as Germany grapples with being Europe's number-one destination for asylum seekers.

Among the newcomers is Mohammed Nabil, 28, who after a perilous land and sea journey now shares a small and immaculate if improvised bedroom with his mother, brother and sister in a working class district of the German capital.

23 Oct 2014 description

Germany is releasing 20 million euros of additional funding for humanitarian assistance to help ease the suffering of people in Iraq. These funds will be available immediately and will be used mainly to provide winter relief to refugees and internally displaced persons.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin (21 October):


The large numbers of refugees in Iraq are in a dramatic humanitarian situation. Thinking of the upcoming winter makes it clear that we have to significantly step up our efforts.

22 Oct 2014 description

The Federal Government has increased its support for the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to over 100 million euros, from which the Federal Foreign Office will receive 29 million euros for humanitarian assistance and evacuation measures. In his speech at the World Health Summit on 19 October, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier proposed sending a civilian EU mission to the areas hit by Ebola.

20 Oct 2014 description


  • As of 16 October, 417,246 IDPs have been identified by Ukraine’s State Emergency Service. 95% come from the eastern regions of Ukraine.

  • Ukrainian Parliament adopted law on protection of internally displaced persons in addition to resolutions on IDP registration and provision of financial assistance, introduced by Cabinet of Ministers.