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24 Jun 2017 description

In extremely challenging circumstances, UK aid is making a positive contribution to state-building and stability in Somalia. UK aid is making a positive contribution to state-building and stability in Somalia, despite facing extremely challenging circumstances.

The aid, which amounted to £185m in 2016/17, delivered significant achievements in Somalia. However, the UK could improve its performance in several important areas.

23 Jun 2017 description


​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 18 June - 24 June 2017 and includes updates on measles, rubella, Ebola virus disease, influenza A(H7N9), Legionnaires' disease, poliomyelitis and West Nile fever.

23 Jun 2017 description

By Anna Pujol-Mazzini

LONDON, June 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a small London workshop on a hot summer's day, Reem goes back and forth between caring for her crying son and assembling purple campanulas, pink peonies and blue nigellas in a bouquet.

Among the discarded stems that litter the floor, refugee women rush to ready the flowers for delivery to London homes before the heat wilts all their work.

22 Jun 2017 description

Ambassador Susanna Moorehead visited Nguenyyiel refugee camp in Gambella region of Ethiopia

To mark World Refugee Day, on 20 June, British Ambassador Susanna Moorehead accompanied Foreign Minister Workneh and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Filippo Grandi to the Nguenyyiel refugee camp in Gambella. There they saw first-hand how the Ethiopian authorities and international community are working together to provide emergency support to people fleeing the terrible conflict in South Sudan.

22 Jun 2017 description

The UK aid strategy outlines a commitment to increasing UK aid investment on global health risks, including infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. Global health threats are of increasing concern to the international community, as well as representing a challenge to British interests. The recent Ebola crisis in West Africa served to highlight the considerable risks that infectious disease epidemics pose to development.

22 Jun 2017 description

Disaster Resilience – defined by DFID as “the ability of countries, communities and households to manage change, by maintaining or transforming living standards in the face of shocks or stresses – such as earthquakes, drought or violent conflict – without compromising their long-term prospects” – is now a prominent concept in DFID’s strategy.

With several African countries threatened by famine and fears that climate change is increasing the frequency of extreme weather events, this is an opportune time to assess the performance of DFID’s programming on disaster resilience.

22 Jun 2017 description

ICAI’s follow-up review looks at how well DFID and other government departments have responded to the recommendations it made in previous reviews.

21 Jun 2017 description

A landmark cross-party report has found that Government policies are creating a costly “two-tier system” of refugee protection leaving many homeless and destitute, seriously damaging their prospects of integration.

21 Jun 2017 description

“When I was at university, I volunteered as a mentor to Adam. Adam was a young asylum seeker from Darfur who had applied to remain in the UK. It didn’t take long for me to notice the problems that his lack of mobility caused so when my brother gave me an old bike, I refurbished it and gave it to him,” said Jem Stein, the young founder and creator of The Bike Project.

“It made such a huge difference to his life that when I graduated, I started collecting bikes, doing them up in my spare time and giving them away to other refugees and asylum seekers.”

21 Jun 2017 description

by Emma Batha

Total assistance rose for a fourth consecutive year, but the pace of growth slowed - one factor behind the slowdown may have been the lack of sudden large-scale disasters

LONDON, June 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - International humanitarian aid hit a record $27.3 billion last year, but several leading donors in the Middle East slashed their contributions, data published on Wednesday showed.

21 Jun 2017 description

Parts of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the United States of America have seen extremely high May and June temperatures, with a number of records broken. The heatwaves are unusually early and are occurring as the Earth experiences another exceptionally warm year.

21 Jun 2017 description

Khartoum – UN Environment, Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Environment, UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and other key federal institutions in Sudan came together for the first advisory committee meeting of the ADAPT! project.

20 Jun 2017 description
infographic Deutsche Welle

How many refugees tried to get asylum in Europe? From crossing the border to being allowed to stay or rejected and receiving an order to leave - DW shows the data from 2012 to 2016.

20 Jun 2017 description

In May 2017, Action on Armed Violence recorded 3,223 deaths and injuries caused by explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 82% (2,649) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

This represents a 48% increase in the number of civilians killed or injured compared to April 2017, when there were 1,794 civilian deaths and injuries.

20 Jun 2017 description
report IRIN

Last September, 193 member states attending the UN summit on refugees and migrants in New York committed to take in more refugees through resettlement and other legal avenues. Nine months later, and with more refugees than ever in need of resettlement – 1.2 million according to the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR – countries have actually reduced the number of places on offer by 43 percent. While a record 125,800 refugees were resettled in 2016, only 93,200 places are expected to be made available this year.

19 Jun 2017 description

Mogadishu, 18 June 2017 - The United Kingdom has announced an additional aid package of 60 million British pounds (about $77 million) to Somalia to help tackle the current humanitarian crisis caused by the prolonged drought.

The announcement was made yesterday by the United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel, who visited Somalia to assess the drought situation that has forced hundreds of thousands of residents to abandon their homes in search of food and shelter.

16 Jun 2017 description

A new way of funding climate change projects at the local level is giving women more say over the use of precious resources

By Anthony Langat

WAJIR, Kenya, June 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sitting a couple of kilometres outside the village of Wajir-bor in northeast Kenya is something quite rare for these dry parts: a small, well-maintained reservoir full of water with a watchman standing guard at the gate.

16 Jun 2017 description

The 5th Board Meeting of the Stabilisation Facility for Libya (SFL) was held at the Corinthia Hotel, in Tripoli on the 14th of June. The Board, co-chaired on behalf of the GNA by Minister of Planning designate, Dr Taher Jehaimi and on behalf of the United Nations Development Programme, by Ms Maria Ribeiro, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General and UNDP Representative for Libya, reviewed progress and future opportunities for the SFL. The SFL, managed by UNDP, supports Government action to provide tangible assistance to cities affected by the crisis.

15 Jun 2017 description

As part of continuing efforts to track and better understand donor financing for nutrition, DI has analysed the latest nutrition aid spending by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

This analysis was conducted by Development Initiatives as part of the Maximising the Quality of Scaling up Nutrition Plus (MQSUN+) programme.