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28 Mar 2015 description

KATHMANDU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) together with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal have today inaugurated the country’s first Humanitarian Staging Area at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, Bam Dev Gautam, was the chief guest at the ceremony, attended by 200 government officials and members of the humanitarian community. WFP Assistant Executive Director, Manoj Juneja, and Dr. Gail Marzetti, Head of DFID were also present as special guests.

27 Mar 2015 description

RFA Argus has been honoured by the Defence Secretary as she heads back to the UK after supporting the fight against Ebola.

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship deployed to Sierra Leone from Falmouth in September. Her task was to provide vital aviation support and medical capability to the Department for International Development-led effort against Ebola.

26 Mar 2015 description
report Refugee Council

Families who are seeking safety in Britain face being forced further into poverty following new changes to asylum support rates.

The Home Office has announced that all destitute asylum seekers awaiting a decision on their claim will now receive the same weekly allowance of £36.95 per person.

This will mean a significant cut to the levels of support that families with children aged under 16 will receive, with single parent families being hit particularly hard. A lone parent with two children will see their asylum support payments cut by 26% in less than two weeks time.

26 Mar 2015 description

Further UK funds allocated to support organisations working in Vanuatu.

Britain’s response to Cyclone Pam is helping to ensure thousands of people across the region get the urgent help they need.

UNICEF will receive the final £500,000 allocation from the UK’s £2 million emergency response to Vanuatu, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

24 Mar 2015 description

Britain to remain at the forefront of the fight against TB by funding the development of a simpler, safer and more affordable treatment.

Britain is funding a global clinical trial of new treatments to beat drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis that threaten to reverse decades of progress in fighting the disease, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said today.

Justine Greening said:

23 Mar 2015 description
report Guardian

Department for International Development encouraged to cap humanitarian funding and focus on bilateral programmes in sub-Saharan Africa

The UK is spending too much on humanitarian aid and funding big international agencies when it should be concentrating on its own long-term development programmes in sub-Saharan Africa, an influential group of MPs has warned.

22 Mar 2015 description

A new research project led by the University of Oxford and the UK Government will help millions of people to have reliable access to water.

Announced by International Development Minister Baroness Northover, the seven year research project will receive a £15 million grant from the Department for International Development.

A changing and variable climate, increasing demand for water, crumbling infrastructure, unaffordable bills and water contamination have caused a chronic lack of safe, reliable and clean water in the developing world.

21 Mar 2015 description

CONCERN THAT SPENDING ON BILATERAL PROGRAMMES IS DECLINING RELATIVE TO MULTILATERAL AND HUMANITARIAN EXPENDITURE

In a report released today, Friday 20 March 2015, the Commons International Development Committee says the UK’s spending on multilateral organisations and humanitarian assistance is coming at the expense of DfID’s important and effective bilateral work with priority countries.

20 Mar 2015 description

5 organisations will receive funding from the UK's Rapid Response Facility to deliver lifesaving aid to those hit hardest by Cyclone Pam.

Following activation of the UK’s Rapid Response Facility (RRF) on Saturday 14 March, 5 trusted partners will now receive funding as part of the Britain’s response to the crisis.

Almost £1 million will be shared between MapAction, Care International UK, World Vision, Oxfam International and Save the Children UK.

It is expected UK funding via the RRF will:

19 Mar 2015 description

Britain is responding rapidly to help people affected by cyclone Pam.

A Royal Air Force C-17 plane carrying shelter and lighting from the UK has landed in Vanuatu, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

The plane arrived in Vanuatu at 0300 GMT on Thursday 19 March, carrying 1,640 shelter kits which can house families of five people and more than 1,900 solar lanterns with inbuilt mobile phone chargers.

These supplies will help protect some of the most vulnerable people affected by the cyclone, especially women and children.

17 Mar 2015 description

UK funding confirmed for Red Cross Emergency Appeal.

Britain will contribute £500,000 to the International Federation of the Red Cross Emergency Appeal to help thousands of people affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam and deploy three additional humanitarian experts to the region, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

17 Mar 2015 description

Key points - Vanuatu’s government declared a nationwide state emergency in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, which hit the pacific island and neighbouring islands on 13 March 2015. The UN has confirmed that 24 people have died and 3,300 displaced and the death toll is expected to rise sharply as rescuers reach outlying islands.

16 Mar 2015 description

A Royal Air Force C-17 transport plane has departed for Vanuatu

Britain has sent vital shelter and relief supplies to help people whose lives have been devastated by Cyclone Pam, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced.

A Royal Air Force C-17 transport plane departed from RAF Brize Norton early on Monday 16 March and will travel to the Royal Australian Air Force base at Amberley in Australia, where it will join the international relief effort.

14 Mar 2015 description

The UK will provide up to £2 million to support international relief efforts following the widespread damage caused by Cyclone Pam, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.

Working closely alongside the Governments of Vanuatu, Australia and New Zealand, the Department for International Development will provide support to UN organisations and aid agencies. Many people are in need of support and girls and women will be left particularly vulnerable without urgent shelter or other vital supplies.

14 Mar 2015 description

Suva, Fidji | | samedi 14/03/2015 - 18:20 GMT

Le Vanuatu a lancé un appel à l'aide internationale après qu'un cyclone accompagné de vents de plus de 300 km/heure eut semé la désolation dans cet archipel du Pacifique Sud, où des dizaines de personnes pourraient avoir péri.

13 Mar 2015 description

Teachers from the UK travelled to Zaatari camp this week to visit staff and pupils affected by the Syria conflict.

On the fourth anniversary of the start of the Syrian conflict, a group of British school teachers visited Jordan this week to support teachers and school children affected by the conflict.

The British Council organised the visit as part of the Connecting Classrooms programme.