As the brutal conflict continues in Syria, millions of people continue to be in need. Hundreds of thousands have been killed in the conflict between the Assad regime, extremist groups and moderate opposition groups. In response to the crisis, the UK has allocated £900 million since 2012 to over 30 implementing partners (including United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organisations and the Red Cross). This is helping to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and of refugees in the region.
Developments since the 11th update
As of 27 June 2015, WHO has reported 27 541 cases, including 11 235 deaths, linked to the West African epidemic of Ebola virus disease (EVD) that began in December 2013. Ten countries reported EVD cases. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone experienced widespread and intense transmission between July 2014 and April 2015.
The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) has published its Annual Report 2014-15.
WASHINGTON DC— United States, Britain and Sweden today provided 8 million dollars for the second phase of the Zimbabwe Works project which will be used for providing technical, vocational and entrepreneurships skills to 22,500 young people in the next three years.
This follows the successful completion of phase one of the project which ran from 2012 to 2014 and benefitted 8,600 young Zimbabweans. It was funded by the United States Agency for International Development or USAID.
The Government has failed to make a meaningful commitment to help more refugees reach safety in Britain.
Speaking following two days of talks with other European leaders, David Cameron said Britain was playing a ‘leading role’ in tackling the escalating humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean through its contribution to the search and rescue operation and through an expansion of Britain’s resettlement programmes.
The new funding will provide immediate relief to hard-to-reach communities and focus on rebuilding vital infrastructure.
The British response to the recent devastating earthquakes now stands at £70 million, following further commitments made at the International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction today (25 June 2015).
The UK remains committed to the long-term reconstruction of Nepal and is taking a leading role in the response to meet the Nepalese people’s emergency needs and to boost the country’s recovery effort.
As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £800 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.
Save the Children statement in response to David Cameron's comments today (Friday 19th June) on "modestly" expanding the UK's resettlement scheme for Syrian refugees.
International Development Secretary announces new £40 million UK humanitarian support for people affected by ongoing conflict.
Millions of people are at risk of starving to death by the end of the year if ongoing conflict creates a food crisis in Yemen, International Development Secretary Justine Greening warned today, as she announced new lifesaving UK assistance for the country.
The Prime Minister has announced that he will 'modestly expand' Britain’s special resettlement programme for Syrian refugees.
According to media reports, Government sources have indicated that Britain will resettle ‘a few hundred more’ people but the total will not exceed 1,000.
The British Government had previously committed to resettling ‘several hundred’ Syrian refugees over a three year period, with just 187 people having arrived in Britain so far.
Human Rights Council MORNING/MIDDAY/AFTERNOON
17 June 2015
Hears Address from Minister for Human Rights of Yemen, Concludes Interactive Dialogue on Transnational Corporations and on Trafficking in Persons
There were 24 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the week to 14 June, compared with 27 cases the previous week. In Guinea, 10 cases were reported from 4 prefectures (Boke, Conakry, Dubreka, and Forecariah). A total of 14 cases were reported from 2 districts (Kambia and Port Loko) in Sierra Leone.
The UK has set out its support to South Sudan at the European Commission and United Nations’s high-level event on the humanitarian crisis in Geneva.
Speaking ahead of the high-level event, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:
A year and a half into the conflict in South Sudan, further fighting has seen entire towns looted or burnt to the ground and more than two million people forced from their homes. We are deeply concerned about reports of serious abuses of human rights, including violence against girls and women.
New five year education programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo will help girls and boys get the skills they need to succeed.nternational Development Secretary Justine Greening and First Lady Michelle Obama came together in London today to launch a global push to make sure girls in poor countries get the education they deserve.
By Kieran Guilbert
CROYDON, England, June 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The two bowlers gasp as the ball flies narrowly past the head of 22-year-old Mati, then burst into laughter as the batsman's momentary look of panic turns into a bashful grin.
The scene on a sunny afternoon at this modest cricket club in south London is a world away from war-torn Afghanistan, where these three young men - Mati, Arman and Haroon - grew up.
Read the full report on Reuters - AlertNet.
DFID depends greatly on the multilateral system to achieve results. Multilateral agencies are able to deliver aid on a large scale and have widespread legitimacy to lead and co-ordinate development and humanitarian assistance. DFID is well respected as a funder and has significant influence in the multilateral system. In 2013-14 DFID spent almost two-thirds (£6.32 billion) of its budget through multilateral agencies and many agencies depend on DFID as their largest funder.
UK aid, at its best, makes a real and positive difference to the lives and livelihoods of poor people around the world. Ensuring the best possible performance across a large and multifaceted aid programme is, however, a complex management challenge. This report reviews ICAI’s previous 44 reports and looks at how well DFID ensures positive, long-term, transformative change across its work.
In recent weeks, the decline in case incidence and the contraction of the geographic area affected by Ebola virus disease (EVD) transmission that was apparent throughout April and early May has stalled. In total, 31 confirmed cases of EVD were reported in the week ending 7 June: 16 cases in Guinea and 15 in Sierra Leone.