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 committed £2.3 billion since 2012. This includes allocations to over 30 implementing partners (including United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organisations and the Red Cross) and is helping to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and of refugees in the region.
Despite huge commitments for increased investments and robust evidence on what works for improving the nutritional status of millions of children, the level of investments remains inadequate compared to the needs.
2014: ODA disbursements to basic nutrition are too modest
Médecins du Monde et le Secours Catholique - Caritas France contraints de recourir à nouveau à la justice.
Dans les camps de Calais ou Grande-Synthe, plusieurs centaines de mineurs isolés étrangers (MIE) vivent dans une très grande précarité. Particulièrement vulnérables et exposés à de très nombreuses violences, ces jeunes, qui pour certains ont de la famille au Royaume-Uni, ont besoin d’urgence de mesures de protection particulières.
Lille, France | AFP | Saturday 2/6/2016 - 20:32 GMT
Four Iranian migrants making a rare attempt to reach Britain by boat from France on Saturday were rescued in the nick of time after their vessel took on water and was close to capsizing, officials said.
Rescuers were only alerted after one of the migrants made it back to the beach at Sangatte in northern France before dawn.
He was in a dangerously cold state and asking for help for his four compatriots.
The Myanmar Emergency Response Fund (ERF) mobilises resources for partners to respond to the critical humanitarian needs in Myanmar. It provides funding to both national and international humanitarian organizations for activities that are in line with the United Nations and Partners Humanitarian Response Plan. In 2015, US$ 5 million was allocated to partners for life-saving humanitarian work in Myanmar, including US$ 1.3 million for the emergency response to the floods and landslides in Chin, Magway, Sagaing and Rakhine.
From: Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street, The Rt Hon David Cameron MP and Department for International Development
The UK will invest an extra £1.2bn international aid in Syria and the region to help fund education, create jobs and humanitarian protection.
Current funding of £1.12bn to be more than doubled
Money to be invested in the region over the next 4 years
Cash to help fund education, jobs and humanitarian protection in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey
UK Aid through Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) is supporting the reconstruction of essential canal systems in Bamyan Province.
The canals are helping local farmers to increase their crop yields significantly, thanks to better irrigation. The canals are also improving local living standards by providing hydroelectricity.
Local farmer Baaz Mohammad has seen his land’s productivity increase by 50 percent since the new canal system was built.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Monday 2/1/2016 - 13:15 GMT
Donors at the African Union summit pledged on Monday $250 million (229 million euros) for the fight against Boko Haram insurgents, AU Peace and Security Council chief Smail Chergui said.
Boko Haram, facing the heat of a military onslaught in Nigeria, has in the past year stepped up cross-border attacks in Niger, Chad and Cameroon, while continuing shooting and suicide assaults on markets, mosques and other mostly civilian targets within Nigeria itself.
Peshawar, 27 January 2016 – The Government of Fata has a signed a new agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, at a high-profile event organized at the Governor’s House, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa today.
This new partnership aims to support the Government of FATA’s reform in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and includes the launch of the Governor’s Strategic Support Unit.
• The pledge made on Monday will see $715 million (Sh73 billion) being provided a year from Britain’s overseas aid budget for the next five years, as well as $200 million (Sh20.4 billion) this year from the Gates Foundation, with more donations to follow.
By ELIZABETH MERAB
The British Government in partnership with philanthropist Bill Gates have pledged $4.3 billion (Sh439 billion) in funding over the next five years to fight malaria in Kenya, among other regions prone to the disease.
Berlin, Germany | AFP | Thursday 1/28/2016 - 22:38 GMT
Germany moved Thursday to toughen its asylum policies, as Finland and Sweden announced plans to deport tens of thousands of people in a bid to contain the migrant crisis.
Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel announced that Germany will place Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia on a list of "safe countries of origin" -- meaning their nationals would have little chance of winning asylum.
Some migrants will also be blocked from bringing their families to join them in Germany for two years, Gabriel said.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 25 January 2016
OXFORD, 27 January 2016 (IRIN) - A new Danish law that will allow police to search asylum seekers arriving in the country and confiscate any cash or valuables worth more than 10,000 kroner ($1,460) has been widely condemned by refugee and human rights groups. But it is only the latest among a raft of new laws introduced by EU member states in the past six months aimed at deterring asylum seekers from lodging claims on their territory.
Copenhagen, Denmark | AFP | Wednesday 1/27/2016 - 11:33 GMT
Denmark and Switzerland on Wednesday joined a growing number of European countries to report Zika infections among travellers returning from Latin America, where the mosquito-borne virus has been blamed for a surge in birth defects.
"A Danish tourist who travelled to Central and South America was diagnosed on his return with the Zika virus," a hospital in eastern Denmark said in a statement late Tuesday.
Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world
Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues
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 over £1.1 billion 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.
This dashboard presents the preliminary findings of a survey conducted by IOM/DTM Iraq during the months of November and December 2015 in the framework of the DFID-funded project “Understanding complex migration flows from Iraq to Europe through movement tracking and awareness campaigns”.
The Ross Fund will develop, test and produce new products to help combat serious diseases in developing countries.
Fighting Infectious Disease
UK provides essential medical supplies, food assistance and thermal blankets as humanitarian crisis worsens
A new £10 million emergency support package will provide much needed help for Yemenis caught in one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.