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05 Feb 2016 description

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.

04 Feb 2016 description

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

01 Feb 2016 description

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.

Baaz said:

01 Feb 2016 description

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.

31 Jan 2016 description

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.

29 Jan 2016 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

• 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.


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.

28 Jan 2016 description

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.

28 Jan 2016 description
report European Commission
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Member States' financial pledges since 23 September 2015, € million
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Member States' Support to Emergency Relocation Mechanism
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State of Play of Hotspot capacity
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Returns since September
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Accepted Member States' Support to Civil Protection Mechanism for Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Greece

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 25 January 2016

27 Jan 2016 description
report IRIN

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.

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27 Jan 2016 description

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.

27 Jan 2016 description

Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world

Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues

26 Jan 2016 description

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.

26 Jan 2016 description


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”.

25 Jan 2016 description

The Ross Fund will develop, test and produce new products to help combat serious diseases in developing countries.

Fighting Infectious Disease

25 Jan 2016 description

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.

25 Jan 2016 description

£3 billion pledge to help end Malaria deaths announced by George Osborne and Bill Gates.

Deaths from Malaria could be nearly eliminated in the next 15 years thanks in part to a landmark £3 billion funding commitment announced today by the Chancellor and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

22 Jan 2016 description

New support will help 27,000 children and babies who have fled fighting in Syria - support for migration crisis now exceeds £50m.

Britain will provide £30million in new funding to help the most vulnerable people – including children and infants - arriving in Europe and fleeing the Syrian conflict, the International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.

22 Jan 2016 description
report Refugee Council

An explosive new independent report has slammed guidelines used by the Government as the basis for decision making on asylum claims from Eritreans as ‘misleading and biased’.

Home Office officials who make decisions on asylum claims rely on Country of Origin Information (COI) and Country Guidance Information (CGI) in order to help them assess whether or not people are in need of refugee protection.

22 Jan 2016 description

The Civil Society Challenge Fund (CSCF) was a demand-led fund which aimed to enable poor and marginalised people to have a voice on issues that affect them and to be included in local and national decision making forums. Running from 2000 to 2015, it supported 526 projects in Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East, each with a grant of up to £500,000 and running for 3 to 5 years.