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31 Mar 2015 description
report Refugee Council

Child asylum seekers will now be able to appeal against refusals in the same way as their adult counterparts, following changes made in the Immigration Act 2014.

Previously, on section of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 meant that people could not appeal against a refusal of asylum where they had been granted leave to enter or remain for a period of 12 months or less.

31 Mar 2015 description

Kuwait City, Kuwait | | Tuesday 3/31/2015 - 15:06 GMT

by Omar Hasan

International donors pledged $3.8 billion on Tuesday to help alleviate war-torn Syria's humanitarian crisis, which Kuwait's emir warned was the worst in "modern history".

UN chief Ban Ki-moon told participants at the meeting in Kuwait that four out of five people in Syria were living in "poverty, misery and deprivation".

"The Syrian people are victims of the worst humanitarian crisis of our time," he said.

31 Mar 2015 description
report Food for the Hungry

Education offers positive alternative for children

PHOENIX (March 26, 2015) – Food for the Hungry (FH) recently received a UNICEF grant in the amount of $1,004,221, including a match of $286,792 from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), which will enable FH to provide access to life-saving, inclusive education to girls and boys affected by the crisis in South Sudan.

28 Mar 2015 description

By Kaitlin Grant — 26 March 2015

Thanks to contributions from development partners including UKaid through the Department for International Development (DFID), WFP has been able to rapidly deliver life-saving food assistance to victims of the 2015 floods in Malawi.

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.