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23 May 2016 description

When families struggle to get enough to eat at a time of crisis, children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition. WFP’s specialized nutrition support has been a vital part of the response to the ongoing drought crisis in Ethiopia.

WAGHIMERA, Ethiopia – The first time 4-year-old Gebru’s mother took him to a health centre in Amhara last year, he was so sick with a bad cough that he could not eat properly. He did not recover after the first rounds of treatment for malnutrition.

20 May 2016 description

During this quarter, if the security context remained relatively stable, no significant improvement of the humanitarian situation is reported. USD 9.6 million have been allocation for the first standard allocation, a relatively higher amount to the first allocation organised in 2015. In line with the Humanitarian Response Plan ‘strategy, the strategic objective of this allocation was to respond to critical and urgent humanitarian needs to improve access of affected populations to basic services and contribute to reducing violence in and among communities.

20 May 2016 description

Au cours de ce trimestre, si le contexte sécuritaire a resté relativement calme, aucune amélioration notable du contexte humanitaire n’est rapportée. 9,6 millions de dollars ont été alloués pour la première allocation standard, soit un montant légèrement supérieur à celle organisée début 2015.

19 May 2016 description
report European Commission

Today, the Commission adopted its latest progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken up to 13 May 2016. Overall, progress remains unsatisfactory since the Commission's second report, despite signs of increased preparation for future action: few relocations have taken place since mid-April, though the pipeline of future relocations has been strengthened.

16 May 2016 description
report Irish Red Cross

The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) today donated in excess of €80,000 retail worth of New Balance sportswear to the Irish Red Cross for migrants arriving in Ireland under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP).

The donation comes on receipt of a grant from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the OCI. Additionally, the OCI gained the support of their Olympic Clothing sponsor New Balance in order to maximise the positive impact of the IOC grant.

26 Apr 2016 description

Confirmed pledges (persons) since 2013: 130,955
Additional places/visas granted under Other Legal Forms of Admission:* 15,823
Resettlement submissions to the USA: 32,369
TOTAL places made available to date: 179,147

26 Apr 2016 description
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Khartoum, 26 April 2016. The Governments of Denmark and Ireland have donated $2.8 million and $3.2 million respectively, to the Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) that will fund critical life-saving projects prioritised by humanitarian organisations in Sudan.

15 Apr 2016 description

The European Union is making its first contribution in 2016 to the Palestinian Authority's (PA) quarterly payment of social allowances. Around 119,000 poor Palestinian families in the West Bank and Gaza will receive financial payments through the PA's cash transfer programme. This contribution, amounts to around €12.2 million and is funded by the European Union (€10 million) and the Governments of Austria (€1.5 million), Ireland (€0.7 million) and Portugal (€0.025 million).

13 Apr 2016 description

13/04/2016 - Development aid totalled USD 131.6 billion in 2015, representing a rise of 6.9% from 2014 in real terms as aid spent on refugees in host countries more than doubled in real terms to USD 12 billion. Stripping out funds spent on refugees, aid was still up 1.7% in real terms, according to official data collected by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC).

16 Mar 2016 description

Asylum seekers and other migrants are arriving in Europe and encountering rapidly changing border controls as they seek transit through Europe. The EU is implementing its “hotspot” approach for new arrival registration in Italy and Greece. This is a snapshot of the situation based on available unclassified data as of March 4, 2016.

08 Mar 2016 description

SLOVENIA - EUCPM activation 22/10
Assistance offered
Personal protective equipment, sleeping bags, blankets, bedding, beds, mattresses, heating devices, tents, medical equipment, light towers, tables, residential and sanitary containers

CROATIA - EUCPM activation 26/10
Assistance offered
Personal protective equipment, sleeping bags, blankets, beds, mattresses, heating devices, tents, cords, raincoats

02 Mar 2016 description
report Irish Aid

In 2015 due to the El Niño effect, the spring and summer rains failed in many parts of Ethiopia. As most Ethiopian farmers rely on rain-fed agriculture, the failure of the rains has led to widespread crop failure and has devastated livelihoods. To make matters worse, the weather phenomenon has also brought extensive flooding to some areas of the country. This problem is expected to worsen in the coming months.

09 Feb 2016 description

Funding to support sustainable development and the fight against poverty and hunger

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., and Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Cooperation, Seán Sherlock T.D., have today announced €61.34 million funding for 2016 to be allocated to Irish aid organisations carrying out long-term development programmes across Africa, Asia, South and Central America and the Middle East.

05 Feb 2016 description

Pledge at London Conference brings Ireland’s total support to €62 million since the onset of the conflict

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, and the Minister of State for Overseas Development Assistance, Trade Promotion and North South Cooperation Seán Sherlock TD, announced today (Thursday 4 February) Ireland’s pledge of €20 million for 2016 to support those affected by the Syria crisis, in addition to the €42 million provided since the beginning of the crisis.

29 Jan 2016 description

Minister Charles Flanagan, MoS Sean Sherlock, Irish Aid, Press Releases, Africa, 2016,

- Ireland has now contributed €9.1 million emergency humanitarian relief for Ethiopian crisis

- Ministers acknowledge the scale of the humanitarian crisis and the leadership role played by the Ethiopian Government

28 Jan 2016 description
report European Commission
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Press Release
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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

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

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

05 Jan 2016 description

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan TD, and the Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock TD, have announced that Ireland is providing €11.75 million in humanitarian assistance through the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund to strengthen the UN’s response to the unprecedented level of humanitarian crisis worldwide. This will bring the total amount of humanitarian assistance provided by Ireland through the Government’s aid programme to €100 million in 2015.

Minister Flanagan stated: