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From Crisis to Recovery: Financing Coordinated Efforts in the Central African Republic

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The launch of the Central African Republic Multi-Partner Trust Fund (CAR MPTF) was announced this morning to Member States at a briefing on the implementation of the Secretary-General’s Six Point Proposal for CAR. The Government of Norway, who co-hosted the event, announced a $2 million contribution to the CAR MPTF in support of various immediate impact projects.

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Malawi + 1 other
Norway Assists Malawians Affected By Hunger Due To Poor Harvest

LILONGWE – The Kingdom of Norway has contributed more than US$7.9 million (approximately MK 3.3 billion) to support vulnerable families suffering the effects of poor harvests in Malawi this year.

Norway’s contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) comes in response to last year’s Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee report that estimated more than 1.85 million people are in need of food assistance during the current ‘lean season’.

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Uganda + 6 others
Western donors cut aid to Uganda in response to anti-gay law

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AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:00 PM
Author: Alex Whiting

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Several Western governments have announced cuts in aid to Uganda after President Yoweri Museveni signed a law imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality.

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South Sudan + 3 others
250 million dollars raised in pledges for humanitarian assistance

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Miraya FM

(Feb. 24, 2014) More than 250 million dollars has been raised so far in pledges for immediate humanitarian assistance for people affected by the crisis in the country.

The United Nations Humanitarian coordinator, Toby Lanzer says the money has been pledged by the governments of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and other partners.

Lanzer is winding up an International trip, to raise much needed funding for humanitarian assistance.

The money is urgently needed by humanitarian groups to preposition aid and make preparations before the start of the rainy season in April.

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Norway to provide NOK 60 million to the Central African Republic

“The situation in the Central African Republic is critical. More than half of the population is in urgent need of protection and humanitarian assistance. The Government has therefore decided to provide a further NOK 60 million in humanitarian assistance to the country,” said Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Haiti + 1 other
Torbeck en travaux pour se protéger de nouvelles inondations

Dans le Sud, la ville de Torbeck est en travaux depuis 2011 afin d’en finir avec des inondations à répétition. Un projet du Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement (PNUD) vise à protéger les berges de la rivière du même nom.

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Haiti + 1 other
Les policiers de Jacmel mieux outillés contre la violence basée sur le genre

Formés pendant une semaine par leurs pairs de l’Académie de police, les 25 policiers viennent augmenter un groupe de 100 autres déjà formés dans le département du Sud-est sur la violence faite aux femmes et aux filles.

La formation a pris fin le 31 janvier dernier avec une remise de certificats en présence du Commissaire de police de la MINUSTAH, Luis Carrilho, et du directeur départemental de la police dans le Sud-est, Frantz Elbé.

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Norway to provide NOK 6 million to AU peacekeeping mission

The Government is providing NOK 6 million to support the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic.

“I am very concerned about the situation in the Central African Republic. The presence of a robust international peacekeeping mission is vital to protect the sorely tried civilian population and ensure that humanitarian actors can do their work,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Norway + 1 other
Measuring the effectiveness of Norwegian peace facilitation

Javier Fabra-Mata, 30 January 2014

Over the past twenty years Norway has established an international reputation as a peace facilitator. The Oslo Accords and Norway’s active involvement in other peace processes in the 1990s provided the basis for constructing a peace narrative around the supposed disinterestedness and uniqueness of the Norwegian approach, which has evolved over the years, with a major move towards the professionalisation of the country’s peace efforts.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

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South Sudan + 1 other
Norway provides an additional NOK 50 million in emergency relief to South Sudan

“Over 4.4 million people in South Sudan are in need of emergency assistance. The conflict that broke out in December has made a difficult situation even worse. We are therefore doubling Norway’s funding for humanitarian assistance, from NOK 50 million to NOK 100 million,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, who is in the South Sudanese capital Juba today.

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Donors pledge nearly $1.3 bn at Syria meeting

01/15/2014 10:18 GMT

by Omar Hasan

KUWAIT CITY, January 15, 2014 (AFP) - Donors meeting in Kuwait Wednesday pledged nearly $1.3 billion in humanitarian aid for victims of the Syrian war, which the UN chief said had left half the population in need of urgent help.

The meeting comes just a week before the so-called 'Geneva II' peace meeting aimed at finding a political solution to the 34-month conflict that has claimed 130,000 lives.

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World + 1 other
OECD Development Co-operation Peer Review Norway 2013

13/01/2014 - Norway gave USD 4.8 billion in official development assistance (ODA) in 2012, or 0.93 percent of its gross national income (GNI). That made it the third most-generous member in terms of its ODA/GNI ratio of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which groups major donors. A new DAC review of Norway praised the country’s long and ongoing commitment to high aid targets and noted that its steady economic growth should mean aid volumes would increase in the future.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Norway increases its support for elections in Afghanistan

On 5 April, Afghanistan will elect a new president. Norway is providing NOK 102 million in funding for the planning and implementation of the presidential election and next year’s parliamentary elections. The funding is being channelled through the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

“The holding of democratic elections is one of the most important elements in building a stable Afghanistan for the future,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Philippines + 1 other
Norway increases aid to Philippines by NOK 50 million

Over 14 million people were affected by the typhoon in the Philippines. “The Philippines is now in the middle of a critical process of reconstruction. Unfortunately only around 40 % of the amount sought by the UN appeal to support early recovery has been provided. It is crucial that the international community continues to support the recovery efforts, and Norway is therefore increasing its allocation by a further NOK 50 million, to NOK 255 million,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, speaking in Tacloban today.

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South Sudan + 1 other
NOK 50 million for emergency relief in South Sudan

“The humanitarian situation in South Sudan has deteriorated as a result of increasing hostilities throughout the country. As in all armed conflicts, civilians are suffering the most. The UN has called for immediate aid to address the emerging humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. Norway is sending NOK 50 million in response to this appeal. We are monitoring the situation closely and will consider providing additional funds,” said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

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Norway gives NOK 20 million to UNICEF’s work in the Central African Republic

“The situation in the Central African Republic is now so serious that the UN humanitarian system has decided to operate collectively at the highest level to mobilise staff, equipment and other resources. Norway is therefore allocating NOK 20 million in funding to UNICEF for its efforts to protect children in the country. In wars and conflicts, children are the most vulnerable group of all,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Norway increases its humanitarian support to the Central African Republic

“I am very concerned about the security and humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic. Norway welcomes the decision by the UN Security Council to authorize an expanded peacekeeping force, in order to contribute to the protection of civilians and the restoration of security and public order,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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As Budget Shortfall, Insecurity Threaten Efforts of UN Agency for Palestine Refugees, 17 Member States Promise Funds at Pledging Conference

For 2014, the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees had developed a core budget of $687 million with nearly zero growth, and a cash shortfall of 10 per cent was already anticipated.

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World + 1 other
Increased support in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria

The Norwegian Government is set to make a substantial increase in funding for international efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Despite good progress, many million people throughout the world are infected with these diseases every year.

Norway will contribute NOK 1.7 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria during the three-year period 2014–2016. This is an increase of more than 25 % from the period 2011–2013.