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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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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 + 27 others
Donor Spending on Gender in Emergencies 2013

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CARE

A new report reveals that a tiny proportion of international aid is directed towards projects that target gender violence and sexual exploitation of women in humanitarian crises.

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World + 23 others
Forced Migration Review No. 44: Detention, alternatives to detention, and deportation

Asylum seekers and refugees – men, women and even children – are increasingly detained and interned around the world, as are numbers of other migrants. Sometimes detained indefinitely and often in appalling conditions, they may suffer not only deprivation of their liberty but other abuses of their human rights too. Detention may appear to be a convenient solution to states’ political quest to manage migration (often as a precursor to deportation) but it is an expensive option and has lasting effects on those detained.

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Syria - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #23, Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 [EN/AR]

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The number of Syrian refugees surpassed the 2 million mark on September 3.

  • Conflict in Syria internally displaced thousands of people during the month of August. At least 5 million people are internally displaced.

  • The first humanitarian cargo flight with commodities for new refugees arrived in Erbil, Iraq, on August 26.

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Support to education, health, social care, and public utility services for the Palestinian population

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World Bank

Financed entirely by eleven donors, the World Bank-administered Emergency Services Support Program (ESSP) Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) provided key financing for the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) social sector emergency program. This program was successfully implemented, despite the difficult security context, and benefited the entire Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza. At the conclusion of the project, public facilities continued to operate at the same or higher levels than the 2007 baselines.

Challenge

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Joint Statement: Syria Refugee Crisis – EU should do more

With no end in sight to egregious violence and human rights abuse in Syria, Amnesty International, Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) are calling on EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers to act now to help refugees fleeing Syria.

Refugees from Syria in neighbouring countries

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Through EU PEGASE mechanism: Spain, Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden contribute €7.4 million to the Palestinian Authority's November salaries and pensions

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European Union

The European Union (EU) is making today a contribution of approximately €7.4 million to the payment of the November salaries and pensions of more than 84,000 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. This contribution is being channelled through the PEGASE[1] Direct Financial Support mechanism.

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Lebanon + 3 others
Minister for International Development Cooperation visits Lebanon and Syrian border

On 27-28 November, Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson is visiting Lebanon and refugee camps close to the Syrian border to monitor the humanitarian needs that have arisen as a consequence of the conflict in Syria.

Lebanon is one of the countries that has clearly been affected by the conflict and has received more than 100 000 Syrian refugees. Sweden is one of the largest humanitarian aid donors to Syria and its neighbouring countries. This year, it has donated SEK 246 million, of which a significant portion has gone to Lebanon.

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Sweden donates USD 2.3 million to UNRWA's Gaza emergency response

23 November 2012

The Government of Sweden has donated USD 2.3 million (SEK 15 million) to UNRWA’s emergency response in the coastal enclave following last week’s escalation of violence. The funding will help UNRWA provide urgent assistance to thousands of Gazans affected by the conflict.

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The EU, the Netherlands and Sweden contribute €19 million to the Palestinian Authority's payment of October salaries and pensions

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European Union

The European Union is making a contribution of approximately €19.0 million to the payment of the October salaries and pensions of around 84,200 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. This contribution, which is channelled through the PEGASE[1] mechanism, is being funded by the European Commission (€13.8 million), the Government of Sweden (SEK 35.0 million or c.€4.0 million) and the Government of the Netherlands (c.€1.2 million earmarked specifically to the PA salaries in the Justice sector).

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Minister for International Development Cooperation to visit Palestine, Israel and Jordan

Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson is to visit Palestine, Israel and Jordan on 27-30 May. The purpose of the trip is to follow up on Swedish development assistance to the region and evaluate how Swedish development work can be put to best use, among other things ahead of the creation of a new cooperation strategy for Palestine.

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The EU and Sweden contribute €24.7 million to the Palestinian Authority's payment of January salaries and pensions

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European Union

The European Union is making today a contribution of €24.7 million to the payment of the January salaries and pensions of around 84,300 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. This contribution, which is channelled through the PEGASE [1] mechanism, is being funded by the European Commission (€22.5 million) and the Government of Sweden (SEK 20.0 million or c.€2.2 million).

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World + 29 others
The FAO Component of the Consolidated Appeals 2012

FOREWORD

Every year, the plight and needs of many of the world’s most vulnerable people are described in the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP). This year’s CAP spans 18 countries and outlines needs across key sectors.

The 2012 CAP clearly highlights that food insecurity continues to be compounded by protracted crisis situations, more frequent natural disasters, conflict, volatile food prices, harsh economic conditions and climate change.

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UNDP Signs Partnership Agreements in Support of Democratic Governance and Rule of Law

Jerusalem, 01 December 2011 - UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed two separate agreements today worth approximately USD 6 million with the Governments of Denmark, Sweden and EUPOL COPPS in an effort to reinforce transparency and democratic governance.

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Afghanistan + 12 others
Humanitarian Assistance in Review, FY 2002 - 2011 - Europe, Middle East, and Central Asia

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 Fiscal Year (FY) 2002 and FY 2011, 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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Sweden to contribute SEK 40 million to the Palestinian Authority

Sweden is to contribute SEK 40 million this year via the EU financing mechanism PEGASE (Palestinian-European Mechanism for Management of Socio- Economic Aid) in direct support to the Palestinian Authority. The support will go towards salaries and pensions for employees in the Palestinian administration.

"The Palestinian Authority has made great progress in its state-building efforts and I think it is important that Sweden continues to support their work", says Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson.