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29 May 2015 description

Budget Snapshot

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  • The single biggest cut to Australia’s aid budget since the beginning of the aid program: Almost $1 billion was cut from 2015-16, representing a 20% cut for the year. The budget also confirms $2.7 billion of additional cuts in 2016-17 and 2017-18. By 2016-17, total Australian Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) as a share of Gross National Income (GNI) will fall to 0.22%. This is the lowest ever level since records began.

12 May 2015 description

The 2014 Annual report of the ICRC is an account of field activities conducted worldwide. Activities are part of the organization's mandate to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war, and to promote respect for international humanitarian law.

Facts and figures

26.2 million people had access to water and sanitation improved.
Read more on water and shelter.

9.12 million people were provided with basic aid such as food.
Read more on aid distribution.

17 Apr 2015 description


Commission on Population and Development, Forty-eighth Session,
7th Meeting (AM)
Economic and Social Council
Meetings Coverage

Island States Warn Natural Disasters Could ‘Undo Decades of Development in a Day’

The impact of conflict and natural disasters and the often resulting flows of refugees and displaced persons must be included when considering contemporary population trends and transitions and their integration into the new development agenda, the Commission on Population and Development heard today.

14 Apr 2015 description


Beginning in 2011, WHO underwent a restructuring of its emergency work to align it with the ongoing reform of the global humanitarian system led by the Inter-agency Standing Committee (IASC). This report describes the emergency risk and crisis management work of the Organization in 2013 and 2014, in the wake of this restructuring, and provides examples of how its new policies and procedures guided the implementation of specific activities for risk management and emergency response.

06 Apr 2015 description

ABU DHABI, 6th April, 2015 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, and a number of humanitarian, regional and international organisations, have discussed ways to coordinate and enhance partnerships to develop relief and humanitarian fields and building potentials of fragile communities, as well as alleviate suffering on peoples who are witnessing dire humanitarian conditions.

03 Apr 2015 description

By Hanne Sorine Sorensen, IFRC

In order to reduce the risk of disasters in the North Jordan Valley in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), the Palestine Red Crescent Society has implemented a number of disaster risk reduction initiatives targeting 5,000 people in the area.

02 Apr 2015 description

By Hanne Sorine Sorensen, IFRC

In order to reduce the risk of disasters in the North Jordan Valley in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), the Palestine Red Crescent Society has implemented a number of disaster risk reduction initiatives targeting 5,000 people in the area.

10 Mar 2015 description


  • Natural hazards, such as earthquakes, droughts, floods, wildfires, and extreme winter weather, affect a range of countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA)1. In addition, rapid urban growth and environmental degradation in some countries have led to overcrowding and settlement in hazard-prone areas. Protracted conflict and limited governmental disaster management capacity in many EMCA countries compound the risks associated with natural disasters.

05 Mar 2015 description

Every year, the 22,700 residents of Qabatia, in the West Bank, face the same challenge – rainwater flooding. Just two years ago, Qabatia and its surrounding area suffered 50 million shekels (more than $13 million) in losses from water damage to private and public property, with 300 homes damaged. The flooding impacted everyday life, preventing children from reaching schools and patients from reaching clinics and hospitals.

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12 Feb 2015 description
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1. Enhance protection by promoting respect for IHL and IHRL, pursuing accountability, and preventing and mitigating the impact of violations.

2. Respond to immediate needs following shocks and increase the resilience of those at risk of forcible displacement.

3. Respond to food insecurity and promote resilient livelihoods.

4./ Ensure people in areas with limited services and restricted access, have access to essential services.

01 Jan 2015 description


The Syrian conflict, now in its fourth year, has resulted in more than 150,000 deaths according to UNOCHA of which nearly 11,000 are women and children. As at 4 September 2014, there were 10.8 million people in need in Syria and 6.45 million of them internally displaced. Also, UNHCR reports that there are over 3 million Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries.

31 Dec 2014 description
report Caritas

Reduce poverty

Caritas aims to reduce the incidence and impact of poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world. There is no single solution to poverty and it can take many forms. Each response must be context-specific and often multifaceted. Caritas’ approach places people at the centre of development and seeks the good of every person and the whole person. It is community based, and recognises the importance of family and community in a person’s life.

09 Dec 2014 description

Why this bulletin?

Winter storm, Alexa, which is considered to be one of the strongest storms in decades, hit the occupied Palestinian territories on December 11 until December 14. Its wind velocity exceeded 80 km/hr. it was also featured with a prolific snowfall that reached more than two meters in some areas. Rain intensity has reached 27 centimeters, along with exceptional low temperatures. Water has flooded low areas in various parts of Gaza, which led 10,000 to evacuate their homes temporarily, as well as damages that affected 21,000 houses.

20 Nov 2014 description

In this issue: The health response to the crises in the Gaza Strip, the Syrian Arab Republic and Iraq, the adoption of the Western Pacific Regional Framework for Action for Disaster Risk Management and the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

Gaza Strip

Situation highlights

30 Oct 2014 description


This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 18,644,090 to enable the IFRC to support the Lebanese Red Cross and Palestinian Red Crescent Society – Lebanon branch to deliver assistance to some 415,000 people with a main focus on relief and winterization to ensure effective and efficient outreach to those affected by the Syria Crisis.

30 Oct 2014 description

(Ramallah- 30/10/2014): PRCS concluded the ten day training camp held in the Bani Na’im wilderness (South of Hebron) to train its National Disaster Response Team. 68 volunteers at the Society’s Disaster Management Unit from the West Bank, including Jerusalem, participated in the camp, receiving intensive theoretical and practical disaster management training.

24 Oct 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • The number of Palestinian child casualties from the recent Gaza war continues to rise, as children with serious injuries are still being treated in hospitals, and as further verification of earlier incidents is ongoing. Between 8 July and 26 August, at least 538 Palestinian children were reported killed during the hostilities in Gaza.