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Gulf countries: growing aid powers

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DUBAI, 17 September 2014 (IRIN) - Gulf countries are ramping up their overseas aid spending by providing hundreds of millions of dollars to emergencies both in the Middle East and further afield while at the same time broadening multilateral engagement and joining global debates on aid effectiveness.

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Iraq + 2 others
Qatar sends aid to Iraqis in N. cities, Jordanian capital

DOHA, Sept 7 (KUNA) -- Six Qatari aircraft carrying 300 tons of humanitarian aid arrived in Iraqi cities of Irbil and Sulaimaniyah, as well as in Amman, Jordan, to help the Iraqi people, official news agency reported Sunday.

The Qatari aid, sent upon instructions of Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani to help alleviate the suffering of Iraqi people, were delivered over the past three days by Lakhwiya search and rescue team, according to QNA.

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ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (28 August 2014) [EN/AR]

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SITUATION OVERVIEW

Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.74 billion, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 692 million, followed by Palestine with US$ 271 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 40.1% funded with a 59.9% shortfall. Iraq SRP was over funded by 81.2%.

The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.02 billion. The total amount received is US$ 2.41 billion (40%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 3.61 billion (60%).

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Qatar aims to prove its role against radical Islam

08/25/2014 16:57 GMT

by René SLAMA

DUBAI, August 25, 2014 (AFP) - Qatar, which mediated the release of a US hostage held by Al-Qaeda in Syria, seeks to prove its role in confronting the Islamist radicals it has been accused of supporting, experts say.

The Qatari foreign ministry, in a statement, said the tiny gas-rich nation had "succeeded in releasing American journalist Peter Theo Curtis," after he spent 22 months in captivity.

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Qatar sends help to Gaza through UNRWA

Amman

The Government of Qatar has pledged $1 million to support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) emergency assistance programme in the Gaza Strip. It has also chartered a cargo of food items and medical supplies for UNRWA to distribute in Gaza.

With support from the Jordan Hashemite Charitable Organization, the in kind assistance will be transferred from Amman to Gaza in the coming days. UNRWA will then truck the aid into Gaza for distribution to the thousands of displaced families in Gaza.

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Qatar Charity Provides Initial 5.5 Million Dollars in Funding for Emergency Aid and Reconstruction in the Gaza Strip

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Qatar Charity

Qatar Charity has provided an initial QAR 20 million (USD 5.5 million) for the emergency aid and reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.

Last week, Qatar Charity started delivering its first batch of aid, distributing food packages among families whose houses had been destroyed. This benefited around 200 families.

The packages, which contained basic food items such as cheese, beans, dates, olive oil, tea and sugar, were distributed by the organization's local office in Gaza.

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ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (30 June 2014) [EN/AR]

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SITUATION OVERVIEW

Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.216 billion, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 593 million, followed by Afghanistan with US$ 241 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 30.6% funded with a 69.4% shortfall.

The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.5 billion. The total amount received is US$ 1.9 billion (30%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 4.6 billion (70%).

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Qatar Charity Signs Food Security and Rainwater Filtration Agreements with Gaza Authorities

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Qatar Charity recently signed agreements with Ministries of Agriculture and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in the Gaza Strip worth QAR 13 million (USD 3.57 million).

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Global Peace Index 2014

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We are living in the most peaceful century in human history; however the 2014 Global Peace Index shows that the last seven years has shown a notable deterioration in levels of peace.

The Global Peace Index measures peace in 162 countries according to 22 indicators that gauge the absence of violence or the fear of violence. This is the 8th year the index has been produced.

Highlights

Since 2008, 111 countries have deteriorated in levels of peace, while only 51 have increased.

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Lebanon + 2 others
Qatar Supports Lebanon Scholarships

Brussels

In Brussels, the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Pierre Krähenbühl, accepted a contribution of US$ 100,000 from His Excellency Sheikh Ali Bin Jassim Thani Al-Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Head of Mission to the European Union.

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Qatar's Preparation for the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit: The First Consultative Workshop for Qatari Charitable Organizations Qatar

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Qatar Charity

The first consultative workshop for Qatari charitable organizations regarding the United Nations 2016 World Humanitarian Summit was held on 24 May 2014. Organized by Qatar Charity, Qatar Red Crescent Society, the Humanitarian Forum and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), twenty-four participants spent the day learning about and discussing needed actions for this summit to be held during 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Qatar Charity's Latest Follow-up Visit to the Central African Republic as Part of Organization of Islamic Cooperation Humanitarian Team

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Qatar Charity

Qatar Charity recently concluded its latest follow-up on its humanitarian response and the continuing needs as part of a delegation to the Central African Republic led by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). In addition to visiting the Central African Republic, the delegation headed by Ambassador Fouad Maznaie, representative of the OIC Humanitarian Affairs Department also visited Chad and Cameroon.

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Egypt + 17 others
Weekly Epidemiological Monitor, Volume 7, Issue 19, Sunday 11 May 2014

Concern remains following spike in MERS-CoV cases

The recent spike in cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the Eastern Mediterranean Region of WHO remains a concern. So far, ten countries in the region have reported cases of MERS-CoV. While in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the United Arab Emirates, both community and hospital-acquired infections continue to be reported, sporadic cases, mostly imported and travel associated, have been reported in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Yemen in recent time.

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27,000 in the Central African Republic, the Philippines and Yemen Benefit from Qatar Charity's Latest Guinness World Record

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Qatar Charity

During the evening of 27 April 2014, it was confirmed Qatar Charity had just set a new Guinness World Record by collecting 29.65 tons of clothes for the needy in a 24-hour period in the presence of representatives from Guinness World Records. The clothes collected in Doha's Aspire Zone were more than double the previous record of 12.25 tons set in Vietnam last year.

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Sudan + 1 other
UNAMID Head inaugurates rural courthouse, meets community leaders

On 1 May 2014, UNAMID Joint Special Representative (JSR) Mohamed Ibn Chambas visited the Malha and Mellit localities in North Darfur to inaugurate a new rural courthouse in Malha and meet with community leaders in Mellit.

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Egypt + 17 others
Long Term Planning Framework Middle East and North Africa zone 2012-2015

  1. Who are we?
    The MENA Zone consists of three regions (North Africa, Middle East and the Gulf). IFRC has Regional Representations for North Africa (based in Tunis) and for the Gulf (based in Amman), as well as Country Representations currently in Yemen, Iraq, Palestine, and Syria.
    The Zone Office is based in Beirut.

  2. What is our mission?
    At all levels, the support the MENA Zone will provide to the NSs aims to achieve two overarching objectives:

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Sudan + 1 other
Qatar confirms $88 mn for Sudan Darfur development: UN

04/28/2014 17:41 GMT

KHARTOUM, April 28, 2014 (AFP) - Qatar confirmed on Monday it will provide $88 million to kick-start a strategy for lasting development of Sudan's Darfur, which this year has seen its worst violence in a decade.

The commitment, signed in the North Darfur capital El Fasher, comes one year after an international donors' conference in Doha secured $3.6 billion in pledges -- mostly from cash-strapped Khartoum -- to finance the six-year Darfur Development Strategy.

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