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Swedish government joins USAID-Rockefeller resilience partnership for Africa and Asia with $50 million contribution

For Immediate Release

Friday, September 19, 2014
USAID Press Office
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: USAIDPressOfficers@usaid.gov | Twitter: @USAIDPress

Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Rockefeller Foundation announced a $50 million commitment by the Swedish government to the Global Resilience Partnership and the launch of the Global Resilience Challenge at the USAID Frontiers in Development forum.

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Iraq + 1 other
US$1.8M to support the Iraqi Parliament and promote civil society’s engagement in the legislative process [EN/AR]

Baghdad, 15 September – As part of its continued support to Iraq’s parliament, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed with the Council of Representatives in Baghdad a project of US$1,797,999 funded by the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden. This initiative aims to strengthen the legislative and oversight role of the parliament, which now begins its third term following the April 2014 elections.

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World + 16 others
Mind the Gap: An NGO Perspective on Challenges to Accessing Protection in the Common European Asylum System - Annual Report 2013|2014

With restricted access to the EU territory for people fleeing war and persecution, and asylum seekers ending up destitute or detained in some European countries, the EU remains an elusive safe haven for refugees.

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Iraq + 3 others
The past and future of Iraq’s minorities

Report
Washington Post

In August, media reports of tens of thousands of Yazidis in Iraq fleeing for their lives prompted outrage – and (uncharacteristically) action to come to their rescue. The United Nations reports that up to 1.8 million Iraqis have been displaced since January, most to Kurdistan, where the government and international aid agencies are scrambling to meet their urgent humanitarian needs. But beyond the immediate humanitarian needs of the displaced are longer-term questions about what is happening to minorities in Iraq – and indeed the Middle East generally.

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Ukraine + 6 others
Ukraine UNHCR External Update on the Situation of Displaced Persons 22 August - 04 September 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

 Almost 260,000 persons are displaced throughout Ukraine as of 1 September. 94% come from eastern Ukraine.

 At least 143,000 have fled in the past three weeks due to the intensified fighting in eastern regions.

 The number of Ukrainians applying for international protection reached 121,190 in the Russian Federation and 4,106 across the EU.

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World + 55 others
Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

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Ukraine + 1 other
Sweden to provide SEK 35 million in humanitarian assistance to Ukraine

The Government decided today to provide SEK 35 million in humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. This will go to food, medicine, blankets, etc.

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Iraq + 1 other
MSB sends support to the humanitarian operation in Iraq

(Translated by Google translate) The Swedish government has decided to provide an additional 50 million in humanitarian assistance to Iraq. Following a request from the UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) and ERCC (EU Disaster), the MSB is already an assessment team on site to ensure that the Swedish support is well coordinated and adapted to needs.

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Somalia + 1 other
Sweden Supports Somali Media

The media is expected to play an important role in the democratization process in Somalia, but faces huge obstacles. Sida is therefore allocating 49 million SEK (7 million USD) to a four year programme aimed at strengthening Somali media.

"What news do you have?" is a common greeting in Somalia, a country of avid news consumers. Obtaining accurate information has always been crucial for survival in this largely pastoralist and nomadic society.

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Uganda + 1 other
SEK 1.35 billion to new Development Cooperation Strategy for Uganda

The Government today adopted a new development cooperation strategy for Uganda for 2014-2018. Sweden's total support is estimated at SEK 1.35 billion (approx. 200 MUSD).

The aim is to improve child and maternal health, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, sustainable growth and employment. The Government also wants to help strengthen respect for human rights.

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World + 7 others
Syrian Refugees in Europe: What Europe can do to Ensure Protection and Solidarity

UNHCR urges Europe to do more for Syrian refugees

UNHCR today calls on European countries to strengthen their response to the Syrian crisis. In a new report Syrian Refugees in Europe: What Europe can do to Ensure Protection and Solidarity UNHCR is urging states to ensure access to territory, including fair and efficient asylum procedures, to provide adequate reception conditions and to actively adopt other measures which can provide protection and safety for refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria.

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FRONTEX Annual Risk Analysis 2014

Report
European Union

FRONTEX PUBLISHES ANNUAL RISK ANALYSIS 2014

Detections of illegal border crossing at the EU external borders increased sharply in 2013, rising to over 107,000 from 75,000 in 2012, with Syrians, Eritreans and Afghans being the most commonly detected nationalities.

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Peacebuilding Fund Receives Commitment of $73 Million for this Year

PBC/101

The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund expects to receive $73 million in contributions this year, after more than 20 donors earlier reaffirmed multi-year commitments and made new pledges at the fourth annual High-level Stakeholders Meeting of the Fund, held in New York today.

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World Refugee Day: more people being offered protection in the EU

Report
European Union

Every year conflicts, persecution and natural disasters force millions of children, women and men to flee their homes in search of safety. Some look for refuge in EU. Last year alone member states offered protection to 135,700 asylum seekers, nearly half of which were given refugee status. In honour of World Refugee Day on 20 June, we take a look at what the Parliament and the EU are doing to help.

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Le PAM apprécie la réponse des donateurs à l'appel des victimes de la faim en RDC

KINSHASA – Le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) tient à remercier les donateurs qui ont récemment mobilisé plus de 48 millions de dollars américains pour l’assistance alimentaire en République démocratique du Congo (RDC). Ces fonds proviennent de la Banque africaine pour le développement, la France, l’Irlande, le Japon, l’Arabie Saoudite, la Corée du Sud, la Suède, la Suisse, la Turquie, et les Etats-Unis.

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Donors respond to plea on behalf of hungry vulnerable families in DR Congo

KINSHASA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes contributions of more than US$48 million for food assistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The contributions were from by the African Development Bank, France, Ireland, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States of America.

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Mali + 1 other
Goats and seed will help Mali through the crisis

When drought hits western Mali, people have difficulties to support for their families. 80 per cent of the households live off agriculture and the poorest residents have very little reserves. Sida supports efforts to give farmers an additional income and access to food, through the purchase of goats and seeds.

– I was very excited by this opportunity to increase my income and access to grains, as we have been without it for three months, explains Bougouri Keita, a widow and mother of two children, with a big smile.