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Haiti + 1 other
Audit of USAID/Haiti’s New Settlement Construction Activities

SUMMARY OF RESULTS

Haiti has a vast need for permanent shelter. Haiti’s housing sector sustained roughly 40 percent of the damage caused by the January 2010 earthquake, according to the government’s initial needs assessment. The quake destroyed about 105,000 homes and severely damaged more than 208,000.

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World + 14 others
Latin America and the Caribbean – Disaster Risk Reduction Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2013

OVERVIEW

· Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) experience a range of natural hazards, including earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, landslides, volcanoes, forest fires, and droughts. El Niño and La Niña, extreme phases of natural climate cycles, periodically exacerbate the impacts of hydrometeorological events in the LAC region. Environmental degradation and poor land-use management also increase populations’ vulnerability to natural hazards.

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Indonesia + 8 others
Disaster mitigation drill held in W. Sumatra

Report
Jakarta Post

Around 2,100 delegates from 18 countries and international organizations are attending a joint disaster mitigation exercise, called the Mentawai Megathrust Direx Exercise (MMDirex), hosted by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) in Padang and Mentawai Island, West Sumatra, from March 17 to 23.

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Yemen + 6 others
Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia – Disaster Risk Reduction Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2013

OVERVIEW

 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) 2. 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.

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Philippines + 2 others
INTERVIEW-Philippines will avoid problems from Haiti aid effort-USAID

Author: Alistair Scrutton

STOCKHOLM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Philippine government is strong enough to ensure long-term reconstruction in the wake of devastating Typhoon Haiyan is effective and avoid the aid problems seen after the Haiti earthquake three years ago, the U.S. Agency for International Development head said on Tuesday.

Read the full article on Alertnet

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For more humanitarian news and analysis, please visit www.trust.org/alertnet

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Haiti + 33 others
Humanitarian Assistance in Review, FY 2004–2013: Latin America and the Caribbean

The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. Some countries have also suffered civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts.

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Haiti + 1 other
US Funds IOM Aid to Victims of Sexual Violence in Haiti Camps

IOM has received US$ 600,000 from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) to provide immediate relief to victims of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) in Haitian displacement camps with a high incidence of SGBV cases.

The funding will allow IOM to provide a comprehensive SGBV response in camps through urgent medical assistance, referrals and relocation support. It will also help to raise awareness of the issue among the local population and reinforce the institutional network of response actors.

International Organization for Migration:

Copyright © IOM. All rights reserved.

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Philippines + 1 other
U.S. Embassy Offers Aid to Victims of Bohol Quake

Manila, October 18, 2013 -- The United States Embassy, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has allocated $50,000 (approx 2,150,000 PhP) of emergency response funds to provide non-food relief items to earthquake affected communities. The relief will be coordinated through USAID’s implementing partner, Plan International. In addition, through USAID's VisayasHealth Project, 6000 units of hygiene kits will be made available to earthquake victims in Bohol.

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Philippines + 2 others
Philippines: Earthquake in Bohol Province Situation Report No. 4 (as of 21 October 2013)

The latest humanitarian bulletin highlights that the capacity of humanitarian actors is overstretched as many are responding to the emergency in Zamboanga and successive typhoons.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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World + 8 others
OFDA Boletín del mes de Junio 2013

El Programa de Pequeñas Donaciones de USAID/ OFDA promueve la resiliencia de comunidades locales

A través de RDAP, USAID/OFDA ha financiado cinco acuerdos de "small grant" en la región de América Latina y el Caribe (LAC), para beneficiar a las comunidades locales, por medio de proyectos de reducción del riesgo de desastres (RRD) y gestión del riesgo.

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Haiti + 1 other
USAID launches five-year project to boost farmer incomes and promote local organizations in northern Haiti

CAP HAITIEN, Haiti – The U.S. Agency for International Development yesterday launched the Feed the Future North (FTFN) project which is supported by USAID under Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. The new FTFN is an innovative project to spur economic growth in promising agricultural areas in northern Haiti while at the same time developing local firms to be direct USAID partners.

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Haiti + 2 others
USAID collaborates with state of Qatar for permanent housing in Haiti

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State of Qatar Fund for the Reconstruction of Haiti (Qatar Haiti Fund) signed a partnership agreement today for earthquake reconstruction efforts, including the building of permanent houses, a vocational school and a commercial area.

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Haiti + 2 others
USAID collaborates with State of Qatar for permanent housing in Haiti

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State of Qatar Fund for the Reconstruction of Haiti (Qatar Haiti Fund) signed a partnership agreement today for earthquake reconstruction efforts, including the building of permanent houses, a vocational school and a commercial area.

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World + 12 others
UN-SPIDER May 2013 Updates

In this issue:

UN-SPIDER at a glance

Sudan: UN-SPIDER Training Course on space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Management
Bangladesh: Capacity Building on Space Technologies for Floods
Dominican Republic: Training on Space-Based Information for Floods
UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER makes Statement during Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
Iraq: UN-SPIDER Network acquires Satellite Imagery for Floods

News from our Regional Support Offices

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Afghanistan - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #5 Fiscal Year (FY) 2013

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • On April 24, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan near Mehtar Lam, the provincial capital of Laghman, approximately 60 miles east of Kabul, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The tremor led to 18 deaths, injured at least 140 people, and damaged 676 houses in Nangarhar, Kunar, and Kabul provinces, according to USAID/OFDA partner IOM. The earthquake also caused widespread damage to mud- built homes in some affected villages, according to international media.

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Haiti + 1 other
Breaking Open the Black Box: Increasing Aid Transparency and Accountability in Haiti

New Report on U.S. Aid to Haiti Finds “Troubling” Lack of Transparency, Effectiveness

“Haitians, U.S. taxpayers unable to verify how U.S. aid funds are being used on the ground”

For Immediate Release: April 3, 2013 Contact: Dan Beeton, 202-239-1460

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Guatemala + 15 others
Disaster Risk Reduction – Latin America and the Caribbean Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2012

OVERVIEW

Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) experience a multitude of natural hazards, including earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, landslides, volcanoes, forest fires, and drought. El Niño, a climate pattern that occurs on average once every three to seven years, periodically exacerbates the impacts of hydrometeorological events. Environmental degradation and poor land-use management also increase populations’ vulnerability to natural hazards.

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Solomon Islands + 6 others
Solomon Islands: Earthquake and Tsunami Situation Report No. 7 (as of 12 March 2013)

The plan was drafted by the Solomon Islands Government and humanitarian partners and was presented to donors on 7 March. SB$24 million of funding requirements remain unmet. A further SB$30.8 million has been identified for reconstruction activities. While emergency shelter and WASH needs are being met, the costly medium and longer term reconstruction of homes and rehabilitation of water systems will require additional funding.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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