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24 May 2016 description

ICAI’s latest review finds that UK aid has reached 62.9 million people with water, sanitation and hygiene interventions over five years, but must do more to ensure these improvements are sustainable.

The review highlighted sustainability as an area of particular concern, with not enough being done to ensure that improved WASH access was becoming a permanent part of people’s lives.

DFID needs to do more to address long-term problems like water security, maintenance of infrastructure, strengthening local institutions so they can manage services, and changing behaviour.

17 May 2016 description

Executive Summary

The UK government has made a strong commitment to using the aid programme to tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG) in developing countries. The challenge is a daunting one. VAWG is deeply rooted in cultural norms and unequal power relations between women and men. One in three women around the world experiences intimate partner violence, and other forms of VAWG are also widespread. As well as being a violation of women’s fundamental human rights, VAWG has profound personal, social and economic consequences.

28 Apr 2016 description

The first ever World Humanitarian Summit will take place in Istanbul in May 2016.

The International Development Committee is currently inquiring into the Global Humanitarian System. The Committee has written to the Secretary of State for international Development, Justine Greening MP, in order to contribute to the debate. In the letter, the Chair, Stephen Twigg MP, sets out six priority areas for discussion at the summit which the Committee feels will help the international community fulfil its responsibilities to deliver a more effective and efficient humanitarian system.

21 Apr 2016 description
report Christian Aid

The programme announced by the Government today to resettle 3,000 refugee children in the UK over the next four years has been welcomed by the development agency Christian Aid, but stresses that the plans are too slow and lacking in adequate ambition. It ignores the thousands of vulnerable unaccompanied minors already in Europe who need assistance.

21 Apr 2016 description

Following the UK Government’s announcement launching the new resettlement scheme for children at risk, the UNHCR Representative to the United Kingdom Gonzalo Vargas Llosa said:

"Today’s launch of the UK Government’s resettlement scheme for refugee children at risk is an important contribution to UNHCR’s continuing efforts to address the global protection needs of refugee children, including through resettlement and other pathways for admission.

08 Apr 2016 description

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Friday 4/8/2016 - 17:00 GMT

A young Afghan boy saved his life and that of 14 adults by texting for help from inside a refrigerated truck in which they were being smuggled to Britain, a charity worker who helped him said Friday.

Ahmed, who is aged six or seven, used a mobile phone given to him by a British aid worker in a French migrant camp to warn her that they were running out of oxygen.

20 Jan 2016 description
report Refugee Council

A British court has ordered that three children and one adult in Calais should be immediately brought to Britain to join their relatives.

In a ground breaking order the court ruled that the three unaccompanied children and dependant adult should, under European rules, be allowed to live with their loved ones who are already in Britain while their asylum claims are examined.

20 Jan 2016 description
report Guardian

Formal scrapping of Dublin regulation,- which obliges refugees to claim asylum in first country they arrive in, could leave UK more open to migration flows

Europe is preparing to scrap the rules obliging refugees to seek asylum in the first country in which they arrive, a move that is likely to raise the temperature of the UK EU referendum campaign.

Read the full article on the Guardian.

14 Jan 2016 description
report British Red Cross

Record number of UK asylum seekers destitute

More than 9,000 asylum seekers were left destitute last year, according to new figures from the British Red Cross.

The charity has seen a 15 per cent increase in the number of asylum seekers using its services, who do not have adequate access to food, accommodation and healthcare.

07 Jan 2016 description

Summary

The global development landscape is changing fast. In 2015, a new global development agenda was launched through the Global Goals, alongside international commitments on development finance and climate change. In the UK, the government has set out a strategy for UK aid for the next five years.

17 Dec 2015 description

United Kingdom - Yesterday (16/12) IOM welcomed the arrival of the first 1,000 Syrian refugees in the United Kingdom since the British government’s September decision to resettle 20,000 Syrians from Middle Eastern refugee camps by the year 2020.

Under the UK government’s vulnerable persons resettlement scheme, IOM, in coordination with UNHCR and the governments of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq, is playing a key role in realizing this goal.

16 Dec 2015 description

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, the PM announced the UK has delivered on its promise of resettling 1,000 Syrian refugees by Christmas.

18 Nov 2015 description

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Wednesday 11/18/2015 - 18:12 GMT

The bodies of two suspected migrants have been found in Britain in a wooden crate containing commercial boilers, police said Wednesday.

The crate left northern Italy and came into Britain on a ferry from Dunkirk in northern France to Dover on October 8.

06 Sep 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 4 Sep 2015 19:47 GMT

By Tom Esslemont

LONDON, Sept 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When 16-year-old Alem fled his home country, Eritrea, in February of this year he never imagined he would be heading for a new life in Britain.

Read the full article on AlertNet

05 Aug 2015 description

Lille, France | AFP | mercredi 05/08/2015 - 14:14 GMT

Quelque 350 tentatives d'intrusion de migrants voulant gagner l'Angleterre ont été enregistrées dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi sur le site Eurotunnel près de Calais (France), bien moins qu'en début de semaine, a-t-on appris de source policière.

Dans la nuit de lundi à mardi, 600 tentatives d'intrusion avaient été enregistrées, et la veille 1.700, après deux nuits plutôt calmes dues à la diminution du trafic le weekend.

28 Jul 2015 description

Lille, France | AFP | Tuesday 7/28/2015 - 18:06 GMT

About 2,000 migrants tried to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in the French port town of Calais overnight in a desperate bid to reach England through the Channel tunnel, a spokesman said Tuesday.

"It was the biggest incursion effort in the past month and a half," said the spokesman for Eurotunnel, which is battling often deadly efforts by migrants to smuggle into Britain.

14 Jul 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By William James

LONDON, July 14 (Reuters) - Britain plans to create a 'secure zone' at the French port of Calais to protect lorries heading for England from migrants trying to enter the country illegally, interior minister Theresa May said on Tuesday.

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20 May 2015 description

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Wednesday 5/20/2015 - 03:46 GMT

by Alice RITCHIE

After braving the leaky boats of the Mediterranean, many migrants to Europe make another dangerous crossing, risking their lives hidden inside or under the wheels of lorries to try to reach Britain.

Meron, an Eritrean refugee, was just 15 when he spent a fortnight last September in the French port of Calais waiting to cross over to Dover.

11 Apr 2014 description

Prioritise disability in development work, warn MPs

MPs say development goals will remain out of reach unless DFID urgently steps up its work on disability.