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Cash assistance in Syria: a vital lifeline for the most vulnerable

“Without the cash assistance we receive we would be lost,” says double amputee Imad Ali Mdardas. Like the majority of Palestine refugees living in Syria, Imad and his family have been left in desperate circumstances by the ongoing armed conflict. Before escaping the besieged area of Yarmouk in Damascus, Imad could not access the healthcare or medicine he needed to treat his condition. As a result, his second leg was amputated in a makeshift clinic in Yarmouk to prevent the spread of a serious infection. He is now wheelchair-bound.

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SPRINT Initiative is responding to Bangladesh’s flood victims with life-saving services

17 Oct - New Delhi: The SPRINT Initiative is supporting flood-affected people in the Northern Part of Bangladesh to provide life-saving sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services with USD 32,661.

These services will be provided through Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB), a Member Association of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).

Heavy floods in Bangladesh’s Northern Part had been triggered by 2 weeks of intense rain currently affecting more than 3 million people and have left up to half a million homeless.

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UNDP Reponse in Syria: Restoration and Stabilization of Livelihoods Mid-Year Report, January - July 2014


Since the beginning of 2014, UNDP scaled up its early recovery and resilience interventions targeting 12 highly affected governorates in Syria. Relying on its area-based approach in planning and programming, UNDP is currently implementing 47 recovery, resilience and livelihoods projects. Until July 2014, a total of 1,527,977 crisis affected people all over Syria benefitted from UNDP’s support.

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Ukraine: Overview of population displacement (as of 16 October 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Zimbabwe + 1 other
U.S Embassy Disburses $50,000 Zimbabwe Community Grants

Voice of America

Irwin Chifera

WASHINGTON DC— United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bruce Wharton, on Thursday disbursed the second tranche of grants under his Special Self-Help Program saying the scheme is apolitical and targeted at community-based development projects.

Speaking at the signing ceremony of the small grants, Ambassador Wharton said the funds are meant to advance projects that tangibly improve the lives of community and encourage future development.

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South Sudan Crisis: Trapped in an Open Air Prison

By Crystal Wells, Senior Communications Officer, Concern Worldwide

BENTIU, South Sudan—Mary Nyalipe Yoac has lived through five famines and four wars. Her brown eyes, now fading into a bluish grey with age, have witnessed more brutality and suffering than most can comprehend. Tragically, the last ten months were no different, her community devoured by fighting and all that she owned destroyed or looted.

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Lebanon + 4 others
Monitoring and Measuring Gender Equality for 3RP

Developing gender equality indicators

  1. Collect data disaggregated by sex and age.

  2. Identify gender-based gaps.

  3. Analyze to determine the causes for the gaps.

  4. Design interventions across sectors to close the gaps.

  5. Further analyze to determine underlying factors leading to the gaps.

  6. Design interventions across sectors to address those factors.

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Lebanon + 1 other
UNHCR Lebanon Community Development Update August 2014

August Developments

Community empowerment

  • Over 3,000 families at risk were referred this month by refugee outreach volunteers (ROVs) to UNHCR and partners for assessment and support.

  • ROVs reported increased tensions between the local and refugee communities and increased security incidents and raids especially within informal settlements in the Bekaa.

  • 1,325 persons, 20% Lebanese and mostly women, participated in life-skill activities, at 28 community centers.

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Iraq + 1 other
Monthly Information Kit No.8: Syrian Refugee Response / Iraq - as of 1 September 2014

Syrian Refugee Response/Iraq: Information Kit No. 8 Foreword

Four years into the Syria conflict, some 10 million Syrians families have been torn apart by the war. An estimated seven million are displaced within Syria, and a further 3 million are refugees in the neighboring countries (Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt). The toll of this human tragedy rises daily as the war continues with no sign of an end.

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Jordan + 1 other
Jordan Inter-Sector Working Group Update - September 2014

This update is a coordination tool to improve communication between sectors and up to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). It focuses on processes, rather than achievements. The latter are covered through separate monthly sector dashboards, available on the portal http://data.unhcr.org/syrianrefugees/country.php?id=107

1. General/Inter-Sector Update

3RP and JRP Processes:

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Childhood Disability and Malnutrition in Turkana Kenya - A Summary Report for Stakeholders and Policy

What is this report about?

CBM in collaboration with the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as well as the Kenyan Red Cross conducted a research study in the Horn of Africa crisis region about “Childhood Disability and Malnutrition in Turkana/Kenya”. The aim of the study was to assess whether children with disabilities were included within humanitarian and food security response programmes in Turkana, and whether there is an association between disability and malnutrition.

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Sierra Leone + 2 others
UNDP calls for greater community involvement to combat Ebola in West Africa

Freetown, Sierra Leone, 13 October – Local associations hold the key to beating Ebola in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, said UN development officials as they completed their visit to Freetown.

“What we are seeing here, in Freetown, is an incredible spirit of self-reliance that is winning hearts and minds in the fight against this devastating disease. That effort needs urgent support and a huge scale-up to end the crisis,” said Magdy Martínez Solimán, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of Policy and Programmes at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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Bangladesh + 3 others
Caritas funds will help those most vulnerable to disasters

As part of the Australian Government’s Humanitarian Partnership Agreement (HPA), Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s agency for international aid and development, has been allocated $500,000 for key activities that will reduce risks to disasters for vulnerable communities.

The funds allocated will enable Caritas Australia and its partners to reach the most marginalised women, men and children in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Gaza, Kenya and in the Pacific.

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International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction: “Disaster Risk Reduction strategies should be Older People Inclusive”

Message from the Prime Minister on the occasion of International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction: “Disaster Risk Reduction strategies should be Older People Inclusive” (13 October, 2014)

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Cyclone Hudhud - CBM in contact with partners


CBM has made contact with all partners in the path of Cyclone Hudhud, ensuring that people with disabilities are not forgotten.

Cyclone Hudhud made landfall on India's east coast on Sunday 12 October, with gusts of up to 195 km per hour (over 120 mph).

CBM has been in touch with all our partners in the path of the storm and although they report no casualties, they say that many buildings are damaged, trees have fallen, power lines are down and in some places landslides have resulted in rocks blocking roads.

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Ukraine: Overview of population displacement (as of 9 October 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Gaza Strip Joint Health Sector Assessment Report - September 2014

The assessment identifies lessons from the recent conflict that urgently need to be incorporated into future preparedness and response planning.

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Preparedness for cyclonic storm “HUD-HUD”

As per the latest information received from India Meteorological Department (IMD), the deep depression over north Andaman Sea intensified into a Cyclonic Storm ‘HUD HUD’ and lay centred at 8.30 hrs over north Andaman Sea close to Long Island. After crossing the Long Island, the system would continue to move west-northwestwards, intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours and subsequently into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 36 hours.

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Chronicles of Persistence - Stories of Pakistan

Oxfam with its partner Lasoona and PREPARED implemented the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Department - ECHO founded project Humanitarian assistance to floods and conflict affected communities in Pakistan. To avoid health hazards internally displaced people from FATA and flood affected people in Sindh are being provided with safe drinking water, latrines and health and hygiene sessions.