• Fighting in Yambio has displaced over 7,000 people.
• The South Sudan Humanitarian Fund has allocated nearly $11 million to support dry season response in the Greater Equatoria region.
• Malaria topped all diseases in 2016 as the leading cause of death and morbidity.
• The 2016 cholera outbreak has spread to 10 counties, with cases confirmed in Panyijiar.
• Clashes between refugees and host community in Maban County displaced civilians and disrupted humanitarian operations
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By Georgina Sturge
Senior Research Officer on the Social Protection programme at the Overseas Development Institute in London
LONDON, 6 January 2017
Recent months have seen a proliferation of media reports attacking the UK aid programme – the latest target being cash transfers to the poor or, put differently, the “UK's £1bn foreign aid cashpoint”.
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By political reporter Henry Belot
Australia's foreign aid programs are facing fresh scrutiny after an independent audit revealed transparency reporting has dropped significantly under the Coalition Government.
The foreign aid budget has fallen to its lowest level in eight years at $3.87 billion and experts have raised concerns about accountability and access to reports and results.
Donor countries spent $12.1 billion in 2015 on hosting and processing refugees in rich countries - around double the amount spent in the previous year
By Lin Taylor
LONDON, Jan 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Charities have criticised donor governments for shifting aid money from poor countries and spending more on dealing with refugees at home after overall development aid hit a new high in 2015.
As of 30 December 2016, the inter-agency coordinated appeals and refugee response plans within the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) require US$22.1 billion -- an increase of 10 per cent since it was first launched twelve months ago -- to meet the needs of 96.2 million humanitarian crisis-affected people in 40 countries. By the end of 2016, $12.6 billion were raised towards the coordinated appeals -- more than ever before. Despite immense donor generosity, it is only 57 percent of the requirements committed, leaving a short fall of $9.5 billion.
In 2016, major crises and disasters affected millions of people around the world. Violent conflicts and hunger in parts of Africa and the Middle East, and natural disasters in the Caribbean and the Pacific left nearly 130 million people in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.
The 2016 Year in Review is a visual and interactive digital product that explores OCHA's response to these catastrophic emergencies.
El bienio 2015-2016 ha sido muy negativo para la acción humanitaria. Por un lado, la crisis de refugiados en la Unión Europea ha demostrado que, para sus miembros, el derecho de los refugiados no es una referencia prioritaria y que su incumplimiento no acarrea, en la práctica, consecuencia alguna.
Por otro, los ataques a hospitales y otros bienes protegidos por el Derecho Internacional Humanitario (DIH) y la inacción internacional frente a ellos ahondan, todavía más, la desconfianza sobre la validez de instrumentos de derecho internacional que tanto costaron poner en marcha.
Face à la sécheresse qui sévit dans le Grand Sud de Madagascar, le Système des Nations Unies, le Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes (BNGRC), en présence de Son Excellence Monsieur le Président de la République de Madagascar, ont procédé aujourd’hui à la présentation de la mise en œuvre du plan humanitaire révisé pour les 6 prochains mois et du lancement du Plan de Relèvement et Résilience (PRR).
13 décembre 2016 – Le Fonds central pour les interventions d'urgence (CERF) des Nations Unies a reçu mardi le soutien financier de 29 bailleurs de fonds qui ont promis 273 millions de dollars destinés à financer des interventions rapides lors de crises humanitaires.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D. and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh T.D. today announced the allocation of €14 million in humanitarian funding to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
Announcing the funding, Minister Flanagan stated:
(New York, 13 December 2016):
Today the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) hosted its High-Level pledging conference for 2017. Twenty-nine donors pledged almost US$273 million to the Fund to support urgent aid whenever and wherever crises hit.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the conference. “I am proud to have served as UN Secretary-General during much of CERF’s successful first decade,” he said. “A strong United Nations needs a strong CERF.”
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the Central Emergency Response Fund high-level pledging conference, in New York, today:
13 décembre 2016 – Le Secrétaire général de l'ONU, Ban Ki-moon, a appelé mardi les bailleurs de fonds à soutenir le Fonds central pour les interventions d'urgence (CERF) des Nations Unies, qui permet notamment de financer des interventions rapides lors de crises humanitaires.
This International Monetary Fund (IMF) Policy Paper discusses the vulnerability of small developing States, opportunities for change, and the role of the IMF in reducing disaster risk. While making note of the disproportional risk of disasters for small States, the paper discusses how well-designed domestic policies can reduce the direct human and economic costs of climate change and natural disasters with the help of international financing for risk reduction and response.
Seventy-first Session, 56th & 57th Meetings (AM & PM)
Tasked with addressing and alleviating the largest scale of human suffering — 130 million dependent on aid for survival — since the founding of the United Nations, the General Assembly took up a plethora of humanitarian issues today, adopting five resolutions on a sector whose workers were increasingly in demand and danger.
In 2016, the number of forcibly displaced people reached a historic level. More than 65 million people are internally displaced, refugees or asylum seekers and more people are displaced within countries and across borders every day due to conﬂict violence persecution and natural disasters. Nearly half of these people are children. More than half are internally displaced – an invisible majority.