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24 Jul 2017 description
report UNAIDS

Donor government funding to support HIV efforts in low- and middle-income countries decreased by US$511 million from US$7.5 billion in 2015 to US$7 billion in 2016, finds a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). This marks the second successive year of declines, and is the lowest level since 2010.

22 Jul 2017 description
report The Conversation

The world’s rich countries spend billions at home but report it as “aid”, exploiting a loophole that enables donors to mislead the public and cut vital development budgets. IRIN has dug into the data to reveal the worst offenders and the extent of a practice that topped $15 billion last year, seriously undermining the credibility of aid statistics.

Read more on IRIN.

20 Jul 2017 description

Much attention has been paid to aid allocation across countries, including whether aid should target poor people or poor countries. There has been less focus on where aid is spent when it reaches recipient countries, at sub-national levels. This is becoming an increasingly important issue in the context of the ‘leave no-one behind’ agenda. This short note presents new analysis on the relationship between aid allocation and sub-national estimates of poverty in four countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Honduras and Nigeria.

20 Jul 2017 description


  1. The Operational Manual for the Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (PHPF) is issued by OCHA on behalf of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and endorsed by the Advisory Board to set the general direction and programmatic focus of the Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (hereafter “PHPF” or “the Fund”), which was previously known as Emergency Response Fund (ERF).

19 Jul 2017 description

PHPF Launches Standard Allocation for 2017

The Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (PHPF) launched its standard allocation in April 2017. The fund is OCHA’s mechanism for providing life-saving and timecritical interventions – in this case to support the return process in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). It totals US$7 million: $2.5 million from DFID and $4.48 million from SIDA. The following sectors are now prioritized: nutrition, health, emergency shelter, WASH and education.

19 Jul 2017 description

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks 12,204,893 Swiss francs (increased from 3,308,035 Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) support the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) in assisting 352,800 people for 27 months. The expanded operation, incorporating the Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) DREF operation (MDRSO006), will focus on the following sectors: health and nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); food security and livelihoods; and shelter (including household non-food items).

18 Jul 2017 description



18 Jul 2017 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is appealing for US$421.2 million to help provide meaningful alternatives to refugees and others undertaking dangerous journeys to Europe.

The number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe from Africa through Libya is increasing and, with it, the risks they face crossing the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea. In the first six months of this year, 2,171 refugees and migrants died or went missing in the Central Mediterranean, many others are believed to have died trying to cross into Libya.

18 Jul 2017 description

Widespread flooding and mudslides in Sri Lanka have killed at least 212 people and affected more than half a million residents. In late May, heavy monsoon rains swept away homes, clinics, schools, roads and water systems in 15 of the island’s 25 districts. 79 people remain missing. Many do not have access to clean water, adequate sanitation facilities and hygiene supplies. The monsoon rains are the worst to hit Sri Lanka since 2003.

18 Jul 2017 description

Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (PHPF)
1st Standard Fund Allocation Strategy 19 April, 2017:
Life-Saving and Time Critical Interventions to Support the Return Process in FATA


In early 2015 the Pakistani government launched a new plan to assist the returns of displaced families to FATA. Areas cleared by the military are “de-notified”, and declared safe for returns.

18 Jul 2017 description
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Funding to PHPF (Year 2010 - 2017)

Key Figures

$82M funds allocated between 2010 and 2017

93% funds allocated to NGOs

97% funds contributed significantly to gender eqality

45% contributed to Emergency Shelter/NFIs (23%) and WASH (22%) Clusters

375 project implemented

18 Jul 2017 description
report Christian Aid

Responding to the report from the National Audit Office into how different parts of Government spend the UK’s aid budget, Christian Aid’s Head of Advocacy, Laura Taylor, said:

“This report again confirms the vast majority of UK overseas aid is being spent well and helping change lives and improve communities around the world.

17 Jul 2017 description


Dans le cadre de la seconde allocation CHF, les propositions de projets devront impérativement démontrer comment les principes liés à la transversalité de la protection et à l’analyse sensible au conflit seront considérés et intégrés dans le design et la mise en œuvre du projet. La note propose des orientations principales dans la fourniture de l'assistance humanitaire :

17 Jul 2017 description
report ACT Alliance

On May 23, 2017, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) launched a military and law enforcement operation in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur province in Mindanao, in pursuit of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, who was believed to be the designated leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Philippines. His forces fought back with reinforcement from the Maute Group, a local militant group that has pledged its allegiance to the ISIS.

14 Jul 2017 description
report CARE

Based on the experience of delivering the first large-scale humanitarian cash programme in Zimbabwe, this briefing paper argues that even during a liquidity crisis, cash transfer programming can still be a feasible option, giving people greater freedom and dignity of choice during times of crisis.

The paper concludes that cash transfers are a cost-effective and cost-efficient modality for meeting community needs, and makes policy recommendations for future cash transfer programming.

14 Jul 2017 description

- UN Secretary-General António Guterres met with displaced families in Kabul.
- Humanitarian organizations provide trauma care that is not funded by the public system.
- Darzab District Hospital damaged in an airstrike on the first day of fighting.
- Families returning from Pakistan after decades face a difficult future.
- The country faces an import requirement of 1.4 million tons of wheat but no substantial rise of the market price of flour.
- CHF-Afghanistan funded with one third of its target halfway through the year.

14 Jul 2017 description


More than two years of conflict have devastated Yemen. An estimated 18.8 million people, or 66 per cent of the population, are in need of assistance, including 10.3 million persons who are in acute need. In this challenging environment, the Yemen Humanitarian Fund (YHF) has been, and continues to be, an invaluable funding mechanism which strengthens the humanitarian response to affected people by utilising the strategic and flexible funding windows available in a timely manner.