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Ethiopia + 1 other
In Central Ethiopia, a Dankeschön to Germany

German funding for WFP-supported relief and safety-net programmes in Ethiopia is helping 1.6 million pastoralists and farmers living on the edge.

LIMMU BILBILU DISTRICT, ETHIOPIA - Ire Galato planted barley, maize and teff last year in her small, one-hectare plot in the rolling hills of central Ethiopia, in the country's Oromia region. The 45-year-old farmer and her family waited patiently for the rains to come to reap the results.

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Solomon Islands + 2 others
USA and Germany sign deal to support climate adaptation in Solomon Islands

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), working in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, recently inked a deal to further assist climate change adaptation in Solomon Islands.

The deal provides additional resource allocations from both USAID and GIZ to the existing Choiseul Integrated Climate Change Programme (CHICHAP). Choiseul province, north-west of the country’s capital Honiara on Guadalcanal, supports a population of more than 26,000 inhabitants.

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Solomon Islands + 2 others
US, Germany partner to boost climate change resilience of Solomon Islands

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Germany’s aid agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ- commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development- BMZ), entered into a new partnership today to support the Choiseul Integrated Climate Change Programme (CHICHAP) in the Solomon Islands.

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Viet Nam + 1 other
Germany aids Mekong Delta’s climate change response

Germany will speed up the provision of official development assistance (ODA) for the Mekong Delta in the fields of climate change adaptation, energy and environment.

Dr. Hans Dieter Stell, German Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City , made the affirmation at a meeting with Can Tho city’s leaders on April 3.

According to the diplomat, Vietnam and Germany have seen fruitful cooperation in the fields, with the latter’s large ODA projects in the Mekong Delta region.

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World + 3 others
Natural catastrophes 2013: Analyses, assessments, positions

Report
Munich Re

Flood events in 2013 highlight the positive effect of defence measures

Natural catastrophe losses in 2013 were dominated by floods. Detailed analyses have shown that protective measures can drastically reduce losses. For example, the June 2013 floods in Germany and neighbouring countries proved to be considerably less damaging than the flooding in the summer of 2002.

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World + 1 other
A Question of Plausibility Or: The Art of Evaluating Peacebuilding Interventions

Report
ZIF

The question of whether and how to evaluate interventions in crisis and conflict regions will undoubtedly remain on the agenda of Germany’s new governing coalition.

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Elderly Syrian survives sea voyage in quest to reunite with family in Germany

ATHENS, Greece, March 17 (UNHCR) – Elderly Syrian refugee Sabria Khalaf has become a fatalist after nearly losing her life on the high seas in her quest to be reunited with her family in Germany.

Scarred by the ordeal and worried about her health, the Syrian Kurd great grandmother fears she is running out of time. "I want to hold them, hug them and then die," said Sabria, whose journey had stalled when she first met UNHCR in late December.

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Germany is sup­port­ing the Central African Re­pub­lic with a con­tri­bu­tion for food and health care

Minister Müller: "Aid organisations in the Central African Republic need sup­port. The in­ter­national com­mu­ni­ty cannot stand idly by and watch while people are starving and being killed in the CAR."

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Viet Nam + 1 other
Germany helps Thua Thien – Hue clear landmines

In Thua Thien-Hue, Mr.TeKimiti Gilbert – Landmine Program Director of APOPO humanitarian organization and Mr. Nguyen Van Cao - Thua Thien-Hue provincial Chairman of People's Committee has signed the memorandum on the implementation of the program "demining mines and unexploded ordnance in ALuoi district of Thua Thien-Hue province."

The project funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a total value of 257, 911 euros, consists of two main components that enhance demining capacity and build databases of land mines in Thua Thien Hue.

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Germany Humanitarian Assistance to Protect Afghan refugees in Iran

With a population of over 882, 000 refugees the Islamic Republic of Iran hosts one of the largest refugee population in the world. The Government of Iran with a minimal support from the international community tries its best to provide the basic needs of these refugees. However with the dramatic rise in living expenses, including a 30% rise in health treatment tariffs, refugees living far from home struggle every day to send their children to school, to access timely health care and to earn a living to support their livelihood.

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Foreign Minister Steinmeier pledges continuing support for Syria’s moderate opposition forces

At the Federal Foreign Office today (26 February 2014), Foreign Minister Steinmeier met Ahmed Tomeh, Prime Minister of the Syrian National Coalition’s interim Government.

Their discussions focused on ways of boosting humanitarian aid following the UN Security Council resolution adopted last Saturday, reconstruction in the areas controlled by Syria’s opposition forces, and the great importance of continuing the Geneva peace talks.

Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier made the following statement after the meeting:

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Djibouti + 1 other
Germany Contributes to Drought Resilience

Mr. Wolfgang Piecha, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany along with Mr. Mohamed Moussa, Director IGAD Agriculture and Environment Division, handed over a financial support agreement document to Mr. Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, Djibouti Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the presence of Dr. Ralf Matthias Mohs representing the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on February 11th, 2014 at the Djibouti Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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World + 1 other
ESCAP and GIZ partner to boost early warning for natural disasters

Early warning systems for natural disasters in the Indian Ocean and southeast Asian countries were today strengthened by a 500,000 Euro contribution from the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and a new agreement with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

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Central African Republic Situation Report #32

Situation Update

  • BANGUI: On 27 January, the formation of a new Transitional Cabinet was announced. Clashes in the capital have been concentrated in Miskine, the 8th and 5th districts. There have been attacks on two Ministers’ homes. Looting is on the rise. A disarmament operation is underway in some areas.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

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Foreign Minister Steinmeier: Germany to increase humanitarian assistance for the victims of the Syria conflict by 80 million euros

15.01.2014

The second International Pledging Conference for Syria is taking place in Kuwait today at the invitation of UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin today (15 January):

The suffering endured by people in Syria worsens every day. Millions of people in the region depend on the support of the international community.

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Lebanon + 2 others
Les réfugiés syriens quittent Beyrouth pour une réinstallation temporaire en Allemagne

Syrie - L’OIM affrète aujourd’hui un sixième vol depuis Beyrouth pour transporter 174 réfugiés syriens vulnérables vers Kassel en Allemagne, dans le cadre d’un Programme humanitaire d’admission (HAP) du gouvernement allemand.

Les réfugiés, à qui le gouvernement a proposé une réinstallation temporaire en Allemagne jusqu’à la fin du conflit ou jusqu’à ce que des solutions durables aient été trouvées, rejoindront 803 autres réfugiés qui ont déjà été transportés en Allemagne par l’OIM depuis le lancement du programme en septembre 2013.

International Organization for Migration:

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Lebanon + 2 others
Syrian Refugees Leave Beirut for Temporary Resettlement in Germany

IOM today organized a fifth charter flight from Beirut to Kassel in Germany for 160 vulnerable Syrian refugees as part of the German government’s Humanitarian Admissions Programme (HAP).

The refugees, who have been offered temporary resettlement in Germany until the end of the Syrian conflict or until other durable solutions are found, will join 643 other refugees who have already been flown to Germany by IOM since the launch of the programme in September 2013.

International Organization for Migration:

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Yemen + 1 other
WFP Welcomes German Contribution To Combat Malnutrition And Support Girls’ Education In Yemen

SANA’A – At a signing ceremony at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, the Government of Germany formally pledged a contribution of €25 million (US$33.77 million) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to combat malnutrition and support girls’ education in Yemen.

Stemming from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the contribution will be channelled through German development bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).

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Lebanon + 3 others
Germany Supports PRS in Lebanon

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) signed today another Agreement with KfW, the German Development Bank, for a contribution of EUR 5.7 million (US$ 7.8 million) to contribute to the Agency´s support to Palestine refugees that fled from Syria (PRS) to Lebanon.