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15 May 2019 description

Luke Kelly
University of Manchester
26 April 2019

1. Summary

This query looks at the role of regular UN humanitarian forums that involve conflict parties in conflict situations to discuss humanitarian issues of concern. It focuses on forums that are held outside of any political processes or peace talks. It provides examples and lessons from those forums.

05 Sep 2018 description

Pioneering technology will help eliminate landmines across Africa and Asia helping the world’s most vulnerable communities access safe land.

New UK aid funded technology, including radar detectors, will help trace ammunition in the equivalent of more than 16,000 football pitches. Remote controlled machines, such as the Mine Wolf, will also help clear cluster bombs more rapidly.

Manufactured in Newcastle, the eight-tonne Mine Wolf is a remote-controlled mine-clearing machine used in high risk areas. It can clear up to 12,000 square metres a day.

29 Dec 2017 description

International Development Secretary announces that Britain will extend its demining work to save lives in Angola, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

In response to the unprecedented generosity of the UK public in supporting the most successful Christmas landmine-clearing appeal ever, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has today (29 December) announced that Britain will extend its demining work to save lives in emergencies in Angola, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

17 Mar 2017 description
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Evidence Brief

This systematic review, commissioned by the Humanitarian Evidence Programme (HEP) and carried out by a research team from the University of Sheffield, represents the first attempt to apply systematic review methodology to establish the relationships between recovery and relapse and between default rates and repeated episodes of default or relapse in the management of acute malnutrition in children in humanitarian emergencies in low- and middle-income countries

28 Jan 2011 description

28 January 2011

Prime Minister David Cameron said today that the United Kingdom would double its current contribution to polio eradication.

Mr Cameron called on other donors to back the Global Polio Eradication Initiative as he announced the UK's commitment that will see an extra 45 million children fully vaccinated against the disease.

In 20 years, polio cases have been reduced by 99% and the disease is now close to being only the second in history - after smallpox - to be wiped out.

16 Mar 2010 description


This strategy covers the UK's commitment to spend £30 million on mine action over the financial years 2010 - 2013 announced by Secretary of State Douglas Alexander on 25 November 2008. Drawing upon lessons from the last fifteen years of support to mine action, it presents some changes to the way in which public funding for mine action is managed and delivered.

The global context of mine action has changed radically in the last decade for three key reasons: firstly, the number of conflicts has approximately halved since 19903; secondly, the effectiveness of the …

04 Dec 2009 description

This week - a year early - Rwanda was officially declared landmine-free

DFID's support is helping draw the deadly sting out of millions of square miles of land in countries recovering from the pains of recent conflict.

Inches beneath the surface of countries like Rwanda, Afghanistan and Angola, millions of mines and munitions lie unexploded, a chilling legacy from their recent past.

About 70 countries remain affected by landmines, which claimed nearly 5,200 casualties around the world last year.

The UK has actively supported mine action since 1993, donating more than £100 …

20 May 2009 description

Africa Day, held on May 25 every year, is an annual celebration of African unity.

13 Feb 2009 description

Most of Angola's people live in cities and large towns, places they moved to for safety during the two decades of civil war. But living conditions here are extremely poor, with essential services such as safe drinking water still in short supply.

In the slums of Luanda, the country's capital, a DFID-funded programme is helping to increase access to water, ensuring that more people have access to a vital resource.

04 Apr 2008 description

In many countries, the deaths and injuries caused by war don't stop when the fighting ends. Landmines and other unexploded weapons can lie hidden in forests, farmland and buildings for years, waiting for victims to maim and kill. Sometimes, local people understand the deadly risk landmines pose in an area, but poverty forces them to take that risk and access the land.

04 Apr 2007 description

Mine detection dogs are to help clear unexploded devices left behind after last summer's conflict in southern Lebanon, as part of £30 million funding for mine clearance announced by Hilary Benn today. Other countries, including Angola and Sri Lanka, are also expected to benefit from the funds.

The UN has so far identified 1 million unexploded cluster bombs left in South Lebanon after the conflict in 2006. The UK has already given £2.7 million to help remove 90,000 cluster bombs from around homes and farm areas.

05 Jul 2005 description

International Development Secretary Hilary Benn today announced a multi-million pound package of funding to eradicate polio by end 2005/early 2006, and to boost the effort to ensure the world stays polio free thereafter.

He said the UK is to provide £60m over the next three years.

The UK is to immediately and unilaterally plug the remaining funding gap of £20m ($36m) so that polio can be eradicated. The UK will also give another £40m in 2006-08 towards the cost of vaccinating over 500m children to ensure polio can never break out again.

There are 12 countries where there are still …

30 May 2003 description

Foreword by the Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, Prime Minister

22 Jan 2003 description

In December 2002 DFID provided £2.75 million to the World Food Programme bringing the UK's total support to the humanitarian crisis in Angola since September 2001 to over £9 million.

The humanitarian situation in Angola remains serious and widespread. Since the cease-fire, already over-stretched aid agencies have been able to access thousands more severely malnourished people. The 2003 UN CAP states that 4.3 million Angolans depend on some form of humanitarian assistance.

23 Dec 2002 description

The Department for International Development Clare Short today announced a further £30 million contribution to meet emergency assistance in Africa. £15m of the contribution will go to meeting emergency needs in Ethiopia and the other £15 million will be put to humanitarian assistance and recovery programmes across southern Africa.

Clare Short, Secretary of State for International Development said:

"I am very worried about food shortages in Africa.

12 Dec 2002 description


The overall humanitarian situation in southern Africa is finely balanced, with much evidence to indicate that it will deteriorate, particularly at the start of the New Year as people's coping strategies are pushed to the limit. In most of the affected countries food supplies are inadequate at present and supplies are highly uncertain. Further funding for the UN relief programme is essential and urgent.

05 Dec 2002 description

(Reporting period: 16 November - 29 November)
Key Updates

The WFP EMOP is now 56.2% funded. There remains a shortfall of US$222.8 million.

On Monday 25 November, the Government of Zimbabwe imposed a sudden ban on the milling of GM maize in country. As a result the food aid pipeline for December faces severe shortages.

07 Nov 2002 description

Key Updates

As of the end of October 2002, the response to the overall UN Consolidated Appeal for Southern Africa is 50%. The WFP Regional Appeal is 44% confirmed. We remain concerned about the lack of donor interest beyond the US, EC and UK.

The Government of Zambia announced its decision not to accept genetically modified food & requested that GM maize stocks be removed from the country. Zambia is the only country in southern Africa that has refused to accept GM grain. The effect is to make it impossible for the WFP to meet emergency needs in the country.

31 Oct 2001 description

Nicholas Howen

# The author of this report was Chief of the United Nations Human Rights Division in Angola from 1998 to 2000. He returned to Angola in October 2000 to carry out further work for the report. Research was completed in early 2001, since when there have been more positive signs of the growth and impact of civil society peace-building work.


This report explores the peace-building work of civil society in Angola.