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12 Jul 2017 description

Bangkok, Thailand – Six years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Government of Japan has committed funding to UNDP to improve disaster risk information and carry out tsunami-awareness programmes in schools across the Asia-Pacific region. ­­­­

28 Feb 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

Key facts, figures and examples of how we support actions to better mitigate the risks of disasters and support humanitarian response work that is underpinned by UNFPA’s unique mandate encompassing sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, population data and youth empowerment.

07 Sep 2016 description
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The learning theme for the event focused on water-related disasters and climate change, managing vulnerability and risks within the Asia and Pacific region. This publication presents highlights from the event.

11 Dec 2015 description

December 10, 2015 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced funding that will help advance gender equality, protect human rights and reduce gender-based violence in developing countries. The announcement was made on the final day of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

17 Oct 2014 description

Chronic conflicts, earthquakes, recurrent seasonal storms, floods, droughts, and severe winter weather, as well as limited government response capacity, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in South Asia. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

13 Oct 2014 description
report Islamic Relief

As the world marks the International Day for Disaster Reduction, Islamic Relief highlights seven of its projects that are helping vulnerable communities to reduce their risk from disasters.

Developing early warning systems in Bangladesh

15 Sep 2014 description
report Oxfam

Millions of people across South Asia have been affected by the massive floods of August and September 2014.

Donate online now to Oxfam's Disaster Response Fund. This ensures that Oxfam can quickly respond wherever and whenever the need is greatest.


08 Sep 2014 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Nepal Red Cross Society and the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), have launched an Emergency Appeal and DREF respectively. While the Indian Red Cross Society and Pakistan Red Crescent Society have yet to determine if external assistance is required, and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors at this time.

02 May 2014 description
report Malteser

Focus on people with disabitlities in disaster risk reduction programs in 10 Asian countries

Asia-Pacific is the world’s most vulnerable region for natural disasters and extreme weather events. Every year, hurricanes and floods in those regions bring death and destruction, affecting hundreds of thousands. Although disasters affect all population groups, it is the most vulnerable among them that suffer the greatest burden: persons with disabilities.

28 Jan 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

A staggering 27 million children are out of school in South Asia

Kathmandu, 28 January 2014 - A new study released today by UNICEF’s Regional Office for South Asia and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) finds that a staggering 27 million children between the ages 5-13 are out of school in four countries of South Asia.

22 Jan 2014 description

Chronic conflict, earthquakes, recurrent seasonal storms, floods, droughts, and severe winter weather, as well as limited government response capacity, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in South Asia. Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S.

22 Nov 2013 description

Report urges stronger legal protections for women and girls affected by HIV in health care settings

Bangkok – A report from four Asian countries reveals serious gaps in the legal means of protection of the rights of HIV-affected women and girls in health care settings. Human rights violations include discriminatory treatment by medical workers, breaches of confidentiality, forced sterilization and abortions, denial of services and care, and misinformation on standards of care.

26 Sep 2013 description
report Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief’s Bangladesh Country Director Shabel Firuz and Holby City actor Hugh Quarshie available for interview

Islamic Relief is implementing a new £9.5 million programme to protect nearly half a million people at risk from drought and floods in five poor countries, funded by the charity’s 2012 Ramadan appeal and match funding from the Department for International Development.

02 Jul 2013 description
report International Alert

Resilience is the best defence: Improving local and national responses to climate change and security

International Alert’s latest research, produced in collaboration with the South Asia Network for Security and Climate Change (SANSaC), looks at the relationship between the environment and security in South Asia.

07 Jun 2013 description

“Pounds of Prevention” is a series of short articles that illustrate how disaster risk reduction works and why it is important. Take a behind-the-scenes look at aid work in action, long before the disaster occurs. How is that possible? Read on!


28 May 2013 description

Monsoons are seasonal shifts of prevailing winds that bring rainfall, typically during the months of June through September in South Asia. Monsoon rains are both a regular and vital part of life and a potential source of catastrophic floods. Variability in their characteristics—such as when monsoon rains start and end, total rainfall amount, and rainfall intensity—may have a dramatic impact on people and their livelihoods. In recent years, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka have experienced the effects of flooding, including damage to homes, livelihoods, and crops.

25 Apr 2013 description


The Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) was established in May 2000 and provides direct grant assistance to the poorest and most vulnerable groups in developing member countries (DMCs) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) while fostering long-term socioeconomic development. The grants target poverty reduction initiatives with the direct participation of nongovernment organizations, community groups, and civil society.

22 Mar 2013 description

PRIO Report on Water Scarcity in Bangladesh

On the occasion of World Water Day 2013 (22 March), PRIO has published a new report on water scarcity and transboundary rivers in South Asia, titled Water Scarcity in Bangladesh. Transboundary Rivers, Conflict and Cooperation (PRIO Report 1/2013). In addition to reviewing bilateral agreements on water cooperation in South Asia, the report investigates water scarcity in Bangladesh and explores institutional mechanisms and strategies for basinwide and multilateral cooperation on the management of transboundary river water.