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21 Jun 2013 description

New research commissioned by AusAID highlights the urgent need for increased action to prevent sexual violence during conflict and after crises. Hundreds of thousands of women are affected by sexual violence during conflict, and many more are at risk.

22 Aug 2012 description

At the height of the Horn of Africa crisis in July 2011, more than 13 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti were faced with the consequences of severe drought.

Their situation was exacerbated by a tenuous food security situation, high food and fuel prices and widespread insecurity that displaced many people from their homes and into neighbouring countries. Somalia was the worst hit, with three-quarters of a million people and six regions facing imminent famine.

09 Feb 2012 description

Media release


9 February 2012

Australia is responding quickly to prevent a deepening food shortage in the Sahel region in Africa and address urgent humanitarian needs in Sudan and South Sudan.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said that millions of people in the Sahel are in need of food following drought, reduced crop harvests and people movements from other parts of Africa affected by conflict, such as Libya and Cote d'Ivoire.

23 Sep 2010 description

Australia is committed to saving the lives of women and children in developing countries who die needlessly from pregnancy and childbirth related complications and common childhood illnesses.

At today's launch of the UN Secretary-General's 'Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health', the Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, announced that Australia plans to spend at least $1.6 billion improving the health of women and children over the next five years.

This spending is part of Australia's commitment to increase total aid levels to 0.5 per cent of Gross …

30 Jun 2010 description

Stopping the use of sexual violence as a tactic of war is a step closer to reality with the launch of a new tool, Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence - An Analytical Inventory of Peacekeeping Practice.

17 Jun 2010 description

Overnight in New York, the United Nations Security Council held an open debate on children and armed conflict.

Australia is deeply concerned about grave violations which continue to be committed against children in armed conflict. These include the recruitment and use of children, abduction, killing and maiming of children, sexual violence against children, and the denial of humanitarian access to children by parties to armed conflict.

Australia urges all parties to conflict to take urgent action to address these and other grave violations against children.

Australia is pleased to …

18 Nov 2009 description


22 Feb 2006 description

Sudan's enormous humanitarian needs follow many years of inequitable development, marginalisation and internal conflicts that have displaced over 6 million Sudanese, including 2 million in Darfur and 2 million in the South, and left many destitute.

15 Apr 2005 description

I am pleased to announce a further donation of $10 million for vital humanitarian relief for those affected by conflict in Sudan.

Of this, $6 million will be allocated immediately through emergency relief agencies in Sudan's south to provide urgently needed basic services such as clean water and shelter.

14 Dec 2004 description

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In response to the ongoing crisis in Africa, Australia will provide an additional $10 million to help relieve the suffering of people in Darfur, Sudan and in Eastern Chad. $7 million has been allocated for Darfur and $3 million for Eastern Chad. This brings Australia's total assistance to the Sudan/Chad crisis to $30 million.

The increased contribution reflects the deterioration of conditions in the Darfur region where up to 2.3 million people have been displaced and the level of insecurity is high.

05 Aug 2004 description

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The Australian Government has selected Australian NGOs and relief agencies to deliver more urgent humanitarian assistance to the people of Sudan, the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr Bruce Billson, announced today.

'Australian humanitarian assistance is having an immediate impact on the lives of the innocent men, women and children caught up in this terrible human crisis,' Mr Billson said.

'The Australian Government has committed $20 million to help address the deteriorating situation in the Darfur region in western Sudan and stands ready to …