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14 Jun 2018 description

Addis Ababa, 14 June 2018: The Government of Ireland today announced the disbursement of €1 million to the office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in support of its work with refugees in Ethiopia. The money, made available through Irish Aid, Ireland’s official programme for overseas development assistance, will go to supporting the delivery of international protection and critical services to the over 920,000 refugees hosted by Ethiopia.

04 Aug 2017 description
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Severe humanitarian crises are affecting a number of countries across East Africa – in large parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Kenya millions of people are living in dire circumstances. These crises are driven by drought and conflict, often resulting in large-scale displacement of people from their homes. Ireland is responding to the crises through our humanitarian assistance programme, managed by Irish Aid.

14 Mar 2017 description
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Now in its 10th year, the Emergency Response Fund Scheme (ERFS) was established to promote early action and reduce loss of life in a sudden humanitarian crisis. Irish Aid has just allocated €2.7 million to six humanitarian partners under the Scheme for 2017: Concern Worldwide, Trócaire, Christian Aid Ireland, Plan International Ireland, World Vision Ireland and Oxfam Ireland.

How does the Fund work?

The scheme is particularly geared towards the initial weeks after the onset of an emergency and targets those in immediate need.

30 Aug 2012 description
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The fight to end extreme poverty and hunger in the world remains one of the most pressing global challenges. But it is important to bear in mind that, working together in partnership, developed and developing countries have achieved some remarkable development results over the last 10 years. Between 2005 and 2010, the total number of poor people around the world fell by nearly half a billion. Millions of child deaths have been avoided thanks to greater access to vaccines and mosquito nets. 40 million more children are going to school today than at the turn of the millennium.

23 Sep 2011 description
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The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., today announced a further €1 million in support for victims of the Horn of Africa famine, bringing the Government’s total contribution so far this year to €10 million. The funding will be used by Concern, UNICEF and other agencies.

08 Aug 2011 description

Minister of State for Trade and Development Jan O’Sullivan today announced an additional €500,000 in funding to provide vital water supplies to drought-stricken communities in Northern Kenya. She made the announcement following a detailed briefing by the Government Technical Team which has returned from the Horn of Africa.

This brings the total Government funding to the food crisis to €7.7 million.

26 Jul 2011 description
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A Government airlift of emergency humanitarian supplies will arrive in Mogadishu, Somalia, in the early hours of tomorrow morning, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore TD, has announced.

The 38 metric tonnes of emergency water and shelter materials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s humanitarian depot in Dubai will be distributed by Concern to thousands of refugees in the famine-struck country.

06 Jul 2011 description
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The Government today announced a further €400,000 for emergency operations in the drought-stricken region of Horn of Africa.

Minister of State for Trade and Development, Jan O’Sullivan TD, approved the funding for CONCERN as part of an ongoing response operation by Irish Aid. The funds will be used to provide food rations for 10,000 of the worst-affected people in Somalia, as well as treating 1,800 malnourished children.

02 Feb 2011 description
report Irish Aid

Introduction

This report is an independent review of the Irish Government's support to countries affected by the earthquake and tsunami of the 26th December 2004. It is estimated that the tragedy left some 227,000 people dead and missing in the countries affected with around 1.9 million people displaced from their homes and livelihoods.

18 Mar 2008 description
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Minister of State for Overseas Development, Michael Kitt T.D., today announced that Irish Aid will provide over €1.8 million for humanitarian mine clearance in Afghanistan, Angola and Somalia.

The funding will support the operations of the HALO Trust, a Non-Governmental Organisation which, for over twenty years, has been removing mines and explosive remnants of war in conflict-affected countries around the world.   It is estimated that landmines and explosive remnants of war maim or kill up to 20,000 people each year. 

Announcing the funding, Minister …