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01 Oct 2018 description


A rapid review of the literature has found a selection of innovative WASH options available for situations of severe population overcrowding and limited spaces. Case study information was collated from African, Middle Eastern, South Asian and Caribbean countries. As requested, a number of experts were consulted for their opinion where there was a lack of project evaluations or grey literature.

31 Jul 2018 description


Voluntary Return Assistance by International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Niger: As of July 2018, 8,000 refugees and migrants were rescued during 84 search and rescue operations. 90% of them were rescued near the border towns of Arlit and Assamaka. Half of the refugees and migrants who arrived at IOM Transit points in Niger had no identification documents.

06 Jul 2018 description

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s global efforts to end extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and tackle a wide range of global development challenges. The UK’s focus and international leadership on economic development is a vital part of Global Britain - harnessing the potential of new trade relationships, creating jobs and channelling investment to the world’s poorest countries. Throughout history, sustained, job-creating growth has played the greatest role in lifting huge numbers of people out of grinding poverty.

17 Mar 2017 description
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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

15 Mar 2017 description

In the Lake Chad Region, that includes part of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad, attacks by Boko Haram have uprooted and displaced 2.3 million people to date. Violence, combined with chronic drought, cholera and poverty have created one of the most complex and severe humanitarian crises in today’s world.

28 Feb 2017 description


In the Sahel, food and nutrition crises and their aftershocks affect millions of vulnerable people every year. People’s access to basic social services is restricted and their livelihoods have been eroded, limiting their ability to be resilient to shocks. The situation results in a prolonged state of emergency, with alarming numbers of people under nourished or food insecure.

21 Apr 2016 description


In early 2015, a joint UNICEF/WFP research initiative supported by DFID and conducted by the Boston Consulting Group established that the average financial return on investment (ROI) for 49 humanitarian preparedness interventions analyzed in high risk contexts is more than 200%.
This means that every $1 spent on preparing is worth more than $2 in the event of an emergency. Preparedness was also shown to save responders more than one week of operational t ime on average- reach ing more people faster to save more lives.

30 Oct 2014 description

The Lake Fitri Drainage basin in Eastern Chad is home almost two million people, whose lives are affected by floods and droughts every year. In an area already affected by conflict and rebellion, these extreme weather events are severely impacting the resilience of the local communities. The BRACED project, funded by the UK Department for International Development, DfID, seeks to strengthen people’s capacity to respond to flooding and drought in the Sahel belt, but significant information gaps exist about reality of climatic extremes and coping mechanisms in this area.

30 Sep 2014 description

The new £7 million package of funding will allow the World Food Programme (WFP), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and UNHCR to increase the life-saving humanitarian assistance they offer to refugees from CAR who have fled to Cameroon and Chad.

The funding will provide:

•£2.5 million to WFP allowing it to feed 86,000 refugees in Cameroon, and provide 38,000 children and new and expecting mothers with additional food;

•£3.5 million to UNHCR to give shelter, water and improved security to those that have fled to Chad and Cameroon, with focus on women and girls;

15 May 2013 description

Emergency relief for the most vulnerable people in Mali and the West African Sahel region

The UK will help to prevent desperate food shortages and make Mali and the West African Sahel more stable and secure, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.

08 Apr 2013 description

The UK will provide food relief for 330,000 children and refugees facing the threat of hunger

Britain’s Development Secretary Justine Greening announced the new package today which will help hundreds of thousands of people across the Sahel region - including those hit by the food crisis in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger.

11 Jun 2012 description

Britain will help a further million people survive the food crisis in West Africa, Andrew Mitchell announced today.

Ahead of the President of Niger’s visit to the UK next week, the International Development Secretary warned the crisis is reaching its tipping point with up to 1.5 million children facing imminent starvation in the next month if the world does not take urgent action.

11 Apr 2012 description

Action Against Hunger uses UK aid to protect herders' livelihoods

Issa Ouadjonne is one of Action Against Hunger/ACF International's Food Security and Livelihoods Experts in Chad. He is based in hunger-stricken Kanem District, where he is implementing a DFID-funded programme aimed at supporting livestock herders and enabling them to weather the hunger season. His Eyewitness report explains the problems the region is facing and how UK aid is helping.

14 Mar 2012 description

British aid will provide emergency food, medical supplies and water for thousands of children caught up in the West Africa hunger crisis, Andrew Mitchell announced today.

The International Development Secretary warned that many thousands of families could face even more intense suffering if the international response to the warnings on the Sahel remains inadequate.

Britain will target support for 22,000 people, including those who have fled their homes in conflict-affected areas, in Mali and Niger with food, seeds, tools and livestock.

23 Jan 2012 description

Britain will supply more than four treatments every second for people in the developing world for the next four years as part of a global push to help eliminate infectious tropical diseases, International Development Minister Stephen O’Brien announced today.

British support is leading the way and will protect more than 140 million of the world’s poorest men, women and children from the agonising pain caused by these avoidable infections which deform, disable, blind and kill.

23 Jan 2012 description

Britain will send lifesaving emergency aid to help thousands of children facing severe hunger across the Sahel region of West Africa, Andrew Mitchell announced today.

The International Development Secretary said vital therapeutic food from Britain will reach 68,000 children in Chad, Mali and Niger, three of the countries worst affected by poor harvests.

Andrew Mitchell also urged rich countries with a significant presence in West Africa to take the lead on the international response in the same way Britain has led lifesaving efforts in the Horn of Africa.

05 Oct 2011 description

Britain today announced it will provide major support to a new project that will make Guinea worm the second human disease to be eradicated in human history.

International Development Minister Stephen O’Brien said Britain will back a final push to wipe out the debilitating parasitic disease within this decade but insisted other donors provide much-needed additional funding.

The funding forms a vital part of the push from former US President Jimmy Carter to ensure Guinea worm is consigned to the history books alongside smallpox.

15 Jun 2011 description

Mitchell: Britain to lead more effective response to humanitarian disasters

International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell, today laid out how the Government will improve the way it responds to man-made and natural disasters to provide more effective help to people devastated by earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and war.

The new proposals follow Lord Ashdown’s review of the UK’s humanitarian emergency response and include:

Better prepared countries

20 Dec 2010 description

Executive Summary

This report evaluates DFID's Humanitarian Assistance spending during the financial year 2009/10. The report does not include a breakdown of the UK contribution (13%) to the European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO) which spent €930 million on Humanitarian assistance during 2009. Excluding ECHO contributions, the report finds that DFID spent £428 million on humanitarian assistance during 2009/10 which was 6.3%% of the DFID programme.

15 Oct 2010 description

Four year old twins Cherefie and Acete are hiding shyly behind the cloth which serves as the entry to their hut, in the Sahel region of western Chad.

Both children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition, a condition which can be fatal if left untreated. But they are a lot better than they were just a few weeks ago, thanks to UKaid funding from the Department for International Development.

Chad has suffered prolonged droughts, poor harvest and most recently, devastating floods.