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Since July 2014 it has been my privilege to hold the position of Executive Director with MSF in the UAE. As I reach the end of my tenure, I find myself reflecting on our work in recent months and years – on the projects that may come to define us as a medical humanitarian movement.
Investment surpasses April 2016 commitment three years ahead of schedule
WASHINGTON, March 7, 2018 – The World Bank Group (WBG) has invested US$3.2 billion over the past two years in education projects benefiting adolescent girls, surpassing its April 2016 commitment to invest US$2.5 billion over five years, the organization announced today on the eve of International Women’s Day.
What lessons can we draw from Bangladesh and other refugee-hosting countries on how to leverage change to policies, laws and practices applied to refugees? In what situations have we seen drastic shifts towards more protective legal and policy frameworks? What endogenous and exogenous factors and incentives have contributed to those shifts and what were the associated risks?
British aid has helped reduce by 1.2 million-a-year the number of children who die each year in six Commonwealth countries, research by Oxfam to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee has found.
During the Queen’s reign, Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia have reduced the number of children who die before they reach primary school age by at least half. All have received significant amounts of aid from the UK taxpayer and continue to do so.
‘I often get afraid of asking the price – I ask from a distance, hear it, and then slowly go away.’ Agricultural labourer in Dhamuirhat, Naogaon district, Bangladesh
Today the British Government sets out in detail how it will change the lives of millions of poor people around the world. The full release of the operational plans – available to download here – map out the results UK aid will achieve over the next four years in every country DFID works in.
The set of plans show exactly how Britain's aid programmes will deliver results and measure progress up to 2015, including:
In Bangladesh, lifting 5 million people out of extreme poverty
Programme outcome: In support of Strategy 2020; and the Millennium Development Goal #4: a two-thirds reduction in child mortality between 1990 and 2015, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) liaise with global immunization partners to ensure their continued involvement in measles and polio supplementary immunization activities (SIAs). These activities serve to increase uptake of services during both mass vaccination campaigns and routine immunization services, and to reduce global measles and polio morbidity and mortality. .
Naomi Hossain - 31 January 2011
Popular uprising in the Middle East and the Foresight report by 400 experts have put world food prices atop the development agenda, and international policymakers are again looking for answers.
2011 may not be as sharp a price spike as 2008: so far the worst shocks appear to have been averted, and the lack of widespread food riots has reassured policymakers.
Economic and Social Council
2010 Substantive Session
The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, signed by President Obama on March 11, 2009, provided $75 million in agriculture funds targeted to food security. These funds provide essential continuity to programs begun in 2008 and allow new investments to build a foundation for the launch in 2010 of a broader long-term strategy to sustainably reduce hunger and malnutrition.
A larger food security strategy is currently being developed under the leadership of the Department of State.
JOHANNESBURG, 6 December 2009 (IRIN) - Money to help the world's 49 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) - the poorest and most vulnerable - cope with the impact of climate change will be in the spotlight when the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen (COP15) kicks off on 7 December.
The Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) was set up in 2001 under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to help them address their "urgent and immediate" adaptation needs.
The fund is managed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the financial mechanism of the UNFCCC, …
ActionAid's HungerFREE Scorecard Investigates why a Billion People are Hungry
Over one billion people - a sixth of humanity - don't have enough to eat. Almost a third of the world's children are growing up malnourished. This is perhaps one of the most shameful achievements of recent history, since there is no good reason for anyone to go hungry in today's world.
Even before the food and financial crises, the number of people facing chronic malnutrition was extremely high, and falling extremely slowly. Since 2005, it has jumped by 20 percent.
Briefing Paper 51
Evidence from 10 country case studies
- The financial crisis will exacerbate poverty and inequality and undermine progress towards the MDGs - the nature of this impact will vary between and within countries
- Social protection responses to the crisis in developing countries have been marginal in scale
- Developing countries need to address the immediate needs of the poor, as well as investing in growth and stabilisation packages
While the repercussions of the financial crisis on poverty in the developing world are severe and likely to …
From our editor
Four of the six field articles in this issue of Field Exchange endeavour to demonstrate some form of intervention impact. The programmes are all very different; nutrition supplementation of HIV positive individuals in Zambia, community based nutrition programming in Bangladesh, a voucher scheme for fresh fruit and vegetables in a Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya and a joint cash and food programme in drought affected Swaziland. The programmes are either novel, i.e. the voucher scheme in Dadaab, are pilots contributing to a growing body of evidence, i.e.
Climate change is damaging people's lives today. Even if world leaders agree the strictest possible curbs on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the prospects are very bleak for hundreds of millions of people, most of them among the world's poorest. This paper puts the dramatic stories of some of those people alongside the latest science on the impacts of climate change on humans. Together they explain why climate change is fundamentally a development crisis.
As Prime Minister Kevin Rudd heads off to major international meetings with climate change high on the agenda this week, a new report reveals that seasons which were once distinct are shifting, destroying harvests and causing widespread hunger.
This is just one of the multiple impacts of climate change taking their toll on the world's poorest people, according to the Oxfam report 'Suffering the Science - Climate Change, People and Poverty'.
The report's release comes ahead of the G8 …
In 2009 some 59 million people could lose their jobs, whilst 200 million will be added to the ranks of the 1.3 billion of those working but living on less than $2 per day.
What's a little bit of water, right?
But when a little rain, which is often initially welcomed, comes day after day and week after week - the water does become a problem. It drowns and rots the crops, kills livestock, causes rivers to overflow, causes landslides (that then destroy homes and communities), and increases the risk of diseases like malaria, dysentery and dengue fever.
In the last year, tens of millions of children and families have been directly affected by flooding - hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes.
Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.
Extracted from UMCOR Hotline 06 Sep 2002