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18 Oct 2018 description

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18 Oct 2018 description
report World Bank

On October 13, during the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres opened a high-level panel discussion highlighting the Famine Action Mechanism, a new global mechanism dedicated to preventing future famines.

According to Guterres, while efforts to reduce overall poverty are working, the risk of famine continues to threaten more people.

18 Oct 2018 description

Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy

Global counter-terrorism measures have had adverse implications for financial access for local NGOs in the West Bank and, particularly, Gaza. Local organisations are not able to access funds via formal banking channels because of de-risking measures, with crippling effects on the Palestinian non-profit sector.

18 Oct 2018 description

Stuart Gordon, Alice Robinson, Harry Goulding and Rawaad Mahyub

Executive summary

10 Oct 2018 description

Summary

Our vision: We envisage a world where aid and development information is transparent, available and used for effective decision-making, public accountability and lasting change for all citizens.
Our mission: To promote aid and development finance information that is transparent, available and usable.
Our strategic pillars:

1) Fulfilling the promise: Collaborating to ensure that data is used to contribute to improved development outcomes and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

09 Oct 2018 description
report UN News Service

Critical food programmes in North Korea can’t wait for ‘diplomatic progress’, UN food agency warns

According to Herve Verhoosel, a spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN agency is staring at a massive 73 per cent shortfall in funding for 2018, hurting critical programmes such as nutritional support for children.

“We must not wait for diplomatic progress to alleviate the suffering of millions of people - funds are urgently needed now,” said Mr. Verhoosel.

08 Oct 2018 description

Opinion: For cash transfers to work, we can't ignore gender

"We know that gender inequalities mean that disasters and conflicts affect populations differently. As humanitarian actors, we must carefully consider the ways emergencies can exacerbate women’s and girls’ existing vulnerabilities and create new risks for all, including men and boys. If we do not, we risk delivering responses that are ineffective — or worse still, harmful.

We are only just beginning to understand the relationship between gender and cash transfer programming, or CTP.

05 Oct 2018 description
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FUNDING REQUIRED $25.32B

FUNDING RECEIVED $10.63B

UNMET REQUIREMENTS COVERAGE $14.69B

COVERAGE 42%

PEOPLE IN NEED 133.8M

PEOPLE TO RECEIVE AID 97.4M

COUNTRIES AFFECTED 41

Spotlight on the recent disaster in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

04 Oct 2018 description

The ‘Ask The Expert’ series features leading specialists who work at the Commonwealth Secretariat in specialised areas. In this fourth edition, Travis Mitchell, Head of Economic Policy and Small States, talks about the priority areas that will be discussed at this year’s Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting.

This year’s Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting will focus on ‘Enhancing National Capacity to Reduce Disaster Risk’. What challenges Commonwealth countries face in terms of disaster risk management?

01 Oct 2018 description

(New York, 1 October 2018): The Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) has finalised allocations totalling $80 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for humanitarian response to some of the UN's least well-funded 2018 response plans across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The decision confirms provisional allocations the ERC made earlier in the year. The funds will sustain and scale up aid operations across 9 countries, providing support to approximately 2.8 million people displaced by internal or international conflict or suffering from food security or health crises.

27 Sep 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

Seventy-third session
Item 73 (b) of the provisional agenda*
Promotion and protection of all human rights; human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms

Saving lives is not a crime

Note by the Secretary-General

27 Sep 2018 description

(New York, 26 September 2018): Today, during the UN General Assembly High-Level side event on the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, delivered an improvised and heartfelt speech calling for increased support for CERF as a critical way to improve early humanitarian action – even before disasters strike. Member States responded by reaffirming their commitment to CERF, including with new financial pledges.

26 Sep 2018 description

UN Headquarters, New York, 26 September 2018

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Let me offer five points of summary from the discussion.

Firstly, CERF is the first and aspires to continue to be the fastest. It was the first contributor to the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of Congo in March/April this year. Just a few days after the massive influx of Rohingya to Cox’s Bazar from 25th August last year, CERF was one of the first to make an allocation. And CERF was one of the first to leverage funds for the hurricanes in the Caribbean last September.

26 Sep 2018 description

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What I would like to give is my testimony. I was for ten years the High Commissioner for Refugees. There are not many things that work well in the world and there are not many things that work well even in the United Nations. But there is one thing that I can guarantee from the point of view of someone that has benefitted from the work of it, that really it works very well, it’s the CERF (Central Emergency Response Fund).

26 Sep 2018 description

“We must not get carried away: we are not winning the war against global hunger.”

The African Development Bank called on global partners to join hands to lift one billion people worldwide out of hunger and said it was leading the way by investing US$24 billion in African agriculture over the next 10 years in the largest such effort ever.

“We are not winning the war against global hunger,” Bank President Akinwumi Adesina told an agriculture conference at Purdue University in Indianapolis on Tuesday, 25 September.

26 Sep 2018 description
report Theirworld

Government ministers, donors and development banks all gave support to the innovative International Finance Facility for Education at a UN event.

A bold funding plan to get 200 million children into school took a giant leap forward when it was backed at the United Nations yesterday by world leaders, the business community and international donors.