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December 3 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Wed Dec 3 2014, 10:55:52

A new global development agenda is on the table. Here's how to make it the most progressive and ambitious agenda possible

Whether you agree with the emerging post-2015 development agenda or not, it is likely to steer trillions of dollars of spending, as well as key areas of policy over the next 15 years. Its implementation will occupy the minds of governments, business and campaigners. So we need an agenda that is - to use UN jargon - "fit for purpose".

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From Aid | The Guardian Wed Dec 3 2014, 00:00:06

This week's London conference will be making a big mistake if it decides to cut aid and leave Afghans to solve their problems alone as Nato troops withdraw

Could 2015 be the year when the world again starts to turn its back on Afghanistan? Now that a tumultuous decade of military intervention has ended, and a new government is taking over, many in the international community appear eager to forget about the country and leave Afghans to handle their myriad problems alone. That would be a fundamental mistake.

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December 2 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Tue Dec 2 2014, 14:45:30

The UN urgently needs $60m to feed refugees. The richest nations must give it the money it needs

As if the Syrian tragedy weren't terrible enough, with a death toll now topping 200,000, and over half of the population uprooted by the civil war, another ingredient has been added to the plight of this nation: some of the international humanitarian aid seems to be slowing down to a trickle. In a decision intended to ring alarm bells, the United Nations' World Food Programme has announced that it is suspending food aid in the region because of a lack of funding. The WFP needs around $60m to provide critical food vouchers to over 1.7 million Syrian refugees through the month of December. The money hasn't been forthcoming, in part perhaps because of donor fatigue. One can only imagine the ...

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From Aid | The Guardian Tue Dec 2 2014, 08:21:00

Medical NGO MSF says response by foreign countries is ill-adapted to tackling the spread of Ebola in west Africa, warning the outbreak is far from over

The medical NGO Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) has launched a scathing attack on the international community for its slow and patchy response to the effort to stamp out Ebola in west Africa.

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From Aid | The Guardian Tue Dec 2 2014, 06:42:29

We asked, you answered. As part of our Students Speak series, students share their thoughts on why humanitarian crises receive varying levels of support

Aid agencies jostle for public attention as they respond to humanitarian crises: natural disaster, war, famine and disease. The Disasters Emergency Committee, which comprises 14 British NGOs working internationally, has appeals open for Gaza and Ebola. Yet while its tsunami-earthquake appeal in 2004 raised £392m, its 2008 appeal for the Democratic Republic of the Congo generated only £10.5m. Why do some emergencies receive more support than others? We asked students to share their thoughts on the reasons behind funding imbalances and whether a fairer system was possible. We received lots of responses, including some excellent ...

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From Aid | The Guardian Tue Dec 2 2014, 04:49:17

Western powers were quick to back military action in the Middle East. Now food aid has run out they urgently need to step up the humanitarian response

Western governments are tiring of Muslim wars. They are also tiring of their victims. The UN is reported to have run out of money to relieve the refugee tide now spreading across the Middle East. Some four million people are living in camps reliant on the UN's World Food Programme, not to mention other camps caused by wars in Sudan, Somalia and the Central African Federation. A million Syrians have fled to Lebanon and a million to Jordan, creating new desert cities of indolence and disease.

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December 1 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Mon Dec 1 2014, 10:30:00

World Food Programme forced to suspend food voucher scheme to refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt

A funding crisis has forced the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) to suspend food vouchers to more than 1.7m Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, leaving hundreds of thousands of displaced families facing a "disastrous" winter and increasing the risk of further instability in the region.

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November 28 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Fri Nov 28 2014, 11:27:22

Mizengo Pinda accused of authorising unlawful offshore payments under guise of energy contracts a month after donors withhold funding amid corruption fears

Tanzanian politicians are calling for the resignation of the prime minister, Mizengo Pinda, after a government report implicated him in an energy scandal that resulted in the plunder of more than $120m (£76.5m) from the country's central bank.

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November 27 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Thu Nov 27 2014, 13:38:49

The private sector has long played a role in delivering health care, but how could it collaborate with public bodies? Join us 4th Dec, 1-3pm GMT, to discuss

Sponsored by Malaria Consortium

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From Aid | The Guardian Thu Nov 27 2014, 09:40:24

As if we needed a definitive sign that the humanitarian-awards industry was out of control, the former prime minister has received a gong from Save the Children

Did it finally happen? Did the pernicious pretence that is the humanitarian awards industry finally implode last week, at a ceremony to give Tony Blair a "global legacy" gong?

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