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September 20 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Sat Sep 20 2014, 07:30:16

Rich countries pledged to find $100bn a year by 2020, but so far only Germany has made a significant contribution

Barack Obama will not be pledging any cash to a near-empty fund for poor countries at a United Nations summit on climate change next week, the UN special climate change envoy said on Friday.

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September 19 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Fri Sep 19 2014, 01:00:11

We are rushing to drop bombs on Iraq while we have dithered about sending drugs to Africa

The language is familiar. A potential threat of a human catastrophe unparalleled in modern times. More than 2,500 have died, and the same number are dying. Incidence of the disease is said to be doubling, even trebling, in some parts of Africa by the month. Hundreds of thousands now face death. Barack Obama declares a menace spiralling out of control, getting worse with profound economic, political and security implications for all of us. The window of opportunity to contain the outbreak is apparently closing.

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September 18 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Thu Sep 18 2014, 10:49:20

Without more money, World Food Programme warns food rations will be reduced and voucher schemes slashed

The UN warned on Thursday that it will be forced to cut food rations for more than 6 million Syrians from next month unless it received more funding.

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September 17 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Wed Sep 17 2014, 04:03:38

Brian Owler says additional $7m in Ebola aid should be bolstered by deployment of Australian health workers

Australias contribution to fighting the Ebola virus is still inadequate despite the promise of another $7m, the head of the Australian Medical Association has warned.

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September 16 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Tue Sep 16 2014, 01:59:03

A yes vote would increase Scotlands aid budget to £1bn, presenting the new donor with complex spending challenges

Live blog: Tuesdays developments on the Scottish referendum

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September 15 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Mon Sep 15 2014, 05:27:02

Michael Haines, the brother of the British aid worker David Haines, who has been murdered by Islamic State (Isis) militants, reads a statement on behalf of his family. He says helping others had been what motivated David to go on a charity mission to Syria. David Haines was taken hostage in March 2013 Continue reading...

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From Aid | The Guardian Mon Sep 15 2014, 02:00:28

Institute of Development Studies director said the sector must address social and economic issues that fuel global crises

The development community can no longer stick its head in the sand when it comes to tackling the political, economic and social issues that lie at the roots of fundamentalism, conflict and inequality, the head of a leading research centre has warned.

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September 14 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Sun Sep 14 2014, 14:40:20

Agencies say conflict in Middle East has made it difficult to bring in media or fundraisers to shine a light on what is going on

The murder of David Haines highlights the dangers faced by trained aid workers who are increasingly being targeted in conflict zones, and aid agencies have cautioned against individuals embarking on solo humanitarian missions in Syria and Iraq.

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September 12 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Fri Sep 12 2014, 15:14:30

Around £11bn a year will go to international aid and development after Conservatives finally back Liberal Democrat bill

The UK is a step closer to having laws that commit 0.7% of national income to foreign aid after the Conservatives finally backed a Liberal Democrat bill that is also supported by Labour.

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From Aid | The Guardian Fri Sep 12 2014, 02:00:02

Why are WFP and UNHCR struggling to raise funds for humanitarian emergencies that dont make the headlines?

Its been called disaster overload major crises in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Philippines have left the United Nations humanitarian response system reeling. But as media attention gravitates toward the major crises, theres been little thought to the long tail of the humanitarian system.

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