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July 23 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Wed Jul 23 2014, 00:00:05

Grand infrastructure projects would turn the east coast city of Wonsan into a modern tourist haven if they get off the ground. NK News reports

North Korean authorities have announced an ambitious development project for the east coast city of Wonsan that will include the construction of an underwater hotel, according to the state-owned media outlet The Pyongyang Times.

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July 22 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Tue Jul 22 2014, 12:27:16

Africa loses more to the west than it gains in aid. NGOs must challenge governments rather than congratulate them

The UK is a world leader in development aid. It's also a leader in greenhouse gas emissions, tax haven networks, and taking corporate profits out of Africa which cause far more poverty there than aid relieves. Yet, the continent is often portrayed as "needing our help" and the question we must answer is what role have international NGOs including my own, Health Poverty Action played in portraying Africa as a continent in need of help?

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July 17 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Thu Jul 17 2014, 02:00:02

Despite overwhelming evidence that a stitch in time saves nine, aid spending on prevention and preparedness remains tiny

2013 was a record year for worldwide spending on humanitarian relief. Millions of people were affected by three very different crises in Syria, the Central African Republic and the Philippines each designated as the highest level of emergency by the UN. South Sudan was also plunged into crisis at the end of the year.

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July 16 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Wed Jul 16 2014, 07:51:47

Ban Ki-moon calls for $2.2bn to help eradicate epidemic as row over UN's role in introducing cholera to Haiti rumbles on

The UN secretary general has flown to Haiti on a "necessary pilgrimage" to support the fight against cholera, a disease that many Haitians blame UN peacekeepers for introducing to the Caribbean country.

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From Aid | The Guardian Wed Jul 16 2014, 02:00:00

Why, after 10 years of donor funding, is the seed industry in Uganda still struggling?

Despite more than 10 years of donor funding to support higher food production in Uganda, agricultural yields and regional exports are underutilised by 70%. Part of the proposed solution has been to invest in modernising the seed industry. Yet 90% of Uganda's crops are still produced using home-saved seed.

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July 15 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Tue Jul 15 2014, 09:00:00

Reductions in rations to refugees are a timely reminder: relief workers and governments must prepare for the 'new normal'

Nearly 800,000 refugees in Africa are receiving severely reduced food rations because of a shortage of funds in the World Food Programme and in the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. At least half of them are children for whom poor nutrition can have life-long negative consequences.

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From Aid | The Guardian Tue Jul 15 2014, 06:57:00

UK and wealthy states revel in their generosity while allowing their companies to plunder Africa's resources, say NGOs

Western countries are using aid to Africa as a smokescreen to hide the "sustained looting" of the continent as it loses nearly $60bn a year through tax evasion, climate change mitigation, and the flight of profits earned by foreign multinational companies, a group of NGOs has claimed.

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July 14 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Mon Jul 14 2014, 13:56:48

Unanimous decision made without Damascus's approval is set to get food to 1.3 million people trapped behind the lines

The UN security council has voted unanimously to authorise deliveries of humanitarian aid to rebel-held areas of Syria, without the approval of the Damascus regime, in a rare show of international unity that diplomats say will help get food to 1.3 million people trapped behind the lines.

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July 10 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Thu Jul 10 2014, 13:19:26

More than half of the country's aid goes to the resource-rich continent, but Beijing says it attaches no strings to its projects

More than half of China's foreign aid of $14bn (£8.2bn) between 2010 and 2012 was directed to Africa, the government said, underscoring Beijing's interest in the resource-rich continent to fuel its economy.

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From Aid | The Guardian Thu Jul 10 2014, 06:39:00

Local provider of food to tackle malnourishment faces closure because aid agencies buy subsidised products from abroad

Bedline is 17 months and weighs just 5.3kg. She lies feverish and quiet in her grandmother's arms, eyes glazed, her pale blue nylon frock hanging off thin shoulders.

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