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Source: Department for International Development (DFID) |

Priti Patel calls on international community to improve global response to humanitarian crises

UK leads the charge by stepping up support and urges others to do the same before it is too late

The International Development Secretary has set out a five point plan to deliver a more effective global response to the unprecedented number of crises the world currently faces. Before last month, there had been only one certified famine globally since 2000. Parts of South Sudan are now in famine and…

Source: Germany - Federal Foreign Office |

In Oslo, Foreign Minister Gabriel pledges humanitarian assistance for Nigeria and the Lake Chad region

Foreign Minister Gabriel issued the following statement today (24 February) at the Oslo Humanitarian Conference for Nigeria and the Lake Chad region: Hundreds of thousands of children are threatened by starvation in the Lake Chad region. Millions of people have had to flee their homes in the face of the brutal…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Nigeria hunger crisis deepens, spills over into Lake Chad Basin

UN Agencies and governments to meet at Oslo summit to tackle expanding humanitarian emergency

As conflict and instability continue, the food security situation in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin is drastically deteriorating, FAO warned today, as it called for swift and decisive action from the international community to protect the livelihoods of millions of families dependent on farming, livestock and fishing for their food and livelihoods.  With the next planting…

Source: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) |

New Civil Servant Support Officers Arrive from Kenya for Mentoring Assignments to Strengthen South Sudan’s Civil Service

The new arrivals are joining two Ugandan CSSOs, who reported to Juba in May 2016, for a two-week induction workshop into the RSS/IGAD programme

Seven new public servants from the Republic of Kenya arrived to Juba this week to begin their assignments as civil service support officers (CSSOs) as part of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Regional Initiative for Capacity Enhancement in South Sudan, commonly referred to as the “IGAD Regional Initiative”. The…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Norway to provide NOK 135 million in emergency aid to South Sudan

In addition to helping the population in South Sudan, Norway will also provide support to South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries

The humanitarian crisis in South Sudan is now so severe that the UN has declared a famine in parts of the country. ‘The situation is acute. We must act now to save lives. Norway is therefore providing NOK 135 million for emergency relief efforts in South Sudan,’ said Minister of…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

UN allocates $21 million to help thousands in need of humanitarian assistance in Sudan

The United Nations, through the Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) – a multi-donor fund that responds to critical humanitarian needs in Sudan – has allocated $21 million to help thousands of people in need of humanitarian assistance across Sudan in 2017.   The humanitarian challenges in Sudan are diverse and complex,…

Source: WorldRemit |

WorldRemit sees huge growth in money transfers to Tanzania

Digital money transfer service hits 10,000 unique transactions per month

Digital money transfer service World Remit (www.WorldRemit.com/en/Tanzania) is consolidating its rapid expansion into Tanzania, supporting the growing demand for instant remittances to the country from over 4 million expatriates living abroad. Today WorldRemit is announcing: A new record of 10,000 unique transactions completed in the month of December 2016 alone; 150%…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

Joint Troika Statement Supporting African Union High Level Implementation Panel Peace Process in Sudan

The Troika (Norway, UK and US) urge signatories of the AUHIP-brokered Roadmap Agreement to honour their commitments

The Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States) expresses its continued support for the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) peace process, led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki. In support of the AUHIP-brokered Roadmap Agreement signed by both the Government of Sudan and the opposition, the…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Norway provides NOK 64 million for efforts to prevent famine in Somalia

The additional funds from Norway will be channelled through the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Norwegian humanitarian organisations that have many years’ experience of working in Somalia

Somalia has once again been hit by a severe drought, which could quickly develop into a famine. ‘A large proportion of the population is affected by the drought, and over six million people are in need of food aid. Norway is now increasing its support for humanitarian efforts in the country…

Source: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa |

Norwegian Support for Dental Health Service and Training Department in Addis Ababa University

The Ambassador emphasized that Norway and Ethiopia has had a long-term collaboration within the health sector and that the relationship now is a strategic one

The Dental Health Service and Training Department received a donation worth of 50 million NOK dental equipment from the University of Bergen and the Embassy provided financial support for transportation and installation of the equipment, purchase of spare parts, and capacity development of staffs and technicians in the dentistry field.…