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‘Risk-Informed Investments’ Vital To Ending Extreme Poverty

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: From Hyogo to Sendai: A New Action Plan for Resilience Thomas H. Staal, acting assistant administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), discusses his participation in last week’s Third U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan. He highlights three themes of…

Consortium Launches World’s First Academy To Train Aid Workers In Rapid Disaster Response

The Guardian: World’s first academy for humanitarian relief to be launched “The world’s first academy for humanitarian relief is to be launched, aimed at training 100,000 aid workers from over 50 countries in organizing rapid responses to disasters and emergencies. The Humanitarian Leadership Academy, launching on Monday, is a response…

New Global Disaster Risk Reduction Plan To More Prominently Address Health

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Health a fresh priority in disaster plan, talks snagged on aid “A new global plan to reduce the risk of disasters, due to be adopted at a U.N. conference in Japan on Wednesday, will give more prominence to health issues as the world struggles to stamp out…

Relief Assessments, Efforts Ramp Up On Cyclone-Hit Vanuatu As U.N. Begins Measles Immunization Campaign

Associated Press: Relief groups rush aid to Vanuatu’s cyclone-stricken islands “Relief workers rushed to deliver desperately needed food and water Wednesday to survivors living on Vanuatu’s outer islands, after a monstrous cyclone wiped out entire villages and flattened vast swathes of the South Pacific nation’s landscape…” (Perry, 3/17). International Business…

FAO Stepping Up Support For Middle East Countries Affected By Syria Crisis

U.N. News Centre: U.N. agency boosts food security efforts in countries affected by Syria crisis “The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced a scale-up in its support to Jordan and other countries in the Middle East affected by the humanitarian crisis in Syria that has entered its…