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South Sudan’s Displaced Persons Reluctant To Return Home Despite Ceasefire Agreement

News outlets report that displaced persons in South Sudan are reluctant to return home despite threats of food insecurity and disease in camps and the promise of a ceasefire agreement signed last week. The Guardian: South Sudan’s displaced people wary of return despite aid problems in camps “…Despite a ceasefire…

USAID Fact Sheet Outlines Uses Of U.S. Aid In Philippines

United Press International: U.S. commits $86.7M to assist Philippines “The United States government pledged $86.7 million dollars in USAID and Defense Department funds for 2014 assistance to the Philippines as the country recovers from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. According to a USAID fact sheet released January 24, the largest…

U.S. Congress Set To Approve ‘Modest’ Changes To International Food Aid Program, IPS Reports

Inter Press Service: U.S. Reforming ‘Outdated’ Overseas Food Aid “U.S. lawmakers are in the final stages of approving reforms to a half-century-old system of providing overseas food assistance that critics say is outdated, inefficient and sometimes harmful to local economies in developing countries. Development experts and implementers have fought for…

U.N. Calls For Additional Funding For Sahel Region

News outlets report on the U.N.’s call for additional funding in Africa’s Sahel region to address humanitarian issues such as those in Central African Republic and Mali. Reuters: U.N. seeks $2 billion for Sahel, fears donor fatigue “The United Nations appealed on Monday for more than $2 billion to feed…

State Department Disagrees With SIGAR Report On Funding For Afghanistan

News agencies report on a new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction and the State Department’s response to allegations of funding misuse. Associated Press/Washington Post: Watchdog points finger at USAID over Afghanistan “Money is still flowing to Afghan ministries from the U.S. Agency for International Development despite…

Response To Syrian Polio Outbreak Faces Challenges But Is Progressing

The Lancet: Polio in Syria Bruce Aylward, WHO’s assistant director-general for polio and emergencies, and Ala Alwan, director of WHO’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean “…Fully implementing [a response plan to the polio outbreak in Syria] … has required overcoming immense hurdles to reach every child amid the wreckage…

U.S. Continues To Support Humanitarian Efforts In CAR

In a post on the State Department’s “DipNote” blog, USAID Assistant Administrator Nancy Lindborg describes a recent trip to Central African Republic (CAR), where conflict has caused “the suffering of the more than one million women, children, and men who have been forced from their homes as a result of…

Facing $1B Funding Shortfall, WFP Scales Back Projects In Some Countries

News outlets report on funding shortages at the World Food Programme, which are causing the U.N. organization to scale back operations in some countries. Agence France-Presse/South China Morning Post: U.N. World Food Programme scales back projects to feed the hungry “The U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling back projects…

E.U. To Provide $190M In Humanitarian Aid To Sahel Countries

News outlets report the European Union will support humanitarian assistance programs to African Sahel countries. RTT News: E.U. Announces EUR142 Million In Humanitarian Aid To Sahel Crisis “The European Commission on Monday announced that it will give EUR142 million in humanitarian funds to the Sahel region of Africa in 2014,…

U.N. Launches ‘Ambitious’ Strategy For Sahel Region Aid, IRIN Reports

IRIN: U.N. shifts approach to help Sahel’s 20 million hungry “Over 20 million people in the Sahel will need humanitarian assistance in 2014, up 8.7 million over the number of people in need in 2013, estimates the U.N., which launched an ambitious three-year Sahel strategy today…” (Jefferys, 2/3).