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U.S. Committed To Meeting Needs Of Women, Girls Affected By Syrian Conflict

Carla Koppell, chief strategy officer, and Allison Salyer, gender adviser with the USAID Task Force on Syria, write in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” about the agency’s efforts to meet the needs of women and girls affected by ongoing conflict in Syria. “…USAID has stepped up commitments to meet the needs of women…

Growing Humanitarian Needs Raise Private Sector Aid Involvement, Report Says

IRIN: Global crises raise private aid profile “Rising global humanitarian needs — from the Syrian crisis to the conflicts in the Central African Republic and South Sudan — have provided challenges for aid funding and highlight the growing significance of private donations in terms of diversity and flexibility in relief…

U.K.’s Increased Disaster Relief Spending Should Not Come At Expense Of Poor, MPs Say

The Guardian: U.K. aid should not prop up richer countries at expense of poor, say MPs “Britain’s increased spending on humanitarian emergencies should not come at the expense of aid to low-income countries, [members of Parliament (MPs)] have warned. In its annual report on spending at the Department for International…

MSF To Review Operations In CAR After 3 Workers Killed In Attack

Devex: MSF’s future in CAR unclear after deadly attack “Médecins Sans Frontières is currently reviewing its entire operations across the conflict-ridden Central African Republic following the death of three of its staff members in an attack on one of its health facilities over the weekend…” (Ravelo, 4/29).

Lawyers, Academics Urge U.N. To Deliver Aid In Syria Without Government Consent

Newspapers report on an open letter from lawyers and academics urging the U.N. to deliver aid without the Syrian government’s consent. The Guardian: Syria: U.N. urged to defy Assad on aid or risk lives of hundreds of thousands “The lives of hundreds of thousands of Syrians are at stake because…

WFP Warns Over Agricultural, Food Crises In CAR

Devex: CAR ‘can’t wait anymore’ — WFP “With almost its entire population in desperate need of food, the conflict-ridden Central African Republic is on the brink of a total humanitarian catastrophe. … On a visit to the country just two weeks ago, Arif Husain, the World Food Programme’s chief economist,…

U.N. Report Urges Greater Action To Combat Sexual Violence In Conflict Countries

News outlets report on a new U.N. report urging greater action to combat sexual violence in conflict countries. Associated Press: U.N. names 21 countries with rape in conflict “A new U.N. report names 21 countries where rape and other sexual violence has been committed in current and recent conflicts, from…

USAID Brings Food To Sudan, Helps Feed Displaced

Agence France-Presse: Ship brings U.S.-donated food to help Sudan’s displaced “A ship loaded with U.S.-donated food that arrived in Sudan on Sunday will help to feed about 300,000 people uprooted by fighting this year in the Darfur region, the U.N. said…” (4/27).