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US aid for Venezuela arrives in Colombia, but delivery uncertain

Juan Guaidó calls on military to let supplies in, but President Maduro denies any crisis A US military transport plane carrying humanitarian aid meant for Venezuela has landed in the Colombian border city of Cúcuta, where food and medicine is being stored amid uncertainty over how and where aid will be distributed.The shipment on Saturday is the second arrival of large-scale US and international aid for Venezuelans, many of whom have scant access to food and medicine, since the opposition leader...
Tags: Americas, US, US news, Colombia, Aid, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Cucuta, Nicolás Maduro Continue, Juan Guaido


Trump's unseemly haste shows World Bank must no longer be in thrall to US

The race to head the World Bank opened with the US candidate already known. Other countries must stand up and be countedWith characteristic lack of restraint, the Trump administration last week jumped the gun on the World Bank presidential election process by naming David Malpass as its preferred candidate to succeed Jim Yong Kim.The formal nomination process, which did not begin until the following day, is based on selection principles agreed in 2011 that put the emphasis on an “open, merit-bas...
Tags: Business, US, Economics, Society, World news, Global Economy, Aid, Global development, World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, Trump, David Malpass


Aid agencies pull out of Idlib in face of new terror threat

Fear of aid money being diverted by Tahrir al-Sham has led donors to cut fundingIn Syria’s Idlib province, the dust has largely settled after last month’s dramatic takeover of the area by al-Qaida-linked fighters. As a result, however, international organisations have withdrawn aid and support for schools and hospitals – and Idlib’s 3 million residents are beginning to feel the pinch.Idlib, the last pocket of Syria that remains outside President Bashar al-Assad’s control, was spared an assault b...
Tags: Russia, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Moscow, Bashar Al Assad, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Al Qaida, Ankara, Idlib, Tahrir al Sham


Boris Johnson backs call for multibillion cut to UK aid budget

Tory report says DfID could be folded into Foreign Office and aid spending redefinedCalls for a multibillion-pound cut in the UK’s overseas aid budget and closure of the Department for International Development (DfID) as a separate Whitehall entity are set out in a new Conservative vision for a post-Brexit “global Britain” backed by the former foreign secretary Boris Johnson.Current definitions of aid spending would be broadened to include peacekeeping, and the BBC’s World Service would be expan...
Tags: Politics, UK, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Bbc, Britain, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Boris Johnson, Whitehall, Brexit, Foreign Office, Department for International Development (DfID, World Service


Billions of UK aid failing to reduce poverty, report finds

Shortfall in standards casts doubt on transparency of Britain’s aid spendingToo much of Britain’s aid budget is being spent poorly by Whitehall departments on projects that fail the test of reducing poverty in the world’s poorest countries, a campaign group has said.The One Campaign – an advocacy organisation set up by the U2 singer Bono – said the huge gulf in standards across government was undermining the battle to build public trust that taxpayers’ money was being well spent. Continue readin...
Tags: Transparency, Politics, UK, Bono, Society, UK News, World news, Tax and spending, Britain, Foreign Policy, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Whitehall


UK aid funding must not be privatised | Letter

Proposals to refocus aid as private investment could weaken support for vulnerable people worldwide, says Claire GodfreyProposals by the international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, to refocus UK aid towards for-profit investment risks weakening support for the people who need our help the most, and compromising the work Britain does to make the world a safer, healthier and more just place to live in (Report, 30 January). The Department for International Development has a long-standing h...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Tax and spending, Britain, Aid, Global development, DFID, Department for International Development, Penny Mordaunt, Claire GodfreyProposals, Claire GodfreyHead


Penny Mordaunt criticised over call for aid to come from private sector

International development secretary says she wants DfID to become more a fundraising than a spending departmentPenny Mordaunt has been criticised by charities and MPs for suggesting the government’s international development spending should become more reliant on private sector investment and philanthropy.The international development secretary told cabinet ministers she would aim for her department to become a fundraising department rather than a spending department, telling them it was unsusta...
Tags: Politics, Society, UK News, Tax and spending, Aid, Global development, Penny Mordaunt, Mordaunt


Bono: western world turning its back on HIV fight

Musician and campaigner says pressure to cut aid funding is hampering efforts to stamp out AidsThe world is at risk of losing the battle against HIV due to a backlash against aid triggered by a sense that western governments need to solve problems in their own countries, the musician and development campaigner Bono has said.Speaking on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the U2 singer said populism in the rich north was the result of people being chewed up by capitalism. Continue readi...
Tags: Health, Business, Bono, World news, Davos, Aid, Global development, Aids and HIV, World Economic Forum, Global Health, Davos 2018, Davos 2019


MPs pass counter-terror bill amendments to protect aid workers

Move follows calls to exempt people working in conflict zones from bill that would make it an offence to visit terror hotspotsMPs have passed amendments to the government’s latest counter-terrorism bill to try to protect British aid workers and journalists from facing criminal charges in conflict zones.The controversial draft bill, aimed at tackling Isis fighters travelling abroad, allows the home secretary to declare somewhere a “designated area” and make it an offence for UK nationals and resi...
Tags: UK, Isis, UK News, Aid, Global development, Governance


Displaced Syrian infants dying from lack of healthcare, UN says

Poor shelter and cold weather have also contributed to at least 15 deaths, agency saysAt least 15 children have died in Syria because of a lack of medical care and inadequate living conditions for displaced people amid freezing temperatures, the UN has said, warning that more deaths are likely to follow.Eight babies in the Rukban camp on the Jordanian border had died from hypothermia in the last month, a statement from the UN children’s fund said on Tuesday. A further seven children, mostly unde...
Tags: Islamic State, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Un, Migration And Development, Hajin


'Real risk' of refugees freezing to death in Syria after rains destroy shelters

As temperatures fall, aid workers warn of danger to at least 11,000 people across Idlib, with storms also battering camps in LebanonAt least 11,000 child refugees and their families are facing a weekend of freezing temperatures with no shelter, after torrential rains across Syria’s Idlib province swept away tents and belongings.Aid workers warn there is a real risk people will simply freeze to death as temperatures have already dropped to -1C, amid a shortage of blankets and heating fuel. Contin...
Tags: Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Lebanon, Migration And Development, Idlib


Maggots could be sent to Syria by UK to help clean wounds

The plan is part of an initiative, co-sponsored by the DfID, to help those affected by conflict or humanitarian crisesThe UK government is taking part in a pioneering international aid project which could see consignments of maggots sent to crisis zones such as Syria as a simple and effective way to clean wounds, it has been announced.So-called maggot therapy has been used since the first world war, when their efficacy in helping wounds heal was discovered by accident, and it is sometimes used i...
Tags: UK, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, NHS, Aid, Global development


Yemen: Houthi rebels' food aid theft only tip of iceberg, officials say

Questions over relief effort multiply as it emerges aid officials knew for months of armed groups diverting foodThe theft of food aid in Yemen by Houthi rebels might be only the tip of the iceberg, officials believe, as questions multiply over international relief efforts in the famine-ravaged country.It has emerged that aid officials have been aware for months that armed groups – most prominently Houthi rebels in the capital, Sana’a – have been diverting food aid into the key areas they control...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, Famine, UK News, World news, US news, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Yemen, Sana'a, Development data, UN Continue, Aid effectiveness, Conflict and arms


Yemen: Houthi rebels' food aid theft 'only tip of the iceberg'

Questions over relief effort widen as it emerges aid officials knew for months of armed groups diverting foodThe theft of food aid in Yemen by Houthi rebels might be “only the tip of the iceberg” amid widening questions over international relief efforts in the famine-ravaged country.It has emerged that aid officials have been aware for months that armed groups – most prominently Houthi rebels in the capital, Sana’a – have been diverting food aid into the key areas they control, including by mani...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, Famine, UK News, World news, US news, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Yemen, Sana'a, Development data, UN Continue, Aid effectiveness, Conflict and arms


From abuse to abortion laws: the world's 12 hot topics in 2018 | Liz Ford and Sneha Lala

We cast a look back at the issues that dominated the headlines in the past year, from the devastation in Yemen to the trauma of Rohingya refugeesThe year was dominated by allegations of sexual abuse and harassment in the aid sector, and anger at the failure of those in power to believe and support those making them. Continue reading...
Tags: Human Rights, World news, Disability, LGBT rights, Aid, Global development, Rohingya, Yemen, Migration And Development, Global Education, Global Health, Liz Ford, Reproductive rights (developing countries, Conflict and arms, Sneha Lala


The world in 2018: how much do you know? – quiz

The year began with the Oxfam scandal and ended with a withering verdict on the food we eat. What do you remember? Allegations of harassment at aid agencies and charities were frequent in 2018. Which organisation was branded 'a boys' club' by one employee?UN WomenUNAidsOxfam GBActionAidStudents in Cape Town scored a world first by creating a bio-brick from which substance?Human salivaCow's milkHorse manureHuman urineWhich singer came out in support of a Brexit-beleaguered Theresa May, suggesting...
Tags: Food, Gender, UK, Children, Climate Change, World news, Pop and rock, Harvard University, Aid, Global development, Cape Town, Un, Oxfam, Tanzania, Environmental Sustainability, Tuberculosis


'This is hell': devastated Congolese village embodies country's crisis

Wracked by disease and hunger, and forgotten by the state, survivors of a rebel raid on Cianciamka struggle to surviveAt the end of the gravel road is a dirt track. At the end of the track is a muddy trail leading through the scrub. At the end of the trail is the village – or, more accurately, the place where the village was before the rebels came.There was little warning, just shouts and shots shortly after dawn. Most of the thousand or so inhabitants of Cianciamka grabbed their children, a spo...
Tags: Children, World news, Aid, Global development, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Food Security, Malnutrition, Global Health, Conflict and arms, Cianciamka


MPs voice fears over £1.28bn aid fund amid claims of links to torture

Lack of accountability in security programme fuels allegations that UK taxpayers are unknowingly complicit in rights abusesMPs have expressed concern over the government’s flagship £1.28bn global security programme, saying a lack of transparency and accountability lends weight to allegations from rights groups and watchdogs that taxpayers are unwittingly complicit in human rights abuses.Campaigners at Reprieve have accused the government of failing to release full details of a new “rule of law” ...
Tags: Transparency, UK, UK News, World news, South and Central Asia, Pakistan, Aid, Global development


Gareth Evans and Bob Carr join call for Labor to increase Australia's foreign aid

Former ministers want party’s national conference to commit to target of 0.7% of gross national income Former Labor ministers including Gareth Evans and Bob Carr have called on their party to increase Australia’s foreign aid.The two former foreign ministers joined the former trade minister John Kerin, the former international development minister Melissa Parke, the former parliamentary secretary Bob McMullan and the former president of the ACTU Sharan Burrow in signing an open letter urging a fu...
Tags: Labor, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Aid, Labor party, Bob Carr, Melissa Parke, Former Labor, Gareth Evans, ACTU, John Kerin, Bob McMullan


UK aid to Yemen is eclipsed by weapons sales to the Saudi coalition

UK aid to Yemen is eclipsed by the billions brought in through the bungling, deceitful sale of British weapons to Saudi ArabiaThe war in Yemen has killed as many as 57,000 people since March 2015, left 8.4 million people surviving on food aid and created a cholera epidemic. The British government claims to have been at the forefront of international humanitarian assistance, giving more than £570m to Yemen in bilateral aid since the war began.Yet the financial value of aid is a drop in the ocean ...
Tags: UK, Saudi Arabia, Society, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Yemen, Arms trade, Conflict and arms


UK pledges £35m to Afghanistan as food crisis worsens

Severe food insecurity is predicted to affect almost half of the country’s rural population by early next yearThe UK government has announced £35m of new funding to help the growing crisis in Afghanistan as a new report warns that almost half of the rural population – 10.6 million people – are likely to be affected by severe food insecurity.The report, by independent multi-agency body the IPC, highlighted the spread of conflict and the ongoing drought which has displaced over 250,000 people, imp...
Tags: UK, Drought, Famine, World news, Afghanistan, South and Central Asia, Aid, Global development, Food Security, IPC, Ministry of Agriculture Continue


UK pledges £50m to help end FGM across Africa by 2030

Officials say funding is biggest investment in tackling practice and helping vulnerable girlsThe British government is to invest £50m in an attempt to end female genital mutilation by 2030, claiming it is the single biggest investment to tackle the issue by an international donor.The money, announced on Friday, will go to grassroots programmes working to stop the practice across Africa, where it is most prevalent. Penny Mordaunt, international development secretary, said the investment was also ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Africa, Society, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Fgm, Global Health, Penny Mordaunt, Female genital mutilation (FGM


Yemen: up to 85,000 young children dead from starvation

Save the Children condemns ‘preventable’ deaths of under-fives and calls for end to warAn estimated 85,000 children under the age of five have starved to death as a result of Yemen’s civil war, a report from Save the Children has found, as the charity urged an immediate ceasefire to prevent more loss of life.The figure is a conservative estimate based on UN data on severe acute malnutrition, which the international body says has afflicted more than 1.3 million children since the conflict began i...
Tags: Famine, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Un, Yemen, Save The Children, Global Health


Yemen: up to 85,000 young children dead from starvation or disease

Save the Children highlights ‘entirely preventable’ deaths of under-fives and urges end to warAs many as 85,000 children under the age of five may have died from starvation or disease since 2015 in war-ravaged Yemen, according to the humanitarian organisation Save the Children.It said the estimate was based on data compiled by the United Nations, which has warned that up to 14 million people are at risk of famine in Yemen, where Saudi-backed forces are battling Iran-aligned Houthi rebels. Contin...
Tags: Famine, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Yemen, Global Health


Australian aid groups report dozens of sexual misconduct cases

Peak aid body review finds victims of abuse by humanitarian workers included childrenAustralian international aid groups reported 76 incidents of alleged sexual misconduct over the past three years, including one case in which a humanitarian worker impregnated a local woman.The peak body for the aid sector – the Australian Council for International Development (Acfid) – commissioned an independent review into sexual misconduct earlier this year following revelations that Oxfam UK staff had hired...
Tags: Australia news, Aid, Global development, Humanitarian response, Haiti, Sexual Violence, Oxfam UK


'Killing, abuse, sexual violence beyond belief': fears grow of all-out war in CAR

Experts warn collective failure of UN, donors and government has left Central African Republic on the brinkCentral African Republic risks sliding into full-scale war, an aid agency has warned, after the UN security council failed to agree terms for extending a peacekeeping mission in the country.Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, said international efforts to solve the crisis were failing and civilians were routinely being targeted. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Un, UN Security Council, Central African Republic, Global Health, African Republic, Jan Egeland, Peace and reconciliation, Norwegian Refugee Council, Conflict and arms


UK gives 'landmark' £200m to improve contraceptive access in Africa and Asia

Funding comes as figures show international efforts to expand family planning services by 2020 are falling far short of targetsThe UK government has launched a £200m programme to increase the availability of contraceptives in 27 countries across Africa and Asia, in what has been described as a “landmark” investment.The women’s integrated sexual health (Wish) programme from the Department for International Development will expand services to young and poorer women, and aims to support an estimate...
Tags: Asia, UK, Africa, World news, Aid, Global development, Rwanda, Department for International Development, Global Health, Marie Stopes International, Reproductive rights (developing countries, International Planned Parenthood Federation IPPF


Looming violence in Yemen as UN peace talks pushed back

Chances of famine exacerbated by escalating fighting between Houthi rebels and Saudi-led coalitionPeace talks aimed at ending Yemen’s war have been pushed back to the end of the year, sparking fears that intense violence in Hodeidah will worsen and the country will be plunged into famine as the Saudi-backed coalition seeks to completely retake the vital port city.Fighting in Houthi rebel-controlled Hodeidah has flared in the past week as militias loyal to the Yemeni government attempt to break t...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, US, Famine, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Un, Humanitarian response, Yemen, Hodeidah, Jamal Khashoggi


Commonwealth veterans living in poverty set for £12m UK aid boost

Money will provide daily meals and cash transfers to 7,000 world war two veterans and widows, says Penny MordauntAid funding of £12m will be used to help thousands of impoverished war veterans who served with the British military across the Commonwealth, Penny Mordaunt has announced.The minister for international development said the cash would be used to provide two meals a day and regular cash transfers to 7,000 veterans and war widows who served in the British armed forces. Continue reading.....
Tags: Politics, UK, India, UK News, Aid, Global development, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Penny Mordaunt, Department for International Development (DfID, Armistice centenary, Penny MordauntAid, Commonwealth Penny Mordaunt


UK accuses EU of Brexit bias as it refuses to endorse aid spending

Exclusive: in vote among 28 member states, UK declines for first time to back aid plansThe British government has taken the unprecedented step of refusing to endorse billions of pounds worth of EU spending on aid projects as it accused the European commission of discriminating against UK-based organisations over Brexit.In a vote among the 28 member states on the latest allocation of the bloc’s £26.5bn development budget, the UK government declined to give its support for aid spending for the fir...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Society, UK News, Foreign Policy, Aid, European Commission, Brexit