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19 February 2015

Just five main providers gave more than the 0.7% UN aid target in 2013

The UN target of providing 0.7% of national income as aid was met by only 5 donor countries in 2013: Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, Denmark and the UK. The re
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Written by Ian Townsend

12 February 2015

Donors pledge US$529m at South Sudan conference – US$1.2bn of requirements unmet

Donors pledged US$529 million in new money at the high level meeting on South Sudan, hosted by the UN and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, i
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Written by Luminita Tuchel

5 February 2015

UK aid set to increase in line with economic growth

UK aid increased by almost a third in 2013 to reach 0.7%* of gross national income (GNI). If future British governments continue to meet the 0.7% target, a
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Written by Ian Townsend

4 February 2015

Ghana’s rural savannah areas suffer persistently high poverty

According to the Ghana Living Standards Survey 2005–2013, rural savannah* areas reduced poverty incidence** by over a third, from 43% to 27%. These areas a
4 February 2015

DFID aid is more poverty-focused than other UK departments’

The UK’s aid (official development assistance, or ODA) budget is split across a number of different departments – including DFID, the Foreign & Commonw
22 January 2015

UN agencies predominate as major first-level recipients to the Iraq Strategic Response Plan

Only 4% of humanitarian funding from international donors has been given directly to non-governmental organisations (NGOs); UN agencies have been the main first-level recipients.
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Written by Charlotte Lattimer

22 January 2015

Iraq receives only a slight increase in humanitarian assistance in the face of rising needs

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) provided US$500 million against the Iraq Strategic Response Plan (SRP) in July 2014. When looking at cumulative funding t
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Written by Charlotte Lattimer

16 January 2015

The financial response to Ebola: Are there links between funding flows to countries and the number of cases?

The financial response to Ebola: Are there links between funding flows to countries and the number of cases?
10 January 2015

Targeting the poorest 20%: the case of least developed countries

Aid to LDCs On the face of it, proportions of aid are broadly comparable to these shares. LDCs received 30% of total official development assistance (ODA)