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9 March 2015

Ukraine is humanitarian priority for Central and Eastern European donors

Four Central and Eastern European donors have committed their highest share of humanitarian assistance over 2014 and 2015 to Ukraine. Ukraine also appears
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Written by Luminita Tuchel

9 March 2015

Making open data work for the Community

Guest data blog by Bibhusan Bista, Chief Executive Officer, YoungInnovations “It's difficult to imagine the power that you're going to have when so many di
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

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
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
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

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