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24 March 2015

Global ODA to agriculture increased in 2013

This total can be broken down into three categories: general projects and administration, harvest (crop related) and livestock.* Funding to all three categ

Written by Duncan Knox

Senior Analyst

18 March 2015

Poverty of people in the global poorest 20% is deeper in LDCs

Two world regions are home to almost four-fifths of the people in the global poorest 20%: South Asia (43%) and sub-Saharan Africa (35%). Three populous cou
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Written by Ian Townsend

13 March 2015

Will discussions on DRR financing materialise in Sendai?

The World Disasters Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) opens this weekend in Sendai, Japan. Government representatives from over 100 countries wil
10 March 2015

Reporting on gender in emergencies is in decline – can the World Humanitarian Summit help to address this?

On March 11, a workshop will be convened under the auspices of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) that will bring together humanitarian policy-
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