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UN out to raise US$6.5 billion for Syrians at Kuwait meet

Posted by CID sourced from Channel News Asia on 15 January 2014

Delegates from some 60 nations meet in Kuwait on Wednesday at a UN donors conference which aims to raise a whopping $6.5 billion (4.7 billion euros) in aid for more than 13 million Syrians affected by war. The UN has described the appeal as the largest ever in its history for a single humanitarian emergency.

MSF pioneers opening up access to humanitarian data

Posted by CID sourced from SciDev.net on 15 January 2014

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is pioneering an open-access approach within the humanitarian sector in the hope that other medical aid organisations will follow suit. MSF decided to make the data its clinical and research staff collect freely available online, says a report published in PLOS Medicine last month. This is the first time a medical humanitarian organisation has fashioned a policy to openly share its data, MSF says.

CID post-2015 wrap

Posted by CID on 15 January 2014

As the global discussion surrounding the post-2015 agenda continues in 2014, below is the latest wrap-up of key discussion pieces

World Bank's ethics under scrutiny after Honduras loan investigation

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 14 January 2014

The World Bank's Office of the Compliance Adviser/ Ombudsman has found that the World Bank's private lending arm failed to comply with its own ethical standards when it lent millions of dollars to a Honduran palm oil company accused of links to assassinations and forced evictions.

Opinion: Fear of disorder versus hope for change: the politics of global inequality

Posted by CID sourced from ODI on 14 January 2014

Inequality is at the top of the global agenda at the turn of the year - but is it because of fear of social disorder or hope for change? Andy Norton from ODI looks at the real meanings of some long-term trends.

UN 'optimistic' on 2014 donor pledges for Syria

Posted by CID sourced from Devex on 14 January 2014

In 2013, donor pledges exceeded the $1.5 billion combined U.N. appeals for Syria. But with the crisis nearing its fourth year and the situation of refugees even more desperate, what will happen at this week’s Syria pledging conference? Syria took almost half or $6.5 billion of the United Nations’ total funding request of $12.9 billion for its 2014 humanitarian operations, the largest appeal the world body has asked to date for a single crisis.

Australian Government accused of plans to break pre-election promise over foreign aid funding

Posted by CID sourced from ABC News on 13 January 2014

Some of Australia's biggest and best known aid groups are preparing to be stripped of millions of dollars in funding from the Federal Government. The Coalition announced a $4.5 billion cut to foreign aid two days before the election. At the time, the Coalition promised more aid spending would be directed towards non-government organisations working on the ground. However, Marc Purcell, the executive director of the Australian Council for International Development, says the Government is about to break its election promise.

Biodiversity panel gives indigenous knowledge core role

Posted by CID sourced from SciDev.Net on 13 January 2014

Indigenous and local knowledge is set to play a major role in biodiversity and ecosystem management, a meeting of an intergovernmental body has heard. At its second meeting, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES) decided to extend its focused assessments of such knowledge over the full five years of its work programme. In addition, the platform will provide funding and technical support to help integrate indigenous knowledge into the assessments.

Opinion: Donor-driven technical fixes failed South Sudan: It’s time to get political

Posted by CID sourced from Think Africa Press on 13 January 2014

What has gone wrong in South Sudan? As the country marks the ninth anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, South Sudan is experiencing another wave of violence and conflict – this time within its own borders. While commentators can argue about who or what is most at fault in this terrible turn of events, one fact is clear: the international community – the many regional and international players who have been supporting the transition in South Sudan − shoulders some of the responsibility.

Damages caused by Public disorder in Solomon Islands worth million: Police

Posted by CID sourced from Islands Business on 13 January 2014

The cost of damages caused by thugs to Solomon Islands police logistics and other resource stands at around $1 million (US$138, 700). Meanwhile, forty -four people were arrested by police during the public disorder that erupted during the Julian Marley show at the Panatina showground on Wednesday afternoon.

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