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ADB Assistance to Typhoon Recovery Reaches $1 Billion

ADB Assistance to Typhoon Recovery Reaches $1 Billion

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has so far approved $900 million in assistance for livelihood restoration, infrastructure reconstruction climate resilience initiatives in communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda, as well as budget support to the Government of the Philippines.

Aid pours into storm-hit Philippines, but not enough

Aid pours into storm-hit Philippines, but not enough

Three days after one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded wreaked havoc throughout the central Philippines, leaving countless dead and billions in damage, the international aid community has responded, rallying to provide aid to the helpless victims.

Typhoon leaves at least 10,000 dead in Philippines

Typhoon leaves at least 10,000 dead in Philippines

TACLOBAN, Philippines - One of the most powerful storms ever recorded, Typhoon Haiyan has killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines province of Leyte.

Typhoon Haiyan: 'More than 120 dead' in Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan: 'More than 120 dead' in Philippines

More than 120 people have been reported killed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, after the massive storm passed through the country on Friday.

Extended US Government Shutdown Will Hurt World's Poor

Extended US Government Shutdown Will Hurt World's Poor

An extended U.S. government shutdown could have enormous consequences for the world's poor and roll back critical global investments in fighting disease, hunger and extreme poverty, NGO alliance InterAction warned this week.

CSOs ask the Arab League Secretary General to discuss the situation in Egypt

CSOs ask the Arab League Secretary General to discuss the situation in Egypt

35 civil society organizations ask the Arab League Secretary General to discuss the situation in Egypt during the coming Ministerial Council

Obama urges military action against Syria

Obama urges military action against Syria

(CNN) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said that the United States "should take military action against Syrian targets" over its alleged use of chemical weapons, but added that he will seek congressional authorization for the move.

Amid renewed fighting UN agency urges Central African Republic to protect civilians

Amid renewed fighting UN agency urges Central African Republic to protect civilians

29 August 2013 – Authorities in the Central African Republic (CAR) must protect civilians from the fighting which has killed at least 10 people and forced thousands to flee their homes in Bangui, the capital, the United Nations refugee agency said today.



Expert Views - Emergencies, Crises, Conflicts and Disasters

3 Steps To Improve Disaster Preparedness 3 Steps To Improve Disaster Preparedness
As Cyclone Phailin tore through India’s coast last week with winds of 155 mph, hundreds of thousands of lives were instantly at stake. The intensity of the coming storm was compared to that of the 1999 cyclone that struck the same region and killed 10,000 civilians. In contrast, less than 50 lives were lost in 2013.

10 ways to make humanitarian efforts complement development
From consulting local decision makers to using early recovery strategies, experts offer their advice on how groups should co-ordinate best following a crisis

Doing development in conflict zones
Donors and aid agencies working in Syria, Somalia or Afghanistan must be more prepared to take risks and help local partners lead interventions

(AUDIO) G20 Panel Discussion by Nancy Alexander, Julia Kulik, Andrew Zhu
The G20 concluded in St Petersburg last week and although much of the talks before, during and after the gathering was about Syria and the military intervention that isn't, there were also the important subjects of tax evasion and the economic stability of the BRICS nations and emerging markets on the agenda.

Broad Discussion, But No Immediate Deliverables at G20 Summit
As expected, the St. Petersburg G20 Summit did not result in any immediate, concrete deliverables. The topics of discussion were quite broad, as summarized in the 27-page communiqué.

The St Petersburg G20 blues
The St Petersburg G20 summit is over. Now the hangover. In assessing its significance and implications for Australia when it chairs the G20 next year, here are nine questions to consider.

G20 Lays Out Plan that Could Help the World's Poor - If Leaders Step Up
The G20's focus in 2013-2014 will continue to include food security for the poorest families, providing financial services to rural poor who lack access to banks, and reducing the cost to immigrants sending remittances home to their families.



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