UN delivers first aid to besieged Syrian town since 2012

2014-07-18 19:52

The UN has delivered life-saving aid to thousands of people in the besieged Syrian town of Mouadamiya for the first time since early 2012, humanitarian agencies say.

Security Council authorises Syria aid convoys

2014-07-14 21:53

The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution authorising humanitarian convoys to assist more than one million Syrian civilians in rebel-held areas.

Food rations for African refugees slashed

2014-07-01 17:39

Nearly 800 000 refugees in Africa have had their food rations slashed by up to 60%, threatening to push many to the brink of starvation.

Donors slash Mozambique budget aid

2014-06-14 06:15

Foreign donors have cut aid to Mozambique's government by 11% compared to last year amid concerns over corruption.

Half of Yemenis threatened by food crisis

2014-05-30 22:20

Nearly half of Yemen's population is going hungry, the UN's food agency has warned.

Food aid for 60 000 in Aleppo

2014-05-21 19:53

The Red Cross is doing a major distribution of emergency food rations on both sides of the front lines in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

1000s line up for Gift of the Givers help at Rustenburg

2014-05-19 22:16

Thousands of people have had to turn back disappointed in Rustenburg, after the Gift of the Givers Foundation ran out of food parcels to help starving mine worker families.

UN aid chief in S Sudan calls for truce

2014-04-29 17:52

The United Nations aid chief in war-torn South Sudan is calling for a month-long truce, warning that seven million people face hunger.

Ugandan official: US cuts millions in aid

2014-03-21 18:19

Uganda's health minister says the government has lost up to $6m in annual US government support over the East African country's new anti-gay law.

US eyes $1bn in Ukraine loan guarantees

2014-02-27 08:03

Secretary of State John Kerry says the US is planning to provide Ukraine with $1bn in loan guarantees and will consider additional direct assistance to the former Soviet republic.

Flood-hit Zimbabwe seeks $20m in aid

2014-02-11 20:39

Zimbabwean authorities have launched an international appeal for $20m to help around 20 000 people displaced by flooding following torrential rains.

Aid agencies need $166m in South Sudan: UN

2013-12-26 09:58

The United Nations humanitarian office says aid agencies need $166m to save lives amid continuing violence in South Sudan.

Afghans go hungry despite billions in aid

2013-10-24 21:38

Billions of dollars have been given to Afghanistan, however recent studies have shown that the prospect of development is dwindling with unemployment being very high.

Red Cross relies on role-play in aid fight

2013-07-31 11:04

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) faces increasingly hostile environments and recent heavy losses have made Swiss simulation training a priority.

UN needs $13bn emergency aid

2013-07-17 22:45

The UN's food relief agency says it is looking for global emergency aid totalling nearly $13bn to help needy people.

Congo: 60 000 flee to Uganda after attack

2013-07-14 14:00

An aid group says about 60 000 Congolese have fled to Uganda after a rebel attack on a town by the border, stretching humanitarian capacities.

US tout democracy amid Egypt military coup

2013-07-05 09:48

The Obama administration has turned to its top officials to tout democracy and transparency for Egypt, a message that took on a hollow tone as the Egyptian military installed a new leader.

Halving world hunger by 2015 possible: UN

2013-07-01 10:01

The UN says progress has been made towards the Millennium Development Goals, including its bid to cut world hunger in half between 1990 and 2015.

One dead in Afghan Red Cross attack

2013-05-29 20:30

Militants have launched a two-hour suicide and gun attack on a Red Cross office in Jalalabad city in east Afghanistan, killing at least one guard.

Blast near Afghan Red Cross office

2013-05-29 16:39

A large explosion has been heard near the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.

Group describes siege of Afghan compound

2013-05-26 17:26

Aid workers who were trapped for 2 hours as Taliban attacked the Afghan capital describe their ordeal and praise the police response.

SA considers tit-for-tat UK visa rules

2013-05-19 19:40

Frustrated by Britain's apparent reluctance to lift its visa requirements for South Africans, government is considering playing tit-for-tat and demanding the same from UK visitors.

US to give $100m more for Syrian aid

2013-05-09 08:17

US Secretary of State John Kerry plans to announce that the United States will give an additional $100m in humanitarian aid for those affected by the Syrian civil war.

UK says SA given warning of aid cut

2013-05-01 21:16

Foreign Secretary William Hague insists that Britain discussed its decision to cut off aid to South Africa with officials in Pretoria.

UK ends Official Development Aid to SA

2013-04-30 19:16

The South African government says it regrets the unilateral decision taken by the United Kingdom to terminate Official Development Aid to the country from 2015.


Flood-stricken Balkans to get €1.8bn boost

2014-07-17 09:01

A conference of international donors has pledged more than €1.8bn to help Bosnia and Serbia recover from devastating floods in May.

More Africans in extreme poverty - UN

2014-07-08 06:23

More sub-Saharan Africans are living in extreme poverty now than in 1990, says a UN report, warning the region will miss most of its development goals.

Mali restoration project out of cash

2014-06-27 21:03

Unesco says the Funding for Timbuktu restoration project is far short of the $11m needed.

Wary US unlikely to restore full Egypt aid soon

2014-06-07 09:11

As Egypt prepares to swear in its fourth leader since 2011, a huge slice of $1.5bn in US aid remains in deep-freeze amid fears the nation is sliding back into authoritarianism.

Somali children need food aid

2014-05-27 18:33

Up to 200 000 children under the age of five could die from severe malnutrition in Somalia by the end of the year unless the United Nations receives emergency funds.

UN seeks aid money from oil

2014-05-20 17:40

The UN is talking to oil-producing African countries about collecting a levy on every barrel produced to help the poorest nations improve public health.

UAE says no plans for more aid to Egypt

2014-05-15 16:30

The UAE, a major donor to Egypt since former president Mohammed Morsi's fall from power, says it has no plans to step up its financial aid.

Neo-colonialism 'not part of aid to Africa'

2014-04-01 09:21

The head of the EU's huge aid programme says linking investment in Africa to democratic reforms risks backfiring if viewed as a "colonial tool".

Sudan aid situation deteriorating

2014-03-18 22:02

The number of Sudanese in need of aid has risen 40% over the past year, boosted by worsening conflict in the country.

Zim economy will grow 4% - World Bank

2014-01-15 19:01

A World Bank senior economist says Zimbabwe's economy will grow by 4.2% this year, well short of the goverment's projection of 6.4%.

Cash grants to poor reap dividends in Zambia

2013-11-19 12:17

In rural Zambia, where money is scarce and subsistence farming the norm, even small cash injections can help grow a local economy in surprising ways, a study shows.

Swedish politician wounded in Somalia

2013-08-21 23:28

Somali gunmen have tried to kidnap a Swedish opposition politician in an ambush in which she and another woman were wounded and two men were killed.

Violence in Syria blocks food aid: UN

2013-07-30 17:19

The United Nations' food agency says 600 000 Syrians have not receive aid this month as spiralling violence has prevented convoys from reaching them.

Bissau overshoots coffer with $200m budget

2013-07-17 08:32

Guinea-Bissau's parliament has approved a budget of more than $200m, despite having only half of that in its coffers, acknowledging that the rest would have to come from aid.

Turkey police crackdown on Syria NGO's

2013-07-05 09:57

The finger of blame which the Turkish government pointed at foreigners for orchestrating anti-government protests now appears to target foreign aid missions helping internally displaced Syrians.

Obama orders US to review aid to Egypt

2013-07-04 09:12

President Barack Obama has urged Egypt's military to hand back control to a democratic, civilian government, but has stopped short of calling the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi a coup.

11 million in Sahel still face hunger

2013-06-12 09:28

A top UN humanitarian official says more than 11 million people are facing hunger in Africa’s Sahel region, and he is appealing for more international aid.

N Korea sanctions squeeze aid groups

2013-05-29 16:41

New international sanctions aimed at thwarting North Korea's nuclear weapons programme are having unintended consequences: Halting money transfers by foreign humanitarian groups.

Bill Gates urges Australia to boost aid

2013-05-28 09:03

Philanthropist Bill Gates has urged Australia to boost foreign aid following the country's announcement that it was delaying a pledge to increase overseas aid spending.

SA must make the best of Obama's visit

2013-05-21 11:46

SA should use the upcoming visit by US President Barack Obama to cement its good relations with the US, writes Simon Williamson.

Pan-Muslim body urges aid for Mali

2013-05-13 19:03

The Organisation of Islamic Co-operation is urging its member states to make generous contributions at a donors' conference on Mali to be held this week in Brussels.

Gordhan: I did not agree with UK aid cut

2013-05-02 20:40

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says the facts surrounding Britain's decision to cut aid to South Africa by 2015 are being deliberately distorted.

SA peeved over UK aid cut

2013-04-30 20:24

The UK's decision to end direct aid to South Africa should have been communicated through official diplomatic channels, the international relations department says.

UK set to end direct aid to SA - report

2013-04-30 09:20

The British government is reportedly planning to stop giving direct aid to South Africa from 2015, saying the relationship should be based on trade and not development.

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