Japan's MOFA gives JPY300 million to Chad through WFP as part of TICAD VI commitment

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a JPY300 million (US$2.5 million) grant to the government of Chad through the World Food Program (WPF) as part of its commitment made at the 2016 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI). With this grant, Japan seeks to improve nutrition and reduce poverty in the population.

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

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Japan's MOFA gives JPY350 million grant to Uganda as part of TICAD VI commitment

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a JPY350 million grant to the government of Uganda as part of its commitment made at the 2016 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI). This grant will help provide food in order to reduce malnutrition and incidence of famine in Uganda.

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

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Canadians donate CAD$21.3 million to humanitarian crises; government will match

In response to humanitarian crises in Yemen, Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan, Canadians donated CAD21.3 million (US$ 16.7 million) to registered Canadian charities between March 17 and June 30, 2017.  The government of Canada will match the donated amount in a contribution to the Famine Relief Fund. The money will be allocated to Canadian NGOs working to provide humanitarian assistance to Yemen and countries across Africa. 

News Release – Global Affairs Canada

News Release – Global Affairs Canada

Japan grants emergency assistance to support populations affected by conflict in Mindanao, the Philippines

Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has allocated US$2 million in emergency funding to the Philippines through the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The grant will provide food, health care, water, and sanitation to people displaced by the ongoing conflict on the island of Mindanao, where violence erupted in late May 2017 between government forces and Islamic militants.

Press Release - MOFA

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The Italian Ministry of Health establishes taskforce for the Decade of Action on Nutrition

On July 11, 2017, the first meeting of the Italian taskforce to implement the ‘Decade of Action on Nutrition’ took place. The Italian working group specifically aims to identify actions and strategies to take under the framework of the United Nation's Decade Work Program, jointly launched by FAO and WHO. The Ministry of Health wants to improve dialogue with international institutions -- in particular FAO and WHO -- to better coordinate cross-cutting actions addressing the "triple burden of malnutrition - with undernourishment, micronutrient deficiency, and obesity".

The United Nations' Decade of Nutrition runs from 2016 to 2025, aiming to increase nutrition investments and implement policies and programs to improve food security and nutrition. It builds on the 2nd International Nutrition Conference in 2014.

Press release – Ministry of health (in Italian)

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Launch of the Italian Parliamentarian alliance for food security

On July 19, 2017, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)  and a group of Italian Parliament members, led Stella Bianchi, launched the Italian Parliamentary Alliance for Food Security. At the launch event, Mario Lubetkin, Chief of Cabinet of FAO’s Director General, emphasized that an enabling legislative environment is fundamental to achieving food and nutrition security, and flagged the role of legislators in improving nutrition and food security.

FAO has made it a priority to work with parliamentarians in donor and implementing countries; it is likely that FAO will increase collaboration with them, and provide technical advice and support.

 Press release – Democratic Party (in Italian)

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Norwegian charities collaborate to raise funds for famine in East Africa

11 Norwegian development and humanitarian assistance organizations including Care, Save the Children, Red Cross, SOS Children's Villages, The Development Fund, Caritas, Norwegian Refugee Council, the Norwegian chapter of Plan International, Norwegian People's Aid, Norwegian Church Aid, and UNICEF Norway have jointly launched a campaign to raise awareness and money for the ongoing hunger crisis in East Africa, the Lake Chad region, and Yemen. They plan to use the funds raised to distribute life-saving food, water, vaccines, and medicines.

Press release – UNICEF (in Norwegian)

Initiative website – Still sulten (in Norwegian)

Spanish NGO umbrella organization urges government to increase SDG focus

The Spanish Congress of Deputies’ Development Committee is organizing a series of meetings with civil society organizations, multilateral institutions, and development experts to define a cross-party position on the SDG Agenda. On June 20, Spain´s development NGO umbrella organization, CONGDE, presented its views on the SDGs, calling for Spain to urgently increase ODA funding and for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to assume a leadership role in SDG implementation.

Press release – CONGDE (in Spanish) 

Canada launches new feminist foreign assistance policy

After a year of extensive consultations with the Canadian civil society and the public at large, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, has launched a new feminist international assistance policy. With it, Canada joins a handful of countries who either have explicit feminist international development policies or gendered policies and plans, including Australia, Sweden, and Norway.

The new policy will apply a human rights-based approach to six core pillars:

  • Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls
  • Human dignity (including health education, humanitarian assistance, nutrition, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and food security)
  • Inclusive growth
  • Environment and climate change
  • Inclusive governance
  • Peace and security.

Other highlights  include:

  • By 2021-2022, “at least 95 percent of Canada’s bilateral international development assistance investments will either target or integrate gender equality or the empowerment of women and girls”.
  • Discontinuation of Canada’s “countries-of-focus”, shifting instead towards a regional allocation with a focus on least developed countries and by which no less than 50% of Canada’s bilateral international assistance will go to countries in sub-Saharan Africa by 2021-2022. The allocation strategy is to be released at a later date.

The policy does not come with a costed funding framework, and the Budget 2017 released this spring did not specify any new increases in spending. However, the government announced that it will contribute an additional CAD150 million (US$117 million) over five years to support local organizations that work to advance women’s rights in developing countries.   

Press release – Global Affairs Canada

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Canadian international development minister launches new famine relief fund

On May 29, 2017, the Canadian Minister of International Development and la Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced that Canada will create the new 'Famine Relief Fund' to respond to food crises in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. The Fund aims to mobilize the support of Canadians and government alike by matching the donations of private citizens pledged in response to global food crises. Minister Bibeau announced that for every eligible donation to registered charities made by Canadians between March 17 and June 30, 2017, the Government of Canada will contribute an equivalent amount to the new Fund. Money raised will support the efforts of Canadian and international organizations that provide assistance to those affected by famine. 

News release - Global Affairs Canada

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