€20 million from EU funds to help respond to the escalating crisis in Mali

The European Commission will help respond to the escalating crisis in Mali with €20 million. The new emergency funding will be used to help severely malnourished children, to assist about 100,000 refugees from Mali in neighboring countries, and to provide up to 150,000 people in Mali affected by the ongoing fighting with food and basic services.

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€30.5 million in EU funds allocated to humanitarian aid in Haiti

Three years after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, the EU decided to allocate an additional €30.5 million in humanitarian funding to this country. The EU supports projects based on awareness-raising campaigns in schools and the creation of local emergency-alert groups, which contribute to making communities and key institutions more resilient to future disasters.

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More than €661 million in humanitarian aid funding for 2013 from the EU

The European Commission adopted its plan for the allocation of over €661 million in humanitarian aid funding for 2013. The largest portion of aid will go to sub-Saharan Africa that will receive €344.5 million. Moreover, part of the budget is dedicated to forgotten crises – populations that receive little media attention.

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A new EU platform will boost effectiveness of blending funds for external cooperation

The European Union has launched a new platform that will provide a series of recommendations and guidelines for the use of blending formulas in the field of external cooperation. This initiative aims to increase the impact of European external aid by mobilizing additional public and private resources.

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New EU ratified Food Assistance Convention enters into force

The new Food Assistance Convention entered into force on January 1st 2013. This Agreement which has been negotiated between the European Union, its 27 Members States and eight other countries, confirms the commitment of the international community in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.

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The Nobel Peace Prize will fund four aid projects within the EU Initiative “Children for Peace”

The president of the European Commission announced that the prize money from the Nobel Peace Prize that was recently awarded to the European Union, will be used to help 23,000 children affected by wars and conflicts in the world. The decision was unanimously taken by the Presidents of the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament.

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€30 million from EU funds in humanitarian aid for Sudan and South Sudan

The European Commission is boosting its humanitarian assistance by €30 million in Sudan and South Sudan. The funding will support immediate life-saving activities such as distributing essential food and non-food items, as well as providing shelter, health, protection, water, hygiene and sanitation.

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€3 million to provide emergency assistance to victims of Typhoon Bopha in Philippines

The European Commission announced the allocation of €3 million in rapid aid following the five-day passage of Typhoon Bopha across the Philippines. The funding will provide emergency assistance to those worst affected, targeting vulnerable groups such as children, households run by single women, and the elderly.

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€30 million more from EU funds to help people affected by the Syrian crisis

The European Commission announced the allocation of €30 million to help people affected by the Syrian crisis, bringing its total contribution to over €126 million. The new financial contribution will cover health care for the wounded and others in need of emergency treatment, shelter, food, water, sanitation and household items.

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The Commission launches the second phase of the Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility

The Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility that was first set up by the European Commission in 2011 with the aim to reinforce capacities of civil society organisations (CSOs) in the Neighbourhood region, starts its second phase. The Facility will receive a new budget allocation of €45.3 million for 2012-2013.

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€1 million more for helping to the victims of major floods in Bangladesh

The European Commission will give an additional €1 million for food and livelihood support for around 49,000 vulnerable households in Bangladesh, while this country recovers from the flood impact in the worst affected areas of the north-western region of the country.

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