Month: October 2017

Rohingya crisis: Donors pledge $344 million at UN-backed conference to support aid efforts

23 October 2017 – A United Nations-supported humanitarian conference today raised more than $344 million to fund critical relief programmes for Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh. The exodus – which began in late August – continues unabated, making the crisis the fastest growing refugee emergency in the world today. As of Sunday, some 603,000 refugees are estimated to have arrived in Bangladesh and thousands more reportedly remain stranded in Myanmar without the means to cross the border. “Humanitarian donors have today expressed their solidarity and compassion with the families and communities in need,” said Mark Lowcock, the Under-Secretary-General for...

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‘Everyone is on edge:’ Canadian humanitarian aid worker returns from Myanmar

Displaced people are suffering as humanitarian workers struggle to reach Myanmar’s hardest-hit areas, said a Toronto aid worker who just returned from the South Asian country. Islamic Relief Canada CEO Zaid Al-Rawni recently spent four days in Myanmar, overseeing the charity’s food-distribution and shelter-construction efforts. While he visited refugee camps in some parts of Sittwe — the capital city of Rakhine state — he said it’s “near impossible” to access areas like Maungdaw where the crisis has been more widespread. Les mer...

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Asking for donations publicly not always ideal: UBC study

Charities can encourage potential donors to give more if they tailor their ask for help just right, according to a new UBC study. The plight of those affected by wildfires, hurricanes, and humanitarian crises may tug on people’s heart strings but appealing for donations in a public way can backfire if charities aren’t careful, says marketing and behavioural-science professor, Kate White. “Independent people actually have a negative reaction – they are less likely to donate if a public situation is created, or if there is some kind of public recognition for donating.” les mer...

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Stock Traders Scarce in Kenya as Poll Crisis Clouds Outlook

Traders are deserting Kenya’s stock market, a star performer earlier this year, as the unresolved crisis around the country’s presidential election discourages foreign investors. Volumes traded on the Nairobi stock exchange have slumped to the lowest this year, dropping to less than 46 million shares in the week ended Oct. 6 from as high as 285 million in June. Values have also dropped, with $870,000 of shares traded Thursday, 76 percent down from the $3.6 million that changed hands on Aug. 31, before judges ordered a rerun of the vote. Read...

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For Dignity and Development, East Africa Curbs Used Clothes Imports

KIGALI, Rwanda — In Kenya, they are called the “clothes of dead white people.” In Mozambique, they are the “clothing of calamity.” They are nicknames for the unwanted, used clothing from the West that so often ends up in Africa. Now, a handful of countries here in East Africa no longer want the foreign hand-me-downs dumped on them because they’re trying to manufacture their own clothes. But they say they’re being punished for it — by the United States. Here in East Africa, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Burundi have been trying to phase out imports of secondhand clothing and...

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