Projects and Initiatives

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West African Ebola epidemic

An epidemic of Ebola that began in Guinea in March 2014 has now spread to neighbouring West African countries.   The outbreak is the most severe epidemic of the disease to have occurred to date, and has been declared an international emergency by the World Health Organization. As of 12 Septembmore

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Responding to the crisis in Gaza

In July 2014, long-simmering tensions between Israel and Gaza boiled over into conflict with both sides engaging in military operations. The resulting fighting was the most deadly outbreak of violence to have occurred in the State of Palestine in recent years. More than 2,100 people have been killedmore

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Responding to the crisis in Syria

Four years into the conflict in Syria, close to 60 percent of the population is either internally displaced or has fled the country. The fighting has now drastically rolled back the region’s human development achievements —perhaps by decades. In addition to killing more than 191,000 people and dispmore

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Responding to the Balkan Floods

In mid May 2014, a low pressure system referred to locally as Cyclone Tamara caused the heaviest rainfall in more than a century across much of the Balkan region. Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia have been heavily affected by both flooding and over 3,000 landslides. Nearly 50 people have been killmore

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Response to the crisis in South Sudan

South Sudan became a nation on 9 July 2011 after a decades-long struggle for independence. However, the widespread optimism that defined the national mood on that day has now vanished. Unresolved political conflicts, ethnic and religious tensions erupted into widespread violence across the country imore