Financial commitments and pledges of €3.25 billion have been announced by 108 countries and international organizations at the international donor conference 'Together for a new Mali', organised by the European Union and France, together with Mali, took place on 15th May in Brussels.
The Obama administration is proposing a major overhaul of food aid that would for the first time put America’s overseas policy in line with European practices of providing cash and other alternatives to bulk shipments.
The passage of the tropical cyclone Haruna in February 2013, which affected over 40,000 people in Madagascar, has again highlighted the dangers of chemical and industrial accidents and spills following natural disasters. On 27 March, the European Commission Monitoring and Information Centre received an official request for assistance from the joint UNEP/OCHA Environmental Emergencies Section (a collaborative arrangement between the United Nations Environment Programme and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) working with the Government of Madagascar and immediately activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
An additional sum of €1,5 million will be made available by the EU for the victims of the Hurricane Sandy in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, almost five months after the disaster devastated the Caribbean and North America, the European Commission has announced on 15 March.
A new policy, which aims to improve the nutrition of mothers and children in order to reduce mortality and diseases, was launched Wednesday March 13.
The new policy is set out in the Communication “Enhancing Maternal and Child Nutrition in external assistance: an EU policy framework”, and aims to reduce the number of children under five years of age who are stunted (with a low height for their age and impaired mental development) by at least 10% (7 million) by 2025.
European Commission has allocated €200 000 to provide an immediate assistance to Madagascar after the strongest tropical cyclone in the country so far- Haruna- hit the south-west coast of the island on 22 February.
To raise awareness about the numerous disasters and emergencies in the world which go underreported and end up forgotten, the European Commission launched a campaign together with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC).
An EU's training mission in Mali will start as soon as March or April, the EU Foreign Affairs Council on 18 February 2013 announced. The objective of the mission is to support the training and reorganisation of the Malian Armed Forces.