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  1. Quick aid pledged, but what of rest?

    Posted Jan 13th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... tsunami is unprecedented, but the amounts promised and the funds that eventually materialise after disasters rarely correlate, aid experts have warned. Their fears have so far been unwarranted. A UN-sponsored aid donors' conference in Geneva on Tuesday ended with commitments worth 73 per cent of the US$977 million ($7.6 billion) appeal and most of the funds promised within days. The US$717 ...

  2. For aid agencies, the real problem is how to spend the funds

    Posted Apr 06th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer and Jon Ogden Never have aid agencies had so much money at their disposal; even with the emergency phase over, so much is left that some talk of projects into the next ... logistical and water and sanitation aid to the most affected people and help them recover from the devastations,' the report stated. 'Still, the amount of donations greatly surpasses our ...

  3. Aid groups can't reach starving children

    Posted Nov 28th 2004, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer, Foreign Editor More than one million children face starvation in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region because humanitarian workers cannot reach them, relief agencies estimated yesterday. International inaction to end what has been termed ...

  4. Doubts raised over massive Australian help

    Posted Jan 13th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer Australia's massive promise of aid to its tsunami-devastated northern neighbours has raised the eyebrows of sceptical observers. Prime Minister John Howard's ... rather than a humanitarian statement. Half the Indonesian funding will be in the form of debt relief. Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) spokesman Dominic Morice said direct ...

  5. Bush under pressure to offer Africa more than just promises

    Posted Jul 06th 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Africans are expecting a lot from George W. Bush during his first presidential visit to the continent this week. They are sceptical about promises of tens of billions of dollars in aid ... live at the mercy of terrorists.' Mr Bush will visit five countries in five days, concentrating on HIV/Aids and trade. He arrives in Senegal on Tuesday, and will spend two nights in South ...

  6. The disaster that galvanised the world

    Posted Dec 26th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer reflects on the unprecedented outpouring of aid, how the money is being spent and the challenges that lie ahead Within hours of the giant waves smashing into communities on the rim of the Indian Ocean, the world began loosening its purse strings to help the victims. The outpouring of generosity was unprecedented- so much so that aid agencies, rarely flush with funds, ...

  7. UN still working to make a better world for children

    Posted Mar 20th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Fund, Unicef, next month after 10 years as executive director, blamed wars, HIV/Aids and poverty for worsening the plight of young people in countries such as Sudan, the Democratic Republic ... by HIV/Aids. 'The situation for Zimbabwe's children is worsening largely because of the international community's withdrawal of financial support because of its disapproval ...

  8. King of excess

    Posted Jun 17th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... surname, translated from German, means 'chamberlain'- an aide to royalty. Alas, that connection was probably hundreds of years ago. Still, as a child, I dreamed of having my own kingdom. ... the world's highest per-capita rate of HIV/Aids. Almost 40 per cent of all adults have the incurable disease. Two-thirds of the 1.1 million Swazis live in poverty- on less than US$1 per day, 330,000 ...

  9. Remote Indonesian island provides a lesson in survival

    Posted Jan 11th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... had reacted quickly and soldiers had arrived in days to distribute food and water and provide shelter. Two Australian air force planes and international aid agencies had also arrived ... relatives in Aceh. Three of her relatives were killed. 'Not all the goods and money from the aid agencies are getting through to the people,' he explained. 'Supplies are getting ...

  10. Winning over Oceania

    Posted Sep 21st 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Pacific islanders know better. For more than a decade, the mainland has been quietly moving into the region as an investor and aid donor. At first, it was winning away the diplomatic recognition Taiwan had received from some of the 14 island nations. But in the latter half of the 1990s, growing trade was joined by aid and China's activities in the region known as Oceania are now ...




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