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  • Aug 21, 2014
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Foreign aid for development projects is cut as African economies grow

Last year Western aid to sub-Saharan Africa quite literally decimated. Rich countries making up the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCED) reduced assistance to the region by 10 per cent, the largest drop in 16 years.

Monday, 27 May, 2013, 5:59am

How to make charity dollars count

Since the Yaan earthquake on April 20, Oxfam staff have often been asked how to best ensure donations are well spent in the community. This is a healthy reminder that keeps pushing us to refine our monitoring systems.

12 May 2013 - 4:00am

Beijing has learned lessons about quake relief since 2008

At 2.28 this afternoon countless families will be savouring lunch in honour of Mother's Day. But it will be a poignant moment for thousands of mainland mothers still mourning children who died in the catastrophic Sichuan earthquake that struck at that moment five years ago. The day after, this column closed its first comment with the words: "A great disaster has befallen China."

12 May 2013 - 4:00am 1 comment

China rivalled US for aid to Africa since 2000

China committed more than US$75 billion to Africa in the past decade, coming close to the level of US money although the nature of Beijing's support was far different, a study said.

1 May 2013 - 4:03am

Don't let concerns about corruption halt quake aid

Hong Kong has a good reputation for charity donations. From the Japan earthquake to the tsunami in Southeast Asia, we have shown exceptional generosity in helping our neighbours. When it comes to disasters on the mainland, our response is even more enthusiastic. Billions of dollars were raised after the Sichuan earthquake five years ago. So when the region was hit again over the weekend, it was only natural that relief aide and donations followed. Today, the government's HK$100 million funding request will be tabled to Legco for approval.

24 Apr 2013 - 3:14am 6 comments

Volunteers rush to aid quake victims in Lushan but end up clogging roads

Volunteers have rushed to the quake-hit county of Lushan to donate supplies, lend a helping hand and do whatever good they can, despite calls by authorities not to come.

22 Apr 2013 - 7:54am 1 comment

Victims of quake in Yaan, Sichuan, complain about lack of relief aid

Authorities in quake-hit Yaan city expect most relief materials to reach local people today, amid complaints of not enough government-provided aid.

22 Apr 2013 - 7:53am

Experts warn about problems in sending aid to Myanmar

Governments and agencies must be wary of flooding Myanmar with well-intentioned but ill-targeted aid, experts warned on Thursday, admonishing the global community to “first do no harm.”

15 Mar 2013 - 11:01am

Sluggish relief a blow to typhoon-hit Philippines

Two months ago, Typhoon Bopha struck Mindanao in the southern Philippines. It's hard to explain the devastation that such a storm can wreak but, when I arrived there as an aid co-ordinator, I was met by scenes of devastation: palm trees splintered like giant toothpicks; mud, trees and debris from broken homes scattered everywhere.

18 Feb 2013 - 1:55am

UN hopes to have aid access to northern Mali within days

"We now have access back into central Mali," said David Gressly, who steers humanitarian operations in the region for the UN.

7 Feb 2013 - 4:17am