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Happy Holidays

Dear colleagues,

2017 saw several advances and challenges in humanitarian aid and development. Key areas of the Agenda for Sustainable Development that lacked advancement and ascertain focus for the year ahead are identified in the No Time To Retreat report by the UN OCHA. Similarly, the World Malaria Report 2017 recognised the stalled development progress on the global fight against malaria.

The empowerment of vulnerable groups and promotion of gender equality is vital to improving global health and access to education by, both, the UN Sustainable Development Goals Report and the Global Fund Strategy 2017-2022 report, Investing to End Epidemics. The Global Fund report further emphasised the importance of building resilient and sustainable systems for health and maximising the impact of investments for HIV, TB and malaria as other core objectives necessary to achieve sustainable development across the world.

With humanitarian and development community calling for additional funding to reach international humanitarian goals, the focus for 2018 is apparent. Over 135 million people across the world will be in need of humanitarian assistance next year as a result of crises and natural disaster emergencies. Such analysis and predictions place emphasis on the importance of identifying long-term cost-effective solutions to humanitarian aid in the coming year.

AIDF also experienced some changes this year, with the recent launch of our new website. Easier to navigate, with multiple new topics categories and a brand new look and design, the website works across various platforms, including mobiles and desktops. Head to to check it out!

Finally, we would also like to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a new year of peace and prosperity. We look forward to interacting with you in 2018 and collectively working towards a better global future.

Kind Regards,


No Time To Retreat

'No Time To Retreat’ by UN OCHA

The reinforcement, rather than replacement, of local and national crisis management systems by international actors was the most reported area of progress by the participating stakeholders, according to ‘No Time To Retreat’ by UN OCHA, the first annual synthesis report on progress since the World Humanitarian Summit. The Agenda for Humanity outlines a plan to meet humanitarian needs, mitigate human suffering, risk and vulnerability...

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UN SDGs report

UN Report on SDGs

Commenting on the recently published UN report on the progress of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, UN Secretary-General António Guterres remarked that the “rate of progress in many areas is far slower than needed to meet the targets by 2030”. This is highlighted by the rising death rates attributable to lack of water, sanitation, and hygiene services in sub-Saharan Africa that reached 46/100,000 from 12/100,000 in 2012.

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Reaching SDGs

Reaching SDGs through Private Sector Partnerships

Presently, over half of partnerships with the UN involve only one private sector partner. Also, 79% of UN partnerships last less than 5 years. These factors have led to a lack of scalability with partnerships and the inability for scaling up to increase positive...

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Innovative Solutions 2017

Solutions That Save Lives & Support Development

Modern science and technology transformed how the humanitarian community addresses current and emerging challenges. Disaster response and preparedness, emergency procurement, agricultural productivity as well as health & WASH practices.

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UN report

What Did the United Nations Buy Last Year?

According to a recent report released by the UN, last year the United Nations increased its overall volume of procurement as compared to that of 2015 by 0.8%. In US dollars, this translates to a $137.2 million change from roughly $17.6 billion to $17.7 billion.

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Top Twitter in Disaster

100 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts in Disaster Relief & Development

AIDF has released a list of leading Twitter accounts in disaster relief and development. Inspired by the Global Disaster Relief & Development Summit, AIDF’s 100 Must-Follow Twitter List includes influencers, NGOs, UN agencies, foundations, charities and media with highest levels of engagement and relevance of tweets to the issues of humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

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Top Twitter in Africa

Top 100 Twitter Accounts to Follow in African Aid & Development

In advance of the Aid and Development Africa Summit, AIDF has created a list of the Top 100 Twitter Accounts to follow in African aid and development. The list is comprised of 50 humanitarian leaders and 50 organisations all working to advance SDGs in the region. The accounts were chosen based on their focus and impact on African sustainable development, level of activity...

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