UN chief appeals for ‘massive’ help as flood-hit Pakistan puts losses at $30bn

Countries most responsible for climate crisis must ‘end war with nature’, says António GuterresThe UN secretary-general, António Guterres, has said the world owes impoverished Pakistan “massive” help in recovering from the summer’s devastating floods b…

Health officials warn of major outbreaks of disease after severe floods in Pakistan

Diarrhoea and malaria cases spread, with risk of dysentery and cholera, as millions of displaced people forced to drink flood waterHealth officials have warned of large-scale outbreaks of disease in Pakistan after severe flooding displaced millions of …

‘If you look at the bigger picture of change, aid has been close to irrelevant’

Stefan Dercon, former UK government adviser, discusses his new book – and his belief that wealthy elites, rather than foreign cash, rescue countries from povertyA former government economist has said that aid is “close to irrelevant” in solving the pro…

UN donor conference falls billions short of $4.4bn target to help Afghanistan

Conference raises only $2.44bn as Russian foreign minister says west is responsible for country’s humanitarian crisisThe world’s donor drought, and growing global divisions over Afghanistan’s political direction, have been laid bare when a UN appeal fo…

UK Foreign Office rushed £4.2bn of aid cuts, official audit finds

Support slashed despite warnings about impact, with offices told not to discuss plans with local partners, says National Audit Office reportThe British government forced through £4.2bn in aid cuts so quickly it had little time to plan the impact they w…

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