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16 Day Challenge: Let’s Eliminate Gender Violence


Posted by Carla Koppell, Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment on Monday, November 26th 2012

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ADB Moves Towards Re-engagement in Myanmar

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Myanmar have agreed on a new Interim Country Partnership Strategy that sets the stage for ADB’s re-engagement in the country.

“ADB will work with the government to create jobs and lay the foundation for long-term economic growth that benefits the country as a whole,” said Stephen Groff, ADB’s Vice President for East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. “This strategy will guide our re-engagement with Myanmar to make sure that the country is set on a path of sustainable and inclusive growth.”

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Somalia + 2 others
Horn of Africa Annual Report 2011

NRC Horn of Africa: Assisted 1.2 million people

Astrid Sehl, Nairobi (12.04.2012)
In the midst of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the NRC Horn of Africa programme provided assistance to nearly 1.2 million of the most vulnerable people in 2011.

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Burkina Faso + 9 others
Document stratégique 2012, Version 2: Plan de réponse face à la crise alimentaire et nutritionnelle au Sahel

La version actualisée de la Stratégie humanitaire pour le Sahel met l’accent sur les besoins et la réponse à la crise alimentaire et nutritionnelle dans la région

(Dakar, Sénégal – 10 février 2012). – Une version actualisée du document stratégique pour faire face à la crise alimentaire et nutritionnelle émergente au Sahel a été publiée.

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World + 9 others
CERF Quarterly Update 4th Quarter 2011


CERF High-level Pledging Conference

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Paludisme : malgré une baisse de la mortalité, les progrès restent fragiles

Genève, 13 décembre 2011 – Selon le Rapport 2011 sur le paludisme dans le monde, publié aujourd’hui par l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé, les taux de mortalité attribuables au paludisme ont baissé, depuis 2000, de plus de 25 % au niveau mondial et de 33 % dans la Région africaine de l’OMS.

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UNHCR chief hails landmark conference for making "quantum leap" on statelessness

GENEVA, December 8 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Thursday wrapped up the largest ministerial meeting of its kind after hailing participating states for making a "quantum leap" forward at the Geneva gathering on the issue of statelessness.

"Where I believe there was a real breakthrough, a quantum leap, was in relation to the protection of stateless people," he said in a closing address to representatives from almost 150 states, including more than 70 at ministerial level.

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Project Profile: Reducing Vulnerability of Rural Communities in Mongolia

World Bank

The project has benefited a total of 1,763,432 people and 505,745 households


The Sustainable Livelihoods Project II (2008-2012) is the second part of a three-phase program, which aims to enhance livelihood security and sustainability by scaling up institutional mechanisms that reduce the vulnerability of communities throughout Mongolia.

The project, launched in 2008, has benefited a total of 1,763,432 people and 505,745 households: over 50 percent of the beneficiaries were women; 16 percent were below the poverty line and 19 percent were herders.

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EBRD adopts new country strategy for the Kyrgyz republic

EBRD confirms active support to further market economy reform and ensure recovery

The EBRD’s Board of Directors has approved a new country strategy for the Kyrgyz Republic, which is designed to ensure continued EBRD support for the recovery of the country’s economy and sustainable growth after a period of social and political unrest in the recent past.

In the next three-year period covered by the new strategy, the Bank will continue helping various sectors of the Kyrgyz economy by promoting the private sector and stabilising the business operations in the country.

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Written testimony: Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, May 12, 2011

I thank the Chairman and Senator Lugar for inviting me today. I appreciate this chance to update the committee on our efforts and answer your questions.

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Cote d'Ivoire: Ouattara to Move Into Presidential Palace


Côte d'Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara says he will move into the palace vacated by his now arrested predecessor Laurent Gbagbo "in the coming days".

Ouattara's government announced that Gbagbo is under house arrest and has been moved to an unspecified location in Côte d'Ivoire.

In a statement Justice Minister Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio recalled how the former strongman had been arrested after fighting between government forces and pro-Gbagbo troops assisted by Liberian and Angolan mercenaries plus militias.

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New Zealand: Quake Update 50

1330 hrs Friday 25 February 2011

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurred 10km south-east of Christchurch at 12:51, February 22, 2011. Depth (focal depth): 5km. The National Crisis Management Centre has been activated and a National State of Emergency has been declared (

What is a National State of Emergency?

A state of national emergency can be declared when the civil defence response is beyond the resources of the responsible local authority. In this case, there is a need to coordinate

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New Zealand: Quake Update 39

1832 hrs Thursday 24 February 2011

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurred 10km south-east of Christchurch at 12:51, February 22, 2011. Depth (focal depth): 5km. The National Crisis Management Centre has been activated and a National State of Emergency has been declared (

The Christchurch CBD and Lyttelton have suffered considerable damage with a number of collapsed or seriously damaged buildings. Aftershocks could lead to further building damage or collapse.

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Afghan children work to support cash-strapped families

12 February 2011 - Afghan and United Nations officials are working to curb child labour in Afghanistan's eastern provinces, where young breadwinners remain common despite regulations.

Ten-year-old Ajmal (not his real name) sells plastic bags from morning to evening in Jalalabad city to cover part of his family's expenses. He sells about 20 bags and earns 40-50 Afs or the equivalent of one US dollar per day. His brother, 16, carries goods by a small wheelbarrow to support his remaining family members - mother and two sisters. Their father was killed in a bomb explosion last year.

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Botswana + 6 others
FAO raises alert on high flooding risks in parts of southern Africa


FAO helps governments prepare as rising waters threaten food security

Rome, 7 February 2011 - Thousands of hectares of agricultural land and crops have been damaged by floods and heavy rains in parts of southern Africa, and more damage may occur in the coming weeks if above normal rains persist.

This is raising concern about the food security of the affected population in the poorer parts of the sub-region over the coming months.

With the rainy season still only half way through, and with the cyclone season due to peak in February, several

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Child-Friendly Spaces Open in Côte d'Ivoire IDP Camps

MAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 26 Jan. (Patrick Slavin/UNICEF) - Life became a lot more normal for 143 children here on Monday when they set about on a busy day of going to school, learning life skills, and playing games, singing, and dancing, all in a well-organized, supportive, and spirited environment - which UNICEF and its partners call a child-friendly space.

It had been more than two weeks since these children had enjoyed any of these organized activities, since their families fled for their lives when three-days of frightening violence erupted

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New Hazards Calendar Wins Converts

A new calendar has been developed by WFP to help better prepare for food-related emergencies. It works by combining the most authoritative data on seasonal hazards like floods, droughts, pests and cyclones with information about crop cycles and weather patterns.

ROME-If you prepare for emergencies, respond to them or design recovery programmes - if you work for a UN agency or an NGO - there is a new tool available to help you.

WFP's Seasonal and Hazards Calendar is the result of months of methodical research and road-testing by Valentina

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Haiti : L'UNICEF aide à protéger les enfants haïtiens vulnérables des centres de soins résidentiels

Les enfants d'Haïti vacillent encore sous l'impact durable du séisme du 12 janvier 2010. Un an après, voici une histoire parmi tant d'autres sur le long parcours qui mène des secours à la reconstruction.

Par Benjamin Steinlechner

PORT-AU- PRINCE, 24 janvier 2011 - Au lendemain du tremblement de terre de janvier 2010 - en fait avant même le séisme - des familles haïtiennes pauvres avaient choisi d'envoyer leurs enfants dans des centres de soins résidentiels dans l'espoir qu'ils y trouveraient de meilleures conditions de vie. Mais comme le montre l'histoire d'Amélie*,

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After floods and conflict, schools in Pakistan's Swat Valley welcome children back

By Shandana Aurangzeb Durrani

KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA, Pakistan, 21 January 2011 - As farmers busily work in their fields in the beautiful Swat Valley village of Sheen Patay - located in Pakistan's troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, where both conflict and floods have taken a toll - students excitedly rush to the newly renovated Government Girls' Primary School.

VIDEO: 10 January 2011 - UNICEF correspodent Priyanka Pruthi reports on a rehabilitation campaign that's giving the education system in Pakistan's Swat Valley a

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Pakistan: $285 Million to Support the Poor and Vulnerable Households in Conflict Affected Districts of KP and FATA

World Bank
Press Release No:2011/301/SAR

WASHINGTON, January 20, 2011 - The World Bank today approved a credit worth US$250 million to assist Pakistan's recovery efforts in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) will co-finance the project through an additional grant of US $35 million. This combined support comes at a critical juncture in order to assist the poor and vulnerable households to cope with income shock due to militancy crises in KP and FATA.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA Emergency