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26 Mar 2015 description
report Amnesty

Gambia has effectively thumbed its nose to the international community after it failed to accept a raft of recommendations to address its deteriorating human rights situation, Amnesty International said today.

The government of Gambia only accepted 93 of the 171 recommendations at the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva.

26 Mar 2015 description

MORNING

26 March 2015

Adopts Outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of the Gambia

The Human Rights Council this morning concluded its general debate on technical assistance and capacity building and adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of the Gambia.

26 Mar 2015 description

Tokyo – The Government of Japan is providing US$ 237.4 million to support the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as it works to improve the lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.

11 Mar 2015 description

Vienna, Austria, March 11, 2015. Over 30 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing approved at the 150th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

Public sector approvals amounting to US$201m will support the following projects:

Bangladesh 25.0

06 Mar 2015 description

A l'occasion de la Journée internationale de la femme, nous partageons les histoires de 25 femmes d'à travers le continent africain dont les vies se sont améliorées de manière radicale. Hommage rendu aux interventions financées par la Banque africaine de développement

Liliam Makosa
Projet de lutte contre les maladies animales transfrontalières, Zambie

03 Mar 2015 description

Kampala, 3 March 2015 — Climate stresses and limited adaptive capacity are increasing Africa´s vulnerability to climate change. For example, Uganda currently is exposed to impacts of climate change as a large majority of its total population is dependent economically on rain-fed agriculture.

02 Mar 2015 description

Key messages

  • While several elections will take place in 2015, the region is experiencing a mix of progress and setbacks, with encouraging transition in Burkina Faso occurring on the back of an alleged coup attempt in Gambia and the escalation of violence in Nigeria.

  • The region has demonstrated a certain degree of resilience towards the economic impact from Ebola outbreak and falling commodity prices. Such impacts have been mitigated and offset by the increasing diversification of West African economies.

19 Feb 2015 description

Banjul, the Gambia - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has provided over 105,000 US Dollars to support the Gambia’s efforts to build a strong and robust surveillance system to detect cross-border infections and to help people, communities and the state swiftly stamp out outbreaks.

Porous borders and the regular movement of people make the threat of Ebola real for the country, which does not border the hardest-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone, but isn’t far away.

17 Feb 2015 description
report Oxfam

These updates cover emergencies Oxfam is currently responding to around the world, although please note they don’t intend to be comprehensive.

Syria Crisis

17 Feb 2015 description

Banjul, Gambia | AFP | Tuesday 2/17/2015 - 05:28 GMT

As the Gambia marks its 50th year of independence on Wednesday, critics say the milestone is tainted by the dismal human rights record of an increasingly isolated regime.

President Yahya Jammeh, an outspoken military officer and former wrestler, has ruled the former British colony with an iron fist since seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1994.

16 Feb 2015 description

Bruxelles, 16 février 2015

En 2015, l'Union européenne fournira 156 millions d'euros d'aide humanitaire à la région du Sahel, où près de 20 millions d'êtres humains ignorent d'où viendra leur prochain repas et où plus de cinq millions d'enfants souffrent de malnutrition aiguë. Le Royaume-Uni contribue à hauteur de 45 millions d'euros à ce financement de l'Union européenne en faveur du Sahel, qui doit permettre de relever les défis humanitaires dans la région.

16 Feb 2015 description

Summary: 16 February 2015, Brussels - EU boosts humanitarian aid to €156 million in 2015 to meet the increasing needs in the Sahel region

The European Union will give €156 million in humanitarian funding in 2015 to the Sahel region, where close to 20 million people don't know where their next meal will come from and more than 5 million children suffer from acute malnutrition. The UK is contributing to the European Union's funding for the Sahel with €45 million to respond to the humanitarian challenges in the region.

16 Feb 2015 description

(Dakar, 16 Février 2015) : Robert Piper, le Secrétaire général adjoint des Nations Unies et Coordonnateur Humanitaire Régional pour le Sahel a présenté aujourd’hui à Dakar l'appel de fonds humanitaire pour le Sahel pour 2015. Le plan cherche à mobiliser 1,96 milliards de dollars pour fournir une assistance humanitaire vitale à des millions de personnes affectées par les crises au Burkina Faso, au Cameroun, en Gambie, au Mali, en Mauritanie, au Niger, au Nigéria, au Tchad, et au Sénégal.

16 Feb 2015 description

(Dakar, 16 February 2015): Robert Piper, the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel presented the Sahel humanitarian appeal for 2015 in Dakar today. The plan calls for US$1.96 billion to bring vital assistance to millions of people affected by crises in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.

12 Feb 2015 description

Le nouveau numéro de L’Observatoire de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, une publication de La Banque africaine de développement (BAD) vient de paraître.

Le rapport présente les dernières évolutions politiques, économiques et sociales en Afrique de l’Ouest. La section « profils pays » offre un focus sur le Bénin, le Burkina Faso, le Cabo Verde, la Gambie, le Ghana, la Guinée-Bissau, le Libéria, le Mali, le Niger, le Nigeria, la Sierra Leone et le Togo.

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(New York, 12 February 2015): The United Nations and humanitarian partners today launched the Sahel humanitarian appeal for 2015 which aims to help millions of people in nine countries in Africa's Sahel region. $1.96 billion is needed for vital humanitarian assistance.

12 Feb 2015 description

(New York, 12 Février 2015) : Les Nations Unies et les partenaires humanitaires ont lancé aujourd'hui l'appel de fonds humanitaire pour le Sahel pour 2015. L'appel vise à aider des millions de personnes dans neuf pays de la région africaine du Sahel et cherche à mobiliser 1,96 milliards de dollars pour fournir une assistance humanitaire vitale.

11 Feb 2015 description

Switzerland - IOM today (11/2) denounced the actions of Libya-based people smugglers responsible for the deaths of hundreds of African migrants sent to sea during a storm in unseaworthy inflatable dinghies. Only nine people survived this latest tragedy in which at least 300 people are now missing and believed to have drowned.

10 Feb 2015 description

Italy - The deaths from hypothermia in severe winter conditions of 29 Sub-Saharan Africans, from a group of 105 picked up by the Italian Coast Guard off the island of Lampedusa, marks an ominous and early start to the Mediterranean “human smuggling season”.

"What happened yesterday shows the necessity of life-saving operations in the Mediterranean,” said IOM’s Director General William Lacy Swing. “Bigger ships, like those used in the Mare Nostrum operation, could have easily rescued these migrants.”