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05 Mar 2015 description

At USAID, we believe that gender equality and women’s empowerment isn’t a part of development but at the core of development. Water, energy, agriculture, conflict and health can all affect men and women differently. These differences are not barriers but opportunities to maximize the impact of our work by delivering development in a more targeted, effective and sustainable way. That’s why across our programs in more than 80 countries we are making evidence-based investments in gender equality and female empowerment.

05 Mar 2015 description

Biometric documents meant to reduce fraud in upcoming parliamentary polls.

Electronic ID cards could make Afghanistan’s elections fairer and contribute to social justice, according to speakers at a series of IWPR-organised debates in four provinces of the country.

04 Mar 2015 description
report Caritas

Une douzaine de personnes attendent devant une ancienne paroisse au centre de Calais, transformée en entrepôt. Ce sont des migrants qui attendent de recevoir des vêtements chauds pour pouvoir se protéger des rigueurs de l’hiver français.

Bien que l’on soit au milieu de l’hiver, certains portent des tongs et des vêtements légers, effilochés et pleins de trous. Le magasin-vestiaire du Secours Catholique-Caritas France leur fournit des vêtements plus chauds tels que des pulls, des gants et des écharpes pour les aider à affronter les températures glaciales.

04 Mar 2015 description

27 February 2015

The fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus in 2014 - 15 was convened via teleconference by the Director-General on 17 February 2015. The following IHR States Parties submitted an update on the implementation of the Temporary Recommendations since the Committee last met on 13 November 2014: Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Pakistan and the Syrian Arab Republic.

04 Mar 2015 description
  • Implementation period: 2011 – 2020

  • Project budget: $500 million


04 Mar 2015 description
  • Implementation period: September 2014 – September 2019

  • Project budget: $54 million

The “Increasing Access to Basic Education and Gender Equality” activity supports Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education (MoE) at all levels (central, provincial, and district) to help deliver primary education through community-based schools. Approximately 100,000 children in ten provinces are participating in the program.

03 Mar 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Afghanistan: Abusive Strongmen Escape Justice

Donors Should Press New Government on Prosecutions

(Washington, DC) – Afghanistan’s new government should prosecute officials and commanders whose serious human rights abuses have long gone unpunished, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. US officials should press President Ashraf Ghani to take up justice for past abuses as a top priority during Ghani’s expected March 2015 visit to Washington, DC.

03 Mar 2015 description


• Heavy snowfall and rainfall and consequent avalanches and flash floods, respectively, have been affecting northern and central Afghanistan since mid-January.

• As of 1 March, the number of deaths stands at 286, the majority of which (195) occurred in Panjshir, the province worst hit by avalanches. In total, approximately 1 250 houses were destroyed by the snowfall and avalanches throughout the affected areas.

• The Government of Afghanistan has declared three days national mourning and requested international assistance.

03 Mar 2015 description

General Situation during February 2015 Forecast until mid-April 2015

03 Mar 2015 description

Afghanistan: Heavy snowfall has caused avalanches in northern, central and eastern Afghanistan; 280 people have died. Panshir province is most affected. Communication lines have been disrupted in places, power supplies to Kabul have been cut. Priority needs are for NFIs and emergency shelter; access to isolated areas is difficult.

03 Mar 2015 description

Kandahar, Afghanistan | | Tuesday 3/3/2015 - 13:51 GMT

A Taliban suicide attacker driving an explosives-laden van carrying goats killed nine people including five civilians in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said.

The attacker targeted a joint Afghan army and police base in the Sangin district of the volatile southern province of Helmand.

"Nine people, including five civilians, two soldiers and two police were killed in the attack," provincial spokesman Omar Zhwak told AFP.

03 Mar 2015 description


  • The IPC Acute Food Insecurity Analysis Workshop (15-22 September) covered all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. − Badakhshan is the only province classified in phase 4 (emergency) which is worst affected by acute food insecurity. 15 provinces are in Phase 3 (crisis), 17 in Phase 2 (stressed) and 1 in Phase 1 (minimal). − Overall, 23.4% of people are food insecure (Phase 3 or higher).

03 Mar 2015 description

Kabul, Afghanistan | | Tuesday 3/3/2015 - 10:31 GMT

Afghan officials said Tuesday they were setting up emergency power lines to supply the capital Kabul a week after deadly avalanches caused by heavy snow plunged the city into darkness.

Around 300 people across Afghanistan died during the avalanches, the bulk of them in the mountainous province of Panjshir, around 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of Kabul.

03 Mar 2015 description

This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Mali. In particular, this update highlights recommendations regarding forthcoming mandate renewals of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO).

03 Mar 2015 description
report Voice of America

Ayesha Tanzeem
March 02, 2015 4:44 PM

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN— Sahib Rehman Faizy stood in his narrow shop full of brightly-colored Afghan clothing for women and reminisced about when business was good. A refugee from neighboring Afghanistan, he has lived in Pakistan's capital city of Islamabad for more than 20 years. Like many other Afghan refugees, he was able to set up a successful business.

03 Mar 2015 description
report Save the Children

Almost 30 countries vulnerable to a new Ebola-style Epidemic, jeopardising the future of millions of Children – Save the children

Almost 30 countries are highly vulnerable to an Ebola-style epidemic jeopardising the future of millions of children, warns Save the Children in its new report ‘A Wake Up Call: Lessons from Ebola for the world’s health systems’.