- OCHA/UNAMA/UNICEF: Bearing the Brunt of Conflict In Afghanistan - Dashboard
- OCHA Afghanistan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 42, 1 - 31 July 2015
- FEWS-NET: Afghanistan Food Security Outlook July to December 2015
Appeals & Funding
- Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) in 2015 PDF XLS
- Afghanistan 2015 Humanitarian Response Plan: Mid-Year Review of Financing, Achievements and Response Challenges
- 2015 Humanitarian Needs Overview
- UNHCR Refugee Response in Afghanistan - Updated requirements, Jan-Dec 2015
Kecskemét, Hungary | AFP | Friday 8/28/2015 - 20:01 GMT
by Csaba Segesvari with Simon Sturdee in Vienna
Calls multiplied Sunday for Europe finally to get to grips with its ever-deadlier migrant crisis after Austria's horrific truck tragedy, as people continued to pour into Hungary from Serbia despite a newly completed razor-wire barrier.
An agreement of cooperation was signed today between the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
As per the agreement signed between H.E. Nasir Ahmad Durrani, the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and representative of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, rural road projects will be implemented and funded in various villages of Rostaq district by the Government of Switzerland.
With a cost of more than 28 million and 648 thousand Afs 24 public utility projects of the National Solidarity Programme of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/NSP) were recently completed in various villages of Tarinkot, Chora, Shaheed Ehsas and Deh Rawud districts of Urozgan province.
These development projects include: construction of retaining and protection walls, irrigation canal, gravelling of rural road and construction of culverts. Approximately, 4,829 families in various communities have benefited from these development projects.
With a cost of more than 40 million and 854 thousand Afs 27 sub-projects of the National Solidarity Programme of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/NSP) were recently completed in various villages of Nurgal, Sirkani and Narang districts of Kunar province.
The work and lives of residents in a cluster of villages in Balkh Province have improved significantly after the construction of a graveled road, giving them access to markets and health services.
The construction of the all-weather road was carried out under the Afghanistan Rural Access Project, implemented by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development.
August 2015 - For the past 4 years, Dr Aziza has been working as a midwife at a mobile clinic in Nasaji-Bagrami camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kabul. Operated by an Afghan nongovernmental organization Serve Health Relief and Development Organization (SHRDO), the clinic provides basic health services to 450 families living in the camp.
The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) published a Country of Origin Information (COI) report entitled ‘Pakistan Country Overview’. The report provides both general background information and more detailed information on topics relevant for international protection status determination in regard to Pakistani asylum seekers.
Röszke, Hungary | AFP | Friday 8/28/2015 - 16:25 GMT
by Geza Molnar
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has vaunted the razor-wire fence being laid along the Serbian border as the only answer to stop tens of thousands of migrants from getting in.
But a visit by AFP made clear that for people hardened by war in their home countries, treacherous journeys across the Mediterranean and trekking hundreds of miles, Orban is going to have to try harder.
GENEVA, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said it was "deeply shocked and saddened" at the grim discovery yesterday of the bodies of 71 people inside a truck abandoned near the Austrian border with Hungary.
"This tragedy underscores the ruthlessness of people smugglers who have expanded their business from the Mediterranean sea to the highways of Europe. It shows they have no regard for human life and are only after profit," UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming told a press briefing in Geneva.
GENEVA, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – More than 300,000 refugees and migrants have used the dangerous sea route across the Mediterranean so far this year with almost 200,000 of them landing in Greece and a further 110,000 in Italy.
The UN refugee agency, revealing the latest statistics in Geneva on Friday, said this represents a large increase from last year, when around 219,000 people crossed the Mediterranean during the whole of 2014.
Bangkok ‒ The IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge 2015 is now open for applications to encourage Impact Enterprises (IEs) to show how they are building peace through market-based solutions for development challenges. Six IEs will win the Challenge and get a chance to showcase their work at a special UNDP-hosted event in New York.
Vienna, Austria | AFP | Wednesday 8/26/2015 - 10:28 GMT
by Simon Sturdee with Mohamad Ali Harissi in Zuwara, Libya
Hungary said Friday it had arrested four people over the discovery of the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants, believed to be Syrian, in an abandoned truck in Austria.
Hungarian police said three of the suspects held over the latest grim tragedy involving migrants seeking refuge in Europe were Bulgarians and one was Afghan.
With Purchase for Progress (P4P), the World Food Programme (WFP) purchases crops from smallholder farmers’ organizations and supports them to become effective businesses. With help from WFP, other buyers bought more than US$60 million-worth of food from these farmers’ organizations, giving smallholders access to sustainable markets.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug 27 (UNHCR) – Ghulam Sakhi, 45, had mixed feelings about going back to Afghanistan after 25 long years living as a refugee in Pakistan.
However, like most refugees who choose to return to Afghanistan, Sakhi is optimistic about the future of his country. His hopes of a brighter future for his homeland outweigh any lingering doubts.
As a result, Sakhi found himself leading a group of 62 Afghan refugee families (265 Ind) who opted to return to Herat under the UN refugee agency's Facilitated Group Returns (FGR) programme.
Agency Reports and Open Source Data
Most of our knowledge about humanitarian security hot spots comes from publicly-reported events. This briefing summarizes confidential information from 10 agencies about a range of security events, from those that severely affect staff to those that affect agencies’ ability to deliver aid.
KABUL: Representatives of the Governments of the Islamic Republics of Afghanistan and Pakistan and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today in Kabul reaffirmed their commitment to the principle of voluntary repatriation, in safety and dignity, to end the protracted stay of Afghan refugees in Pakistan. The parties recognized that many of those remaining in Pakistan are second and third generation refugees, for whom repatriation may pose special challenges, particularly those who have resided in urban areas for the past three decades.
KABUL: Representatives of the Governments of the Islamic Republics of Afghanistan and Iran and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today in Kabul reaffirmed their commitment to the principle of voluntary repatriation, in safety and dignity, to end the protracted stay of Afghan refugees in Iran. The parties agreed that innovative approaches and enhanced outreach are needed in order to support the voluntary return and sustainable reintegration of Afghan returnees.
This newsletter covers stories on how UNDP contributed to a creative solution for waste disposal in a Bamiyan town, restoration of Band-e-Amir national park, deployment of first-ever female rangers for Band-e-Amir, and preservation of a pristine landscape south of Bamyan city, which is home to several farming communities, as well as helped office of the first female chair of Bamiyan Provincial Council to promote human rights in the province.
Snapshot 11 August – 25 August 2015
Haiti: Insecurity has increased since legislative elections. Violence and intimidation were reported at many polling stations and a second round of voting is planned, following low voter turnout. Food security has deteriorated as a result of prolonged drought conditions since the beginning of 2015: poor households in Sud, Sud-Est, Nord-Est and Artibonite will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes through December. Recent cholera rates are triple those of the comparable time period in 2014.