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A case study - Strengthening principled humanitarian response capacities

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is undertaking a study on strengthening principled humanitarian response capacities with research input from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Donors and humanitarian actors have committed themselves to providing humanitarian aid in accordance with the following principles, which are enshrined in the Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) principles and the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief:

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Iraq + 9 others
Explosive Violence: January 2012

Countries affected by explosive violence in January


Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were responsible for a high number of the civilian casualties recorded by the EVMP in January. IEDs caused 75% of the recorded civilian casualties of explosive violence. This is a significant increase compared with the overall percentage of civilians who the EVMP recorded killed or injured by IEDs during 2011 (55%).

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Afghanistan Weekly Review: 01 February 2012

This document provides a weekly overview of developments in Afghanistan from 25 January —31 January 2012, with hyper-links to source material highlighted in blue and underlined in the text. For more inibrmation on the topics below or other issues pertaining to events in Afghanistan, contact the members of the Afghanistan Team, or Osit our website at www.cimicweb.orq.


Humanitarian Affairs

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Most Afghans respect police, see it as prestigious occupation - independent survey

An independent countrywide survey of 7,278 adult Afghans reveals that 81 percent respect the police.

Kabul, 31 st January 2012 – The Ministry of Interior (MOI) today released the third-annual independent Police Perception Survey showing that many key gauges of views of the police have advanced over the past three years and others that have been broadly positive remain so.

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Taliban deny plan for Saudi talks with Afghan govt

KABUL — The Taliban militia leading a 10-year insurgency in Afghanistan on Wednesday denied that they would soon hold talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government in Saudi Arabia.

"There is no truth in these published reports saying that the delegation of the Islamic Emirate would meet with representatives of the Karzai government in Saudi Arabia in the near future," the Taliban said on their website.

Agence France-Presse:

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Afghanistan + 2 others
INTERVIEW-U.N. pushes ambitious Afghan refugees plan

By Michael Georgy

ISLAMABAD, Feb 1 (Reuters) - More than $1 billion in international aid is needed to ensure that conditions are right for millions of Afghan refugees to return to their troubled homeland, the senior U.N. official for refugees said on Wednesday.

"I think there are problems of governance, there are problems of economic development, there are problems of security," United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres told Reuters in an interview.

Reuters - AlertNet:

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Afghanistan + 7 others
KOFF-Newsletter no. 104

KOFF – swisspeace

  • CSPM Training in Colombia
  • UNDP Mandate on Conflict Prevention
  • NCCR Workshop in Ethiopia
  • Women in Peace Negotiations


  • Difficult Security and Development Environment in Afghanistan

News from Swiss NGOs

  • Peace Watch Switzerland: Observing Stealth Resettlement
  • Society for Threatened Peoples: Chechen Archive Project
  • miva Switzerland: Mobile Judicial Hearings in DR Congo

News from Swiss Government Agencies

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USAID Celebrates 50th Anniversary

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN | FEBRUARY 1, 2012 – The U.S. Government’s lead agency on foreign assistance and development, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), marked its 50-year anniversary since the agency was created through the Foreign Assistance Act signed by U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1961.

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Response: Punjab Institute of Cardiology Alleged Heart Medicine Contamination

Kabul, Afghanistan. In response to the Punjab Institute of Cardiology alleged medicine contamination, the Ministry of Public Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) want to reassure the Afghan public that this incident is limited to a batch only distributed at the institute. According to WHO these batches of medicines were not distributed outside of Lahore or in any other countries. Therefore there is no need for alarm.

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World + 12 others
Price Watch: December Food Prices

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. The Price Watch provides an update on trends in selected urban centers. Prices for key markets and commodities monitored are made available in the Price Watch Annex.

  • In West Africa, prices remain higher than last year but markets appear to operate normally in most cases by transferring grain supplies between surplus markets in the Guinean zone and deficit markets in the Sahel.

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Police Perception Survey 2011 - The Afghan Perspective

A. Executive Summary

The Afghan National Police (ANP) is making significant strides in public support, gaining greater confidence, respect and regard from Afghan citizens during the past year. But sharp regional differences mark the challenges ahead, as do reports of police corruption, misbehaviour and mistreatment of ordinary Afghans – although progress has been recorded in these areas as well.

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Taleban Fighters Divided on Peace Talks

In eastern province, some insurgents are ready to stop fighting.

By Maiwand Safi - Afghanistan
ARR Issue 422,
30 Jan 12

Until a few weeks ago, Mohammad Gol’s views as a Taleban fighter were founded on an unshakeable belief that the war against NATO forces was sanctioned by God, so talking to them would be unthinkable.

Now his views have been thrown into doubt by news that the Taleban are opening negotiations with the United States.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Central Asia Food Security Outlook Update - January 2012

Recent snowfall and below-normal temperatures in higher elevations alleviated concerns of short-term dryness in Afghanistan

Key Messages

• Early seasonal rainfall in October and November created good winter wheat sowing conditions. However, dry conditions prevailed over the central Afghanistan from mid-December to mid-January, increasing worries of a second underperforming wet season. Nonetheless, heavy precipitation that was received in late January filled deficits.

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Canada’s New Role 2011-2014

Read the transcript or download the video.

Much has been accomplished over the past decade. Canada’s work is making a difference.

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Water prompts a flood of stories about life in Qoliobchakan

One morning towards the end of last year, Mir Ahmad Shah, an ICRC water engineer, took three female colleagues to visit a project on which he was working, in Qoliobchakan on the heights above Kabul. The area is home to around 15,000 people displaced by the 30-year conflict in Afghanistan; many of them are from the Panshir valley.

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Mistreatment of Afghan women caused by far more than Taliban

The recent murder of an Afghan woman for giving birth to a daughter, rather than a son, has captured international attention and serves as a reminder that mistreatment of women is culturally tolerated.

Read the full article in the Christian Science Monitor.