- OCHA: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 56, 1–30 September 2016
- WFP Afghanistan Country Brief, August 2016
- OCHA Afghanistan 2016 Flash Appeal: Situation Update No. 1 (17 Sep 2016)
Appeals & Funding
- Afghanistan Flash Appeal: One Million People on the Move (Covering Sep-Dec 2016)
- 2016 Humanitarian Needs Overview
- 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2016
- WHO Humanitarian Response Plan 2016
- Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) in 2016 PDF XLS
Instances of internal displacement caused by conflict, violence, and disasters between 6 - 19 October
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR APRIL 2017
First in an in-depth series on Afghanistan's migration crisis
The UN planned to provide assistance to about 250,000 displaced people in Afghanistan this year. Now it’s looking at a million — far more than the government and aid agencies are able to handle.
Afghan opium production up 43 per cent: Survey
23 October 2016 - Opium production in Afghanistan rose by 43 per cent to 4,800 metric tons in 2016 compared with 2015 levels, according to the latest Afghanistan Opium Survey figures released today by the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and the UNODC. The area under opium poppy cultivation also increased to 201,000 hectares (ha) in 2016, a rise of 10 per cent compared with 183,000 ha in 2015.
Today, Commissioner Christos Stylianides is concluding his second visit this year to Iran. During his three-day stay, the Commissioner met with the national authorities, including the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister of Interior and representatives from the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants Affairs (BAFIA) and visit humanitarian projects across the country. He also discussed humanitarian issues in the wider Middle East region.
Reporters Without Borders condemns the increase in violence against journalists and media outlets in Afghanistan. The war imposed by the Taliban is the main reason for the violence but local authorities, the military and police are contributing to the climate of fear for media personnel.
Nicole Birtsch and Ahmad Sulieman Hedayat
The aim of this issue paper is to take stock of the conceptual setting and the current level of Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) implementation in Afghanistan. It provides an overview of GRB as an internationally applied, gender-mainstreaming strategy and as an approach to financing gender equality commitments. It considers the challenges and constraints of implementing GRB and identifies strategic entry points that promise to stimulate and influence discussions and practices at the national and subnational policy levels.
Return From Pakistan:
From 16 – 22 October, a total of 9,069 undocumented Afghans spontaneously returned or were deported from Pakistan through Nangarhar’s Torkham and Kandahar’s Spin Boldak border crossing points according to the Border Monitoring Team of the Directorate of Refugees and Repatriation (DoRR). 9,006 were spontaneous returnees in family groups and 63 were deported individuals.
The total number of returnees and deported Undocumented Afghans in the week of 16 —22 October (9,069) represents a 2% decrease in comparison with the previous week.
The number of internally displaced persons due to conflict was compiled by OCHA sub offices based on reports from partners, including the government. Assessments are ongoing in the field and these numbers are subject to change as more information becomes available.
23 October 2016, Jalalabad, Nangarhar – In a very ordinary hostel in Jalalabad, something extraordinary is going on. A young woman is sitting on her hostel bed, bent over a textbook.
This is Abida and she is training to be a nurse in a country where most women haven’t even finished primary school.
“Water is the lifeblood of the people of Afghanistan, not just for living but also for the economy, which has traditionally been dominated by agriculture.” Nearly “80% of Afghanistan’s population derive their livelihood from the agriculture sector.” And, agriculture remains one of Afghanistan’s principal growth sectors.
Emergency Operation Center (EOC) of ARCS Disaster Management Department reported that recent armed conflicts in Kondoz, Hilmand and many other provinces of Afghanistan had taken many civilians’ lives and financially damaged many resources of incomes, so many people are internally displaced to Kabul, Balkh, Takhar, Badakhshan and Kandahar provinces.
From 1 January 2016 to 18 October 2016, 382,371 individuals fled their homes due to conflict. A total of 31 out of 34 provinces had recorded some level of forced displacement. Constrained humanitarian access hinders assessments, thus preventing verification of the full extent of displacement and undermining the provision of assistance and services. Displacement affects all individuals differently with needs, vulnerabilities and protection risks evolving over time due to exhaustion of coping mechanisms and only basic emergency assistance provided following initial displacement.
Vincent A. Floreani, Gladys López-Acevedo, and Martín Rama
HiCN Working Paper 234
Scope of the Problem: The table below shows the remaining challenge of minefield1 and battlefield contamination in Afghanistan.(see attached PDF)
ISAF/NATO Firing Ranges: In addition to the above, survey and clearance are still required on 63 firing ranges belonging to the ISAF/NATO troop contributing nations with an area of 162.3 sq km. From December 2012 to the end of June 2016, 40 such hazards and a total area of 1,109 sq km were successfully released.
ACAP III continued to provide assistance to victims of the 24 August attack on the American University of Afghanistan. Since the incident, ACAP III has provided psychosocial counselling to 30 victims and 20 family members, physical rehabilitation to 8 victims and immediate assistance packages to 7 victims.
32 immediate assistance distribution events were held in various parts of the country. 367 immediate assistance packages were delivered reaching 3,298 beneficiaries (1,628 male and 1,670 female).
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 16-22 October 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, Salmonella and extremely drug-resistant TB.
Maidan Shahr - International and national laws related to protecting women’s rights were the focus of an UNAMA-backed event set up for female police officers in Maidan Shahr, the provincial capital of Afghanistan’s central Maidan Wardak province.
More than 30 Afghan female police officers, rights activists, civil society representatives and government officials attended the event, which was designed to highlight national and international laws and conventions related to preventing violence against women and protecting women’s rights.
In Indonesia I joined the official opening of the 3rd of 5 group homes CWS organizes for unaccompanied and separated (refugee) children. The Jakarta neighborhood where we are renting the house for 40 Afghan and Somali boys has been quite welcoming, which is great for the boys who have left so much, including their families, behind in search of better lives. As I was leaving the house, the boy in the yellow shirt was arriving by a complicated route from Afghanistan to join the others in making the rented house into their new home … for now. Join me in wishing them well!