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Ghani hails Afghan election deal, vows to bring peace

09/22/2014 13:21 GMT

KABUL, September 22, 2014 (AFP) - Afghanistan's new President-elect Ashraf Ghani congratulated the country Monday on what he called its first democratic transfer of power, but the former rival with whom he signed a power-sharing deal was absent from celebrations.

Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah struck an agreement Sunday to form a "unity government", after months of disputes over who was rightful winner of the June 14 runoff presidential election tipped Afghanistan into a political crisis.

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At UN-backed gathering, experts aim to improve response to cases of violence against women

KABUL, 16 September 2014 – Given the major role played by mediation in cases of violence against women in Afghanistan, a range of experts gathered at a United Nations-backed conference in the Afghan capital of Kabul today, to develop recommendations to improve judicial responses to such cases and mediation guidelines for where appropriate.

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1450 families gain access to basic human needs

The nine sub projects completed in Samangan province will enable approximately 1450 rural families to have access to basic services.

These projects include: construction of eight community centers, five water reservoirs, gravelling of 2600-m road and two culverts.

The projects have been completed through the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) at a cost of more than AFN 14 million. The communities have also given a 10% contribution towards the finalization of these projects.

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Vocational training project launched in Kunar

SCA has initiated a six month economic empowerment project for persons with disabilities in eastern Kunar province. With the implementation of the project, 20 persons with disabilities will be trained in tailoring. SCA has provided funds for the project, while Kunar Disabled Organization is the implementer.

Head of SCA community based rehabilitation Haji Abdul Rahman Sapay says, the vocational training project will benefit persons with disabilities of Asmar, Khas Kunar and Manugi districts.

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UN welcomes signing of agreement on unity government

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21 September 2014 – After months of uncertainty, the United Nations has welcomed the agreement signed today by Afghanistan's two presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, to establish a government of national unity as an important step to move the country towards a period of stability.

“The uncertainty of the past months has taken a heavy toll on Afghanistan's security, economy and governance, said Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Ján Kubiš, who formally witnessed the signing.

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Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan (MAPA) Newsletter: August 2014

Untold Stories of Mine and ERW Survivors

In this issue, we will bring to life the true stories of this tragedy in Bamyan, while also reflecting the stories of courage of the province’s survivors.

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Ghani named next Afghan president, signs power-sharing deal

09/22/2014 00:41 GMT

by Usman SHARIFI

KABUL, September 22, 2014 (AFP) - Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was declared Afghanistan's next president on Sunday, hours after signing a power-sharing deal with his rival Abdullah Abdullah that ended a prolonged standoff over the disputed result.

The "unity government" deal paves the way for a crucial bilateral security agreement (BSA) governing the presence of American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014, with Washington voicing optimism that it will be signed soon.

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Impasse over Election Results in Afghanistan Takes Heavy Toll, United Nations Envoy Tells Security Council, Citing Completion of Credible Audit

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During Wide-ranging Debate, Country’s Representative Says ‘Time To Move Past This Difficult Chapter and See New Government Start Its Work’

Protracted deadlock in Afghanistan over the result of presidential elections deepened a crisis that had already taken a heavy political, security and economic toll, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in that country told the Security Council today.

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Following Saudi Arabia’s assistance, another 1860 displaced families received the donations on Sept. 6, 2014

These donation packages which also include wheat, rice, cooking oil, tea, gas balloon, and other items needed for a family, were distributed to the most vulnerable families after conducting a careful survey.

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The crisis in the Central African Republic - Humanitarian Exchange Magazine Issue 62, September 2014

This edition of Humanitarian Exchange focuses on the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), where spiralling violence has left thousands dead and more than a million displaced.

In her lead article, Enrica Picco highlights the slow and inadequate response to the crisis, and questions whether the humanitarian system has the will and capacity to respond in such contexts.

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Pakistan + 11 others
The 2014 Rainfall Season: South and East Asia

Highlights

• The dominant feature of the 2014 season across East Asia so far has been widespread rainfall deficits that led to delayed starts of the growing season across vast areas of the continent.

• Conditions were worst around mid July, followed by a general improvement, which still left moderate rainfall deficits as the predominant pattern. SE Pakistan has been the worst affected area, in particular for livelihoods dependent on rainfed agriculture and pastoral resources.

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Afghanistan 2014 Strategic Response Plan: Mid-Year Review (January to June 2014)

OVERVIEW

Key achievements toward Strategic Objectives

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Against All the Odds: Maternity and Mortality in Afghanistan

KABUL, Sep 16 2014 (IPS) - Nasrin Mohamadi, a mother of four, has promised herself never to set foot in an Afghan public hospital again. After her first experience in a maternity ward, she has lost all faith in the state’s healthcare system.

“The doctors said that I had not fully dilated yet so they told me to wait in the corridor. I had to sit on the floor with some others as there wasn’t a single chair,” Mohamadi tells IPS, recalling her experience at Mazar-e Sharif hospital, 425 km northwest of Kabul.

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Reversing the “Silent Earthquake of the Century”

By Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative - Islamic Republic of Iran

Mr. Lewis recently visited Shahid Nasseri Refugee Camp near the city of Saveh in Markazi Province. He contributed this story based on what he observed.

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Violence against Women and Girls: Lessons from South Asia

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World Bank

A new report documents the dynamics of violence against women across the life cycle, and analyzes the societal factors that drive perpetrators to commit such acts in the region.

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Global emergency overview Snapshot 10–16 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Afghanistan: Cross-Border Movement from Pakistan (as of 1 Sep 2014)

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Food Assistance Outlook Brief, September 2014

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR MARCH 2015