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21 Apr 2015 description

KABUL/NEW YORK/GENEVA (21 April 2015) – “Afghanistan finds itself in a paradoxical situation. On the one hand, there are new opportunities for peace talks that would have been unimaginable only a few months ago. On the other, the conflict looks set to intensify as insurgents test the strength of the security forces hoping to gain leverage in future negotiations,” said Ivan Simonovic, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, at the end of a seven-day mission to Afghanistan which took him to Kabul and the provinces of Nangarhar and Kapisa.

21 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 15–21 April 2015

Iraq Violence has displaced 14,000 families in and around Ramadi: 7,000 in Anbar; 5,000 in Baghdad, 2,000 on their way to Baghdad. Checkpoints and insecurity hamper IDP movement. UNICEF estimates 8.29 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, up from 5.2 million in February.

21 Apr 2015 description
report Alhasan Systems

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Confronting Climate Change

  • Monsoon pattern to become clear by May & June: Chairman NDMA

  • WFP hands over Humanitarian Response Facility (HRF) in Sindh

  • Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Catalyzing Cooperation: Disaster Diplomacy and its potential to shortcircuit the Climate-Conflict link

  • Muslim Aid completes two more water wells in Tharparkar

  • Steps in Karachi: ‘Restoring peace is PM’s main goal’

21 Apr 2015 description

1. Introduction and background

This report presents the results of a post-distribution monitoring survey that was conducted between 2 and 9 March 2015 to assess the effectiveness of winter assistance provided by six organisations (ADRA, DRC, Islamic Relief, VUSAF, Welthungerhilfe, WFP) to 51 Kabul Informal Settlements (KIS) during the winter 2014/2015. The survey was conducted under the auspices of the Kabul Informal Settlements Task Force.

1.1. Kabul Informal Settlements

20 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wheat: Average wheat grain retail price in the main cities’ markets of the country was slightly fluctuating in 2013. It was slightly increasing during January - May 2014, slightly decreasing in June – September 2014, negligibly increasing from September 2014 to January 2015, and slightly decreased from February – March 2015.

20 Apr 2015 description

Afghanistan: Reforms needed to ensure justice for women victims of violence – UN Report

KABUL/GENEVA, 19 APRIL 2015 – Access to justice for women victims of violence in Afghanistan needs to be strengthened, a new UN report has urged. The report states that while there is a legal framework in place for such cases, there remain many factors hindering access to justice and redress for such women, in particular the lack of available civil remedies.

20 Apr 2015 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR OCTOBER 2015

20 Apr 2015 description

ISLAMABAD: A meeting of officials of Pakistani and Afghan health departments in Kabul, which was also to be attended by representatives of UN agencies, was cancelled because of security concerns.

The meeting scheduled for Thursday and Friday was cancelled on the request of Afghan government. A proposal to hold the meeting in Islamabad is now being considered.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only countries which have been transferring polio virus to each other. The major reason is their porous border which is about 2,500km long.

20 Apr 2015 description

Over 50 Australian aid agencies are bracing for cuts to aid programs as the Treasurer brings the axe down on Australia’s aid budget, according to the Australian Council for International Development.

$1 billion is set to be slashed from Australia’s aid budget in the upcoming Federal Budget and aid agencies are preparing for the worst, said the ACFID Executive Director, Marc Purcell.

“For over 40 years, Australian Governments have supported the work of Australian aid agencies, alongside generous donations from the Australian public,” Mr Purcell said.

19 Apr 2015 description

With a cost of 45 million and 144 thousand Afs three development projects of the National Area-Based Development Program (NABDP) and National Rural Access Program (NRAP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development were recently completed in Lal-wa-Sarjangal and Dawlatyar districts of Ghor province.

These projects include: two 8-classroom schools in Khamshor and Qazal villages of Lal-wa-Sarjangal district and a rural road project six-km in length.

19 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Five Save the Children staff killed in Uruzgan

  • 1,000s displaced in Helmand

  • AfghanAid supports flood victims with Cash for Fuel

  • Monitoring Humanitarian Risk

FUNDING

405 million requested (US$)

20% funded

19 Apr 2015 description

Each year since 1911, on March 8, organisations around the world celebrate International Women’s Day to honour the achievements of women and to call for greater equality. Thousands of events take place every year on International Women’s Day (IWD) to mark the academic, economical, political, and social achievements of women.

19 Apr 2015 description

NEW YORK/KABUL/GENEVA (18 April 2015) – “I strongly condemn the brutal suicide attack that coincided with my visit to Jalalabad today,” said United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović during his visit to Afghanistan. The suicide attack targeted people queuing outside a bank in central Jalalabad, including Government employees and security forces personnel collecting their salaries. At least 35 people were reportedly killed and more than 100 people injured, including children.

18 Apr 2015 description

The foundation stone of a six-class-room school was laid today in Pul-e-Khumri, the capital city of Baghlan province.

This school will be built through the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) at a sum of AFN three million and 300 thousand, including 10% community contribution.

Upon the completion of this project, 1800 students that include boys and girls will neither pursue their lessons in a free space and nor under the tents but they will be enabled to follow their lessons in an appropriate environment.

18 Apr 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

Work is beginning on construction of new homes after floods in Afghanistan.

Islamic Relief responded to the floods in Afghanistan at the end of April 2014, caused by heavy rainfall and flash flooding. Some 175 people lost their lives in the floods, which also caused widespread damage to homes and agriculture. More than 135,000 people across 27 provinces were affected, with the majority – 70,000 – in Jawzjan, Faryab and Sari Pul, provinces in the north of Afghanistan.

18 Apr 2015 description

Jalalabad, Afghanistan | AFP | Saturday 4/18/2015 - 14:54 GMT

by Samoon Miakhil

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in Afghanistan Saturday that killed 33 people and wounded more than 100 others, President Ashraf Ghani said, in what appears to be the first major attack by the jihadists in the country.

17 Apr 2015 description

Ghazni, Afghanistan | AFP | Friday 4/17/2015 - 18:29 GMT

Militants have beheaded five Shiites who were recently abducted in southeastern Afghanistan, officials said Friday, highlighting a growing pattern of insurgent assaults on ethnic minorities.

The ethnic Hazaras were kidnapped on Wednesday in the restive province of Ghazni after they travelled out of their home district to shop for cattle.

17 Apr 2015 description
report Chatham House

Experiences in Afghanistan highlight the fundamental challenge IEDs pose to the humanitarian sector, as the principles of neutrality and impartiality are eroded and humanitarian aid is increasingly militarized and politicized.