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Afghanistan + 1 other
Meeting on a special ‘Made in Italy Plan for the Promotion of Technology Centres’

Rome 10 April 2014

Within the context of the presence in post-2014 Afghanistan of an Italy increasingly committed to fostering economic growth as a fundamental component in the consolidation of the political and security transition, a coordination meeting was held at the foreign ministry in Rome with representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economic Development, the Agenzia ICE, Confindustria and sector business associations (Marmomacchine, Istituto Internazionale del Marmo, UCIMA and ACIMIT).

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World + 13 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary April 18-24, 2014

Continued moisture deficits likely to harm crop and pastoral conditions in Angola

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since February has led to deteriorating ground conditions in western Angola. As seasonal rains are expected to decline this month, these long-term moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact crop and pastoral conditions for many areas.

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Afghanistan Turns a Political Corner

By Giuliano Battiston

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Apr 17 2014 (IPS) - The Afghanistan presidential election is turning out to be a tale of two narratives. The more positive and democratic one could be winning the day.

By one narrative, Afghans voted in numbers and with fairness as never before. The second is the older and possibly weakening one of corruption and threats.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Conflict, Violence Harsh on Afghan, Pakistani Women

Voice of America

Sharon Behn
April 17, 2014

ISLAMABAD — Prolonged conflicts in Pakistan and Afghanistan have had a particularly harsh effect on women in both countries. Terrorism, sectarian conflict, criminality and a culture of impunity are limiting women's ability to get to school and get jobs outside the home, trapping them in an ever-smaller public space.

During the past decade, women have made significant strides towards social, political and financial empowerment in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. But analysts say the gains are being threatened.

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Afghanistan + 2 others
Afghanistan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 26 | 01 – 31 March 2014

While the overall precipitation pattern for the growing season is still unclear, food security partners need to monitor the situation very closely from March to June - the most critical for rainfall in the wheat growing season.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Afghanistan: Operational Presence (3W) - January to March 2014

Operational Presence is defined as: Organizations that are physically present in the district and are delivering a humanitarian service or implementing a humanitarian project in January, February and March. If a large organization or UN agency is implementing a project through an implementing partner (independent humanitarian actors only, NOT Government and NOT Private Contractors), the implementing partner that is physically accessing and delivering the service in the district is considered.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Equatorial Guinea + 19 others
Polio this week - as of 16 April 2014

  • In central Africa, a new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in Equatorial Guinea. In total, three cases have now been reported from the country; genetic sequencing indicates the cases are linked to an ongoing WPV1 outbreak in Cameroon. Outbreak response in the country is currently being planned.

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Afghanistan: Humanitarian Weekly Report: 10 April to 16 April 2014

Central Region:

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Afghanistan: Conflict-induced Internal Displacement - Monthly Update, March 2014

IDPs profiled by the IDP Taskforce in March

During March 2014, 5,297 persons (871 families) were profiled by the IDP Taskforces. Of those profiled 2,973 persons (56%) were displaced in February, 578 persons (11%) in January 2014, 653 persons (12%) in December, 538 persons (10%) in November, 210 persons (4%) in October, and 227 persons (4%) in September 2013 while 118 persons (2%) were displaced before September 2013.

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Afghanistan + 3 others
Volrep and Border Monitoring Monthly Update - March 2014


1 – 31 March 2014: In March 2014, a total of 1,351 Afghan refugees voluntarily repatriated to Afghanistan. Of this, 821 came from Iran, 524 from Pakistan and 6 from India.

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Afghan women stand to be counted as West begins to disengage

By Jessica Donati

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, April 17 (Reuters) - Framed by her blue shawl, the solemn, bespectacled face of Serena Faizi peers out from an election campaign poster at a Kandahar city roundabout, while Afghanistan approaches its own crossroads as Western troops prepare to go home.

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UNAMA urges support for Afghan electoral bodies and human rights commission

KABUL, 16 April 2014 – The top United Nations official in Afghanistan today stressed the need to support the country’s two national electoral institutions – the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) – and to safeguard the impartiality and transparency of their work, in addition to highlighting the importance of the coming re-accreditation review of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).

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Understanding Gender Programming & Issues in Afghanistan, March 2014

BAAG's briefing paper was drafted ahead of our Getting it Right Gender Conference, held in London on March 26th & 27th.

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Afghanistan in March 2014

Our monthly 2-page summary of the main developments and news from Afghanistan. March saw the Afghan journalist community boycotting Taliban news following the murder of 2 of their own, drop-outs from the Presidential candidates race and funding pledges from Sweden, Japan, the UN and a footballer.