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Global emergency overview Snapshot 17–23 September

Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea: As a three-day countrywide shutdown came to an end in Sierra Leone, the UN Security Council set up a special mission to lead the global response to the Ebola outbreak. More than 5,800 cases have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak, including 2,800 deaths, and more than 13.5 million people are now considered in need of assistance as the impact of the epidemic spreads.

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Pakistani refugees welcome end to Afghan political deadlock

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KHOST (AFGHANISTAN)/BANNU (PAKISTAN), 23 September 2014 (IRIN) - The deal on a unity government in Afghanistan to end the electoral deadlock was greeted with celebrations in the eastern provinces where tens of thousands of recent Pakistani refugees say they have been victims of the uncertainty.

In the provinces of Khost and Nangarhar along the border with Pakistan, locals distributed sweets to refugees, who hope they will now get more attention.

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Gender, youth and urban labour market participation: evidence from the tailoring sector in Kabul, Afghanistan

The creation of good jobs and decent work in conflict-affected places is widely seen to generate not just better-off households, but also safer societies and more legitimate states. However, so much of the good jobs agenda is dominated by technical approaches more concerned with balancing out supply and demand than with serious analysis of the role of institutions, identity and power in mediating access to opportunities.

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Afghanistan: Operational Presence (3W) - (July to September 2014)

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Afghanistan: Operational Capacity (3W) - (July to September 2014)

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Gearing Up For Afghanistan Lean Season And Beyond

With decades of conflict and a harsh geographical terrain, unemployment is high in Afghanistan. This is tough for families especially during the "lean season," the months before harvest time when food stocks and employment opportunities often dwindle to nothing.

In cooperation with the Department for Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, WFP supports asset-creation projects to give poor Afghans the chance to earn food for their families, while helping build the overall food security in their community.

30 years of disuse

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The European Union grants EUR 90.5 million to renew its support to Afghanistan’s rural population

A grant of EUR 90.5 million (US$ 116.1 million) was signed today between the European Union (EU) and the Ministry of Finance, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to finance rural development efforts in Afghanistan. With the signing the EU honours its long-standing commitment to advance the rural development in Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan: Humanitarian Overview - Hirat Province, September 2014

Context: The relative security of the province together with the significant livelihood, economic and commercial opportunities created by trade with Iran have attracted people fleeing conflict, natural disaster and poverty over the last 20 years: the province hosts today one of the largest IDP populations in the country. Hirat city is the base for a significant humanitarian, development and diplomatic presence and has one of the better resourced disaster response mechanisms in the Western Region. Recent security incidents have affected the movement of NGOs to rural areas.

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Afghanistan: Humanitarian Overview - Badghis Province, September 2014

Context: The province ranks third in the CHAP 2014 with comparatively negative indicators across all sectors. Badghis is vulnerable to natural disasters with predictable and recurrent natural hazards (flooding and drought) having localised but significant impact, particularly in rain-fed areas. The province is also affected by conflict, sharing a border with the highly contested province of Faryab but without experiencing its high rate of displacement. There is a high degree of dependence on the humanitarian community to prepare and respond to emergencies.

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Afghanistan: Humanitarian Overview - Ghor Province, September 2014

Context: The CHAP 2014 identified Ghor as the province with the fifth highest relative humanitarian need in Afghanistan. The province is chronically food insecure with dependence on rain-fed agriculture, making it vulnerable to recurrent droughts. Seasonal flooding has often localized but significant impact. The mountainous terrain, poor road infrastructure and the seasonal and security-related closure of intra and inter-provincial roads reduce people’s access to services and challenge the reach of humanitarian responders.

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Afghanistan: Humanitarian Overview - Farah Province, September 2014

Context: The province has the highest risk profiles in Afghanistan as a result of poor access to basic health services, restricted humanitarian access and exposure to drought. It is the most contested area in the Western Region with civilians in the northern, central and eastern districts significantly exposed to conflict. Basic services provision outside of the provincial capital is minimal. The province has few resources and insecurity has affected the presence and reach of NGOs.

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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.