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31 May 2007 description

The status of the PNDDR is relatively unchanged since March. The national program continues to pay monthly Transitional Safety Allowances to all beneficiaries through CELPAY; with all payments expected to be completed next month. In April, concerns were raised that delays in payments were resulting in violence. We have confirmed with CELPAY that since March 2007 it has been paying an average of $1.5 million per month in more than 40 cash points across the DRC - with no major incidents reported.

31 May 2007 description

Le statut du PNDDR reste relativement inchangé depuis Mars. Le programme national continue de payer un Filet de Sécurité à tous les démobilisés via CELPAY, une activité qui sera complétée le mois prochain. En Avril, des inquiétudes furent exprimées concernant des violences liées à des retards de paiement. Nous avons confirmé avec CELPAY que depuis Mars 2007, Celpay paie en moyenne $1,5 millions par mois dans plus de 40 emplacements à travers la RDC sans incident majeur.

31 May 2007 description

By Sarah Bailey

Introduction: The framework for Cash & Voucher interventions

The appropriateness of cash and voucher-based interventions has become an increasingly discussed topic in the field of humanitarian assistance. Practitioners conventionally support the direct distribution of food, non-food, and agricultural commodities to meet the immediate emergency and recovery needs of households and communities impacted by natural or man-made disasters.

31 May 2007 description

SUMMARY

Reporting Period: 01 May 2007 - 31 May 2007

Activities & Outputs Summary:

- Search and clearance of a total of 10,545 m2 of land through a combination of manual, electronic, and visual techniques

- Removal and destruction of a total of 10,540 hazardous items: including 462 UXO, 5,078 miscellaneous explosive items

- Destruction of 5,000 Small Arms and Light Weapons

- Completion of 215 clearance and disposal tasks for the benefit of 21,367 men, women and children

- Identification of 89 Dangerous Areas

- 98 MRE sessions conducted …

31 May 2007 description
report CARE

The need for reproductive health care, including family planning, does not diminish during or after crises; rather, the need grows, while supply diminishes. Yet the health delivery system, including health care providers, donors and NGOs, often relegates family planning to a second- or third-tier intervention after the more "urgent" needs of a population are met.

31 May 2007 description

Highlights

Somalia-Hundreds of thousands of displaced face dire conditions- Fighting between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), backed by the Ethiopian troops, and anti-TFG factions increased in Mogadishu in March and April, and was reported to be the worst wave of violence in the city for 16 years. An estimated 395,000 people, representing about one third of the town's population, have fled the city and concentrated mostly in Shabelle, Galgadud, Hiran, Mudug and Bay regions.

31 May 2007 description

Le relais entre besoins humanitaires et le développement

INTRODUCTION/SUMMARY

The successful elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006 were expected to open up the stage for long-term investments and development projects in 2007: new political stability meant emergency response actors could be replaced by development actors.

31 May 2007 description

Introduction

UNHCR IDP Policy Development

UNHCR has long protected and assisted internally displaced persons (IDPs). However, as IDPs were never a formal part of UNHCR's mandate - or the mandate of any other UN agency - many situations of internal displacement did not receive the focused attention of the international community. During the 1990s, a consensus emerged within the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) that a collaborative approach was the most appropriate response to the plight of the internally displaced.

31 May 2007 description

De retour d'une mission de deux semaines en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), au Burundi et au Rwanda, la Haut-Commissaire aux droits de l'homme, Louise Arbour, a appelé aujourd'hui les dirigeants de la région des Grands Lacs à dénoncer d'une « voix ferme » les auteurs de violences sexuelles.

Si les victimes de ces violences sont stigmatisées et socialement ostracisées, tel n'est absolument pas le cas pour leurs auteurs, a souligné Mme Arbour, lors d'une conférence de presse au Siège des Nations Unies, à New York.

31 May 2007 description

Washington, DC, 31 May 2007 - The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) on Thursday welcomed US government contributions in May totaling $32.4 million to feed people confronting critical humanitarian situations ranging from severe drought to conflict in Kenya, Chad, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and Colombia.

The latest series of major donations, from the Office of Food for Peace at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) , bring total American contributions to WFP operations for the year to $670 million.

31 May 2007 description

Nina Yacoubian / MONUC

Le Bureau Genre de la MONUC en partenariat avec le Cadre de concertation de la Femme Congolaise (CAFCO) a organisé à Kinshasa, le 30 mai 2007, un atelier de consultation nationale sur la participation des femmes dans le processus électoral en cours et le renforcement subséquent de leurs rôles en politique.

Cet atelier a pour objectif d'évaluer les résultats et les informations recueillies lors des onze différentes consultations effectuées dans les provinces durant le mois de mai 2007, ainsi que de déterminer des stratégies efficaces pour garantir une …

31 May 2007 description

Eoin Young / MONUC

In partnership with CAFCO (Framework for Congolese women), MONUC's Gender division organised a national consultation and evaluation workshop on the participation of women in DRC society in Kinshasa on 30 May 2007, with the aim of improving their representation in the forthcoming local elections to be held next year.

Head of MONUC's Gender Affairs division Amy Smythe explained that the Kinshasa workshop was a consolidation and validation of the recommendations formulated following 11 different workshops held in the provinces during the month of …

31 May 2007 description

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour called today for a "dual track" approach to impunity targeting perpetrators as much as victims of abuses in Africa's Great Lakes region.

Responding to questions at a Headquarters press conference on her recent two-week trip to Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, she called on leaders in the region to exercise "a strong voice of denunciation" regarding perpetrators of sexual violence.

She said that, while victims were stigmatized and socially ostracized, there was virtually no …

31 May 2007 description
report IRIN

KINSHASA, 31 May 2007 (IRIN) - Days after armed men, suspected to be Rwandan rebels, attacked villages in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), killing scores of people, civilians have fled their villages, aid workers said.

An assessment mission involving various United Nations agencies observed the movement of people from Kanyola towards Budodo and Walungu centre, said Kemal Saiki, spokesman for the United Nations Mission in Congo (MONUC).

"The displaced families spent the night in the Catholic parish of Kanyola, in the general hospital at Kanyola and in the …

31 May 2007 description

The International Rescue Committee in the Democratic Republic of Congo is preparing to assist thousands of people displaced by an attack late last week in the country's troubled South Kivu Province. Nineteen civilians, among them women and children, were killed the night of May 26 when militias attacked the villages of Nyabuluze, Muhungu and Dhihamba near the provincial capital Bukavu. Victims were slashed with machetes during the attack.

The IRC team, which assessed the villages along with staff from the United Nations peacekeeping force and U.N.

30 May 2007 description
report IRIN

RI-KWANGBA, 30 May 2007 (IRIN) - Facilities have been established in Ri-Kwangba during the talks to effectively institutionalise the LRA in this remote location near the Sudan-Democratic Republic of Congo border - a significant political and social shift for the secretive group.

The meeting area - only a few hundred metres from the LRA bush headquarters in the DRC - has a water point, portable toilets, storage huts and a clearing for a large tent.