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Tajikistan + 2 others
OCHA ROCCA Times #2 (March 2014)

OCHA Regional Office for Caucasus and Central Asia Newsletter

Spring is here and we are happy to share the second issue of the ROCCA times. In March, our attention was consumed by the evolving crisis in Ukraine.

Although our office covers only countries in the South Caucasus and Central Asia, we were requested to provide preparedness support to the United Nations Country Team in Ukraine.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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World + 6 others
Forced Migration Review 25th Anniversary collection

25 years of forced migration

Jeff Crisp

During the past 25 years, Forced Migration Review (FMR) has played a vital role in enabling researchers, practitioners and policymakers to exchange information and ideas on refugee-related issues. In this article, Jeff Crisp provides a personal (and alphabetical) perspective on some of the events, trends and organisations that FMR has covered over the past two and half decades.

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Georgia + 1 other
Syrian Refugees Grapple with Adapting to Life in Abkhazia


Paul Rimple

In 2013, as Syria’s civil war raged, 23-year-old Samar Abaza opted, like hundreds of thousands of his countrymen, to flee his home for safety abroad. Yet unlike most of the estimated 2.5 million Syrians who are now refugees, Abaza sought to build a new life in Abkhazia, another contested land.


© Eurasianet

The Central Eurasia Project aims, through its website, meetings, papers, and grants, to foster a more informed debate about the social, political and economic developments of the Caucasus and Central Asia. It is a program of the Open Society Institute-New York. The Open Society Institute-New York is a private operating and grantmaking foundation that promotes the development of open societies around the world by supporting educational, social, and legal reform, and by encouraging alternative approaches to complex and controversial issues. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent the position of the Open Society Institute and are the sole responsibility of the author or authors.

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Georgia’s IDPs Find a Measure of Relief in Upgrades

World Bank

An internally displaced person (IDP) is someone who is forced to flee his or her home but who remains within his or her country's borders.

Nino Kobaladze says that for Georgia’s Internally Displaced People, or IDPs, every bit of money counts, as does every bit of food and space.

So when Kobaladze ran out of places to store what she produces herself from her small plot of land in the Georgian IDP settlement of Skra, it was a problem.

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Kyrgyzstan + 7 others
Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus: Building a culture of safety through schools

Promoting disaster preparedness through education is crucial not only because children are at risk, but also because they can be effective agents of change.

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World + 33 others
2014 Action humanitaire de l’UNICEF pour les enfants - Vue d’ensemble

L'UNICEF demande 2,2 milliards de dollars É.-U. pour aider 59 millions d'enfants en situation d'urgence

Le plus important appel d’urgence jamais lancé. Près de 40 pour cent à destination de la Syrie et la région

GENÈVE, 21 février 2014 – L’UNICEF a demandé aujourd'hui près de 2,2 milliards de dollars É.-U. pour apporter une aide humanitaire vitale à 85 millions de personnes, dont 59 millions d'enfants, en 2014. Ces personnes vivent dans 50 pays en conflit ou frappés par des catastrophes naturelles et autres situations d'urgence complexes.

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World + 33 others
Acción Humanitaria para la Infancia 2014 Resumen

59 millones de niños viven en situaciones de emergencia en 50 países

UNICEF necesita 2.200 millones de dólares para ayudar a estos niños y sus familias. Es su mayor llamamiento de emergencia de la historia y casi un 40% responde a las necesidades de Siria y la región

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Armenia + 2 others
Working together to improve human security in the South Caucasus

Wilton Park

Introduction: Aims and objectives

Background to the South Caucasus

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Georgia: Flash Floods DREF operation n° MDRGE008 Final Report

CHF 63,240 was allocated on 22 August 2013 from IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Georgia Red Cross Society (GRCS) in delivering immediate assistance to 200 families (1,000 beneficiaries).

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

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World + 10 others
Helpdesk Research Report: Democratic governance initiatives, part two: policy advocacy


Democratic governance initiatives - policy advocacy: Links between democratic governance initiatives and poverty reduction: Please identify some examples of successful democratic governance interventions with a specific focus on supporting policy advocacy, and how do these interventions impact on poverty reduction? Please do a short literature review with an emphasis on lessons learnt. Please also identify and summarise evaluations of implemented development programmes.

Helpdesk response

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Georgia: Flash Floods DREF operation n° MDRGE007 - Final Report

At the end of July and at the beginning of August 2013, in two consecutive allocations, financial support was released by the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to the Georgia Red Cross Society (GRCS) after repeated flooding due to heavy rains. The first allocation, made on 25th July 2013, amounted to CHF 121,847 for delivering immediate assistance to 380 families (1,900 beneficiaries).

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Georgia + 1 other
Georgia slams Russia for border expansion in breakaway region

  • Georgia calls Russia's move to shift the border "illegal action"

  • Georgian sportsmen will take part in the Games

  • Georgia offers to help Russia on games security

By Margarita Antidze

TBILISI, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Georgia on Tuesday condemned Russia for expanding its border deeper into Abkhazia, a breakaway region of Georgia that Moscow has recognized as an independent country since 2008.

Read the full article on Alertnet

Reuters - AlertNet:

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Azerbaijan + 5 others
UNHCR allocates $5.85 million to Azerbaijan


By Sara Rajabova

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) allocated$5.85 million to Azerbaijan, a statement posted on the website of the organization said on January 17.

The report said that $4.397 million of the mentioned sum is considered for the implementation of programs for refugees, $321,299 was earmarked for persons without citizenship, and $1.131 for the internally displaced persons.

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Armenia + 8 others
Regional Humanitarian Funding Update - Caucasus and Central Asia, No. 9 |1 January – 31 December 2013 [EN/RU]


  • In 2013, countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia saw a dramatic drop in the incoming aid.

  • Only 1 per cent of the aid received by the region was provided directly to the affected government and the rest was channeled through non-governmental organizations and United Nations agencies.

  • Outgoing humanitarian aid from the Caucasus and Central Asia continues to decline with the region giving just $1 million in aid during the reporting period.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Effectiveness Review: Supporting Rural Livelihoods and Employment in Western Georgia


The ‘Supporting Rural Livelihoods and Employment' was a project aimed at strengthening incomes among smallholder producers by improving production and marketing techniques. One hundred and fifty households in two regions of western Georgia were directly supported with a programme of training, technical support, and the provision of capital and productive inputs over periods of three to four years. These reports document the findings of a quasi-experimental impact evaluation of this project, carried out in October and November 2012.

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Kyrgyzstan + 7 others
Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Central Asia and Caucasus – DIPECHO (ECHO/DIP/BUD/2014/94000) Last update: 25/10/2013 Version 1

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/ BUD/2014/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 8 000 000


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Parliament Discusses New Bill on IDPs

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 26 Nov.'13 / 23:38

Parliament started discussion of a new bill on the status of internally displaced people (IDPs) envisaging, among other issues, increase of monthly allowance for IDPs to GEL 45 and introducing income threshold as criteria for eligibility for this assistance.

United Nations Association of Georgia:

© UNA-Georgia

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World + 21 others
Anuario de Procesos de Paz 2013

En esta octava edición del Anuario de Procesos de Paz se analizan los conflictos en los que se llevan a cabo negociaciones para llegar a un acuerdo de paz, con independencia de que estas negociaciones estén formalizadas, se encuentren en fase exploratoria, transcurran satisfactoriamente o, por el contrario, se encuentren estancadas o en plena crisis. También se analizan algunos casos donde las negociaciones o exploraciones son parciales, es decir, que no abarcan la totalidad de los grupos armados presentes en un país (caso de la India, por ejemplo).