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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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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook April 17 – April 23, 2014

  • Significantly heavy amounts of rainfall are expected to worsen flooding conditions across eastern Tanzania.

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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Libya + 4 others
Libya's coastguard detains more than 400 immigrants en route to Europe

By Feras Bosalum and Julia Payne

TRIPOLI, April 10 (Reuters) - Libya's coastguard has detained more than 400 immigrants, mostly from the Horn of Africa, in its waters in the past two days as they tried to illegally cross to Europe in small boats, Libyan officials said on Thursday.

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Mali + 5 others
$5.3 million to Right To Play for Sport for Development

The Government of Canada is committed to sport and play as powerful tools to achieving health, education and conflict-resolution goals in developing countries.

To mark the first International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, Canada announced today $5.3 million to Right To Play for the Advancing Health, Education and Development for Children and Youth (AHEAD) project in West and Francophone Africa.

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Guinea + 4 others
Ebola virus disease, West Africa (Situation as of 7 April 2014)

7 April 2014 – As of 7 April, a cumulative total of 151 clinically compatible cases, including 95 deaths had officially been reported from Guinea. Laboratory investigations continue at the Institut Pasteur (IP) Dakar laboratory in Conakry (65 samples tested, of which 34 are positive by PCR for ebolavirus) and at the European Union Mobile Laboratory (EMLab) team in Guekedou (36 samples tested/20 positive). Medical observation is continuing for 535 contacts. There have been no new cases in health care workers since the last report and no new areas are affected.

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Nigeria + 7 others
Mediation measures in West Africa

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Peace Direct

April 3 2014: Halima Nuhu outlines some of the organisations working at different political levels to mediate conflicts in West Africa.

The importance of mediation as a peacebuilding tool in any society today cannot be overemphasised. Since gaining independence in the 1960s, Nigeria has played a major role in peace advocacy and conflict resolution and has sought to manage its inter-state relations under the framework of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other bilateral arrangements with its immediate neighbours.

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World + 6 others
Purchase for Progress (P4P) March 2014 Newsletter

Inside this issue:

Local bean sales in West Africa…………………pages 1-2
Procurement update……………………………....page 3
Blog: Call for post-pilot in Latin America………..page 4-5
Spotlight on P4P in Tanzania…………………….pages 5
P4P contact information and news………………page 6

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World + 32 others
Price Watch February 2014 Prices

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, regional 2013/14 grain harvests were 11 percent above average. Markets were well-supplied in February. Production shortfalls in eastern Niger and northern Chad resulted in atypical price increases. Institutional purchases were ongoing in Niger and Mali at normal levels in February. Rice imports from international markets contributed to food availability in coastal countries (Pages 3-5).

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Ghana: Floods - DREF operation n° MDRGH009 final report

Summary: CHF168,768 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 12 April 2013 to support the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) in delivering assistance to some 2,500 beneficiaries (500 households) affected by rainstorms in Gushegu, Nanumba North districts and Yendi Municipal in the Northern region of Ghana.

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Benin + 6 others
Africa West Coast Long Term Planning Framework 2012-2015 Version 2

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) West Coast Regional Representation (WCRR) established in 2011 in Abidjan covers seven National Societies of Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria Sierra Leone and Togo. The regional office is established to coordinate and provide technical support to the developments of National Societies (NS) programmes, institutional capacity that will maximise the Red Cross impact in the region.

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Mali + 16 others
Afrique de l’Ouest Bulletin Mensuel des Mars 2014

L'Afrique de l’Ouest peut être divisée en trois zones agro-écologiques ou en trois bassins commerciaux (bassins de l’ouest, bassin du centre, bassin de l’est). Les deux sont importants pour l'interprétation du comportement et de la dynamique du marché.

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World + 23 others
Réduire la pauvreté et investir dans le capital humain : le nouveau rôle des filets sociaux en Afrique - Études de cas dans 22 pays

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World Bank

La stratégie de protection sociale de la Banque mondiale pour l’Afrique de 2012 à 2022 met en lumière la nécessité d’établir une base factuelle solide pour étayer la préparation et la mise en œuvre de programmes de protection sociale sur ce continent. Depuis 2009, la Banque mondiale a réalisé des évaluations approfondies des filets sociaux dans 22 pays d’Afrique subsaharienne.

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World + 18 others
Sahel meningitis outbreaks linked to wind and dust levels, claim scientists

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Guardian

Researchers collaborate with health officials to plan vaccination campaigns after discovering how to predict seasonal outbreaks.

Read the full report on the Guardian.

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World + 3 others
World Water Day 2014: AfDB’s support to avoid waste and allow for the reuse of water

On March 22, World Water Day 2014, the African Development Bank celebrates the link between water and energy – the role water plays in generating electricity and the role of energy in the development of the continent.

African countries face many challenges in their quest to improve the welfare of their populations, one of which is the lack of access to affordable and reliable energy.

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World + 29 others
IPC Newsletter Vol. 3, Issue 3, February 2014

The third issue of the new IPC Newsletter highlights important initiatives and technical developments undertaken at Global Level, among them the Launch of the IPC Global Strategic Programme and Vision (2014-2016), the 3rd Chronic Scale Synthesis Meeting, and the ISS Pilots in Tanzania and Honduras. It also features recent IPC impacts, results and progress achieved at Regional and Country Level in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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Nigeria + 17 others
Meningitis Weekly Bulletin Week 09 2014

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At week 9 of the 2014 epidemic season, one LGA in Nigeria was in epidemic phase and four districts were in alert phase in Benin, Ghana and Chad:

  • Benin: The district of Tanguieta has remained in alert phase with an AR of 7.4 and the district of Cobly has crossed again the alert threshold with an AR of 7.3;

  • Ghana: The district of Jirapa has crossed the alert threshold with an AR of 5.3;

  • Nigeria: The LGA of Aliero has crossed again the epidemic threshold with an AR of 11.9;

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Côte d'Ivoire + 5 others
West Africa’s Refugee and Security Crisis

ABIDJAN, Mar 19 2014 (IPS) - In West Africa, the Malian and Ivorian political crises have resulted in the biggest number of refugees in the region. But brewing insecurity could mean that they will be unable to return home any time soon as armed groups remain a threat to West Africa.

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Burundi + 27 others
OFID’s Governing Board approves fresh funding in its 146th session - Funds to benefit over 30 countries worldwide

Vienna, Austria, March 18, 2014. Meeting in its 146th Session, the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved financing of nearly US$264 million to boost socio-economic development in over 30 partner countries. Of the new commitments, over US$193m will support 10 public sector loans and nine grants. The bulk of the public sector funding will co-finance agriculture, transportation, education, energy, health and water supply and sanitation projects.

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World + 8 others
Réduire les risques de catastrophes en Afrique de l'Ouest

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IRIN

DAKAR, 18 mars 2014 (IRIN) - Des chercheurs de DARA, une organisation de recherche humanitaire à but non lucratif basée à Madrid, ont développé une nouvelle méthodologie : l'indice de réduction des risques (RRI, selon le sigle anglais). Selon eux, cet indice pourrait aider davantage de pays à évaluer et à réduire les risques d'aléas et de catastrophes naturelles. Une évaluation réalisée dans six pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest avec cet indice a cependant mis en lumière des risques omniprésents et une capacité limitée à réduire la vulnérabilité.

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