Over the past year we have grown our income in a crowded and competitive market. We have had to absorb some cuts to our funding from DFAT as part of the Government’s austerity measures. We want to thank those supporters, including our President, who advocated strenuously on our behalf to reduce the severity of those cuts. It has also been a busy year as we have steadily prepared for our five yearly re-accreditation with DFAT, and welcomed an expanded membership.
Protracted complex emergencies and natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, 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.
Welcome to the nineteenth issue of OPEN MIC NEPAL bulletin. The Open Mic project captures rumours and perceptions on the ground to eliminate information gaps between the media, humanitarian agencies and local people. By providing local media and outreach workers with facts, Open Mic aims to create a better understanding of the needs of the earthquake-affected communities and to debunk rumours before they can do any harm.
Torrential rains strike the Levant, leaving streets underwater and causing widespread disruption.
Everton Fox | 10 Nov 2015 19:05 GMT
The weather has been unusually disturbed across the eastern Mediterranean recently. Bands of cloud and rain continue to sweep across the Levant countries, causing extensive flooding.
October 2015 – Trends
Central African Republic, Israel/Palestine, Macedonia, Republic of Congo, South China Sea, Turkey
November 2015 – Watchlist
- Conflict risk alerts
- Conflict resolution opportunities
INSS Insight No. 761, November 1, 2015
Meir Elran , Alex Altshuler
Following an Israeli Security Cabinet decision of 14 October, Israeli forces blocked several main streets leading to and from most Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. As of 21 October 38 obstacles, including 17 checkpoints, 20 cement blocks and one earth mound have been placed. These obstacles directly impact nine Palestinian neighborhoods home to approximately 138,000 people, or some 45 per cent of East Jerusalem’s Palestinian population.
JERUSALEM, 21 October 2015 (IRIN) - UN chief Ban Ki-moon is in town, huddling with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to try to prevent the situation from (his words) “spinning out of control.”
Violence erupted last month as disputes over the Temple Mount set off a series of attacks by Palestinians claiming the lives of eight Israelis. At least 40 Palestinians have now been killed (including assailants), many during clashes with Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
September 2015 – Trends
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Yemen
Colombia, Guatemala, Macedonia
October 2015 – Watchlist
Conflict risk alerts
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic
Conflict resolution opportunities
This book contains a collection of essays by leading conflict resolution analysts and practitioners from across the globe. It aims to serve as a resource for policymakers, negotiators, and mediators who are striving to resolve intractable conflicts that account for widespread casualties and immeasurable suffering, and that challenge governments with acute policy and security dilemmas.
By Imogen Wall
LONDON, 9 September 2015 (IRIN) - The Hive Warehouse on the Kingsland Road in east London would normally be empty on a Sunday, but last weekend it was buzzing with activity. A constant stream of cars pulled up outside to unload bags of donated goods. Volunteers carried them upstairs, where dozens more people of all ages and backgrounds were emptying, sorting and repackaging. They ranged from a woman whose family survived the Holocaust to Natalie Bennett, leader of the UK’s Green Party, and a musician who shares a flat with the organisers.
Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | Sunday 9/6/2015 - 12:28 GMT
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said he would not allow Israel to be "submerged" by refugees after calls for the Jewish state to take in those fleeing Syria's war.
Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu also announced the start of construction of a fence along Israel's border with Jordan, according to his office.
"We will not allow Israel to be submerged by a wave of illegal migrants and terrorist activists," Netanyahu said.
JERUSALEM, 4 September 2015 (IRIN) - The Facebook request was simple: “Man needs a home.” The actual demand was perhaps less so. Late in August, Israeli activists began asking fellow citizens to take strangers – asylum seekers or refugees just freed from detention – into their homes. Dan Levi, a university student in Jerusalem who turns 27 in a few days time, was one of those to respond to the call.
The sixth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the Director-General on 4 August 2015. The following IHR States Parties submitted an update on the implementation of the Temporary Recommendations since the Committee last met on 24 April 2015: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
A team from the Embassy of Israel in Myanmar, headed by the ambassador, H.E. Mr. Daniel Zonshine visited Tharyarwaddy District flood victims' camps last Friday a statement from the Embassy dated 10 August reported.
Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | Thursday 7/9/2015 - 17:33 GMT
Israel will "engage" with the International Criminal Court probing alleged war crimes, but only to question the tribunal's right to investigate Palestinian complaints, an official said Thursday.
"We've decided to engage with the ICC, the engagement will be limited solely to the question of authority" to deal with Palestine, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
30 June 2015
Ramat Gan, Israel | AFP | Thursday 6/25/2015 - 13:35 GMT
Hundreds of Eritrean asylum seekers protested in Israel Thursday to urge action against their country's regime and call for recognition as refugees.
Their demonstration came after the release of a UN report that provided damning details on alleged human rights abuses in the Horn of Africa nation, and with thousands of Eritreans seeking asylum in the Jewish state.
Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | Friday 6/19/2015 - 16:44 GMT
by Abbas Momami
A Palestinian opened fire on two Israeli men near a West Bank settlement on Friday, killing one and wounding the other, authorities said, in what appeared to be a lone-wolf attack.
Israeli army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said a "Palestinian approached a vehicle that was in the area and asked them to stop... and shot the two from close range."