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27 Nov 2014 description
report World Bank

NEW YORK, 21 novembre 2014 – Un nouveau partenariat entre le Groupe de la Banque mondiale et l’Alliance mondiale pour des réchauds écologiques (Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves) s’emploiera à promouvoir l’adoption de modes de cuisson « propres » par 100 millions de ménages. Pour préparer leurs repas, ces ménages utilisaient jusqu’ici des fourneaux de faible rendement et des combustibles solides.

27 Nov 2014 description
report World Bank

CIUDAD DE NUEVA YORK, 21 de noviembre de 2014. Una nueva e importante alianza entre el Grupo Banco Mundial y la Alianza mundial para la utilización de cocinas ecológicas (GACC, por su sigla en inglés) impulsará un proceso de transición para que 100 millones de hogares que aún utilizan cocinas ineficientes y combustibles sólidos para preparar los alimentos adopten maneras de cocinar no contaminantes.

27 Nov 2014 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, November 24, 2014—Partners in the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) today announced $107 million in grants to five countries−Benin, Bhutan, Kenya, Laos PDR, and Timor Leste−for country-led initiatives to increase agriculture productivity, reduce poverty, and improve food and nutrition security.

27 Nov 2014 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • In 2012, an estimated 1.6 million people were living with HIV and roughly 57,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses.

  • Since 2007, the World Bank's Total War Against AIDS Project counseled over 5 million people for HIV and provided grants to more than 10,000 community-based organizations so that they can respond to local needs in HIV/AIDS prevention and mitigation.

27 Nov 2014 description

Weekly
November 28, 2014 / 63(47);1104-1107

E. Kainne Dokubo, MD1, Annabel Baddeley, MPH2, Ishani Pathmanathan, MD1, William Coggin, MSA3, Jacqueline Firth, MD4, Haileyesus Getahun, MD, PhD2, Jonathan Kaplan, MD1, Anand Date, MD1 (Author affiliations at end of text)

26 Nov 2014 description
  • In response to the outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) in South Sudan, over 19,000 children were vaccinated last week in Bentiu Poc, where the two cases were reported. Outbreak response plans are in place to hold three rounds of supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) in high risk areas to stop transmission of the virus.

26 Nov 2014 description
  • Scattered moderate to heavy rains observed in southern Somalia and eastern Kenya.

  • Below-average rains persist in central Angola, southern Zambia, and eastern South Africa.

1) Low and poorly distributed seasonal “Deyr” rains have led to strengthening moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions throughout several local areas in southern Somalia, eastern Kenya, and coastal Tanzania. Recent rains have relieved dryness over most parts, but rainfall deficits have persisted over many localized areas.

26 Nov 2014 description

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a US $133-million program that will help countries in the Horn of Africa region break free from cycles of drought and famine.

This second AfDB Group Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Program in the region will help Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan to increase the income of agro-pastoralists through improved livestock production and related services (animal production and health, rangeland management, marketing, etc.) and the development of irrigation schemes.

26 Nov 2014 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • People living within the estates, where several highrise buildings are coming up, have to walk carefully while crossing the roads to avoid pools of rain water.

  • Traders have not been spared, as they are forced to close their businesses when it rains to avoid water splashed by cars messing up their wares.

By MUCHEMI WACHIRA

A number of roads in Nairobi have turned into a nightmare for residents due to flooding caused by heavy rains.

26 Nov 2014 description
report Kenya Red Cross

On Saturday, 22nd November 2014 at around 0545hrs, a bus travelling from Mandera Town, North East Kenya to Nairobi was attacked at Ledhi, in Arabia area 30Km from Mandera Town. The attackers, are reported to have been heavily armed, and diverted the bus off the road and forced all passengers aboard to alight

The passengers are reported to have been separated into two groups by the militants. One group was freed while the second group, comprising of 19 males and 9 females were executed.

25 Nov 2014 description
report Voice of America

NAIROBI— Kenyan activists took to the streets Tuesday, demanding the government fire the police chief and interior cabinet secretary for failing to protect the population.

The protest comes a few days after the Somali militant group al-Shabab attacked a bus in northeast Kenya killing 28 people. The protesters said they are tired of mourning the innocent.

25 Nov 2014 description

Pakistan: Drought conditions in Sindh have affected nearly 1.7 million people; nearly 500 have died in Tharparkar, including 296 children. In FATA, the number of people displaced by the military’s operation Khyber One in the Tirah Valley has grown to 440,000 people, adding to 993,000 displaced by operations in North Waziristan.

Liberia: Two million children are thought to be affected by the consequences of the Ebola epidemic. High levels of unemployment are affecting income: 70% of households in a recent survey said they do not have enough money to afford food.

25 Nov 2014 description

Highlights

  • WFP urgently requires US$120 million for the next six months to meet the needs of all refugees in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan.

  • The resource situation remains critical in all four countries. WFP has started reducing rations in the November distributions in Kenya. In Ethiopia, rations may be reduced if additional resources are not received soon.

  • Congestion in camps is of concern, in Ethiopia and Kenya in particular. Negotiations with authorities on land access are ongoing.

25 Nov 2014 description

Policy-makers and international agencies are currently negotiating the details of the successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), which is to be agreed at Sendai, Japan in March 2015. The zero draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) now explicitly promotes the integration of gender, age, disability and cultural perspectives into DRR. It acknowledges the need to manage differential levels of vulnerability and exposure, and the need to empower vulnerable groups to participate in decision-making and implementation.

25 Nov 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Sam Olukoya

LAGOS, Nigeria, Nov 21 2014 (IPS) - Two years ago, Shola* was kicked out of the family house in Abeokuta, in southwestern Nigeria, after testing HIV-positive at age 13. He was living with his father, his stepmother and their seven children.

“The stepmother insisted that Shola must go because he is likely to infect her children,” Tayo Akinpelu, programme director of Youth’s Future Savers Initiative, told IPS.

25 Nov 2014 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • This comes two days after Al-Shabaab militants attacked a Nairobi-bound bus and killed 28 people. The workers met Monday and said they had written to the Mandera County Health department over their concerns.

  • A clinical officer in charge of the expected exit said the Mandera County government has abandoned though the county is their current employer.

  • Mandera County executive for Health Hassan Eymoy said plans were under way to have security provided in health facilities within the county.

25 Nov 2014 description

Food security expected to improve as short rains continue

Key Messages

The October to December short rains started in all pastoral and marginal agricultural areas of the country. Seasonal recovery of rangeland conditions and planting of short rain crops are underway in most areas. Through December, improvement in food security is expected with most households likely to be Stressed (IPC Phase 2).

25 Nov 2014 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11668-AFR/3027

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Gary Quinlan (Australia):

The members of the Security Council strongly condemn Saturday’s attack in Mandera, Kenya for which Al‑Shabaab has claimed responsibility and which has caused the deaths of numerous innocent people. The members of the Security Council extended their condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of the Republic of Kenya.

24 Nov 2014 description

This month’s issue focuses on rebel violence in central Africa’s DR-Congo, on-going and escalating volatility in Libya, prospects of peace in Mali as talks continue apace in Algeria, and a review of electoral violence in Mozambique. A special focus topic highlights the dynamics, uses and patterns of remote violence such as that involving IEDs and landmines on the continent.