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31 Jan 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

South Sudan: Renewed hope for peace in South Sudan following the signing of a peace agreement between rival factions.

Ethiopia: During this reporting period, IOM provided transportation assistance to 620 refugees in Gambella and Benishangul‐Gumuz regions.

Kenya: Since the onset of the South Sudanese conflict, IOM has provided transportation assistance to a total of 23,368 refugees.

OVERVIEW

30 Jan 2015 description
report Amref Health Africa

Amref Health Africa’s Health Enablement and Learning Platform (HELP), which uses mobile phones to teach and pass information to community health volunteers, was launched yesterday at the Michael Joseph Centre in Nairobi.

The event was attended by partners Mpesa Foundation, Accenture, the Ministry of Health and Mezzanine. The partnership was launched in April 2013 to develop an efficient and cost-effective approach for training and supporting Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) and their supervisors, Community Health Extension Workers.

30 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Kenya continues to face high levels of vulnerability to shocks including drought, floods, and internal and cross-border civil strife, especially among marginalized communities. These factors have contributed to devastating rates of chronic and acute malnutrition. Due to below-average rains, constrained food access and high food prices, over 1.5 million people who live mainly in the northern pastoral areas and the marginal agricultural areas of the country currently require food assistance.

30 Jan 2015 description
report UNAIDS

Ahead of the African Union Summit, former Presidents of Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and South Africa are among the new Champions committing to Fast-Tracking access to HIV prevention and treatment services in sub-Saharan Africa.

JOHANNESBURG/GABORONE, Botswana, 23 January 2015—Today, the Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation (Champions) announced that four leaders are joining their distinguished ranks.

30 Jan 2015 description
report UNAIDS

À quelques jours du sommet de l’Union africaine, les anciens Présidents du Malawi, du Mali, du Nigéria et d’Afrique du Sud comptent parmi les nouveaux Champions qui s’engagent en faveur d’une accélération de l’accès aux services de prévention et de traitement du VIH en Afrique subsaharienne.

JOHANNESBURG/GABORONE, Botswana, 23 janvier 2015 – Le groupe Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation (Champions pour une génération sans sida) vient aujourd’hui d’annoncer que quatre leaders avaient rejoint leurs rangs déjà composés d’éminentes personnalités.

29 Jan 2015 description

Refugees and host communities living in Dadaab refugee camp are finding creative and innovative ways to improve their living conditions. Through various approaches and competencies, they are able to gain knowledge through new information technology, tap into and utilise available and renewable natural resources and convert waste products into marketable matter while at the same time keeping their environment clean.

New technology in education

29 Jan 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Los derechos humanos son un camino para salir de situaciones de crisis y caos

(Beirut) – Los gobiernos se equivocan de manera garrafal cuando ignoran los derechos humanos para ocuparse de desafíos graves en materia de seguridad, indicó hoy Human Rights Watch al difundir su informe mundial anual.

29 Jan 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Beyrouth, le 29 janvier 2015) – Les gouvernements commettent une grave erreur lorsqu'ils délaissent les droits humains dans leurs réponses à de graves défis sécuritaires, a déclaré Human Rights Watch aujourd'hui, à l’occasion de la publication de son Rapport mondial 2015.

29 Jan 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

World Report 2015: Rights Aren’t Wrong in Tough Times
Human Rights a Path Out of Crisis and Chaos

(Beirut, January 29, 2015) – Governments make a big mistake when they ignore human rights to counter serious security challenges, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its annual world report.

29 Jan 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By GEORGE MUNENE

Twenty-nine Anglican priests on Thursday sounded the alarm over the drought ravaging Mwea East in Kirinyaga County.

Speaking on behalf of the priests, Mr Samuel Kanjobe said 40,000 residents whose crops were destroyed by the scorching sun were starving.

He spoke at St Paul Kimbimbi Church after touring Mwea East Sub-County, where maize and beans — the staple food for people in the area— are grown on a large scale.

28 Jan 2015 description

This report explores evidence and insights from five case studies that have made significant recent progress in addressing the challenge of insuring poor smallholder farmers and pastoralists in the developing world. In India, national index insurance programmes have reached over 30 million farmers through a mandatory link with agricultural credit and strong government support. In East Africa (Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania), the Agriculture and Climate Risk Enterprise (ACRE) has recently scaled to reach nearly 200,000 farmers, bundling index insurance with agricultural credit and farm inputs.

28 Jan 2015 description

Nashon Tado (20.01.2015)

NRC and Solvatten Foundation have partnered in Kenya’s Turkana County, supporting an innovative project that enables the local communities in Turkana West access safe water and improve their livelihood situation.

More households will be moving into the New Year with smiles on their faces as they become beneficiaries of the solar safe water equipment produced by Solvatten Foundation and distributed by NRC.

27 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

New study on child poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

Two thirds of children in sub-Saharan Africa experience multiple deprivations

New UNICEF study provides extensive new data and analysis of multidimensional child poverty

27 Jan 2015 description

Snapshot 21-27 January

Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks continue, with Borno state capital Maiduguri and nearby military bases targeted on 25 January. Security forces pushed BH back from Maiduguri, but further attacks are expected. BH also raided villages in Michika local government area, Adamawa state. There are reports that BH has forbidden the use of vehicles in areas under its control.

27 Jan 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Many commuters and motorists are avoiding roads connecting the two counties as the no-nonsense soldiers erected road blocks in several areas to arrest herders in possession of illegal firearms.

  • Businesspeople who spoke to the Nation are a disillusioned lot and are calling on the government to beef up security in the volatile area.

  • KDF has however denied harassing innocent civilians and torching their houses despite the persistent complains.

By WYCLIFF KIPSANG

27 Jan 2015 description

14 October, Kampala – A half-day meeting of ministers in-charge of Karamoja Cluster affairs from Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda that convened in Kampala’s Munynyo Commonwealth resort today concluded with the launch of an annual ministerial forum as well as a collective commitment on harmonizing peace, security and development initiatives across the Cluster.

27 Jan 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Miriam Gathigah

NAIROBI, Jan 26 2015 (IPS) - More women’s voices are being heard at international platforms to address the post-2015 water agenda, as witnessed at the recently concluded international U.N International Water Conference held from Jan. 15 to 17 in Zaragoza, Spain.

26 Jan 2015 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Horn of Africa comprising Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda covers approximately 5.2 million square kilometers with more than 65% of the land receiving less than 500mm of rainfall annually. This region is home to over 217 million people with diverse and rich culture, resources and opportunities which have enabled them to harness livelihoods over the years.

26 Jan 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As at 21st January 2015, Kakuma had received 44,953 asylum seekers from South Sudan. This brings the camp population to 179,714. As at 17th January, 178,977 refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese making up 49.5% of the registered population.