November 2015 – Trends
Bangladesh, France, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nepal, Syria, Turkey, Venezuela
Burkina Faso, Myanmar
December 2015 – Watchlist
Conflict risk alerts
- Conflict resolution opportunities
- Heavy rainfall affected again Sri Lanka over the past couple of days, with 90 mm recorded near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa province, and 57 mm in Kandy, Central province, within 24 h (29-30 November).
- The Northern province, heavily impacted by floods in mid-November, continues experiencing floods, with over 1 100 people affected in Killlinochchi district, according to the disaster management authorities, as of 1 December.
Danesh Jayatilaka, Kopalapillai Amirthalingam and Shiyana Gunasekara
IDRC-supported researchers at Sri Lanka's International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) are exploring the recovery and resettlement challenges communities face in a post-conflict environment. The impact of war spans individual, family, and community losses. Survivors are often left without their land, homes, valuables, livelihoods, and networks. As they rebuild their lives, they face difficulties in accessing credit, health care, education, sanitation, and other services.
How a school curriculum-based approach can work
Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines, a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.
OXFORD, 27 November 2015 (IRIN) - Passport checks. Visa controls. Border fences. Electronic and drone surveillance. Sanctions on airlines and shipping companies. And the interdiction and redirection of boats at sea. During the past three decades, the world’s more prosperous states have introduced a panoply of measures intended to prevent and deter the arrival of asylum seekers and migrants from other parts of the globe.
Over the last two weeks heavy rains and winds affected south-eastern India and Sri Lanka, causing damage and deaths, especially in Tamil Nadu state (India), as well as some areas of Malaysia.
In their first discussions on Sri Lanka in more than six years, the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union (EU) welcomed the significant advances made by Sri Lanka to restore democratic governance, initiate a process of national reconciliation and re-engage with the international community and the UN system.
Chronic conflicts, droughts, earthquakes, floods, seasonal storms, and severe winter weather, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in South Asia. 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 humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and man-made disasters in the region.
The beggar-thy-neighbor border policies that have characterized much of the European response to the refugee crisis seem to be getting even worse.
Four Western Balkan governments have now blocked asylum seekers and migrants of certain nationalities from entering their territory, effectively barring them from accessing asylum procedures. As a result, people are once again trapped at European borders.