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The Limits and Possibilities of Prepaid Water in Urban Africa: Lessons from the Field

Report
World Bank

A study provides a basis for decision-making on the suitability, introduction, and management of prepaid water for urban poor communities.

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World + 66 others
CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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World + 46 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 27 August–2 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Lesotho + 7 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (25 August 2014 - 01 September 2014)

Regional Overview

The SADC Regional Climate Outlook for the rainfall season 2014/15 predicts normal to above-normal rainfall for most of the region this rainfall season (October 2014 to March 2015).

Madagascar

On 28 August a swarm of locusts invaded the capital Antananarivo. No significant crop damage has been reported, but the situation draws attention to the need for continued support for the three-year anti-locust campaign, which faces a funding gap of US$ 10 million.

Lesotho

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Tension as exiled Lesotho PM expected to return

09/02/2014 06:19 GMT

by Andrew BEATTY

MASERU, September 2, 2014 (AFP) - Gunfire and power cuts rekindled tensions in Lesotho's capital Maseru overnight, as the mountain nation awaited the possible return of its exiled prime minister following an apparent coup.

An aide to Tom Thabane told AFP the 75-year-old could return to the country Tuesday, after regional mediators brokered a road map to ease the country's political crisis.

"We are going home now, most probably we will be in Lesotho tomorrow," Samonyane Ntsekele said.

Agence France-Presse:

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Swaziland + 13 others
Southern Africa: HIV and AIDS Snapshot (as of August 2014)

Situation Overview: HIV and AIDS

The SADC region accounts for some of the highest HIV prevalence levels in the world. An estimated 14.6 million people in the region, are living with HIV. Women account for more than 50% of those living with HIV in the region.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Ban voices concern about reported military takeover in Lesotho

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UN News Service

31 August 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern on Sunday about the reported military takeover in the southern African nation of Lesotho, and called on all parties to resolve their differences peacefully.

“He calls for respect for the constitutional order and democratic rule,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.

“He urges all parties to refrain from violence and work together towards a peaceful and lasting resolution of their differences.”

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Communiqué: The African Union warns against any Unconstitutional Change of Government in Lesotho

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African Union

The AU expresses full support to SADC efforts to address the crisis

Addis Ababa, 30 August 2014: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU),

Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, is following with deep concern the ongoing developments in the Kingdom of Lesotho and the deteriorating political situation in the country.

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Lesotho + 1 other
Fears for Lesotho's future after 'coup'

08/31/2014 11:44 GMT

by Andrew BEATTY

MASERU, August 31, 2014 (AFP) - The attempted assassination of a top military commander plunged Lesotho into further turmoil Sunday, following an apparent coup that forced the prime minister to flee to neighbouring South Africa.

Gunmen attacked the Maseru home of Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao, district police commissioner Mofokeng Kolo confirmed, deepening a seeming battle for control of the military.

The pre-dawn attack was reportedly unsuccessful, killing only a dog, but Mahao's whereabouts is now unknown.

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Lesotho Remote Monitoring Update August 2014

Stressed food security expected following drop in production and incomes, and high food prices

KEY MESSAGES

  • Most rural households in the country are currently facing Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes (IPC Phase 1), meeting their basic food needs through purchases at adequately stocked markets and through own-produced foods.

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World + 48 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Zimbabwe + 5 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (19 to 25 August 2014)

Regional Overview

The South African Government has placed an immediate ban on the entry of non-South Africans from the Ebola-hit West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF), taking place from 27 to 29 August in Windhoek, Namibia, will develop the first regional seasonal forecast for the coming rainfall season.

Two cases of Ebola have been confirmed in northern DRC, which are said to be a different strain to the outbreak in West Africa.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Botswana + 1 other
Botswana, Lesotho sign partnership

Botswana and Lesotho on Tuesday, August 19, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in agricultural projects.

The Minister of Agriculture, Mr Christian De Graaff signed on behalf of Botswana while his counterpart from Lesotho, Mr Litsoane Litsoane represented his country.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr De Graaff said there was a lot that Lesotho could learn from Botswana such as the operations of Botswana Meat Commission (BMC), an abattoir that was set up to offer subsistence farmers a livelihood and sold to the European markets.

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World + 47 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Malawi + 6 others
Southern Africa Food Security Outlook Update July to December 2014

Good regional harvests maintain stable food security outcomes in many parts of the region

KEY MESSAGES

  • Most rural households across the region will maintain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity outcomes between July and September. However in localized parts of Lesotho, DRC, Swaziland, Malawi, and Madagascar poor households are projected to face mainly Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and some Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes from October through December due to high prices of food and low incomes in addition to low production.

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World + 45 others
Global emergency overview snapshot 6 - 12 August

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The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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World + 36 others
Food Assistance Outlook Brief July 2014

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JANUARY 2015

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World + 46 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 30 July - 5 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Lesotho 01-August-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2014 estimated at an average level

  • Maize prices increase in Maseru, but remain generally stable elsewhere

  • Number of food insecure estimated to have increased in 2014/15

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World + 51 others
The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 24 - July 2014

Global Highlights

• During the first quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 12% year-on-year, and slightly increased by 2% compared to the previous quarter.

• Real prices of maize were relatively stable and only 2% higher than the previous quarter of 2014.
Compared to the same period of the previous year, maize prices are low (-28%).

• Real prices of wheat increased significantly by 9% from Q1 to Q2-2014. More recently, for June, prices are down due to an increase in global supply and production.