Birger Fredriksen and Sukhdeep Brar
with Michael Trucano
This book offers policy options that can help reduce textbook costs and increase their supply. The book explores, in depth, the cost and financial barriers that restrict textbook availability in schools across much of the region, as well as policies successfully adapted in other countries. The book also provides a thorough assessment of the pros and cons of digital teaching and learning materials and cautions against the assumption that they can immediately replace printed textbooks.
Throughout 2014, the regional office continued working in 15 countries in Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands; Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius, Rwanda and Burundi. The regional office supported the development of 6 emergency appeals and 15 DREFs in response to floods, disease outbreaks, terror attacks and population movement in Comoros, Madagascar, Seychelles, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.
IMF Projects Solid Growth for Sub-Saharan Africa in the Face of Headwinds
Press Release No. 15/179
April 28, 2015
Introducing the April 2015 IMF Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa, Ms. Antoinette Sayeh, Director of the IMF’s African Department commented today:
JANUARY 2015– MARCH 2015 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS
The southern African summer monsoon continued to be very active in the northern part of DRC, Island States and on the vicinity of eastern parts of SADC region.
The region received mostly normal to below normal rain-fall conditions;
Normal to above normal rain-fall conditions were observed over DRC, Tanzania, northern Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles;
During March 2015, a favor-able distribution in rainfall was observed across western sub-region.
DECEMBER 2014– FEBRUARY 2015 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS
•The austral summer monsoon continues to be very active over Indian Ocean and in the vicinity of eastern parts of continental SADC.
•The region received: normal rainfall conditions over the easternmost parts of contiguous SADC mostly covered by Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
•Significant drier-than-normal conditions continued to occur over the western and southern parts of conterminous SADC.
LA REUNION, MAURITIUS, MADAGASCAR – TROPICAL CYCLONE HALIBA
• HALIBA passed south of La Reunion over 9-10 March, as a Tropical Storm, causing heavy rain and winds. Then it turned south, weakening into a Tropical Depression, and it started moving away from land, over the Indian Ocean.
• As of 10 March morning, a warning for heavy rainfall was still in effect in Mauritius (National Meteorological Service of Mauritius), and for some areas of La Reunion (Meteo-France La Reunion).
Epidemic prone diseases remain to be serious public health threats to Mem- ber States in the African region. In response to these threats, Member States through the adoption and implementation of the Integrated Diseases Surveil- lance and Response Strategy and the International Health Regulations, con- tinue to strengthen their public health emergency response systems and struc- tures. In this issue, a summary of acute public health events that occurred dur- ing the course of 2014 is provided
In this issue:
NOVEMBER 2014– JANUARY 2015 RAINFALL
The Southern African summer monsoon was very active over the eastern parts of SADC region with heavy rain mostly concentrated over Island States, southern Malawi, northern Mozambique,
Zambia and Zimbabwe during December 2014 and early January 2015.
Despite those wet spells which brought flooding in some countries, overall normal rainfall conditions were mostly observed in the region;
GIS - 21 January 2015: An Early Warning System for incoming storm surge, swells and tsunamis will be set up before the next cyclonic season which will start from 15 November 2015. The project will be financed by the Global Environment Fund jointly with the UNDP.
The ministers of health and private sector representatives of the countries of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) agreed on 15 January to establish a health trust fund to sustain the response to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Les Ministres de la Santé et des représentants du secteur privé des pays de la Communauté de développement de l'Afrique australe (SADC) se sont mis d'accord le 15 janvier sur la création d'un fonds fiduciaire pour la santé afin de pérenniser la riposte au sida, à la tuberculose et au paludisme. Les participants au tout premier dialogue officiel entre les Ministres de la Santé de la SADC et le secteur privé, organisé à Victoria Falls, au Zimbabwe, en marge de la Réunion conjointe des Ministres de la Santé et des Ministres chargés du VIH et du sida de la SADC, sont tombés …
GIS - 19 January 2015: The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre submitted a report to give an overview of the situation prevailing in the country following the passage of Cyclone Bansi.
According to the report a total of 1,400 refugees attended the 14 refugee evacuation centres opened throughout the country. A bridge had partly collapsed at Notre Dame, and there were landslides at Kewal Nagar, and at Camp Thorel, there was an access problem at the bus terminal. Appropriate remedial action is being taken, the reports also mentions.
Mauritius - Tropical Cyclone BANSI
• BANSI passed off the north-eastern coast of Rodrigues early in the morning of 16 January, as an intense Tropical Cyclone.
• Heavy rainfall and strong winds have affected the island and may continue for the next 12 h.
• In the next 48h it is forecast to continue moving south-east over the Indian Ocean, weakening.
Madagascar - Tropical Cyclone CHEDZA
• Heavy rainfall has been affecting southeastern Africa since December 2014, causing floods in large parts of Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, as well as in central Madagascar.
• As of 13-15 January, nearly 70 000 people have been displaced in Malawi, while over 48 000 have been affected in Mozambique, 6 000 in Zimbabwe and 3 211 in Madagascar. On 13 January, the president of Malawi has appealed to the international community for assistance.
• Tropical Cyclone BANSI moved eastsoutheast over the south-western Indian Ocean on 12 January, significantly strengthening, becoming a very intense Tropical Cyclone.
• On 13 January at 6.00 UTC, it had max. sustained winds of 241 km/h and its centre was located over water, approx. 300 km north of the island of Mauritius.
Madagascar In Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, high river levels have decreased, and most of the estimated 1,000 people evacuated have returned to their homes without major damage being reported. However, an alert remains in place.
On 7 January, supporters of the governing Patriotic Front (PF) and the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) clashed in the provincial town of Mongu.