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02 Oct 2014 description

Erik Alda1, Joseph L. Sala2
1. American University, United States
2. Independent consultant, United States


18 Sep 2014 description

In this issue

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) has an important role to play in supporting talks on the situation in Mali taking place in Algiers. The conclusion of a deal between the various armed groups and the government in Mali is crucial to achieve lasting peace.

The African Union now has to take some tough decisions about its involvement in the fight against Boko Haram in Nigeria. This includes the question of a possible regional intervention similar to the one launched against the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda.

17 Sep 2014 description



• The Sahel region has undergone significant and widespread rainfall deficits, leading to significantly below average vegetation levels.

• Worst affected areas are Senegal, southern Mauritania, eastern Niger, NE Nigeria and central Chad • There was some recovery from late July, in particular in Niger and Chad. However, Senegal and Mauritania remained affected by persistent rainfall deficits.

17 Sep 2014 description

22 million people displaced by disasters in 2013, global trends on the rise

Latest report from IDMC shows that 22 million people were displaced in 2013 by disasters brought on by natural hazard events – almost three times more than by conflict in the same year.

16 Sep 2014 description

Governments and donor agencies need to know which preventative strategy is most effective, particularly among children under 2 years old who are most vulnerable to acute malnutrition.

16 Sep 2014 description
report Mercy Corps

Nowhere is answering the question of how to increase resilience more critical than across the Sahel, a region plagued by chronic poverty, food insecurity, drought, ecosystem degradation, and conflict. Mercy Corps conducted field research in Mali, Niger, and Northern Nigeria to examine the differing vulnerabilities and capacities of men, women, boys, and girls to understand what helps build the resilience of individuals, households, and communities. We found numerous structural barriers and unequal power dynamics that need to be addressed to ensure a truly resilient Sahel.

22 Aug 2014 description
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2014 has seen a major surge in humanitarian crises around the world. Inter-agency strategic response and regional response plans now target over 76 million people in thirty-one countries compared to 52 million in December 2013. 102 million people are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance compared to 81 million in December 2013. Global financial requirements to cover humanitarian needs rose from US$12.9 billion in 2013 to $17.3 billion now. More and more crises are having a regional impact with a spill-over effect on countries which are already fragile.

16 Jun 2014 description

Out of school and out of luck

New Reports show that many will never set foot in a classroom

DAKAR/NAIROBI, 16 June 2014 – Despite major progress over the past decade, sub-Saharan Africa is still home to more than half of all the out-of-school children of primary school-age in the world. Moreover, millions who are in school are learning little.

21 May 2014 description

Over the last three decades, FEWS NET has steadily built a core set of integrated materials on livelihoods, household vulnerability, nutrition, trade, and agro-climatology through fieldwork and secondary data collection and research. FEWS NET also looks beyond the immediate context to understand the broader context and the underlying causes of food insecurity.

14 May 2014 description

Joint IDMC-UNHCR press release - A record 33.3 million now displaced by war worldwide, as one family flees inside Syria every 60 seconds - Report

33.3 million people were internally displaced at the end of 2013 due to conflict and violence says a new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). This equates to a staggering increase of 4.5 million from 2012, signalling a record high for the second year running.

05 May 2014 description
report Save the Children

Resumen ejecutivo: principales conclusiones y recomendaciones

Cada día, alrededor de 800 madres y 18.000 niñas y niños pequeños mueren principalmente debido a causas prevenibles. Más de la mitad de estas muertes de madres y de niñas y niños menores de cinco años ocurren en entornos de fragilidad,1 contextos con un alto riesgo de conflictos y muy vulnerables frente a los efectos de los desastres naturales.

05 May 2014 description
report Save the Children

This year the annual State of the World's Mothers report marks its 15th year with a focus on mothers in humanitarian crises. Maternal deaths and child mortality in the most challenging countries of the world can be dramatically cut when efforts are made to improve services for mothers and children. We urgently need to increase access to healthcare in places where state capacity is weak and conflict and insecurity is widespread. All children have the right to survive, no matter where they are born.

25 Apr 2014 description

This Briefing Note provides a crisis overview highlighting key findings, and analysing main sectoral issues, response capacity and information gaps.

Crisis Overview

  • Conflict: A State of Emergency (SoE) was declared in the northeastern states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa on 14 May 2013 (due to expire in May 2014), following an escalation of violence between Nigerian government forces and Boko Haram (BH) Islamist insurgents. Six million people are directly affected by the conflict, which is half of the population.

22 Apr 2014 description

Cette étude a comparé l'efficacité des transferts d’argent par téléphonie mobile et les transferts de cash par l’Institution de Micro-Finance aux réfugiés urbains à Niamey.

L'étude a révélé que le mécanisme de transfert d’argent par téléphonie mobile serait plus rentable que le mécanisme de l'IMF, après que les coûts initiaux d’installation liés à la technologie soient amortis. L'utilisation de points de retrait de proximité peut réduire les coûts de transport et d’opportunité pour les bénéficiaires.