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07 Feb 2016 description

EERI’s Learning from Earthquakes program had a year of significant activity, innovation, and planning.

Investigating the April 25 Gorkha Earthquake

05 Feb 2016 description
report Guardian

Disaster response that involves groups on the ground is often more effective and more timely, but concrete commitments are needed to get funds to local NGOs

Michael Mosselmans
Michael Mosselmans is head of humanitarian programme policy practice and advocacy for Christian Aid

Friday 5 February 2016 05.31 EST Last modified on Friday 5 February 2016 07.22 EST

05 Feb 2016 description

Laprak, Nepal | AFP | Friday 2/5/2016 - 06:27 GMT | 328 words

Nine months after a massive earthquake hit Nepal, thousands of survivors are now fighting sub-zero temperatures in flimsy temporary shelters, awaiting government help to rebuild their homes.

The threat of landslides had forced families in the remote village of Laprak, close to the quake's epicentre in western Nepal, to relocate to a site a thousand metres higher.

04 Feb 2016 description


A harsh winter, an energy blockade, and delays to $4 billion in foreign aid have taken a toll, nine months after an epic quake. Nepal's new government says help is on the way.

Read the full report on CSMonitor

03 Feb 2016 description


The International Federation of Journalists today published its 25th report on journalists and media staff killed since 1990. The report lists 2297 media fatalities due to violence in journalism, including 112 killed in 2015 alone. From double digits at the start of these publications, the figures reached three digits in eleven years, peaking to 155 killings of journalists and media staff in 2006, the deadliest year on record, according to the IFJ reports.

03 Feb 2016 description
report Guardian

They say profits are low and the risks high, but thousands are getting on their bikes to service a rampant petrol black market

Pete Pattisson in Janakpur
Wednesday 3 February 2016 03.19 EST Last modified on Wednesday 3 February 2016 07.23 EST

The smugglers emerge out of the thick morning fog that hangs low over Nepal’s southern plains, riding bicycles and motorbikes loaded with empty petrol drums and gas cylinders. They splash across a shallow stream, all that marks this part of the border with India, and disappear again into the fog.

03 Feb 2016 description
report Finn Church Aid

In January, nine months after the historically powerful earthquakes, the Nepalese government announced its reconstruction campaign has started.

Over the next few months, the government intends to publish its plans for restoring and reconstructing homes, public buildings and historic monuments.

Hundreds of thousands of Nepalese, who lost their homes in the earthquakes, are still living in temporary sheet metal shelters, unsuited to face the county’s cold winter.

03 Feb 2016 description

Posted by Stuti Basnyet and Bibek Bhandari

February 2, 2016

As the clock ticked 11:56 on the morning of April 25, Hira Bharati believed the world was coming to an end.

02 Feb 2016 description

KATHMANDU, 1 February 2016 - The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have entered into a partnership to help restore education for one million children affected by the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal last year.

02 Feb 2016 description

Snapshot 27 January – 2 February 2016

Boko Haram in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Chad: 86 people were killed and 62 injured, with 15 missing after Boko Haram set fire to Dalori, near Maiduguri in Borno state. The past week also saw attacks in Chibok that left 13 dead and 30 injured. 40 civilians were reported dead after Cameroonian troops announced they were carrying out a search for BH militants in the area. In Cameroon, 52 people were killed in BH attacks in January. In Chad, two suicide bombings in Lac region left three dead and 56 wounded.

02 Feb 2016 description
report Nepalnews.com

Kathmandu, Feb 2: Survivor Nepal has handed four reconstructed school buildings to the schools. The school buildings were damaged by the April 25 earthquake in Sindhupalchok district last year.

The buildings were of Janajagriti Secondary School, Raktakali Primary School, Thokarpa Primary School and Baghbhairavi Secondary School.

The organization director Jayaram Pudasaini and advisor Mohan Koirala handed over the ownership of the school buildings to the management committee.

02 Feb 2016 description

The month saw an intensification of Yemen’s war, amid heightened regional rivalries between Saudi Arabia and Iran complicating prospects for peace. Political tensions increased in Haiti, Guinea-Bissau and Moldova, where protests over endemic corruption and a lack of confidence in the government could escalate. In Africa, Boko Haram’s deadly attacks increased in northern Cameroon, and Burkina Faso was hit by an unprecedented terror attack.

02 Feb 2016 description

International peacebuilding actors have so far been wary of engagement with political parties. However, there is growing recognition of the importance of working with local political systems, institutions and parties in the promotion of peace. It is therefore important that international actors strengthen their understanding of political parties in conflict-affected contexts and how such parties relate to conflict and peacebuilding, as well as examine how best to deepen engagement with them.

02 Feb 2016 description
report Singapore Red Cross

Five months after the Nepal earthquake, the Singapore Red Cross has identified and committed to rebuild 70 community facilities in the most severely affected districts of Dolakha, Dhading, Gorkha, Sindupalchowk and Khotang. These include 39 schools (for 8,000 students), 21 medical facilities, 10 community halls, a residential facility for vulnerable children and women, and water solutions, totalling S$6.2 million.

02 Feb 2016 description
report People in Need

Despite the insufficient supply of fuel caused by the blockade on the border with India, People in Need continues to provide aid to the Nepalese people.

01 Feb 2016 description

For years now, we have been talking about ‘accountability’ and ‘community engagement’, including in the lead-up to the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit. But many still ask: “what does it all mean in practice?”

01 Feb 2016 description
report Deutsche Welle

Almost a year after a devastating earthquake, Nepal and its people are struggling to make ends meet. Food and fuel shortages are exacerbating an already critical situation, as Sophie Cousins reports from Kathmandu.

On a crisp, foggy early morning on the outskirts of Kathmandu in Sunakothi village, 14 malnourished children crowd around the visiting doctor for their weekly check-up.

01 Feb 2016 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 69 countries in the fourth quarter of 2015 (October to December). The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

• During Q4-2015, FAO’s global cereal price index fell by a further 15.2 percent year-on-year because of abundant supplies and sluggish demand. The index returned to the level seen before the food price crisis of 2007-08.