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Building Back Better: Post-Earthquake Responses and Educational Challenges in Pakistan

This study documents the education sector's response to the earthquake in Pakistan and AJK from its immediate aftermath to July 2007. It presents the experiences of educators and educational planners, managers, and implementers who were engaged in new co-ordination mechanisms - the Education Clusters - at central and hub levels. It describes the successes and challenges of the policy and programme interventions developed across the affected areas of NWFP and AJK. In comparison with other emergency situations, funding for education activities in the relief
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Somalia + 6 others
CrisisWatch No. 60, 01 Aug 2008

SUMMARY

Six actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated in July 2008 and three improved, according to the new issue of the International Crisis Group's monthly bulletin CrisisWatch, released today.

In Somalia, divisions between hardliners and moderates within the Islamist opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia threatened the already fragile peace deal signed in June. Amid continuing violence and government appeals for UN troop deployment, the African Union said that the newly extended AMISOM force was incapable of

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Pakistan: Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report No. 31, 01 Aug 2008

The Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report (WMMR) is published by the Ministry of Health of Pakistan (MOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The WMMR is built on surveillance data that health service providers and NGOs transmit on a weekly basis from health facilities and hospitals in those areas affected by the earthquake that struck Pakistan on 8 October 2005.

The WMMR objectives are to monitor the trend of health conditions over a period of time and provide vital information to all health partners. The WMMR is only a snapshot of the

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Pakistan: Earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation authority progress report, as on 01 Aug 2008


HOUSING SECTOR (RURAL)

1. Survey of Damaged / Destroyed Houses. Total houses surveyed are 610,716 (completely destroyed 462, 900 & partially destroyed 101,091, while 46,725 sustained negligible damage). Details of survey include:-

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India + 1 other
India, Pakistan meet amid strains in peace drive

by Elizabeth Roche

COLOMBO, July 31, 2008 (AFP) - The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan met Thursday in Sri Lanka amid new strains in their peace process caused by border clashes and a slew of deadly bomb attacks on Indian targets.

The closed-door talks between India's Pranab Mukherjee and Pakistan's Shah Mehmood Qureshi took place on the sidelines of an eight-nation South Asian gathering in Colombo.

Mukherjee shook hands with Qureshi before photographers ahead of the talks that lasted about an hour, a source told AFP.

The escalating tensions between India

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Pakistan + 1 other
High food prices in Pakistan - Impact assessment and way forward

Executive Summary

Food security in Pakistan has significantly worsened as result of the recent food price hikes. Rural households, particularly in the western provinces who share a border with Afghanistan, and food deficit districts are most affected. The total number of households in Pakistan falling into this category was estimated to be seven million.

At the request of Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Livestock (MINFAL), Government of Pakistan (GOP), the UN system in Pakistan fielded an inter-agency mission during 9 June and 13 July 2008,

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Afghanistan + 2 others
Afghanistan: Operational information monthly summary report - Jul 2008

Statistical Overview of Returned Afghan Refugees from Pakistan, Iran and None Neighboring Countries, IDPs Caseload and Movements and Reintegration Activities
02 Mar 2002 - 31 July 2008

Contents of this Report

All the information in this report refers to Afghan assisted Return Refugees received assistance from UNHCR since beginning of 2002 till end of Mar 2008. In addition to assisted returnees, information on Spontaneous and Forcible returnees as well as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Caseload and Movement and reintegration assistances

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Afghanistan + 48 others
WFP's Operational Priorities - Jul 2008


Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations



Analysis of the 2008 Programme of Work

As of July 2008, WFP requires 5 million metric tonnes for the current year to meet the needs of over 83 million beneficiaries among the world's neediest people in more than 80 countries.

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India + 7 others
Resource Manual on Flash Flood Risk Management Module 1: Community-based Management

About this Module

This publication is the first module of the ‘Resource Manual on Flash Flood Risk Management’ prepared under the project ‘Capacity Building for Flash Flood Risk Management and Sustainable Development in the Himalayas’, supported by the United States Agency for International Development, Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA).

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India + 1 other
India/Pakistan: Gunfire erupts for third day across Kashmir border

Srinagar, India_(dpa) _ Pakistani troops fired across the line of control that divides India- and Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Indian defence sources said Wednesday.

The incident took place in the Kupwara sector of the line of control, the de-facto border, sources in the Jammu and Kashmir state capital Srinagar said. More details were awaited, they added.

Fierce clashes between Indian and Pakistani troops along the border on Monday and Tuesday left one Indian soldier dead.

The fighting that lasted more than 16

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Fostering cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan

Close cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan is essential if lasting stability is to be brought to Afghanistan and the region. For this reason, Germany supports closer cooperation between the two countries.

Stability in Afghanistan has always required regional stability. If reconstruction is to succeed, security must be guaranteed in the country. This is very much dependent on ensuring that no anti-government forces enter Afghanistan from outside.

On his visit to Afghanistan from 25 to 28 July 2008, Steinmeier underscored that the security situation can only

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Accounting for Afghans in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 29 (UNHCR) - Wahidullah Naseri was very happy to be in Pakistan again, this time not as a refugee but as a professional.

Born in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, he had spent his first 16 years as an Afghan refugee in Peshawar before repatriating to Afghanistan in 2002. He returned to Islamabad last week to attend his graduation ceremony for accountancy under a programme run by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the global body for professional accountants with a base in Pakistan. The 22-year-old

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Twenty-ninth lecture of the series of the Americas: "Confronting the challenge of the global food crisis in the Americas" by Josette Sheeran

Mr. Secretary-General, thank you for your hospitality and the warm welcome I have received today at OAS. I am honored to join you, and Ambassadors Mendez and Alvarez and this distinguished group for the twenty-ninth lecture in the 'Lecture Series of the Americas'.

Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

No region in the world better tells the story of progress made against hunger than the Americas.

Today, when we look across the ethnically diverse, economically dynamic and culturally rich nations of the Americas,

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Pakistan: Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report No. 28, 29 Jul 2008

The Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report (WMMR) is published by the Ministry of Health of Pakistan (MOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The WMMR is built on surveillance data that health service providers and NGOs transmit on a weekly basis from health facilities and hospitals in those areas affected by the earthquake that struck Pakistan on 8 October 2005.

The WMMR objectives are to monitor the trend of health conditions over a period of time and provide vital information to all health partners. The WMMR is only a snapshot of the

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Pakistan: Karachi better prepared for monsoon this year

Report
IRIN
KARACHI, 28 July 2008 (IRIN) - Every year monsoon rains bring multiple woes to Karachi's 16 million people: Power outages, telecom failures, roads subsiding, sewage spillages, abandoned cars, electrocution caused by fallen wires, sign-boards falling on pedestrians, inaccessible hospitals and more.

Media reports said 200 people died in heavy rain in June, mainly due to electrocution, falling trees, house collapses and road accidents.

For the 60 percent of the city's population living in slum-like conditions life becomes particularly hard, especially

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Pakistan: Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report No. 30, 25 Jul 2008

The Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report (WMMR) is published by the Ministry of Health of Pakistan (MOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The WMMR is built on surveillance data that health service providers and NGOs transmit on a weekly basis from health facilities and hospitals in those areas affected by the earthquake that struck Pakistan on 8 October 2005.

The WMMR objectives are to monitor the trend of health conditions over a period of time and provide vital information to all health partners. The WMMR is only a snapshot of the

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Pakistan: Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report No. 27, 23 Jul 2008

The Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report (WMMR) is published by the Ministry of Health of Pakistan (MOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The WMMR is built on surveillance data that health service providers and NGOs transmit on a weekly basis from health facilities and hospitals in those areas affected by the earthquake that struck Pakistan on 8 October 2005.

The WMMR objectives are to monitor the trend of health conditions over a period of time and provide vital information to all health partners. The WMMR is only a snapshot of the

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Pakistan: Muslim Aid press release of Shelter project in Qubo Saeed Khan, Shahdadkot Sind

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Muslim Aid
Muslim Aid with the help of IOM and UN-Habitat distributed 1000 shelters among homeless in Qubo Saeed Khan, Dist Kambar-Shehdadkot Sind. This was not possible without the support of International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UN-Habitat. Muslim Aid Pakistanhas been working in Qubo Saeed Khan since the flood last year to support the victims of the flash cyclone. The flood affected population is the main targeted community in this regard. Muslim Aid team found so many health issues like hepatitis B/C and many types of skin diseases. Muslim Aid also initiated to organize