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World + 2 others
GDLN Seminar on Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific - 2010 series - Summary of April 1, 2010 Video Conference: Conducting Post-disaster Damage and Needs Assessments (PDNAs)

Report
World Bank

Key topics discussed:

  1. Rationale of Conducting Post-Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNAs)

  2. Damage and Loss Assessments (DaLAs), Post-Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNAs), and Post-Crisis Needs Assessment (PCNA)

  3. Challenges while conducting PDNAs

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FACTBOX-Security developments in Pakistan, April 1

April 1 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Pakistan at 0850 GMT on Thursday.

ORAKZAI - Gunship helicopters attacked militant positions in the northwestern Orakzai region on Thursday, killing 13 militants and destroying three of their vehicles, military officials said. Militants earlier blew up four school buildings and a health-care centre but there were no casualties.

KURRAM - Ten militants were killed in a clash with security forces in Kurram, an ethnic Pashtun tribal region bordering Orakzai and Afghanistan. (Compiled by Zeeshan Haider; Editing

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Afghanistan + 5 others
Finland grants EUR 47.3 million in humanitarian aid to the distressed in the world

By decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted 47.3 million Euros from the early 2010 humanitarian aid appropriations to the victims of crises and natural disasters in the world. The current sum is in addition to the 5.4 million Euros allocated in January for the victims of the Haiti earthquake. The total humanitarian aid budget for 2010 is 69.7 million Euros.

Humanitarian needs

The humanitarian aid granted by Finland is based on the joint appeal for needs-oriented assistance published annually

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China Red Cross Society makes emergency donation to Pakistan

Report
Xinhua
ISLAMABAD, March 30 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese embassy official Tuesday called on an official of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to donate 30,000 U.S. dollars on behalf of the China Red Cross Society (CRCS) to assist the residents affected by the landslide in northern Pakistan early this year.

Muhammad Ilyas Khan, PRCS secretary general, asked Yao Jing, counselor of the Chinese embassy to Pakistan, to convey his appreciation to the CRCS for its generous donation to Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan due to the landslide in January, 2010.

He said that Chinese friends always extend

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Pakistan: Humanitarian Assistance for Internally Displaced People Emergency Appeal No. MDRPK003 Operations Update No. 11

Period covered by this Operations Update: 4 December 2009 to 20 March 2010 Appeal target (current): CHF 3,635,713 (USD 3.58 million or EUR 2.4 million);

Appeal coverage: 98%

Appeal history:

- A Revised Emergency Appeal was launched on 13 November 2009 for CHF 3,635,713 (USD 3.58 million or EUR 2.4 million) to support the Pakistan Red Crescent (PRCS) in assisting 42,000 people (6,000 families) until March 2010.

- The emergency appeal budget was revised down to CHF 7,974,802 on 6 July 2009 to assist 91,000 displaced people (13,000 families).

- Emergency Appeal was launched on 4

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PRCS IDPs Operation Update - March 2010

What Happened!

Pakistan faced an enormous humanitarian crisis in Malakand division (North-West Frontier Province) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) triggered by fierce fighting between Government security forces and militants. While the hostilities were on-going since August 2008, it gained intensity from May 2009. This conflict situation resulted in migration of around 2.8 million individuals; majority of whom shifted to the districts Mardan, Malakand, Dir (lower Dir), Nowshera, Peshawar, Charsada and Swabi.

Since the start of the voluntary return

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ACT Appeal Pakistan: Post-conflict rehabilitation in North West Frontier Province (PAK101)

Report
ACT Alliance
Appeal Target: US$ 1,916,904

Balance Requested: US$ 1,771,904

This appeal is launched to follow-on from the response by ACT members to assist people amongst over 1.8 million women, men and children displaced by conflict in 2009 (including ACT appeal PAK091), now with a focus on enabling the long-term recovery process for returnees and those who stayed behind during the fighting in their places of origin in the Swat and Buner Districts of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP). The proposed programme is for rehabilitation of basic water, sanitation

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PAKISTAN: On the run from a violent husband

Report
IRIN
LAHORE, 31 March 2010 (IRIN) - The Urdu expression 'chaddar aur chardawari' is often quoted in Pakistan to suggest that women are safest under their shawl ('chaddar') and within the four walls ('chardawari') of their home.

This may hold true for many women, but for some, such as 25-year-old Naseeba Bibi, it could not be further from the truth.

Naseeba said she had suffered continual abuse from her husband since they got married six years ago in Kasur, about 55km southeast of Lahore, Punjab Province.

"My husband is jobless and a drug

IRIN:

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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Gul's Girls: Educating the Girls of Pakistan

Success Story

Denied an education herself, one local woman works tirelessly for her local school with USAID support

Gul Laila, a resident of Dharian Bambian, Pakistan, can't read or write, but she still arrives at the local school early every morning. Before heading off to her job as a domestic worker, she stops by the school to ensure all the teachers have shown up for work. Faculty absenteeism has no longer been an issue since the School Management Committee elected Laila as its chairwoman.

Denied an education herself, Laila now

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Pakistan: Japan to give $9m to WFP for IDPs

By Our Reporter

The donation will help the WFP procure 12,000 tons food produced and processed in Pakistan. The Japanese contribution is believed to benefit 1.6 million people.

Insufficient funding threatens to compromise WFP's ability to implement its assistance plans. The UN agency still needs $78 million to continue its programme until the end of 2010, and faces commodity shortfall from next month, said a WFP announcement on Tuesday.

WFP's assistance will help address the recovery challenges in volatile areas that share border with Afghanistan.

DAWN Group of Newspapers:

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Pakistan + 1 other
USAID/OFDA South Asia Newsletter - March 2010

DISASTER RESPONSE

USAID's Chief Operating Officer Visits Northern Sri Lanka

From March 15 to 19, USAID's Chief Operating Officer Alonzo Fulgham, along with USAID/Sri Lanka director Rebecca Cohn, USAID/Sri Lanka office director of Humanitarian Assistance and Transition Initiatives Mike Desisti, and USAID/OFDA principal regional advisor (PRA) for South Asia Bill Berger, traveled to Kilinochchi, Jaffna, and Vavuniya districts in northern Sri Lanka for a first-hand look at the country's post-conflict situation. Fulgham conducted interviews with conflict-affected

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Rebuilding Communities in Pakistan

Even before Pakistan's deadly earthquake in October 2005, the task of inspiring students to learn was not easy for teachers in the remote and rugged northern region of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). Educators expressed often that their pupils never seemed interested in getting past rote learning, and that the students had difficulty embracing mathematical and scientific concepts.

After hearing of these learning limitations, USAID officials recognized the need to not only reconstruct a damaged schoolhouse in the town of Gunchattar, but also to provide the teaching staff with

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Newsletter on UK support to education in Pakistan, Issue No. 3

Education facts

- At least 6 million primary school-age children are out of school and 42% have never gone to schools.

- At least 188 schools have been destroyed in the conflict in Malakand (NWFP), 70% of these are girls' schools. A further 137 have been damaged.

- The vocational education system provides only 600,000 places for a youth population of 40 million.

- Only 52% of primary aged girls are enrolled in schools compared to 59% of boys.

- Only around 10% children complete secondary education.

- Half the adult population is illiterate

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Afghanistan + 10 others
Asia Pacific food situation update - Mar 2010

Table of contents

FAO support to address socio-economic roots of conflict in Philippines' province - 1

New FAO regional chief - 3

International rice prices remain flat on low demand - 3

A new livestock revolution for food and livelihood security - 4

List of boxes 1:

Poultry production and rural livelihoods in China - 5

2: The dairy sector and rural livelihoods in India - 6

List of figures

1: Selected international cereal prices - 1

2: Trends in domestic prices for key commodities in selected countries - 2

3: Increase in output of livestock products

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Afghanistan + 7 others
Quarterly Regional Humanitarian Funding Update

On 18 January, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, allocated nearly US$100 million through the Under-funded window of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). This is emergency money to plug critical gaps in funding to life-saving humanitarian interventions.

Of this allocation, agencies working in Afghanistan received $11 million, while the UN country team in Yemen received $7 million. In the beginning of April, Pakistan received close to $10 million through the Rapid Response window of the CERF.

In Afghanistan, the three main interventions

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Pakistan + 1 other
Quarterly Progress and Oversight Report on the Civilian Assistance Program in Pakistan, As of March 31, 2010

Executive Summary

The Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009 authorizes democratic, economic, and development assistance to Pakistan in the amount of $1.5 billion per year from FY 2010 to FY 2014, for a total of $7.5 billion. The Pakistan assistance strategy report submitted by the Department of State pursuant to the Act describes three key objectives of this long-term development assistance program:

- Improve the Government of Pakistan's capacity to address the country's most critical infrastructure needs.

- Help the Pakistani Government address

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Haiti + 9 others
ACTED Newsletter #62, March 2010

Contents

- FOCUS: Relief work in Haiti

- ACTED committed to economic development to prevent emigration (Afghanistan)

- ACTED helps vulnerable populations to overcome the winter season (Tajikistan)

- Moving On: Lives in Transition (Pakistan)

- Fishing resumes in the Gaza Strip (oPT)

- Addressing the water challenge in IDP camps in Northern Sri Lanka

- Successful start off for the blacksmiths of Goré (Chad)

- Regional coordination of ACTED's teams in Naivasha, Kenya

- Bactria Cultural Centre fosters regional cooperation

- PSF Deux Savoie and Isère: The struggle

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Newsletter Delegation of the European Union to Pakistan Vol.1 March 2010

(extract)

The EU Food Facility

In order to combat rising food prices and improve the food security for over 1 million people in food-deficient areas of Pakistan a joint project of FAO and WFP worth EUR 40 million has been launched. The targeted districts are Sahiwal, Dera Ghazi Khan and Multan in Punjab; Swabi, Battagram, Buner, Lower Dir and Shangla in NWFP; Sukkur, Nawabshah, Jamshoro and Khiarpur in Sindh; and Jaffarbad, Pishin, Sibbi and Qilla Saifullah in Balochistan.

The project has distributed quality agriculture