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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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Suicide bomber in Pakistan's Swat kills 5-officials

01 May 2010 14:41:25 GMT

* Fears of Taliban comeback

* Violence despite military offensives

* Suicide bomber cornered

* Fate of displaced people critical for stability

(Updates death toll, adds quote, deaths of militants)

By Junaid Khan

MINGORA, Pakistan, May 1 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed five people in Pakistan's Swat Valley on Saturday, police said, fuelling fears of a Taliban comeback in the area a year after a major army offensive routed the group.

Pakistan says a series of security crackdowns

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Pakistan: A year on from the massive Swat exodus, the need for help remains acute

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

Next week will mark for us the first anniversary of the initial stage of the emergency in northwest Pakistan's Swat Valley and surrounding districts. With more than two million people

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Bangladesh + 10 others
Asia Pacific Appeal No. MAA50001 Annual Report

In brief

This annual report focuses on the work of the Asia Pacific zone office in 2009 to provide leadership and guidance to the International Federation efforts to increase the impact of Asia Pacific national societies' humanitarian activities. 2009 has been a very busy but productive period as the zone office has responded to multiple disasters simultaneously, while carrying forward several new initiatives designed to increase the impact of its work with Asia Pacific national societies. Many national societies across the zone have maintained a high

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India + 1 other
One killed in Kashmir protests, separatist detained

30 Apr 2010 14:17:51 GMT

SRINAGAR, India, April 30 (Reuters) - Violence flared in India-ruled Kashmir on Friday, a day after the prime ministers of India and Pakistan signalled a thaw in relations between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

One civilian was killed when anti-India protesters attacked a bus in Kashmir's main city, Srinagar, and at least a dozen were injured when police fired teargas shells to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing demonstrators, authorities said.

Police detained Kashmir's hardline separatist

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Uganda + 3 others
Press Conference on Upcoming Review of International Criminal Court's Rome Statute

The key goal of the upcoming Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court was "to complete negotiations on defining individual responsibility for the crime of aggression", William Pace, Convenor of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, said today at a Headquarters press conference ahead of the Review slated for 31 May to 11 June in Kampala, Uganda.

The Review Conference was being held in accordance with the Court's mandate to review its work seven years after the Rome Statute's entry into force. Mr. Pace was joined today by Christian

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Afghanistan + 20 others
Global Polio Eradication Initiative Monthly Situation Report - April 2010

Polio outbreak in Tajikistan: Wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) has been detected in Tajikistan, representing the first importation of poliovirus in the WHO European Region since it was certified polio-free in 2002. The virus is most closely related to viruses originating in Uttar Pradesh, India. 199 cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) have been reported, the majority of these having had onset of paralysis in April. To date, WPV1 had been isolated in 32 of these cases. This outbreak underscores the danger that spread from WPV transmission anywhere in the world continues
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Assessment Report of IDPs Residing in District D.I. Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

1. Background

In October 2009, the Pakistani military launched a ground offensive against militants in South Waziristan. Thousands of inhabitants of the conflict-affected areas fled to neighboring districts, particularly Dera Ismail Khan (D.I. Khan) and Tank in the southern area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, have taken refuge with friends, relatives and local community members. The government reports that 25,037 displaced families2 have been registered in D.I. Khan. No camps were established in this district, so all IDPs are living with host families. The main purpose of this study

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Pakistan Humanitarian Update Issue 13

This Humanitarian Update covers the period from 15 to 28 April 2010. The next Update will be issued on or around 14 May.

HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

h Around 1 million people face losing access to healthcare in D I Khan and Tank.

h A Shia registration point was the target of a suicide bombing. 40 people were killed.

h 10% of young children in Upper Swat are suffering severe malnutrition

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Pakistan: Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report - IDP hosting and crisis affected districts, NWFP, week 17, 24 - 30 Apr 2010

Highlights:

- During the Epidemiological week 17, 2010, total 6 alerts (5 for suspected measles and 1 for suspected malaria) were received and responded.

- Five hundred seventeen (517) health facilities in the DEWS network reported 165,040 patient consultations.

- Acute Diarrhea accounts for 19,554 (12%) of the total patient visits in all age groups (dropped by 1% as compared to the previous week).

- In children less than 5 years age Diarrhea recorded in 23% visits while in patients above 5 years age diarrhea recorded in 8% visits

- Acute Respiratory Tract Infections

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Haiti + 7 others
USAID FrontLines - April 2010

Contents

Front Page

Developing Countries Respond to Climate Change

For two decades, a fierce battle raged in the media and public square pitting environmentalists against industry leaders as the world struggled to understand and react to the changing climate. Today, overwhelming scientific evidence has led to a consensus among scientists that climate change is real, is caused by human activities, and demands immediate action.

$9.9 Billion Promised for Haiti

A coalition of more than 150 countries, NGOs, and Haitian diaspora groups said they will contribute $5.3 billion

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Food Security & Market Assessment in Crisis Areas of NWFP and FATA, Pakistan - April 2010

Executive Summary

Religious extremism and militancy in Pakistan is concentrated in the country's north?west; comprising the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and parts of the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Balochistan. In April 2009, the military launched a series of major operations, expelling militant groups from their strongholds in NWFP's Malakand division (covering the districts of Buner, Swat, Shangla, and Upper and Lower Dir). In the second half of 2009, further such exercises were undertaken across the Khyber, Kurram and Orakzai agencies of FATA.

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HUMANITARIAN REPORTING IN PAKISTAN: JOURNALISTS' HANDBOOK

1 Introduction

This handbook is designed to prepare journalists to cover natural and man-made disasters - and their impact on people, communities and countries - in an informed and balanced way. The handbook presents a combination of standard professional reporting techniques and a basic education in the mandates, roles and operational modes of key actors in the humanitarian sector.

The background information, guidelines, examples and resources offered here are intended for practical daily reference by working journalists whose audiences are either directly affected by

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Pakistan + 1 other
Pakistan and Afghanistan, April 2010

Overview

This summary document provides information about Office of Inspector General (OIG) oversight activities in Pakistan and Afghanistan since fiscal year 2003.

OIG has strengthened its focus in Pakistan since the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) reopened its mission in 2002 and since that year has been providing oversight of USAID activities in Afghanistan as well. OIG covers a wide spectrum of USAID programs in the two countries, covering such areas as relief and stabilization, reconstruction, sustainable development, education, and health care. OIG's

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Pakistan: Overview - N.W.F.P. / F.A.T.A. (as of 29 Apr 2010)

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Afghanistan + 7 others
Australia attends South Asian summit in Bhutan

BOB MCMULLAN MP
PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE
MEMBER FOR FRASER

The Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan, today reaffirmed Australia's commitment to promoting greater engagement with South Asia.

"We share common interests in democracy, security, trade and investment built on strong historical bonds," Mr McMullan said.

Australia's relationship with South Asia was confirmed with observer status at this week's 16th South Asian Association

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India + 2 others
FACTBOX-Main problems between India and Pakistan

29 Apr 2010 14:18:30 GMT

By Robert Birsel

April 29 (Reuters) - The prime ministers of nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India held their first meeting in nine months on Thursday in Bhutan and asked their officials to take steps as soon as possible to normalise relations.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh's meeting signalled some improvement in relations between the two rivals. They are in Bhutan for a summit of South Asian leaders.

Here are some of the main problems between

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Suicide car bomb kills four Pakistani police

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A suicide car bomb attack hit a Pakistani police checkpoint on the outskirts of Peshawar before dawn Wednesday, killing four police and wounding 10 people, including a woman, police said.

The attacker struck close to the control post in Tir Bala village, on the main road from Pakistan's northwestern capital to Mohmand, one of seven districts in the Al-Qaeda and Taliban-infested tribal belt on the Afghan border.

"The vehicle was coming from the tribal area. It was full of explosives and the suicide attacker was coming

Agence France-Presse:

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Afghanistan + 4 others
Pakistan, Afghanistan make South Asia terror capital

WASHINGTON: Increases in terror attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan triggered a spike in the number of civilians killed or wounded there last year and pushed South Asia past the Middle East as the top terror region in the world, according to new figures compiled by a US intelligence agency.

Thousands of civilians - overwhelmingly Muslim - continue to be slaughtered in extremist attacks, contributing to the instability of the often shaky, poverty-stricken governments in the region, the statistics compiled by the National Counterterrorism Center show.

The struggling nations provide havens

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Pakistan: U.S. Inaugurated $25 Million Peshawar Ring Road

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 28, 2010

On April, 27, 2010, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson inaugurated a project to reconstruct 25 kilometers of the Peshawar Southern Ring Road at a ceremony in Peshawar, Pakistan. The project, overseen by the State Department's Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in close cooperation with the Government of Pakistan, will provide $25 million in upgrades to the important provincial thoroughfare for the purpose of strengthening security and bolstering economic development.