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30 Mar 2015 description

In rural Pakistan, most teachers cannot attend continuing education training due to their class schedules, household responsibilities, and cultural and financial constraints. In response, the nonprofit Developments in Literacy (DIL) recently introduced mobile learning, or mLearning, as a way to give teachers easier access to the training and professional development courses they need to better meet the needs of their students.

For Fiza Shah, the CEO of DIL and a Pakistani American, it is her way of giving back.

30 Mar 2015 description

ZULFIQAR ALI

PESHAWAR: The people of North Waziristan have been required to reaffirm their allegiance to the Constitution, Frontier Crimes Regulation and local customs, by signing an undertaking under the “Social Agreement North Waziristan 2015”.

The agreement seems to be questioning the loyalty of around five million people of North Waziristan to Pakistan. In addition, the tribal people are also bound by virtue of the agreement to show loyalty to FCR, which means that they will never oppose the colonial-era law.

30 Mar 2015 description

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

29 Mar 2015 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani as its second democratically elected president in 2014. The period of political uncertainty surrounding the election fuelled further violence in the country. The year saw an increase in conflict related deaths, injuries and displacement, an influx of 280,178 Pakistanis seeking refuge in Afghanistan, significant malnutrition needs, and massive flooding in the north with 7,643 homes destroyed.

28 Mar 2015 description

By Matthew Graydon, IOM Afghanistan
Chief of Mission, IOM Afghanistan

The Torkham border between Afghanistan and Pakistan is chaotic, crowded and dusty, but it is a vital lifeline between the two countries. Nearly twelve thousand people cross the border every day, going to Pakistan to work, study, seek medical treatment or visit family. Lines of colorfully painted trucks bring goods from Pakistan and the rest of the world to landlocked Afghanistan, and carry Afghan pomegranates, nuts and other exports.

27 Mar 2015 description

Nairobi, 27 March 2015—With the contribution of USD50.93 million from the Government of Japan, UN-Habitat will implement projects in Asia, Arab States and Africa.

27 Mar 2015 description

ABDUL SALAM

BANNU: A jirga of tribal elders on Thursday expressed reservations over the draft of an agreement provided to them by the political administration in North Waziristan Agency, proposing several restrictions as well as responsibilities for them for maintaining peace in the once militants-dominated tribal agency.

The administration is seeking an undertaking from local tribes to ensure peace in the area.

27 Mar 2015 description

SOHAIL SHABBIR

KARACHI: At least two persons were killed and 13 others wounded in an explosion near Murghi Khana bus stop in Karachi's Quaidabad area on Friday morning.

Most of the victims were policemen.

The explosives, which were planted on a motorcycle, detonated as a bus of the Sindh Police's Special Security Unit passed by, according to Station House Officer of Quaidabad police station.

Around 50 police personnel were travelling in the vehicle at the time of the blast.

27 Mar 2015 description

ISLAMABAD: After Sindh and Balochistan, alarm bells have begun to sound in Punjab also as the province realises that the poliovirus could spread in the remote parts of the province.

Punjab Chief Minister’s Adviser on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique suggested that the priority list of high-risk districts for 2015 should be revised and that Rahim Yar Khan, D.G. Khan and Rajanpur should be designated as the most at-risk districts.

27 Mar 2015 description
map Alhasan Systems

Note: This is virtual Analysis of Karachi's Tsunami Hazard using Aster DEM and NGA Settlement data using ArcGIS and Global Mapper 3D View tools not be used for any purpose before ground Verification.

27 Mar 2015 description

Last week 250 independent wheat flour millers in Pakistan’s province of Punjab voluntarily committed to start fortifying their flour.

The commitment, made at a seminar organised by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) in collaboration with the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), follows a previous move by 34 Punjab flour mills earlier this year to also start voluntarily fortifying their flour.

27 Mar 2015 description

Islamabad 19th March 2015:

In view of the prevailing drought conditions in Sindh, NDMA organized a meeting by inviting relevant government departments, UN agencies, INGOs and NGOs to assess the drought situation in Sindh in general and in Tharparkar in particular. The special focus of the conference was to come up with a strategy on how to conduct Multi-Sector assessment in drought affected areas of Sindh.

27 Mar 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Wheat production in 2015 forecast at record level of 26.4 million tonnes

  • Despite improved production, wheat imports anticipated higher in 2014/15 marketing year (May/April)

  • Prices of wheat and wheat flour declined in February and were well below year-earlier levels

  • Overall food security conditions stable but localized food insecurity persists

Wheat production in 2015 forecast at record level of 26.4 million tonnes

26 Mar 2015 description
report JEN

In short term emergency project where time is short and assistance is critical, a humanitarian organization can rely upon community elder for SMART (Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant and Time bound) implementation of the project, provided; that the community elder is sensibly selected. Previous experience of the community elder with a community based organization makes him/her more suitable person as he/she knows the know-how of community work.

26 Mar 2015 description

Welcome to the first trend report for ACLED Asia. In these periodic publications, the ACLED Asia team will discuss and analyze the real-time conflict event trends that are occurring throughout South and South-East Asia. ACLED Asia will release real-time data for eleven states with various conflict profiles. These states include India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam,
Thailand and Myanmar. See Figure 1. Data for January and February 2015 are now available from the CEPSA website and the ACLED website.

26 Mar 2015 description
report Save the Children

by Ravi Wickremasinghe

Every minute of every day a child dies from an illness we know how prevent and treat – diarrhoea.

In the 21st century that just shouldn’t be happening. It’s high time we ended this appalling loss of life.

Today, in Delhi, Save the Children launched a ground-breaking partnership with our global partner RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser) to help do exactly that.

Stop Diarrhoea

25 Mar 2015 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

  • Conflict in Iraq has disrupted food markets, leading to price hikes in Anbar, Salah Al-Din and Kirkuk. According to the 2014-2015 Strategic Response Plan, around 5.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, and over 2.5 million people are currently displaced.

25 Mar 2015 description

KHAR: The Fata Secretariat on Tuesday began providing compensation to the people whose houses have been in use by the security forces for last several years.

About 88 people of Khar subdivision, whose houses have been occupied by security forces since 2010, received cheques of over Rs6.3 million during a ceremony. Tribal elders, members of peace committees and administration officials were in attendance.