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21 Nov 2014 description

Paris-Genève, le 21 novembre 2014 - L’Observatoire pour la protection des défenseurs des droits de l’Homme, programme conjoint de la FIDH et de l’OMCT, appelle à ce que la réunion extraordinaire de l’Assemblée Générale de la Ligue Rwandaise pour la Promotion et la Défense des Droits de l’Homme (LIPRODHOR), convoquée par les membres et prévue pour le 23 novembre 2014, se tienne de manière libre et conforme aux normes internationales des droits de l’Homme, en particulier s’agissant de la liberté de réunion et de la protection des défenseurs.

20 Nov 2014 description

Food insecurity will ease after harvests and October to December rains

Key Messages

19 Nov 2014 description
report Miraya FM

The women under the South Sudan Women’s Empowerment Network spent one week in Kigali, exchanging ideas with their Rwandan counterparts.

The women plan to create a regional gender working group to serve as a platform in the Constitutional Review Process.

Sarha Abeja, an administrator with the South Sudan Women’s Empowerment Network, says they selected Rwanda because of its history of conflict and the progress it has made in mainstreaming gender in development issues.

18 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 12–18 November

Ethiopia: Waters have begun to recede from Leitchuor refugee camp in Gambella, but few refugees have returned to the camps so far, where alarming rates of severe malnutrition persist: 5.7% in Leitchuor, 7.8% in Kule, and 10% in Tierkidi. In SNNPR, flooding was reported, while in Oromia, water trucking has begun for populations affected by drought.

18 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK/LEIDEN, 18 November 2014 – To mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, IKEA Foundation is boosting its commitment to children with six new grants to UNICEF, amounting to US $31.5 million (€24.9 million).

The new grants will focus on reaching the most marginalized and disadvantaged children living in poor communities and in strengthening UNICEF’s response in emergency and conflict situations.

18 Nov 2014 description

Early-season rainfall deficits impact vegetation in southern Somalia and eastern Kenya

Key Messages

  • Drier-than-normal conditions persist in eastern Kenya and southern Somalia despite moderate to heavy rainfall in the first dekad of November.

  • Flooding over the Shabelle and Juba River Basins continued to damage crops and homesteads in southern Somalia and in the Dassench and Kangatom areas of the South Omo Zone of Ethiopia.

16 Nov 2014 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

14 Nov 2014 description
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Technical annex-version 1 - French version

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2015/01000

AMOUNT : EUR 47 000 000

1. CONTEXT

13 Nov 2014 description

The impacts of climate change in Africa will be significant and long-term. Long-lived infrastructure and development planning are likely to be particularly affected. Factoring climate change into their design and implementation is, therefore, vital to development outcomes. Yet we know very little about how long-term climate information is used in African decision-making.

11 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 5–11 November

Central African Republic: About 20,000 displaced people are seeking refuge in isolated rural areas in Ouham province following the arrival of armed groups in Boguila, Kouki and Nana Bakassa on 25 October. Nearly 1,000 people have been displaced since July in Bambari following violence in Batobadja and Matchika, and 4,000 have been displaced since January to Berberati town in Mambere province.

08 Nov 2014 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11635

At its 50th meeting, on 19 September 2014, the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict agreed, in connection with the examination of the fifth report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (S/2014/453), to address the following message through a public statement issued by the Chair of the Working Group:

05 Nov 2014 description
  • Both poor seasonal rainfall and downstream flooding along the Jubba and Shabelle Rivers are expected to negatively affect many local areas in southern Somalia.
  • The continued delays in rains lead to strengthening moisture deficits across several areas in Angola and South Africa.
05 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 29 October – 4 November

Yemen: As a government was agreed by Houthi and other opposition parties, the Southern Movement announced a merger to represent all southerners in the campaign for independence. Houthi insurgents attacked the Sunni opposition Al Islah party headquarters in Ibb, while Al Qaeda killed 18 Yemeni troops during an attack in Hudaydah.

02 Nov 2014 description

After a rainy season lull, South Sudan’s warring parties are preparing for major offensives with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) this week launching attacks on Bentiu, capital of oil-producing Unity state (see our recent Conflict Alert). Hardliners in the government and the SPLA-IO appear determined to settle the conflict through war.

02 Nov 2014 description

Key Messages

  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in September with carryover stocks and early grain, tuber, and legume harvests. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger, Chad, and Mauritania and conflict-affected areas of northeastern Nigeria. The Ebola outbreak has led to both official and voluntary restrictions on the movement of goods and people in affected countries, resulting in atypical market trends in some areas.

01 Nov 2014 description

Food security to improve in January with Season A harvests

KEY MESSAGES

  • Poor households in the Eastern Semi-Arid Agro-Pastoral Zone, Eastern Congo Nile Highland Subsistence Farming Zone, and Bugesera Cassava livelihood zones currently face Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity due to increased market dependence during the lean season, above-average food prices and below-average wages.

30 Oct 2014 description

The Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) was conducted over the period from February until June 2014 with the aim of obtaining a better understanding of the situation, needs, risks, capacities and vulnerabilities of asylum seekers and refugees with regards to their food and nutrition security as well as livelihood opportunities, and providing recommendations for the next 6 to 12 months. This JAM report aims to provide information for programming through the design of a joint -programme cycle for UN agencies and their partners under the coordination of the Government of Zimbabwe.