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31 Aug 2008 description

The objective of this briefing note is to provide early warning information on recent price developments and their potential contribution to the cost of the food basket, using staple food commodities that are essential in terms of calorie contribution to households' food basket at individual country-level. The note is not meant for crosscountry comparison as the main staple food items and their calorie contributions to the food basket are different.

31 Aug 2008 description

Okolo Ben Simon

The conflict in Darfur presents the international community with the opportunity of testing its avowed commitment to issues of human security.

31 Aug 2008 description

Africa Conflict and Humanitarian Unit (ACHU)

Summary of key findings

- Total spend in 2007/8 was =A3205m, a decline from =A3236m in 2006/7. However using adjusted figures the amount is broadly similar for both years. Both these years' spend was less than the exceptional 2005/6, when it peaked at =A3264m.

- Year on year trend: there has been a 10-15 % decline since the peak spend in 2005/6 of =A3264m.

- The top five recipient countries of DFID humanitarian aid are Sudan, DRC, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Somalia.

31 Aug 2008 description

The September/October issue of Foreign Affairs includes an essay by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres. In 'Millions Uprooted: Saving Refugees and the Displaced', Guterres explains how war and human rights violations are scattering millions of people across the world in search of safety. Meanwhile, globalisation, with its attributes of economic expansion, unresolved poverty and enduring insecurity, is prompting many people to leave their homes in search of a better life.

31 Aug 2008 description

Wouter Cools

Introducción

Hablar de Darfur es hacerlo de violencia, marginación e ignorancia. Tanto el propio Estado sudanés como la comunidad internacional han hecho caso omiso de la región durante décadas y, aunque desde finales de 2003 el conflicto en Darfur ha recibido una notable atención tanto en la escena política internacional como en los medios de comunicación, sigue siendo general el desconocimiento sobre la amplitud de la crisis y el grado de miseria de quienes pueblan esta región de Sudán.

31 Aug 2008 description

Highlights

- UNJLC is surveying surface transport requirements of the humanitarian community to assess the need for a Common Transport Service. All agencies are encouraged to participate; to obtain a copy of the survey, please contact sudan@unjlc.org

- UNHAS announced new booking deadlines and flight schedules for South Sudan flights. Details of the changes are noted in the South Sudan section.

31 Aug 2008 description

ACTED Afghanistan : Northern Afghanistan struggles against severe drought

Assessment conducted by ACTED's AME Team in Baghlan Province.

After several years of consecutive drought, Northern Afghanistan is once more hit by below-normal precipitations and extreme heat. This year, the shock is particularly worrying since it comes after a harsh winter and a significant increase of the food prices all over Asia. The cumulative effect of this situation has a direct bearing on most of the households which rely on agriculture and livestock for their income and food needs.

31 Aug 2008 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

31 Aug 2008 description

MAG and CWMD - As the scale of the Conventional Weapons Management and Disposal (CWMD)(2) problem has become apparent across the world, MAG has been increasingly involved in addressing the threat posed by these items. The illicit proliferation of conventional weapons (CW) prolongs conflicts, causes instability, undermines development, and is now well established as the leading threat to human security globally. MAG is currently undertaking CWMD projects in Burundi, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Vietnam.

31 Aug 2008 description
report UN Mission in Sudan

Highlights:

- Abyei Administrator finally appointed

- Elections consultative meeting held in Juba

- Census Update

- IDP Verification and mapping commences

- Enhancing the capacity of state leadership

Sector I - Juba

Abyei Administrator finally appointed

On August 8, 2008 the Presidency issued a presidential decree appointing Mr. Arop Moyak Mong Toj (SPLM) as Chief Administrator of Abyei and Mr.

31 Aug 2008 description

Contents

- Operations completed at Camp Ngashi, Democratic Republic of Congo

- In hot pursuit: MAG Lao's first female driver, Lao People's Democratic Republic

- Impact in Canjamba, Angola

- Responding to the legacy of the Tet Offensive, Vietnam

- Tackling the lethal remnants of conflict, Lebanon

- Saving lives in Sudan photo gallery, Sudan

- A mother's story, Cambodia

- MAG events

- Support MAG

Operations completed at Camp Ngashi

Report by Stephanie Gallagher, MAG DRC Programme Officer

Three people were killed, 94 …

31 Aug 2008 description

On August 28th 2008, severe flash flooding accompanied with heavy rains has affecting the major parts of Northern Bahr El Gazal state in South Sudan, particularly, Awiel town and its surrounding villages.

More than 6 villages along river Lol were severely damage and completely under water.

Poor road construction practice has significantly contributed to the occurrence of the disaster.

31 Aug 2008 description

More than five years of armed conflict has led to a general breakdown of law and order in Darfur. Women - and girls in particular - are subjected to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) with alarming regularity. However, as the social fabric of Darfuri communities threatens to unravel, religious leaders remain a trusted source of guidance on matters linked to ethics and human behavior.

USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) supports the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its efforts to engage religious leaders in the fight against SGBV.

31 Aug 2008 description

Sudan's fragile peace continues to be threatened by the lack of accurate information on the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

31 Aug 2008 description

Executive Summary

NFI & ES Sector Partners are kindly reminded that Project Sheets for the 2009 UN & Partners Work Plan are to be submitted to UNJLC by 15 September.

31 Aug 2008 description


Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations


Analysis of the 2008 Programme of Work

30 Aug 2008 description
report Miraya FM

Darfur region in Sudan has recently suffered more internal conflict and its residents are forced out of their homes into IDPs Camps. Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps are refugee camps for individuals and families who have been forced from their communities but remain within the borders of Sudan.

In this state of unrest, medical facilities have been destroyed, leading to a weak medical structure, personnel shortages, and urban-rural imbalances.

29 Aug 2008 description

This report covers the period 01/01/2008 to 30/06/08.

In brief

Programme purpose: Support Sudanese Red Crescent Society, a leading indigenous community-based humanitarian organisation in Sudan, to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability in their country.

Programme(s) summary: The period was marked by rising tensions in various parts of the country and for many in Sudan the future looks bleak. Fears of instability are growing and so are the humanitarian needs.