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31 Mar 2010 description

Section 1: General Programme Highlights & Updates

- A Global Fund monitoring mission visited from 23-27 March and held discussions on the closure of two Round 2 grants, the three continuing grants, and the recently approved Round 9 Health Systems Strengthening grant.

31 Mar 2010 description

Brussels, 31.3.2010

SEC (2010) 374 final

Accompanying document to the COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL AND THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT {COM(2010)126}

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31 Mar 2010 description

A nascent peace and security architecture

Seasoned observers of the Horn of Africa have been sceptical about the emergence of a viable supra-national organization that will realize the building of a regional peace and security architecture in the not too distant future. Most of them however, insist that the Horn has to be approached as a 'Regional Security Complex' where security threats to any one state of the region has serious security repercussions on the rest.

31 Mar 2010 description

MAG and CWMD - MAG uses the term Conventional Weapons Management and Disposal (CWMD) to more accurately reflect the approach that MAG takes with regard to dealing with the range of munitions it encounters in support of stockpile management, as in many of its projects items outside of the SALW definition are dealt with, such as aircraft bombs, large calibre artillery, mortar ammunition and rockets.

31 Mar 2010 description

Catastrophic Earthquake in Haiti

Death toll reaches 230,000 - Hundreds of thousands left homeless

On January 12th, the worst earthquake in Haiti in 200 years - 7.0 in magnitude - struck less than ten miles from Port-au-Prince reducing much of the capital to rubble. Six weeks after the earthquake, the Haitian government reports that the death toll in Haiti could exceed 230,000.

31 Mar 2010 description

New Girls' Secondary School in Blue Nile State Honors Fallen USAID Staff

USAID on March 8 officially presented to the Blue Nile State Ministry of Education the new Granville-Abbas Girls' Secondary School in Kurmuk.

31 Mar 2010 description

Gender equality: vital to development in Southern Sudan

Earlier this month, people around the world participated in thousands events to help celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women. International Women's Day, which is observed every year on 8 March, provides an opportunity to reflect on the fact that, globally, more women are learning to read and write than ever before.

31 Mar 2010 description

Bulletin bimensuel du Bureau International du Service Jésuite des Réfugiés.

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NOUVELLES DES RÉFUGIÉS

RÉPUBLIQUE DÉMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO : BAISSE DE LA SÉCURITÉ ET DES PRODUITS DE BASE

Rome, le 23 mars 2010 - Pour des milliers de personnes déplacées dans les deux états du Kivu du Congo Oriental, la vie de rapatrié est dure.

Au cours des douze mois écoulés, la permanence des opérations militaires a empêché l'arrivée des produits de base. La majorité des habitants n'a pas accès aux soins de santé, à l'école, à l'eau potable, à l'alimentation, etc.

31 Mar 2010 description

Juba, March 2010

Humanitarian agencies in South Sudan are responding to a dramatic increase in the number of internally displaced people following an intensification of in inter-tribal clashes.

31 Mar 2010 description

31 March 2010 - Yesterday marked the conclusion of a two-day forum on Early Recovery in El Fasher, North Darfur, which brought together around 40 representatives of various stakeholders, including UNAMID and humanitarian aid agencies, civil society organizations, IDP leaders and state government officials.

The forum, organized by UNDP, provided a platform for a common understanding on early recovery in Darfur, including the clarification of roles and responsibilities and identifying tools and resources for early recovery.

31 Mar 2010 description
report Government of Sudan

The Joint mechanism between the government of Sudan and Arab league was resulted in many Projects and programs which was financed by the Arab league, Arab countries and Arab NGOs

The name of the project: Construction of villages for the voluntary return in Darfur

Donation and contribution of the Arab league:

The project funded by the Arab league composed of:

- Construction of 3 Model villages with 27 services center 9 center in each village, three villages are: Birka, Muraya, Junqi and Habila.

- Construction of 90 houses for center staff.

- Construction of 3 …

31 Mar 2010 description
report UN Mission in Sudan

Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of ex-combatants resumed in Rumbek, Lakes State on 23 March, helping former soldiers return to civilian life.

The first group of disarmed ex-combatants spent the day going through the first steps of the demobilization and reintegration process, including verification of the participants' identities, collation of disarmament data, medical examination, issuing of identity cards and counselling.

Ex-combatants also received information on the reintegration stage that would follow, and were given cash to support them reintegrate into …

31 Mar 2010 description
report Voice of America

The United Nations and the government of Chad are to wrap up talks on extending a U.N. peacekeeping force in the African country. The two sides disagree over the future size of that force.

Chadian President Idriss Deby wants a rapid withdrawal of soldiers in the peacekeeping force known as MINURCAT. His government says only several-hundred police officers from the force need stay to guard civilian personnel and facilities responsible for distributing relief supplies.

U.N. negotiators want as many as 1,000 troops to remain in Chad and the Central African Republic.

31 Mar 2010 description

Conflict exacerbates hunger season and could disrupt cultivation

The food insecure population in Southern Sudan has increased significantly since January, following escalated inter-tribal/clan and cattle?raiding conflicts during 2009, combined with poor rainfall that led to reduced crop and off-farm production. Areas affected by conflict include Jonglei, Warrap, Unity, and Lakes states, as well as Mvolo and Mundri East counties in Western Equatoria (Figure 1).

Elections in April 2010 could exacerbate these conflicts.

31 Mar 2010 description
report IRIN

DAMASCUS, 31 March 2010 (IRIN) - Thousands of non-Iraqi and non-Palestinian refugees and asylum-seekers in Syria risk deportation and ill-treatment, and cannot get the help they need, according to refugee agencies.

Most are Somalis but there are also sizeable communities of Afghanis, Sudanese and Iranians, as well as nationals from Ethiopia, Eritrea and the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to agencies working on the ground.

There are no accurate numbers, but registrations by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) give an idea of the proportions, if not the sizes, of the various …

31 Mar 2010 description
report Enough Project

in Darfur and Southern Sudan

Author: Maggie Fick

Enough experts analyze the agreements being negotiated by the major parties in southern Sudan's upcoming independence referendum.

A series of deals in February 2010 over elements of Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement, or CPA, largely went under the radar of international media attention, but offer important insights into the current dynamics of deal making between the National Congress Party, or NCP, and the Sudan Peoples' Liberation Movement/Army, or SPLM/A, as Sudan approaches the vital question of southern …

31 Mar 2010 description
report Miraya FM

The International Landmines Day was observed in Juba on Tuesday.While addressing the occasion, the UN Representative, David Saunders, said that more than 19,000 anti-personnel land mines and 800,000 unexploded ordnances have been destroyed in southern Sudan.

Saunders said that mines awareness education has been given to over four million people in southern Sudan.

Meanwhile; the European Union Head of Officer in Juba, Jesus Baguena, said that Anti personnel and explosive remnants of war continue to pose a significant threat.

Baguena said that the EU has donated 20 million Euros to …

31 Mar 2010 description
report Government of Sudan

Summary:

Analysis by early warning and emergency information center of HAC revealed that, the aggregate domestic cereals available for 2009/2010 covers only 57% of the total requirement, 43% is the nominal deficit.

Relative to the total requirement, human consumption represent 86%, whereas fodder, seeds and losses utilizes 14% of the total requirements, it is clearly noted that the portion of grains utilized as fodder is steadily increasing, this is attributed mainly to the increase of poultry and dairy farms outskirts of big towns, To bridge the nominal gap of 2536.8 it is assumed …

31 Mar 2010 description

Highlights

IOM South Sudan, with assistance from UNJLC, is offering a Common Transport Service to the humanitarian community in South Sudan. This is a free to user service which will run from March till the end of June and is designed to support the humanitarian community in pre-positioning essential supplies through South Sudan in preparation for the upcoming rainy season. This service is limited from locations in South Sudan to other locations in South Sudan. For further information contact sudan@unjlc.org.

31 Mar 2010 description

Daniel Dickinson

European Commission Humanitarian Aid department

Rumbek, March 2010

Anyan Riak is not planning to return to her home anytime soon. The small cultivated patch of well irrigated green leaves is one indication that she has started life afresh.

In January last year, she was forced to flee her home in Wulu in Lakes State in South Sudan, just twenty kilometres away after a rival tribe attacked and killed what she describes as 'many people'.