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Burundi + 14 others
Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands Region Representation Office Long Term Planning Framework 2012-2015 Version 2

  1. Who are we?

The IFRC Regional Representation for Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands, as part of the IFRC Africa Zone, supports National Societies (NS) to train and mobilise volunteers to respond to emergencies and to make communities more resilient to risks. It aims to make this work sustainable by bringing evidence-based cases of the benefits of Red Cross/Red Crescent volunteer action to new and existing stakeholders in the humanitarian and development sector.

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World + 15 others
Regional food security and water in SADC: The potential for sectoral-synergies within CAADP for the implementation of the SADC Regional Agricultural Policy

Executive Summary

About this study

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) was established by the Assembly of the African Union (AU) in 2003. The Programme’s main aim is to raise agricultural productivity by at least 6% per year while increasing public investment in agriculture to 10% of the annual national budgets. Following an initial focus on interventions at the national level, there is growing awareness of the need to work more on the regional dimensions of the CAADP.

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Burundi + 27 others
OFID’s Governing Board approves fresh funding in its 146th session - Funds to benefit over 30 countries worldwide

Vienna, Austria, March 18, 2014. Meeting in its 146th Session, the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved financing of nearly US$264 million to boost socio-economic development in over 30 partner countries. Of the new commitments, over US$193m will support 10 public sector loans and nine grants. The bulk of the public sector funding will co-finance agriculture, transportation, education, energy, health and water supply and sanitation projects.

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Namibia + 4 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (11 to 17 February 2014)

Namibia:
A cholera outbreak has been reported in Katutura on the edge of Windhoek, including 11 suspected cholera cases, 3 confirmed cases and 1 death reported.

The poor WASH conditions and open defecation is of concern. Katutura had a population 43,109 in the 2011 census, although unofficial records suggest around 200,000 inhabitants due to immigration, which has been exacerbated by drought conditions.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Madagascar + 14 others
Southern Africa Humanitarian Bulletin: Issue 14, February 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The 2012/13 rainfall season was erratic, with torrential rainfall early in the season followed by dry conditions over parts of the region.

  • Insufficient rains and droughtlike conditions in the west and south-west of the region led to a poor agricultural season and death of livestock, resulting in heightened food insecurity.

  • Armyworm and red locust outbreaks in Southern Africa, although largely contained, may lead to secondary outbreaks this year.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Seychelles: Flood Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF Operation n° MDRSC003

Description of the disaster

Heavy rains and strong winds in the early hours of 24th January 2014 resulted in flooding on the islands of Praslin, La Digue and northern parts of Mahe in the Seychelles. In the following days, ongoing rainfall and strong winds continued to affect the three islands. The districts of Baie St Anne and Marie Jeanne Estate on Praslin, and most of the low land and coastal areas on La Digue Island were particularly affected.

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Zimbabwe + 14 others
Humanitarian Assistance in Review Southern Africa | Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.Cyclical drought, food insecurity, cyclones, floods, disease outbreaks, complex emergencies, environmental degradation, and limited government capacity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the Southern Africa region. Between Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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Outbreak Bulletin - Vol. 3 Issue 11, 31 January 2014

A general overview of outbreaks that occurred within the WHO African Region between January and December 2013 is provided in this issue.

Overview of reported outbreaks in WHO African Region

Based on data received from the Event Management System (EMS)*, 72 public health events were reported to the Regional Office between January and December 2013, of which 89% (64 / 72) were due to infectious diseases; with cholera being the most frequently reported infectious event (33%). The distribution of these events is shown in figure 1 and 2 and table1.

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Seychelles: Flood DREF operation n° MDRSC002 Final report

Summary: CHF 106,551 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 7 February 2013, to support the Red Cross Society of Seychelles (RCSS) in delivering assistance to some 600 families (3,000 beneficiaries) and for replenishment of relief items distributed immediately following the disaster.

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Madagascar + 4 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (21 to 27 January 2014)

Madagascar:

On 25 January 2014 Hery Rajaonarimampianina was sworn in as the new President of Madagascar.
Just hours after the inauguration, at a bus stop a few hundred meters from a concert that had been organized to celebrate the inauguration, a grenade explosion killed 3 people and injured 51 people, 26 of whom have since been discharged from hospital. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack and an investigation is ongoing.

Tanzania:

Parts of central Tanzania have been declared disaster areas following floods.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Madagascar + 3 others
Indian Ocean Islands: Development Operational Plan 2014

1. Executive Summary

The Indian Ocean Islands is a region prone to natural disasters. In recent years, the number and severity of emergencies have been significant with cyclones, floods, droughts, and volcanic eruptions affecting the region, along with the major Indian Ocean tsunami, food security problems, and occasional man-made disasters. In addition, chronic threats posed by the high prevalence of HIV and AIDS, malaria and malnutrition further weaken community resilience.

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Somalia + 14 others
Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean Regional Representation Office (EAIOIRO): Development Operational Plan 2014

1. Executive Summary

Situated in a region prone to man-made, natural, slow-onset or rapid complex emergencies, the IFRC EAIOIRO supports Red Cross and Red Crescent (RC / RC) National Societies in humanitarian response and enhancing communities’ capacity to be more resilient to hazards and risks.

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Zimbabwe + 14 others
Southern Africa: Humanitarian Overview (as of January 2014)

The region is prone to multiple, frequently repeating and compounding shocks, which occur against a backdrop of poverty and have severe impacts on food and livelihood security.

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Namibia + 15 others
Southern Africa: Relevant Humanitarian Events (2013)

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Niger + 15 others
OFID Governing Board approves new loans and grants to boost socio-economic development

Vienna, Austria, December 11, 2013. Meeting in its 145th Session, the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved financing over US$403m to boost socio-economic development in over 35 partner countries. Of the new commitments some US$306.04m went to support 14 public sector loans and seven grants. The bulk of the public sector funding will co-finance transportation, education, energy, poverty reduction, and water supply and sanitation projects. Under OFID’s private sector and trade finance programs, eight projects totalling US$97m were approved.

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Madagascar + 4 others
Indian Ocean islands move to strengthen DRR

UNISDR and the Indian Ocean Commission’s ISLANDS Project are supporting the strengthening of local capacities and expertise so the countries are able to produce their own risk assessments and loss databases.

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Mauritius + 14 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (26 November to 2 December 2013)

Angola:
A cholera outbreak has been recorded in Cunene Province which has claimed the lives of dozens of people.

Mauritius:
On 28 November 2013, heavy rains were recorded in Mauritius, however no major damage was reported. Some schools were forced to close and unconfirmed reports indicate that approximately 45 houses were affected by water damage, with a total of 279 people accommodated in emergency shelters.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.