Pretoria (ICRC) – The ICRC and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have recently concluded a memorandum of understanding that will strengthen relations between them and improve coordination of their activities.
The memorandum was signed on 15 May in Gaborone, Botswana, by Stergomena Lawrence Tax, the executive secretary of the SADC, and Jürg Eglin, the head of the ICRC's regional delegation in Pretoria.
Throughout 2014, the regional office continued working in 15 countries in Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands; Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius, Rwanda and Burundi. The regional office supported the development of 6 emergency appeals and 15 DREFs in response to floods, disease outbreaks, terror attacks and population movement in Comoros, Madagascar, Seychelles, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.
IMF Projects Solid Growth for Sub-Saharan Africa in the Face of Headwinds
Press Release No. 15/179
April 28, 2015
Introducing the April 2015 IMF Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa, Ms. Antoinette Sayeh, Director of the IMF’s African Department commented today:
JANUARY 2015– MARCH 2015 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS
The southern African summer monsoon continued to be very active in the northern part of DRC, Island States and on the vicinity of eastern parts of SADC region.
The region received mostly normal to below normal rain-fall conditions;
Normal to above normal rain-fall conditions were observed over DRC, Tanzania, northern Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles;
During March 2015, a favor-able distribution in rainfall was observed across western sub-region.
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has allocated a loan and a grant amounting to US$ 25.995 million dollars to finance a water project in Mahe in the Seychelles.
The Mahe Sustainable Water Augmentation Project (MSWAP) approved by the AfDB Board on Wednesday, 1 April 2015, in Abidjan, seeks to promote the country’s economic development by improving water supply capacity and resilience against climate change.
Following a devastating cyclone which ravaged the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, President James Michel has addressed a message of condolences and solidarity to Ni-Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale and the Government and people of Vanuatu, on behalf of the government and people of Seychelles.
RESULTS & ACHIEVEMENTS
• With funding support from the World Bank and others, the Government of Seychelles developed short, medium, and long-term disaster-resilient development initiatives which are expected to benefit 87,000 people and rehabilitate 500km of roadways.
DECEMBER 2014– FEBRUARY 2015 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS
•The austral summer monsoon continues to be very active over Indian Ocean and in the vicinity of eastern parts of continental SADC.
•The region received: normal rainfall conditions over the easternmost parts of contiguous SADC mostly covered by Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
•Significant drier-than-normal conditions continued to occur over the western and southern parts of conterminous SADC.
Ten years have passed since the Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami of December 2004. With a view to gathering, learning and sharing from experiences of the 2004 earthquake and tsunami, and other disasters in the region that occurred between 1993 and 2013, the Tsunami Global Lessons Learned Project (TGLLP) was created. The project sought to deliver three principle outcomes: a global lessons learned study, a Discovery Channel documentary tracking the recovery, and a disaster recovery toolkit for recovery practitioners.
By Mireille Le-Ngoc
In August 2014, the Seychelles adopted a new Disaster Risk Management Act, which sets out that country’s first comprehensive legal framework for disaster risk management. The Seychelles Red Cross Society with support from the IFRC Disaster Law Programme was closely involved in advising and assisting the Seychelles authorities in the development of the act.
NOVEMBER 2014– JANUARY 2015 RAINFALL
The Southern African summer monsoon was very active over the eastern parts of SADC region with heavy rain mostly concentrated over Island States, southern Malawi, northern Mozambique,
Zambia and Zimbabwe during December 2014 and early January 2015.
Despite those wet spells which brought flooding in some countries, overall normal rainfall conditions were mostly observed in the region;
The ministers of health and private sector representatives of the countries of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) agreed on 15 January to establish a health trust fund to sustain the response to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Les Ministres de la Santé et des représentants du secteur privé des pays de la Communauté de développement de l'Afrique australe (SADC) se sont mis d'accord le 15 janvier sur la création d'un fonds fiduciaire pour la santé afin de pérenniser la riposte au sida, à la tuberculose et au paludisme. Les participants au tout premier dialogue officiel entre les Ministres de la Santé de la SADC et le secteur privé, organisé à Victoria Falls, au Zimbabwe, en marge de la Réunion conjointe des Ministres de la Santé et des Ministres chargés du VIH et du sida de la SADC, sont tombés …
The benefits of strengthening disaster preparedness are cost effectiveness and the delivery of effective humanitarian response.
Countries in the region have varying levels of preparedness.
Mozambique and Madagascar are most exposed to tropical cyclones.
But more needs to be done to further enhance resilience
22 December 2014, Bangkok/Rome - Ten years after the world's worst natural disaster in living memory roared across the shorelines of South and Southeast Asia, countries in the region are better prepared to deal with tragedies like the Indian Ocean Tsunami, but there is still room for improvement, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.
Southern Africa currently hosts more than half a million people of concern. At the end of 2013, they included approximately 136,000 refugees, 278,000 asylum-seekers and nearly 1,700 returnees.