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21 Dec 2014 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, December 18, 2014—The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today approved US$170.2 million for women and adolescent girls to expand their access to reproductive, child and maternal health services in five countries in Africa’s Sahel region and the Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS).

The Sahel Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Dividend Project will also help promote regional knowledge and data on proven gender development programs.

21 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Manuel Moreno González

In Chad, just across the border from the Central African Republic, refugees and returnees remain in desperate need of assistance, and too afraid to go back, for fear of continuing violence.

GORE, Chad, 19 December 2014 – Ten-year-old Assia Issa has delicate facial features and intelligent, bright eyes, and she speaks with a confident voice that would make anyone pay attention. Her voice is a melody in itself, leaving an indelible impression, along with her words.

18 Dec 2014 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

Highlights

· According to the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster analyses, 9.8 million people in Syria need various types of food, agriculture and livelihood-related assistance.

· As fighting prevails in Iraq, an estimated 2.2 million people across the governorates of Anbar, Kirkuk, Diyala, Ninewa and Salah al-Din are in need of emergency food assistance.

18 Dec 2014 description

Nouakchott, Mauritania | AFP | Thursday 12/18/2014 - 14:19 GMT

A summit on security in the sub-Saharan Sahel region of Africa, where armed Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaeda are active, opened Thursday in Mauritania, attended by five heads of state.

The meeting was part of the "Nouakchott Process", named for an initiative launched in Mauritania's capital in March 2013 to boost security cooperation among 11 participating states.

18 Dec 2014 description

Nouakchott, Mauritanie | AFP | jeudi 18/12/2014 - 18:57 GMT

Onze pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest et du Sahel ont appelé jeudi à la mobilisation continentale et internationale pour stabiliser la Libye, lors d'un sommet régional à Nouakchott.

"L'UA, le Processus de Nouakchott, tout le monde va se mobiliser pour offrir l'aide nécessaire aux frères en Libye", a déclaré aux journalistes le commissaire de l'UA (Union africaine) à la paix et à la sécurité, Smaïl Chergui.

18 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK – A year after extreme violence tore through the Central African Republic, two out of five children in urgent need of UNICEF’s support are without vital humanitarian aid – according to the agency.

UNICEF says a critical lack of funding and insecurity – such as road barricades, looting and attacks against aid workers – have left children they expected to help this year without access to essential health services, water, education and protection.

18 Dec 2014 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JUNE 2015

17 Dec 2014 description

PRIORITY NEEDS

Food insecurity

In December 2014, 19.8 million people in the Sahel are estimated to be food insecure, with at least 2.6 million having already crossed the emergency threshold and requiring urgent food assistance. Millions more are expected to see their food security deteriorate during the course of the 2015 lean season due to the exhaustion of stocks, pasture scarcity, food price variations, or livelihood erosion caused by recurrent crises.

Malnutrition

17 Dec 2014 description

Vienna, Austria, December 16, 2014. Over 20 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing approved at the 149th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

Public sector approvals amounting to nearly US$260m will support the following projects:

Armenia