Food security levels are generally better than a year earlier in East Africa and the Sahel, with most areas facing either IPC phase 1 ‘minimal’ or phase 2 ‘stressed’ conditions, thanks to favorable agro-climatic conditions in 2012.
Kent R. Hill, Senior Vice President, World Vision on Friday, May 10th 2013
The development field has been exploring for years ways to harness the power of technology to benefit those in need, especially mobile technology, which can reach people in remote areas who need food, health, education, and other assistance quickly and well.
7 mai 2013 – Selon un rapport publié mardi par l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'éducation, la science et la culture (UNESCO), 17 pays en développement pourraient financer l'accès à l'école primaire de 86 % de leurs enfants ou de 42 % de leurs adolescents non scolarisés s'ils géraient de manière plus appropriée les recettes qu'ils tirent de leurs ressources naturelles.
7 May 2013 – Developing countries rich in natural resources can make huge gains towards universal schooling if they managed resource revenues better and devoted a significant share to education, according to a United Nations study released today.
The latest IMF World Economic Outlook highlights a surge in economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa. While such a trend is welcome, it should not be a cause for complacency, argues Connell Foley, Director of Strategy with Concern Worldwide
Given the generally negative perceptions of Africa amongst the general public, it is heartening to read the latest IMF World Economic Outlook report suggesting that growth south of the Sahara will hit 6.1% next year.
PARIS, 07 mai 2013 (AFP) - Le manioc, qui nourrit 500 millions de personnes dans le monde, est attaqué en Afrique par un virus en expansion d'Est en ouest à travers le continent. Un congrès de scientifiques et de donateurs réuni cette semaine en Italie va tenter de leur déclarer une guerre totale.
Cassava, a tropical root crop, is the third most important source of calories in the tropics, after rice and maize. According to FAO, it is the staple food for nearly a billion people in 105 countries.
• The global cereal price index increased by 8.8% on a year-on-year basis in the January-March 2013 quarter.This increase is driven by increases in real prices of maize and wheat (+8% and +13%, respectively).
This synthesis report presents qualitative and participatory research findings on beneficiary and community perceptions of five unconditional cash transfer programmes: two in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region (the Palestinian National Cash Transfer Programme (PNCTP) in Gaza and the West Bank, and the Social Welfare Fund (SWF) in Yemen); and three in sub-Saharan Africa (Kenya’s Cash Transfers for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CT-OVC) programme, Mozambique’s Basic Social Subsidy Programme (PSSB), and Uganda’s Senior Citizen Grant (SCG), part of the Social Assistance Grants for
IMPROVING MATERNAL, NEWBORN AND CHILD HEALTH CARE IN AFRICA
In the next five minutes....
3 women will lose their lives to complications of pregnancy or childbirth, 60 others will suffer debilitating injuries and infection due to the same causes, and 70 children will die, nearly 30 of them newborn babies. Countless other babies will be stillborn or suffer potentially long-term consequences of being born prematurely. The vast majority of these deaths and disabilities are preventable.
- Countdown to 2015, Maternal, Newborn & Child Survival (2012)
Development challenges are increasingly complex, Helen Clark says
Washington — Increasingly complex and interrelated challenges posed by conflict, violence, and disasters demand scaled-up collaboration among governments and development partners, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said here Thursday.
Africa’s security is currently standing at a crossroads. Relatively high African growth rates in combination with the increased institutional strength, credibility and legitimacy of the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have led to greater confidence in Africa’s ability to deal with its security challenges. However, the continent is also confronted with significant security challenges that could have severe ramifications across several countries and regions.
NEW YORK, 19 April 2013 – One and a half million children would not have died in 2011 had they been immunized, according to UNICEF at the start of World Immunization Week. But one in five children is not being reached with vital vaccines due to social or geographical exclusion, lack of resources, weak health systems or conflicts such as those raging today in Syria and parts of West Africa.
The day this Annual Report is published, crucial negotiations on the UN Arms Trade Treaty are taking place in New York. IPIS has monitored this process for many years and, through case work, provided campaigning ngo’s with information on irresponsible arms transfers.
Christopher Fabian and Erica Kochi recognized for “changing the world” through innovation
NEW YORK, 18 April 2013 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake congratulated Christopher Fabian and Erica Kochi, co-leads of UNICEF’s Innovation Unit, on being selected for this year’s prestigious TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Fabian and Kochi drive new technologies and strategies at UNICEF that are leading to significant gains in child survival and development worldwide.