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.
Earlier this year, in the State of the Union address, President Obama called upon us to join the world in ending extreme poverty in the next two decades. It was an extraordinary moment, as the President set forth a vision for one of the greatest contributions to human progress in history.
KAMPALA –U.S. Mission Uganda has announced a donation of $12 million to the UN World Food Program (WFP) Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation in support of refugees in Uganda and the chronically food-insecure people in the Karamoja region.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide the funding to WFP on behalf of the American people. The contribution advances the U. S. Government’s food security initiative, Feed the Future, which aims to sustainably reduce hunger, poverty, and under-nutrition.
The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) is a new survey-based index designed to measure the empowerment, agency, and inclusion of women in the agricultural sector. The WEAI was initially developed as a tool to reflect women’s empowerment that may result from the United States government’s Feed the Future Initiative, which commissioned the development of the WEAI. The WEAI can also be used more generally to assess the state of empowerment and gender parity in agriculture, to identify key areas in which empowerment needs to be strengthened, and to track progress over time.
Increased rainfall during the last week helped to improve mid-season dryness across Kenya and Somalia, however moderate seasonal deficits remain for many local areas.
1) Even with a reduction of precipitation last week, several weeks of above-average rainfall has led to significant moisture surpluses. An elevated potential for moderate to heavy rainfall may trigger additional flooding, damage local infrastructure, and negatively impact cropping activities throughout Uganda, Kenya, northern Tanzania,
Rwanda and Burundi.
U.S. Mission Uganda and the Embassy of Sweden today announced their first-ever joint Loan Portfolio Guarantee Agreement in Uganda. This joint Agreement, with Centenary Bank Uganda Limited, will significantly expand access to credit for the private health sector, and bring more affordable and high-quality medical care to more Ugandans.
1) With seasonal rains ending and as vegetation dries out, locust swarms have formed in Chad and are expected to form shortly in Niger and Mali. Swarms are then expected to migrate towards the north as well as potentially into cropping areas in western/central Mali.
This is the final Central African Republic fact sheet for FY 2012.
On September 1, Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels abducted 19 civilians and killed two in southeastern Central African Republic (CAR). The ongoing threat of violence and abduction as a result of LRA presence in southeastern CAR and active armed groups in northern areas of the country has displaced nearly 27,000 people in 2012, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
1) Strong easterly wave activity across West Africa is expected to enhance precipitation amounts during the next week, which may trigger localized flooding over parts of eastern Guinea, southeastern Senegal, and border areas of Mali and Cote d’Ivoire. Continued oversaturation of ground conditions in Guinea also heightens the risk for water-borne diseases outbreaks.
KAMPALA – The U.S. Mission Uganda, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, and other development partners today marked a significant milestone in evidence-based planning with the launch of the 2011 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (2011 UDHS) at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala. The U.S.
Lilian, a member of the Langi tribe, is 30 years old and lives with her husband of 17 years, Wilson, and their five children in the Lango region of northern Uganda. Her family lives in one of the village’s nicer dwellings: a grass-thatched hut with four rooms made from unburned clay blocks, a floor made from cow dung and soil, and a pit latrine. The family uses firewood for cooking and kerosene lamps for light.
1) Above-average rains observed in western Sudan and eastern Chad during the past thirty days have caused localized flash floods. With additional heavy rain forecast for the next week, localized flash flooding could occur.
WASHINGTON D.C. – This evening the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the World Health Organization (WHO), AVAC and Champions for an HIV-Free Generation brought together African political and traditional leaders, as well as key figures in the international HIV response, for a satellite event at the 19th International AIDS Conference 2012.