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World + 18 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary April 11-17, 2014

Locally heavy rainfall may ease moisture deficits in parts of western Angola

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since February has led to deteriorating ground conditions in western Angola. These long-term moisture deficits may negatively impact developing crops and pastoral areas. However, precipitation forecasts indicate the potential for locally heavy rainfall in the Benguela and Cuanza Sul provinces, which may provide some relief to moisture stress in the country.
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World + 17 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary April 4-10, 2014

Weakened Tropical Cyclone Hellen expected to make landfall in Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Locally heavy rainfall throughout central Tanzania during the last seven days has resulted in isolated flooding, damages to infrastructure, displaced populations, and damages to crops and livestock in the Kagera, Singida, and Dodoma provinces.

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World + 23 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary March 21-27, 2014

Rains maintain flooding and ground saturation risks throughout southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

1.Heavy rains over the past several weeks have destroyed houses, damaged infrastructure, and displaced local residents over the Kitwe region of north-central Zambia. Moderate to heavy rains forecast during the next week could maintain elevated risks for localized flooding over many areas of the region.

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World + 6 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary March 7-13, 2014

Flood risks remain for parts of south-eastern Africa

  1. Heavy rains during the past week have destroyed houses, damaged infrastructure, and displaced local residents near Kitwe in north-central Zambia. Moderate to heavy rains are expected to continue during the next outlook period, which could trigger new flooding and worsen ground conditions.

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Kyrgyzstan + 7 others
Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus: Building a culture of safety through schools

Promoting disaster preparedness through education is crucial not only because children are at risk, but also because they can be effective agents of change.

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World + 9 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary February 21-27, 2014

Heavy rainfall forecast for flood-affected areas of southern Africa

  1. Consistently heavy rains over the past few weeks have caused flooding, overflowing of rivers, infrastructure damage, and have displaced people in many local areas of central and eastern Zambia, including the Luano Valley, Kitwe, and Chipata regions. Heavy downpours are forecast to continue during the next outlook period, which could exacerbate ground conditions.

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World + 9 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary - February 14-20, 2014

Heavy rains may lead to localized flooding in parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and South Africa

1.Portions of Tanzania have experienced below average seasonal rainfall since late November. Poorly distributed rains since early December have also led to developing dry conditions in the Morogoro and Pwani provinces further east. The anomalous dryness has already negatively impacted vegetation conditions in the region. Recent rains, though, have reduced long-term deficits and improved ground conditions.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

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World + 27 others
Human Rights and Democracy: The 2012 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report

Foreword by Foreign Secretary William Hague

The promotion and protection of human rights is at the heart of the UK’s foreign policy objectives. I, along with my ministerial team, consistently raise human rights violations wherever and whenever they occur. And with this in mind, I am delighted to introduce the FCO’s 2012 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report, which details our efforts to promote human rights during 2012.

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Kyrgyzstan + 1 other
Uzbeks Dropping Out of School at Alarming Rate

Report
EurasiaNet

The hardships of the recent past are taking a toll on ethnic Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan. Anecdotal evidence indicates Kyrgyz Uzbeks’ educational aspirations are shriveling.

Life for many Uzbeks living in Osh, Jalalabad and other southern areas took a drastic turn for the worse following inter-ethnic rioting in June 2010. Since then, Uzbeks continue to face discrimination, along with the loss of economic opportunities.

EurasiaNet:

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The Central Eurasia Project aims, through its website, meetings, papers, and grants, to foster a more informed debate about the social, political and economic developments of the Caucasus and Central Asia. It is a program of the Open Society Institute-New York. The Open Society Institute-New York is a private operating and grantmaking foundation that promotes the development of open societies around the world by supporting educational, social, and legal reform, and by encouraging alternative approaches to complex and controversial issues. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent the position of the Open Society Institute and are the sole responsibility of the author or authors.

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Armenia + 8 others
Regional Humanitarian Funding Update - Caucasus and Central Asia, No. 9 |1 January – 31 December 2013 [EN/RU]

Highlights

  • In 2013, countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia saw a dramatic drop in the incoming aid.

  • Only 1 per cent of the aid received by the region was provided directly to the affected government and the rest was channeled through non-governmental organizations and United Nations agencies.

  • Outgoing humanitarian aid from the Caucasus and Central Asia continues to decline with the region giving just $1 million in aid during the reporting period.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Uzbekistan Consolidated Operational Plan 2014

  1. Executive summary

In 2014 the IFRC will support the Uzbekistan Red Crescent Society (URCS) to contribute to well-managed migration flows in Uzbekistan by improving the living conditions and protecting the rights and dignity of migrants and returnees.

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Somalia + 12 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary December 13-19, 2013

Moderate to locally heavy rainfall may alleviate dryness in eastern Southern Africa

  1. Although local areas of equatorial eastern Africa have received increased rainfall over the past few weeks, poor rainfall performance since the beginning of the October has led to large moisture deficits over central Kenya and southern Somalia. This dryness is likely to negatively impact the development of crops and pastoral conditions, with little opportunity for recovery before the end of the rainy season.

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Kyrgyzstan + 7 others
Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Central Asia and Caucasus – DIPECHO (ECHO/DIP/BUD/2014/94000) Last update: 25/10/2013 Version 1

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/ BUD/2014/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 8 000 000

1. CONTEXT

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Kazakhstan + 5 others
UNHCR Global Appeal 2014-2015 - Central Asia subregional overview

Working environment

Central Asia continues to progress towards political and socio-economic stability. Although all of the Central Asian States, with the exception of Uzbekistan, have acceded to the 1951 Refugee Convention and adopted national refugee laws, the level of refugee protection does not always comply with international standards.

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Afghanistan + 5 others
Senior UN officials pledge Organization’s support to Central Asian region

Report
UN News Service

28 September 2013 – Top United Nations officials today pledged the Organization’s ongoing support to preventive diplomacy to assist the Central Asian region in tackling persistent and emerging challenges more effectively, with Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson spotlighting terrorism and extremism, poverty, human rights, and environmental issues as areas of special concern.

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Uzbekistan 2012-2015: Long Term Planning Framework - Revision n°1

  1. Who are we?

The IFRC secretariat is organised in business groups: five decentralised Zone offices and four business groups at the Geneva secretariat. The Europe Zone Office is one of the five decentralised zone offices with one regional and several country offices reporting to it. Following structural changes in the middle of 2012 the Regional Delegation for Central Asia was closed, and the responsibility for the support to the Uzbekistan Red Crescent has been moved to the Europe Zone Office.