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Agricultural Land Redistribution and Land Administration in Sub-Saharan Africa: Case Studies of Recent Reforms

Report
World Bank

The six case studies in this book were prepared as background studies for a synthesis report on land administration and reform in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Collectively they cover two main areas of land governance: reforms in redistributing agricultural land; and reforms in land administration. The problems in land ownership inequality and poor land administration are defined and the question of why reforms are necessary is addressed. The first two case studies focus on reforms in redistributing agricultural land in Malawi and South Africa.

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Africa Agriculture Research Gets Increase in Funding

Report
World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa Multi-Donor Trust Fund received an additional $14 million from the European Commission to achieve food security

  • The boost increases total support for the fund to $45 million

  • The funding is also intended to help Sub-Saharan African countries reach a higher path of economic growth through agriculture development

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Action Plans to Prevent and End Violations Against Children

The 11th Report of the UN Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict (2012) listed 32 persistent perpetrators of grave violations against children– that is, those who were perpetrators for a period of five years or longer -, and proposed measures to increase pressure on these perpetrators to end violations. One of the recommendations focused on action plans, an important tool in preventing and ending violations.

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Peaceful, stable societies vital for advancing development, General Assembly told

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UN News Service

24 April 2014 – Peace and stability are vital if sustainable development is to take root and flourish, United Nations officials stressed today as the General Assembly met to consider how these essential conditions can contribute to eradicating poverty and ensuring well-being for all.

“Stability and peace are essential enablers of sustainable development, just as violence is one of its greatest obstacles,” Assembly President John Ashe stated as he opened the thematic debate on ‘Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies.’

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Kicking off annual global immunization campaign, UN asks: ‘Are you up to date?’

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UN News Service

24 April 2014 – While some 80 percent of children around the world, or 110 million infants, are receiving life-saving vaccinations each year, “one in five – more than 22 million children – not being vaccinated is too much for us,” according to the World Health Organization at the start of World Immunization Week 2014.

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UN-backed initiative boosts knowledge-sharing to combat neglected tropical diseases

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UN News Service

24 April 2014 – Announcing that more than 50 partners are now on board its partnership initiative to fight against neglected tropical diseases, tuberculosis and malaria, the United Nations intellectual property agency today hailed the watershed achievement as a significant step towards helping more than one billion people overcome such maladies.

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Día Mundial del Paludismo 2014: La OMS ayuda a los países a evaluar la viabilidad de la eliminación del paludismo

24 DE ABRIL DE 2014 | GINEBRA - El 25 de abril, Día Mundial del Paludismo, la Organización Mundial de la Salud publicará un manual que ayudará a los países a evaluar la viabilidad técnica, operacional y financiera de la eliminación de esta enfermedad.

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La próxima despensa global - Cómo América Latina puede alimentar al mundo

Informe posiciona a América Latina y el Caribe como la próxima despensa global

La región de América Latina y el Caribe puede ayudar a alimentar a una población mundial de nueve mil millones de personas en 2050 siempre y cuando se implementen acciones de política clave que busquen reforzar la productividad agrícola, según un nuevo informe publicado hoy por el Global Harverst Initiative (GHI) y el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID).

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Jihadi jurisprudence? Militant interpretations of Islamic rules of war

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IRIN

DUBAI, 24 April 2014 (IRIN) - In 2012, the Taliban wrote an open letter to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in response to its accusations that the militant group had killed civilians.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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Islamic law and the rules of war

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IRIN

DUBAI, 24 April 2014 (IRIN) - With the majority of today’s conflicts taking place in Muslim countries or involving Muslim combatants, aid agencies are operating - arguably more than ever before - in situations where Islamic norms govern the terrain in which they work.

Islamic law contains a rich but complex set of rules on the protection of civilians. But can that centuries-old canon be reconciled with modern international humanitarian norms?

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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Can Islamic law be an answer for humanitarians?

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IRIN

DUBAI, 24 April 2014 (IRIN) - Humanitarian action today is largely taking place in Muslim-majority countries where some combatants turn to Islamic law, among other sources, to guide their military behaviour.

As a result, in the last decade, aid and advocacy agencies have increasingly tried to understand Islamic law in order to use its humanitarian provisions as tools of negotiation with armed groups in the Muslim world.

This is particularly helpful in engaging Islamist armed groups, some of whom reject international humanitarian law (IHL).

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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Conflict-related sexual violence - Report of the Secretary-General (S/2014/181)

The present report, which covers the period from January to December 2013, is submitted pursuant to paragraph 22 of Security Council resolution 2106 (2013) , in which the Council requested me to submit annual reports on the implementation of resolutions 1820 (2008) , 1888 (2009) , 1960 (2010) and 2106 (2013) with regard to conflict - related sexual violence. The report presents information on parties to conflict credibly suspected of committing or being responsible for acts of rape and other forms of sexual violence.

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Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review Working Group to hold nineteenth session in Geneva from 28 April to 9 May

BACKGROUND RELEASE

24 April 2014

The nineteenth session of the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group will be held in Geneva from 28 April to 9 May during which 14 States are scheduled to have their human rights records examined under this mechanism.

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Les partenaires veulent des avancées plus rapides dans le combat contre le paludisme

Report
The Global Fund

GENÈVE – Les partenaires de la santé mondiale collaborent en vue d’accélérer les progrès vers un monde libéré du paludisme. Pour y parvenir, ils mettent en place une planification ambitieuse et emploient au mieux l’intégralité des financements, de manière à avoir un impact plus marqué et à atteindre davantage de personnes touchées par cette maladie.

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Tsetse fly genome breakthrough brings hope for African farmers

Understanding DNA code for carrier insect will help scientists working to control livestock disease

24 April 2014, Rome/Vienna - Scientists have cracked the genetic code of the bloodsucking tsetse fly, prompting hope that the breakthrough will help future efforts to control one of the most devastating livestock diseases in sub-Saharan Africa spread by the insect.

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The President’s Malaria Initiative - Eighth Annual Report to Congress | April 2014

Tomorrow, April 25, 2014, is World Malaria Day. Each year, this day commemorates the global fight toward zero malaria deaths and mobilizes action to combat the disease. On this occasion, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), releases its Eighth Annual Report to Congress [PDF, 20MB], which describes the U.S. Government’s contributions to the global fight against malaria.

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Acute malnutrition: An everyday emergency - A 10-point plan for tackling acute malnutrition in under-fives

Generation Nutrition – report shows ending child deaths from hunger in a generation is now possible

Child deaths from acute malnutrition could be ended in a generation, according to a new global campaign launched today by a coalition of leading international development organisations.

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Les interventions humanitaires dans les situations de violence urbaine

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ALNAP

Portée de ce document

Ce document identifie les leçons tirées d’interventions humanitaires dans des situations de violence urbaine. il est axé sur les opérations et destiné principalement au personnel de terrain chargé de la conception et de l’évaluation des programmes. Les enseignements sont tirés d’études de cas et d’évaluations d’organisations humanitaires qui travaillent dans ces contextes.

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Humanitarian negotiations with armed non-state actors: key lessons from Afghanistan, Sudan and Somalia

Analysis of armed groups has been largely neglected in the literature on humanitarian principles and aid worker security, and agencies often lack the information they need to engage with these actors to help people affected.

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Highlights of recent IFPRI food policy research for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Reducing poverty and hunger through food policy research

Updated April 2014

Agriculture and rural development play a critical role in alleviating poverty and undernutrition. In a February 2012 speech, Bill Gates affirmed: “If you care about the poorest, you care about agriculture. Investments in agriculture are the best weapons against hunger and poverty, and they have made life better for billions of people. The international agriculture community needs to be more innovative, coordinated, and focused to help poor farmers grow more. If we can do that, we can dramatically reduce suffering and build self-sufficiency.”

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