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03 Mar 2015 description

Afghanistan: Heavy snowfall has caused avalanches in northern, central and eastern Afghanistan; 280 people have died. Panshir province is most affected. Communication lines have been disrupted in places, power supplies to Kabul have been cut. Priority needs are for NFIs and emergency shelter; access to isolated areas is difficult.

26 Feb 2015 description

This report carries out a rigorous literature review around four key areas:

Is education seen as a ‘high priority’ amongst emergency affected populations?

To what extent is schooling disrupted by different types of emergencies? And how are different groups affected?

What are the economic and human costs of emergencies on education? And what are returns to investment in education in emergencies?

What is the nature of funding for education in emergencies?

The report finds that:

24 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 18-24 February 2015

Myanmar: 90,000 people are now reported to have been displaced by continuing violence between government troops and multiple armed groups in Kokang, Shan state. Aid organisations have been subject to attack – seven people were wounded in two separate incidents.

23 Feb 2015 description
report War Child UK

A new report has highlighted critical flaws in the Department for International Development's ability to respond to children in armed conflict.

The inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Protecting Children in Armed Conflict highlights a fundamental lack of understanding, policy and strategy within the UK government to provide effective support to children living in armed conflict and contribute towards ending cycles of violence.

Key findings from the report include:

23 Feb 2015 description
report Mercy Corps

Every day there seems to be a different country in the news with a new tragic headline: Nigeria. Ukraine. Afghanistan. Yemen. And of course, Syria.

Last year, we saw an unprecedented number of humanitarian crises around the world, and thanks to supporters like you, we've been on the ground helping people survive and continue working toward a better future despite unimaginable circumstances.

18 Feb 2015 description

“I always wanted to go to school,” said Azra Misbih-ul-huda, 17, who lives in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. “ When this free education mobile learning project was launched in our area I was very excited […]I said to my mother I need to be educated and my mother eventually agreed because she said I had helped her a lot and I deserved it. Up until then I had been living in the village helping my mother with daily chores.”

17 Feb 2015 description
report Oxfam

These updates cover emergencies Oxfam is currently responding to around the world, although please note they don’t intend to be comprehensive.

Syria Crisis

17 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 11–17 February 2015

Myanmar: Fighting between the Myanmar army and the MNDAA, an insurgent group in the Kokang area of Shan state, displaced tens of thousands of people. Some fled into central Myanmar, while between 30,000 and 50,000 are thought to have crossed into Nansan, Yunnan province, China.

17 Feb 2015 description

A regional platform to improve the provision of quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs in Africa was launched on Monday, February 9 in Kigali, Rwanda, during the Ministerial Conference for Sub-Saharan Africa on Education Post-2015.

The Inter-Country Quality Node on Early Childhood Development (ICQN-ECD) is created at the instigation of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Higher Education and Scientific Research of Mauritius, which has taken the responsibility of its leadership.

13 Feb 2015 description

GENEVA (12 February 2015) - “Free, quality basic education is a fundamental human right for all, and governments must not delegate this responsibility to the private sector,” today said the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh.

The expert’s call comes after African education authorities discussed, among other issues, the possibility of reducing States’ spending on education by promoting the expansion of private education at the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Ministerial Conference on Education Post-2015 held in Kigali, Rwanda, this week.

12 Feb 2015 description

This Performance of Australian Aid report assesses the performance and results of the Australian aid program in 2013-14.

The report:

10 Feb 2015 description

Une plateforme régionale destinée à améliorer l’offre de programmes de développement de la petite enfance (DPE) en Afrique a été lancée, ce 9 février 2015 à Kigali au Rwanda, au cours de la Conférence ministérielle sur l’éducation post-2015 en Afrique subsaharienne.

La création de ce pôle de qualité inter-pays sur le développement de la petite enfance est à l’initiative du ministère de l’Éducation et des Ressources humaines, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche scientifique de l’île Maurice, qui en assume la direction.

10 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 4–10 February 2015

Guinea: An increase in Ebola case numbers has been reported for the second consecutive week. Resistance to the response remains high in Forecariah, worst affected by the outbreak; though ten prefectures have reported at least one incident of resistance. Clashes between armed forces and the community were reported in Matoto, Conakry.

10 Feb 2015 description

Motorola Solutions Foundation and UNDP release new research report: Increasing the potential of mobile technologies to advance human development

10 Feb 2015 description
report UN News Service

9 février 2015 – Des attaques contre des écoles ont été recensées dans au moins 70 pays au cours des cinq dernières années et nombre d'entre elles ont visé en particulier des filles, leurs familles et les enseignants plaidant pour l'égalité des sexes en matière d'éducation, selon un nouveau rapport des Nations Unies publié lundi.

09 Feb 2015 description

Attacks against girls’ education occurring with “increasing regularity” – UN human rights report

GENEVA (9 February 2015) – Attacks on schools in at least 70 different countries were documented over a five-year period, between 2009 and 2014, with many of the attacks specifically targeting girls, parents and teachers advocating for gender equality in education, a new UN human rights paper has found.

05 Feb 2015 description
report World Bank


Depuis bien trop longtemps, les femmes et les jeunes filles en Afrique font l’objet de discriminations, phénomène qui affecte leur famille, leur communauté et leur pays tout entier. Alors que nous célébrons «l’année de l’émancipation économique des femmes en Afrique » (thème choisi par l’Union Africaine pour 2015), il est illusoire de penser que sans œuvrer pour l’égalité homme-femme, nous parviendrons à réduire la pauvreté.

05 Feb 2015 description
report World Bank


For far too long, women and girls in Africa have faced discrimination and inequalities in the workforce which have not only hurt them, but their families, communities and their countries as a whole. As we begin 2015, the African Union’s Year of Women’s Empowerment, one thing is clear: we will not reduce poverty without working to achieve gender equality.

03 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 28 January – 3 February 2015

DRC: 30,000 refugees have fled CAR for Equateur province since December. In North Kivu, 18,000 new IDPs need humanitarian assistance; another 21,000 are in need in South Kivu. Nationwide, food security is worsening: over one-third of territories are in Crisis or Emergency phases.