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20 Jan 2015 description

Snapshot 14–20 January

Cameroon: 50,000 people are estimated displaced due to the recent increase in Boko Haram (BH) attacks in the northern regions. In the past week, an attack on a military base in Kolofata resulted in 143 BH killed, subsequently, BH kidnapped 80 people from one village – with three killed and 24 later released. The conflict has escalated regionally, with Chad pledging military support in Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram.

13 Jan 2015 description

Nigeria: Violence has escalated significantly in the northeast. Boko Haram killed more than 2,100 people in the first 11 days of the year. Most were killed in an attack on the town of Baga and surrounding settlements in Borno state, on Lake Chad. Up to 20,000 people were displaced. Other attacks took place in Maiduguri, Damaturu, and Potiskum.

09 Jan 2015 description
report Guardian

Guardian sustainable business: the role of business in development

They still aren’t delivering Amazon packages. But in Haiti, Bhutan, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines, drones have helped rescue natural disaster victims – and transport medical samples and supplies

Tim Smedley

Friday 9 January 2015 10.50 EST

The prospect of drones delivering parcels to your doorstep is still some way off. But the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for humanitarian work in developing countries is already happening.

07 Jan 2015 description

(extrait)

LA COMMISSION EUROPÉENNE,

vu le traité sur le fonctionnement de l'Union européenne,

vu le règlement (CE) n° 1257/96 du Conseil du 20 juin 1996 concernant l’aide humanitaire (ci-après le «règlement concernant l’aide humanitaire»)1 , et notamment son article 2, en particulier le point c), son article 4 et son article 15, paragraphes 2 et 3,

07 Jan 2015 description

(extract)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid ('the Humanitarian Aid Regulation') , and in particular Article 2, notably 2 (c), Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof,

06 Jan 2015 description

Snapshot 17 December – 6 January

Nigeria: A series of suspected Boko Haram attacks in Borno and neighbouring states have resulted in more than 80 deaths, 225 kidnapped, hundreds of homes burneds and thousands displaced.

Central African Republic: Nearly 200,000 people need nutrition assistance. Over 36,000 people are trapped in seven enclaves across the country; a group of 474 Fulani who fled to Yaloke months ago and now cannot leave are in particular need.

02 Jan 2015 description

Human mobility is influenced by environmental change and natural disasters. Researchers have used trip distance distribution, radius of gyration of movements, and individuals' visited locations to understand and capture human mobility patterns and trajectories. However, our knowledge of human movements during natural disasters is limited owing to both a lack of empirical data and the low precision of available data. Here, we studied human mobility using high-resolution movement data from individuals in New York City during and for several days after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

30 Dec 2014 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The 7 th PHT Regional Meeting was held at the Holiday Inn Suva in Fiji from 28 to 30 October 2014. The meeting has been held annually since 2008 to strengthen preparedness and response activities in support of disaster management authorities and affected people in the Pacific. This report aims to capture key points and actions arising from discussions and consultations during the meeting.

29 Dec 2014 description

CGIAR institute launches rugged, inexpensive "GreenPHABLET" to support smallholder farmers with personalized advice, alerts

Planned roll-outs in India, Africa

Hyderabad, India - 29 Dec 2014 - The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) today launched the "GreenPHABLET powered by the GreenSIM" - a low-cost combination phone and tablet computer customized to improve developing world agricultural success and incomes.

17 Dec 2014 description

As delivered

I would like to begin the plenary session with a brief overview of CERF’s support in 2014. You will find background documents in your folders.

So far this year, I have approved more than $450 million in CERF funding to help humanitarian partners deliver life-saving assistance in 44 countries.

Some $280 million, or 62 per cent of that amount, has been provided through the Rapid Response Window and $170 million, or 38 per cent, was allocated through CERF’s Underfunded Emergencies Window.

Ladies and gentlemen,

16 Dec 2014 description

MOSCOW – Recognising a solid and growing relationship, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the government of the Russian Federation today signed an important strategic partnership agreement that will spearhead joint efforts on many fronts to end global hunger and malnutrition.

16 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 10–16 December

Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.

Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.

15 Dec 2014 description

Highlights from this issue:

  • What can we learn from the missteps of providing corticosteroids for preterm delivery?

  • How should health systems in West Africa be strengthened in the wake of the Ebola outbreak?

  • How can behavior change activities increase contraceptive use in urban areas?

  • What role can drug shops play in family planning?

  • How do health care workers find the courage to care for Ebola patients?

11 Dec 2014 description

WASHINGTON, December 11, 2014/ -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) (http://www.usaid.gov) and global telecommunications operator Orange (http://www.orange.com) announced a new alliance to develop innovations in mobile health (mHealth) at the Global mHealth Forum (http://www.mhealthsummit.org/globalmhealthforum) in Washington, DC. These mHealth innovations will help treat and care for individuals in developing countries across Africa.

10 Dec 2014 description
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Handbook on the International Normative Framework
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Practitioners’ Manual

These practical resources have been developed under an initiative of the Government of Switzerland with support from Conflict Dynamics since the initiative's commencement in 2009. A Consultation Group involving the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has guided and contributed actively in various ways to the development of the resources through all stages.

09 Dec 2014 description
report Humanity Road

By Cat Graham

Humanity Road in collaboration with Statistics Without Borders is pleased to announce the publication of a guide to help emergency managers understand social media analytics. This twenty page guide and report contains helpful tips for emergency managers.

02 Dec 2014 description

Niger: 10,000 refugees arrived in Diffa region from Damasack, Nigeria. Most were fleeing forced recruitment by Boko Haram, and some unaccompanied children were reported. More than 105,000 people have arrived from Nigeria since May 2013, and the rate is increasing. The newly displaced are in a critical situation, and Diffa faces serious gaps in service provision.

27 Nov 2014 description

PREPARACIÓN PARA DESASTRES

Sociedades caribeñas de la Cruz Roja lanzan ‘app’ salvavidas gratis para riesgos múltiples

La población en todo el Caribe, ahora puede descargar una aplicación (“app”) gratis para teléfonos móviles, que les ayudará prepararse ante emergencias y mantenerse a salvo durante los desastres naturales, como huracanes, inundaciones y sismos.

25 Nov 2014 description

Pakistan: Drought conditions in Sindh have affected nearly 1.7 million people; nearly 500 have died in Tharparkar, including 296 children. In FATA, the number of people displaced by the military’s operation Khyber One in the Tirah Valley has grown to 440,000 people, adding to 993,000 displaced by operations in North Waziristan.

Liberia: Two million children are thought to be affected by the consequences of the Ebola epidemic. High levels of unemployment are affecting income: 70% of households in a recent survey said they do not have enough money to afford food.

20 Nov 2014 description
report Finn Church Aid

New education technology offers solutions to increase the pedagogical skills of teachers, production of innovative learning materials and distance teaching in developing countries and crisis areas, says Laura Vanhanen, adviser on education for Finn Church Aid at Slush2014 -event on Wednesday.

At the event, FCA and its cooperation partner Rovio discussed with the delegation of the World Bank ways to strengthen the education sector in fragile states through the use of new technology.