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01 Apr 2015 description

Eager to expand their range of approaches, peacebuilding actors have for some years witnessed a growing interest in the role of art initiatives in conflict management. For their part, increasing numbers of artists are using it as a means to escape traditional art institutions. The professionalisation of the field has led us to consider the role that art could play in peacebuilding, as well as the advantages and associated risks of this approach and the challenges that must be overcome.

01 Apr 2015 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

27 Mar 2015 description

Late season dryness spreads across much of Southern Africa

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia.
    Rainfall forecast during the next week should help alleviate deficits.

  2. Below-average rainfall over bi-modal northern Tanzania during the past several weeks has increased rainfall deficits and affected crop conditions. A significant increase in rainfall is expected across Tanzania and neighboring countries in late March.

25 Mar 2015 description
  • Several anomalously dry areas expected to receive above-average rainfall during the next week.
  • Much of Ethiopia received a large increase in seasonal rains during mid-March.
25 Mar 2015 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

  • Conflict in Iraq has disrupted food markets, leading to price hikes in Anbar, Salah Al-Din and Kirkuk. According to the 2014-2015 Strategic Response Plan, around 5.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, and over 2.5 million people are currently displaced.

25 Mar 2015 description

Hidroeletrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB), the company that operates the Cahora Bassa dam on the Zambezi river, has announced that it will spend 480 million meticais (US$14 million) on protecting HCB transmission lines from the effects of flooding.

This protection will involve strengthening the pylons on or near river banks. Broader and deeper foundations for the pylons will be built, which will be able to withstand the force of the waters during peak moments of a flood.

24 Mar 2015 description

By Kate Seymour

Siphokazi Kosopi suffered intense discrimination after she was diagnosed with multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). However, with the support of her family and the South African Red Cross Society, she has become an advocate for acceptance and a mentor to other MDR-TB patients in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.

When she first fell ill in 2013, Kosopi did not know what was wrong with her. She had no appetite, had diarrhoea and was losing weight. Her family took her to a hospital where she was admitted and put into an isolated room.

23 Mar 2015 description


  • Dry, hot conditions intensify in February in southern half of the region, negatively affecting crops in several areas including South Africa, Lesotho and Zimbabwe

  • Heavy February rainfall received in parts of Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique

  • Dry conditions in early March potentially compromise production prospects in late-planted areas in north-eastern parts of the region

18 Mar 2015 description
  • Heavy and above-average rains caused flooding and fatalities in western Angola.

  • Onset of the rainy season expected in Eastern Africa during the next week.

1) Since late December, a sharp reduction in rainfall has resulted in mid-season dryness across parts of southern Angola, western Zambia, northern Namibia into the Caprivi Strip region, and the Ghanzi and Ngamiland districts of Botswana. The continuation of suppressed rainfall is expected to negatively impact crops.

17 Mar 2015 description


Migration has been and always will be a fact of life; we have to ensure that it is also a safe process that does not negatively impact the health of migrants and host communities. Population mobility influences, guides and supports economic and social development, social stability, and the greater integration of global processes in countries of origin, transit, destination and return. The healthier migrants are, the more efficient and balanced the future of our integrated and globalized world will be.

13 Mar 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues in much of southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia. Dry weather is expected to continue during the next week, which is likely to increase moisture deficits in the region.

11 Mar 2015 description

- Suppressed rains expected in Southern Africa during the next week. - Dry weather observed over the Greater Horn of Africa.

1) Frequent and above-average rainfall over the past several weeks has led to large moisture surpluses in northern Mozambique. During the next week, heavy rains are forecast to continue, which could trigger new flooding and exacerbate conditions on the ground.

11 Mar 2015 description


•The austral summer monsoon continues to be very active over Indian Ocean and in the vicinity of eastern parts of continental SADC.

•The region received: normal rainfall conditions over the easternmost parts of contiguous SADC mostly covered by Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

•Significant drier-than-normal conditions continued to occur over the western and southern parts of conterminous SADC.

10 Mar 2015 description
report World Bank

Keiko Inoue, Emanuela di Gropello, Yesim Sayin Taylor, and James Gresham



10 Mar 2015 description
report Voice of America

Ndimyake Mwakalyele

WASHINGTON DC— South African authorities have reportedly sealed off the Sikwalakwala border post linking the country with Zimbabwe amid reports of a cholera outbreak in the south-eastern parts of Chiredzi, Masvingo province, and Beitbridge.

A regular caller on VOA Studio 7’s LiveTalk program, who normally identifies himself as Moshangani from Chigwedziba communal lands and is now based in South Africa, said that country allegedly shut down its border in order to protect its citizens from the disease.