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05 May 2016 description

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2016 Article IV Consultation with Zimbabwe and Third Review Under the Staff Monitored Program

Press Release No. 16/194
May 4, 2016

On May 2, 2016, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Zimbabwe.

03 May 2016 description

UNDP with support from a number of bilateral donors have embarked on laying the ground-work for the establishment of the Zimbabwe Resilience-Building Fund. This is an initiative between Government of Zimbabwe and donors which has the overall objective: to contribute to increased capacity of communities to protect development gains in the face of shocks and stresses, enabling them to contribute to the economic growth of Zimbabwe.

The strategy to achieve the set objective is developed around the following four main components:

03 May 2016 description
report The Zimbabwean

SHEPHERD Tavaruva, a previous Masvingo Farmer of the Year winner, says he won’t be adding to his medal tally any time soon.

Zimbabwe’s worst drought since the new millennium is driving farmers like Tavaruva off the land. The 34-year-old, who won the provincial accolade in 2006 and 2007, now runs a security company where he says the risk is lower.

02 May 2016 description

The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.

30 Apr 2016 description
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Low regional cereal supply levels triggers price increases in parts of Southern Africa

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30 Apr 2016 description
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Limited household incomes and poor liquidity to increase number of food insecure households

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29 Apr 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Nationally, 7,058 children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) have been admitted to therapeutic treatment programmes since December 2015. Almost 17% (1,162) of these admissions took place in emergency response districts where active nutrition screening is taking place. In these same districts the number of children admitted for SAM treatment has more than doubled from 364 during the period January 2015 to March 2015 to 834 during the period January 2016 to March 2016 (these figures exclude referrals and transfers).

29 Apr 2016 description

In this issue

  • Implementing the Agenda for Humanity P.1

  • IGAD-SADC and conflict prevention P.2

  • The Great Lakes Pact and Rule of Law P.3

  • Domesticating the Kampala Convention P.4

  • Burundi Humanitarian Hotline installed P.6

  • Launch of Humanitarian-Private Sector Platforms P.6

  • HoA Initiative: Financing Humanity P 7

KEY FIGURES

# of IDPs 11 m

# of refugees 3.4 m

29 Apr 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

By Jeffrey Moyo

BUHERA, Zimbabwe, Apr 29 2016 (IPS) - Emaciated and with their ribs jutting out, Evans Sinyoro’s cattle lie on the ground overlooking a dry patch of land while the small earth dam nearby is also dry, thanks to the El Nino-induced drought wreaking havoc across Zimbabwe.

El Niño is a complex weather pattern resulting from variations in ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific.

29 Apr 2016 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.

29 Apr 2016 description
report The Zimbabwean
Zimbabwe's political environment remains tense with a leading rights organisation saying President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF and state security organs were dominating the perpetrators list of human rights violations.


According to the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP), which documents and publishes cases of rights violations every month, Zanu PF, in March this year, remained the most hostile political party, accounting for over 80 percent of the violations.

There were 123 violations which had 318 victims altogether.

28 Apr 2016 description

Since 2007, Generations For Peace has trained 8,920 volunteers from 50 countries, and with our support, volunteer-led programmes have reached 229,020 children, youth, and adults in communities facing different forms of violence. Our cascading model, in which volunteers we have trained directly (1st generation) go on to train other 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and even up to 6th generation volunteers in their communities, increases our reach and reinforces the sustainability of our efforts.

27 Apr 2016 description

GLOBAL HEALTH IMPACTS

• Severe drought and associated food insecurity, flooding, rains and temperature rises due to El Niño 2015-2016 are causing a wide range of health problems, including disease outbreaks, malnutrition and disruption of health services.

• El Niño 2015-2016 is affecting more than 60 million people, especially in Eastern and Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific.

27 Apr 2016 description
infographic World Health Organization

El Niño 2015-2016 is affecting more than 60 million people worldwide, and the health consequences, such as disease outbreaks and malnutrition, are expected to increase throughout 2016.

Funding is required to support activities by Ministries of Health, WHO, Health Cluster and partners to prepare for, and respond to, the health problems of those most affected by El Niño.

These funding figures are taken from individual country plans as well as WHO and interagency Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) for 2016.

27 Apr 2016 description

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks 5,181,321 Swiss francs in total to support the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) reach 38,330 people with a focus on food security, water, health and hygiene promotion, and nutrition and livelihoods (carried out through cash distributions). This appeal has been revised due to the worsening drought situation, particularly in the South of Zimbabwe and the increasing number of affected people, estimated to reach 2,820,000 (30% of the country population ).

27 Apr 2016 description

Key messages

  • The current rainfall season has been the driest in the last 35 years across several parts of the Southern Africa Region. Two consecutive below-average rainy seasons have significantly impacted crop and livestock production, cereal prices, water availability, and livelihoods.

  • Food and nutrition security in the region also remains extremely fragile, with the situation expected to worsen. Overall, 28 million people are estimated to be at risk of food insecurity.