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20 Jul 2017 description

Harnessing the collective strengths of the UN system to improve the health of women, children and adolescents everywhere

20 Jul 2017 description

FCO launches its Annual Human Rights report for 2016

Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy puts human rights centre stage of foreign policy.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has published its 2016 Annual Human Rights Report. The report covers the period from January to December 2016 and for the first time includes a dedicated section on modern slavery - a key UK Government priority.

20 Jul 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

On Tuesday night, unidentified assailants burned down a bar in Harare owned by Elias Mudzuri, the deputy president of Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, MDC-T. Mudzuri and several other local activists with whom I spoke believed that supporters of the ruling ZANU-PF party were responsible for this attack, as well as the one that destroyed the house of an MDC-T local councilor.

19 Jul 2017 description
report IRIN

Best intentions don’t always translate into best practice, as David Dzama found out to his cost. At first, conservation agriculture seemed liked the solution to the climate change-linked problems facing the smallholder farmer in Zimbabwe’s Seke district, about 50 kilometres south of Harare.

Read the full report on IRIN.

18 Jul 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Busani Bafana

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jul 18 2017 (IPS)

Southern African countries have agreed on a multi-pronged plan to increase surveillance and research to contain the fall army worm, which has cut forecast regional maize harvests by up to ten percent, according to a senior U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) official.

17 Jul 2017 description

Overview

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 37 events: three Grade 3, six Grade 2, seven Grade 1, and 21 ungraded events.

14 Jul 2017 description
report CARE

Based on the experience of delivering the first large-scale humanitarian cash programme in Zimbabwe, this briefing paper argues that even during a liquidity crisis, cash transfer programming can still be a feasible option, giving people greater freedom and dignity of choice during times of crisis.

The paper concludes that cash transfers are a cost-effective and cost-efficient modality for meeting community needs, and makes policy recommendations for future cash transfer programming.

14 Jul 2017 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population (IPC Phase 3 and higher) is compared to last year and the recent five-year average and categorized as Higher ( p), Similar ( u), or Lower ( ). Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

13 Jul 2017 description

Over 57,000 people in five countries will benefit; includes response to extreme hunger in South Sudan

Over 57,000 people in five countries will benefit from five projects totalling $2.8 million committed by Canadian Foodgrains Bank in June.

The projects are being implemented by Foodgrains Bank members Development and Peace—Caritas Canada, Emergency Relief & Development Overseas, World Relief Canada and World Renew, in collaboration with their local partners.

In February, famine was declared in parts of South Sudan.

12 Jul 2017 description
report Voice of America

Sebastian Mhofu

HARARE — Zimbabwean police Wednesday clashed with hundreds of opposition protesters calling for electoral reforms before next year's polls.

Zimbabwe’s capital city came to a standstill for about four hours Wednesday as opposition protesters conducted running battles with police. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the demonstrators, who were lobbing stones and even pieces of fruit they grabbed from street vendors.

VOA saw police kick or beat at least 20 protesters with batons before arresting them.

12 Jul 2017 description
report Hong Kong Red Cross

Situation Update
Further to the last situation update , Somalia continues to be one of the worst-affected countries, as forecast by the Famine Early Warning Systems (FEWS) Network and the International Red Cross, famine is likely to be declared in late 2017 in the state of Puntland, Somaliland and South West, Somalia.

11 Jul 2017 description

The Zimbabwe Peace Project has noted with concern the rise in informal settlement violence as witnessed through arbitrary demolition of houses by land barons, their functionaries and ZANU PF activists.

After being ousted from the committee of Nehanda Housing Trust, Never Kowo and Andrew Marauka ordered the demolition of houses of a few residents in Dzivaresakwa on the 7th of July through the services of some youths who are said to be ZANU PF members.

10 Jul 2017 description

Overview

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 39 events: three Grade 3, six Grade 2, six Grade 1, and 24 ungraded events.

This week’s edition covers key ongoing events in the region, including the grade 3 humanitarian crises in South Sudan and Ethiopia and outbreaks of hepatitis E in the Lake Chad Basin (Chad, Niger and Nigeria), malaria in Burundi, dengue fever in Côte d’Ivoire, and visceral leishmaniasis in Kenya.

10 Jul 2017 description
report Plan

Social isolation forms a key, unrecognised barrier to gender equality, and reduces many girls’ life chances, suggests new research from Plan International.

The social isolation of adolescent girls, caused by restricted freedoms, domestic duties and early marriage, emerges as a major, unrecognised barrier to equality in new research from Plan International.