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20 May 2017 description

Mixed migration flows within, from and to the East Africa and Yemen region continued to be affected by a number of complex dynamics, including conflict, drought and economic reasons among others. Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees continued to be at a significant risk of harm, ranging from abduction, physical abuse and death on land and at sea. Policy considerations remained focussed on limiting irregular migration, particularly to Europe.

Irregular Movement from East Africa and Yemen

Northward (through Egypt into Israel)

19 May 2017 description

Despite recent seasonal rainfall, moisture deficits remain in central Kenya and Somalia

  1. Following rains during early March, significant long-term moisture deficits remain throughout central and eastern Madagascar.

  2. Inconsistent rainfall since late December has led to continued dryness across many parts of western Angola.

19 May 2017 description

Food availability and access expected to improve as the main harvest peaks

Key Messages

  • After delays due to late planting and above normal soil moisture conditions, harvesting activities intensified across the country in May. Harvesting is expected to extend into June in some areas. Although official production estimates are still to come, the harvests are expected to improve the food security situation across the country.

19 May 2017 description

Record maize production attained due to good rains

Key Messages

17 May 2017 description

This is the first consolidated presentation of the reported results of CERF funding, covering a full year of CERF allocations. As such, it serves as a pilot and will inform future CERF results reporting. This report was compiled on the basis of information provided by Resident Coordinators/Humanitarian Coordinators (RC/ HCs) and Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) in 66 consolidated reports covering the results of more than 450 CERF-funded projects.

17 May 2017 description
report IRIN

Diagnosed HIV-positive two years ago, Kayana Kandagona* suffers regular episodes of dizziness. However, this is not the cause of the 34-year-old’s anxiety as she waits for a routine appointment at a faith-based organisation’s outpatient clinic in the Mozambican capital, Maputo.

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17 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • As of April 1, WFP operates in country under the Country Strategic Plan (2017-2021).

  • WFP’s 2016/17 Lean Season Assistance cycle drew to an end in April after assisting 1.1 million people at its peak. Resilience-building is now a priority with the 2017 Productive Assets Creation cycle commencing in May, which urgently requires additional resources to ensure a timely start.

  • WFP and partners organized two Field Days to take stock of the small grains project’s progress. The harvest seems promising.

16 May 2017 description

Avant-propos

La politique belge en matière de développement international subit de profondes transformations.
Dans l’élan des Objectifs de développement durable, nous définissons dans de nombreux domaines une nouvelle approche et endossons un leadership international, avec pour mot d’ordre l’innovation.
La Belgique joue un rôle de premier plan dans le domaine de la numérisation et du développement. Sous son impulsion, l’Union européenne a décidé d’accorder désormais une place de choix aux technologies numériques dans le cadre de sa politique de développement.

16 May 2017 description
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Preface

The Belgian international development policy is undergoing a complete transformation. Under the impulse of the Sustainable Development Goals we opt in many different fields for a new approach and for international leadership. Innovation is the key word in this context.

16 May 2017 description

In 2015/6 Lesotho has been severely affected by a El Nino-induced drought, leaving more than 60% of the rural population at risk of food insecurity. While the peak of the El Nino weather phenomenon has subsided, its significant effects on population are set to continue until at least May/June 2017. Humanitarian partners have been able to secure more than USD 40.7 million for the relief response.

16 May 2017 description

In December 2015, the Government of Lesotho declared a state of emergency after the worst drought in 35 years hit the country. Following the adoption of the National Emergency Response Plan in January 2016, the government appealed to the international community for humanitarian assistance in February 2016, pledging approximately US$ 11 million of its own resources. The United Nations Country Team mobilized US$ 4,782,918 through the UN Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) which enabled the humanitarian programmes to start interventions in March/April 2016, which terminated in October 2016.

16 May 2017 description

Johannesburg – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$13.4 million contribution from the United States government to support people living with HIV, AIDS and TB in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

15 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The chronic drought crisis continues to affect an estimated 1.42 million people, including 756,000 children. Temporary heavy rains have elevated the risk of cholera outbreaks and other water-borne diseases. As of April 2017, the cumulative number of suspected cholera cases stands at 392. Soyo – 218; Cabinda – 173 and Luanda – 1. In total 18 deaths have been reported: Soyo – 10; Cabinda – 8. Since week 12, a constant decrease was noted in Soyo, no new cases have been reported since week 16.

15 May 2017 description

LUSAKA / GENEVA (12 May 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, today cautioned that many Zambian peasants are at risk of becoming squatters on their own land as Zambia is turned into Southern Africa’s food basket.

15 May 2017 description

Author: Marcella Willis
Strategic Impact Advisors, September 2016

Background

The Electronic Cash Transfer Learning Action Network (ELAN) launched research to build an evidence base around connecting emergency electronic transfer (e-transfer) recipients with additional financial services. They wanted to learn if, when, and how e-transfers can promote sustained uptake and use of e-transfer services, including mobile money.

15 May 2017 description

Angolan authorities estimate over 21,955 Congolese, fleeing conflict in the Kasai region, have arrived in Angola since April 2017. Approximately some 500 persons are arriving daily mainly from Kamako area.

UNHCR will be distributing food for another 14 days to asylumseekers staying at Cacanda and Mussungue reception centres, as well as in surrounding areas of Dundo, on 18 May.

UNHCR and partners, in support of Angolan authorities, have so far pre-registered 15,639 asylum-seekers.

14 May 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Production of maize expected to exceed 3 million tonnes in 2017

  • Cereal supply situation forecast to improve in 2017/18, with increased potential for exports

  • Following stressed situation in previous year, food security conditions anticipated to ameliorate in 2017/18 reflecting expected increase in agricultural production

Production of maize in 2017 expected at above-average level