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Joint Humanitarian Impact Evaluation: report on consultations - Report for the Inter-Agency Working Group on Joint Humanitarian Impact Evaluation

Executive summary

1. Background and purpose

Since the Tsunami Evaluation Coalition there have been ongoing discussions concerning mainstreaming joint impact evaluation within the humanitarian system. With pressure to demonstrate that results are being achieved by humanitarian action, the question has arisen as to whether and how evaluations can take place that will assess joint impact. An Inter-Agency Working Group was established in November 2009 to manage and facilitate consultations on the potential of Joint Humanitarian

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Bangladesh + 9 others
Burma taking severe hit from climate change: watchdog

By Wai Moe

Burma is one of the countries worst affected by extreme weather resulting from climate change, according to a new report that assesses the impact of global warming over a period of nearly two decades.

Published by the Berlin-based climate watchdog Germanwatch on Tuesday, the report, the Global Climate Risk Index, says that Bangladesh, Burma and Honduras were the countries most affected by extreme weather events from 1990 to 2008.

The report was launched in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, where the United Nations Climate Change Conference is underway.

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Benin + 37 others
Coopération internationale en matière d'aide humanitaire à la suite de catastrophes naturelles : de la phase des secours à celle de l'aide au développement - Rapport du Secrétaire général (A/64/331)

Soixante-quatrième session
Point 72 a) de l'ordre du jour provisoire*
Renforcement de la coordination de l'aide
humanitaire et des secours en cas de catastrophe
fournis par les organismes des Nations Unies,
y compris l'assistance économique spéciale :
renforcement de la coordination de l'aide
humanitaire et des secours en cas de catastrophe
fournis par les organismes des Nations Unies


Le présent rapport a été établi en application de la résolution 63/141 du 10 mars 2009 de l'Assemblée générale, dans laquelle

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Disaster-prone Bangladesh trials cell phone alerts

NEW DELHI, June 23 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of mobile users in Bangladesh's flood and cyclone-prone areas will now receive advance warning of an impending natural disaster through an alert on their cell phones, a government official says.

Bangladesh -- one of the world's most densely populated countries -- is highly vulnerable to natural disasters, including cyclones, storm surges, droughts, floods and earthquakes, which often affect millions of people.

In a bid to minimise loss of life and damage to property, Bangladeshi authorities have signed an agreement with

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Disaster-prone Bangladesh to relay alerts through cell phones

Dhaka_(dpa) _ Authorities in Bangladesh on Thursday signed an agreement with two cellphone operators to warn people of impending disasters like cyclone and floods, officials said.

The agreement will now enable mobile phone users in coastal Cox's Bazar district, vulnerable to cyclones, and north-central Sirajganj, a flood-prone district during the monsoon, to see disaster forecasts on their handsets.

"The subscribers will be able to read the cell-generated automatic message on reduction of disaster risk on their phone screens," said a statement issued by the disaster management

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Bangladesh: Floods Appeal No. MDRBD002 Operations Update No. 16

GLIDE FF-2007-000080-BGD

Period covered by this Operations Update: 28 December 2008 to 28 February 2009

Revised Appeal budget: CHF 5.095 million (USD 4.85 million or EUR 3.12 million)

Appeal coverage: 94.8%; Outstanding needs: CHF 261,142 (USD 274,309 or EUR 426,703).

Appeal history:

- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) allocated on 20 June 2007: CHF 250,000

- assist 133,255 beneficiaries.

- Emergency Appeal revised on 16 August 2007 to focus on the floods. The budget was increased to CHF 7,113,119

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Bangladesh reimposes rice export ban after price rise

DHAKA, May 22, 2009 (AFP) - Bangladesh reimposed a ban on rice exports Friday as it struggled to stabilise domestic prices and supplies in the impoverished country.

The move came after rice prices began rising just weeks after an earlier export ban expired in Bangladesh, where the grain is a food staple.

"The government has banned the export of rice for the next six months," a government statement said.

"This step has been taken to keep prices stable and ensure the supply of rice in the domestic market is not disrupted."

In 2007, Bangladesh exported rice worth

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Bangladesh + 3 others
Invertir hoy para reducir desastres futuros

Francisco Rey Marcos

(Para Radio Nederland)

En un mundo en el que abundan las noticias - normalmente malas - en la esfera internacional, y en el que los medios de comunicación se ven obligados a seleccionar aquellas que consideran más importantes, algunos eventos relevantes corren el riesgo de pasar desapercibidos y de no tener ninguna notoriedad mediática. Y si además ocurren en países tan poco habituales como Bahrein, la ausencia en las páginas de periódicos, televisiones o medios digitales, es total. Eso es lo que ha ocurrido esta

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Bangladesh + 5 others
Asian Development Bank to help improve flood management in region

Manila_(dpa) _ The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Wednesday it was providing a 2-million-dollar grant to help improve flood management in the region in a bid to reduce rising human and economic costs of water-related disasters.

The Manila-based ADB said the regional assistance will come from the Japan Special Fund, which is financed by the government of Japan.

The bank noted that water-related disasters in Asia have risen sharply over the past 50 years, killing an average of 63,000 people a year from 2001 to 2005, or over 90 per cent of the world's total water-related deaths.

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Bangladesh + 6 others
ADB, Japan to help Asia cut human, economic losses from water disasters

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Japan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are providing support for improved flood management in the region, in a bid to lower the rising human and economic costs of water-related disasters.

ADB's Board of Directors approved a US$2 million grant from the Japan Special Fund for regional technical assistance to support investments in water-related disaster management. The Fund is financed by the Government of Japan and administered by ADB.

Water-related disasters in the region have risen sharply over the past 50 years, killing an average of 63,000

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Afghanistan + 7 others
South Asia: Appeal No. MAA52001 - Annual Report 2008

This report covers the period 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008.

In brief

Programme purpose: As outlined in the 2008-09 plan, the aim of the International Federation South Asia regional office is to increase the capacity of the South Asian national societies to provide services that improve the lives of vulnerable people.

Programme(s) summary: During 2008, the key areas of support provided by the International Federation to national societies in South Asia were as follows:-

- Under the regional disaster management

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Bangladesh: Appeal No. MAABD001 - Annual Report 2008

This report covers the period 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008.

In brief

Programme(s) summary: To achieve Global Agenda Goal 1, the following activities were undertaken by the disaster management programme:

Preparedness, Emergency response and early recovery: In 2008, the International Federation supported the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to respond to a number of emergencies: 65,700 families received blankets and 15,000 received coconut saplings. A total of 450 fire victims were provided with food and non-food items.

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Bangladesh + 9 others
Disaster Management Annual report 2008 - Appeal No.MAA00030

This report covers the period 01/01/2008 to 31/12/2008

In brief

Programme purpose: In order to achieve Global Agenda Goal 1, the disaster management programme places emphasis on a global disaster management capacity with a close integration between each of its components that increasingly reflects the new operating model.

Programme summary: This annual report aims at summarizing and highlighting progress achieved through the DM global programme during 2008. It places emphasis on outputs of individual plans that contributed to building the institutional capacity of the International

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Humanitarian perspectives on "protection of persons in the event of disasters"

Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this Roundtable discussion on the International Law Commission's work on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters.[1] Although I am not a lawyer, all humanitarian work is, or should be, grounded in international human rights law and I welcome the opportunity to make some comments about the International Law Commission's work in the context of humanitarian action. I will also speak from my experience in using the Operational Guidelines on Human Rights and Natural Disasters - a document based on international
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Bangladesh + 2 others
The climate refugee challenge

Climate change must be considered from a security perspective as it portends to generate millions of climate refugees, rendering the issue of 'environmentally induced migrants' a leading 21st-century global security challenge, Claudio Guler writes for ISN Security Watch.

By Claudio Guler for ISN Security Watch

The chief obstacle in marshalling resources to curb climate change lies in clarifying the abstract nature and inconsistent onset of the issue. When and where will climate change occur? How long does the world have to react? Will climate change necessarily be bad for everyone?

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A silent emergency' as Bangladesh's poor suffer from economic downturn

DHAKA, Bangladesh, 8 April 2009 - There's a sense of urgency as health workers wind their way along tiny rickety alleys, past the washing, cooking and cleaning in Kachukhet Bazaar, one of Dhaka's sprawling slums.

Their mission takes them door to door, giving out small sachets of micronutrient powder. The health workers explain to mothers how to add the powder to ready-to eat-food for infants. It contains zinc to mitigate the effects of diarrhoea, iron to prevent anaemia and iodine to enhance brain development, as well as minerals and multi-vitamins.

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Uganda + 15 others
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announces additional $80 million in food assistance under McGovern-Dole program

Release No. 0090.09

USDA Releases Final Rule on Food Assistance Program Regulations

KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 7, 2009-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that an additional 51,700 tons of agricultural commodities, valued at nearly $80 million, will be provided to children in low-income, food-deficit countries under USDA's McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program for fiscal year 2009. This assistance is in addition to $95.5 million allocated for fiscal 2009 for the McGovern-Dole Program that were announced in December 2008.

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Afghanistan + 60 others
Crop prospects and food situation - No. 2, Apr 2009


High food prices persist in developing countries despite an improved global cereal supply situation and sharp decline in international prices. This is affecting access to food of large numbers of low-income vulnerable populations.

A recent analysis of domestic food prices for 58 developing countries shows that latest prices are higher than a year earlier in 78 percent of the cases, and in 43 percent of the cases are higher than 3 months earlier. Mostly affected are sub-Saharan African countries.

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Bangladesh + 15 others
Adapting to climate change in the water sector

ODI background note

By Alan Nicol and Nanki Kaur

Water is the key medium that links atmospheric temperature rises to changes in human and physical systems.

Climate change will alter the hydrological cycle in many ways. The trigger is the warming of the atmosphere and oceans, which will change major weather systems. This will alter the temporal and spatial patterns of rainfall with consequences for runoff, surface and groundwater storage, river flow regimes and, it is estimated, greater likelihood of extremes - droughts and floods - in different parts of the world.

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Bangladesh: WFP and government join forces on emergency assistance programme for 5 million vulnerable poor

DHAKA, Thursday, 12 March, 2009: - At a Letter of Understanding (LoU) signing ceremony attended today by the Economic Relations Division of the Ministry of Finance (ERD) Secretary, Mr. M. Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced the launch of a new emergency assistance programme covering the urgent needs of poor people affected by high food prices and natural disasters across the country.

The Emergency Operation (EMOP), valued at USS$ 179 million (Tk.1224.92 crore), will provide a variety of emergency