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27 Jan 2015 description
report Plan

Posted by Alex Jacobs, Plan International Director of Programme Quality

How can aid agencies be more accountable to people? Alex Jacobs, Director of Programme Quality at Plan International, shares lessons from Typhoon Haiyan.

27 Jan 2015 description

Snapshot 21-27 January

Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks continue, with Borno state capital Maiduguri and nearby military bases targeted on 25 January. Security forces pushed BH back from Maiduguri, but further attacks are expected. BH also raided villages in Michika local government area, Adamawa state. There are reports that BH has forbidden the use of vehicles in areas under its control.

27 Jan 2015 description
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TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE & SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT
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INCLUSIVE AND EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE
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BUILDING RESILIENCE
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INNOVATING FOR RESULTS & SCALING UP INNOVATION
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MOVING FORWARD

Summary

The report covers results achieved in 36 countries and territories in the Asia and Pacific region. It illustrates UNDP’s support to poverty reduction and conservation of natural resources, strengthening democratic governance, building resilience and responding to crisis.

 UNDP assisted people in strengthening livelihoods and empowering themselves.

26 Jan 2015 description
report REACH Initiative

In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, REACH assessments of damage to water and sanitation infrastructure informed emergency response and early recovery planning, including the rehabilitation of water systems and latrines in the most affected areas. More than one year on, the focus has shifted from emergency interventions to sustainable development, and there is a critical opportunity to address long-term sanitation challenges such as open defecation, which remains a major problem in the Philippines.

21 Jan 2015 description

This edition of Humanitarian Exchange focuses on lessons from the humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan, the worst disaster ever to hit the Philippines. Making landfall on 8 November 2013, the typhoon killed more than 6,000 people and affected more than 14 million. It also triggered a swift, large-scale national and international (Level 3) response.

In the lead article, David Carden and Ashley Jonathan Clements highlight the important coordination role of the Philippines government in the response.

21 Jan 2015 description
report IRIN

LONDON, 21 January 2015 (IRIN) - When Typhoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines in November 2013, the subsequent emergency response was a test case for the aid industry's aspiration to be accountable to affected populations.

The phrase became a term of art, with its own initials, AAP, and in the early days of the response the UN appointed its first ever AAP Coordinator.

19 Jan 2015 description

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 13 -- The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) through the Department of Agriculture VI has given a total of Php84M for rehabilitation of the agriculture sector affected by typhoon Yolanda last November 8, 2013 in Western Visayas.

Rene B. Famoso, regional rice program action officer in a statement said that a total of P44,858,240.00 were used to purchase 32,984 bags of certified seeds distributed to the affected farmers last year.

19 Jan 2015 description

Typhoon Yolanda survivors whose civil documents were damaged or lost during the disaster will still have the chance to reconstruct these vital papers as the multi-agency Free Mobile Civil Registration Project is extended for another six months starting this month.

The project is funded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the amount of P5 million in partnership with the Philippine Statistics Authority-National Statistics Office (PSA-NSO), local government units, and their local civil registrars.

17 Jan 2015 description

By Kate Marshall, IFRC

The Philippine Red Cross, with the support of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, is targeting 35 health facilities for rehabilitation as part of the overall Typhoon Haiyan recovery plan.

The society, in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has started work on 20 of these facilities in Cebu, Leyte and Panay. The health clinic in Abaca, Leyte, is the first to be restored and was inspected by health officials and representatives from Philippine Red Cross and IFRC last week.

15 Jan 2015 description

Typhoon Haiyan killed 8,000 and affected nearly 16 million people across the Philippines. And while Tacloban City sustained the most destruction, other more remote places also suffered heavy damage. Lives and livelihoods, infrastructure and services were all lost on the vacation island of Coron. A year after Haiyan, the island's people are gradually restoring some of what was lost, and at the same time, learning new skills and ways to support their families.

14 Jan 2015 description

This handout summarizes the findings from a cash-for-shelter pilot study in the Philippines.

The study found that cash grants can be effective and flexible in meeting the needs of families. Cash grants can also provide a positive incentive to use "build back safer" techniques.

14 Jan 2015 description
report Government of Japan

The government of Japan turned over the reconstructed daycare center and national agricultural school to the Government of the Philippines in a ceremony held on January 13, 2015 in Municipalities of Guian and Balangiga, Eastern Samar for the Japan-funded Quick Impact Projects under Urgent Development Study on the Project on Rehabilitation and Recovery from Typhoon Yolanda. The ceremony was attended by second secretary of the Embassy of Japan Koji Otani and the chief representative of JICA Philippine office Noriaki Niwa.

13 Jan 2015 description

Nigeria: Violence has escalated significantly in the northeast. Boko Haram killed more than 2,100 people in the first 11 days of the year. Most were killed in an attack on the town of Baga and surrounding settlements in Borno state, on Lake Chad. Up to 20,000 people were displaced. Other attacks took place in Maiduguri, Damaturu, and Potiskum.

12 Jan 2015 description

Rebuilding Lives after Yolanda

By HENRY JAMES ROCA, EVA CHRISTINE PICA
ACF community development officers and Maria Lia Olino, ACF Enumerato

LEYTE – More than eight months after Yolanda unleashed her wrath and brought unprecedented damage to lives and property, survivors have yet to recover the quality of life they had before the calamity. But survivors have a lot to hope for as many humanitarian organizations are helping them get back on track.

05 Jan 2015 description

From the Department of Social Welfare and Development

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) clarified the issue that there were relief food packs containing expired noodles distributed to Typhoon Seniang survivors in Silay City, Negros Occidental. With instructions from Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, DSWD-Field Office VI immediately validated this report.

Upon coordinating with Silay City Social Welfare and Development Officer (CSWDO), the Field Office found out that only two food packs contained expired noodles.

04 Jan 2015 description
report GFDRR

GFDRR supports resilient reconstruction planning and post-disaster assessments, helping more than 50 disaster-affected countries with these approaches since its launch in 2007.

Why Resilience Matters for Recovery

30 Dec 2014 description

MANILA, Dec 30 -- Secretary of Budget and Management Florencio “Butch” Abad yesterday said the additional P300-million budget allocation to the National Housing Authority (NHA) made by Senator Nancy Binay in 2014 had already been released to the agency.