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Global Weather Hazards Summary April 18-24, 2014

Continued moisture deficits likely to harm crop and pastoral conditions in Angola

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since February has led to deteriorating ground conditions in western Angola. As seasonal rains are expected to decline this month, these long-term moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact crop and pastoral conditions for many areas.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook April 17 – April 23, 2014

  • Significantly heavy amounts of rainfall are expected to worsen flooding conditions across eastern Tanzania.

1) Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since February has led to deteriorating ground conditions in western Angola. As seasonal rains are expected to decline this month, these long-term moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact crop and pastoral conditions for many areas.

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World + 14 others
Gérer les risques de catastrophe pour protéger le développement

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World Bank

Les catastrophes frappent majoritairement les populations pauvres et vulnérables. Face à l’aggravation préoccupante des pertes dues aux catastrophes de par le monde, la gestion des risques de catastrophe tient une place croissante dans les opérations de la Banque mondiale. Les investissements contribuent à protéger des millions de personnes ainsi que leurs moyens de subsistance, et à préserver la croissance dans les secteurs socio-économiques clés.

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Nigeria + 7 others
Mediation measures in West Africa

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Peace Direct

April 3 2014: Halima Nuhu outlines some of the organisations working at different political levels to mediate conflicts in West Africa.

The importance of mediation as a peacebuilding tool in any society today cannot be overemphasised. Since gaining independence in the 1960s, Nigeria has played a major role in peace advocacy and conflict resolution and has sought to manage its inter-state relations under the framework of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other bilateral arrangements with its immediate neighbours.

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Benin + 6 others
Africa West Coast Long Term Planning Framework 2012-2015 Version 2

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) West Coast Regional Representation (WCRR) established in 2011 in Abidjan covers seven National Societies of Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria Sierra Leone and Togo. The regional office is established to coordinate and provide technical support to the developments of National Societies (NS) programmes, institutional capacity that will maximise the Red Cross impact in the region.

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World + 29 others
IPC Newsletter Vol. 3, Issue 3, February 2014

The third issue of the new IPC Newsletter highlights important initiatives and technical developments undertaken at Global Level, among them the Launch of the IPC Global Strategic Programme and Vision (2014-2016), the 3rd Chronic Scale Synthesis Meeting, and the ISS Pilots in Tanzania and Honduras. It also features recent IPC impacts, results and progress achieved at Regional and Country Level in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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Nigeria + 17 others
Meningitis Weekly Bulletin Week 09 2014

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At week 9 of the 2014 epidemic season, one LGA in Nigeria was in epidemic phase and four districts were in alert phase in Benin, Ghana and Chad:

  • Benin: The district of Tanguieta has remained in alert phase with an AR of 7.4 and the district of Cobly has crossed again the alert threshold with an AR of 7.3;

  • Ghana: The district of Jirapa has crossed the alert threshold with an AR of 5.3;

  • Nigeria: The LGA of Aliero has crossed again the epidemic threshold with an AR of 11.9;

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Côte d'Ivoire + 5 others
West Africa’s Refugee and Security Crisis

ABIDJAN, Mar 19 2014 (IPS) - In West Africa, the Malian and Ivorian political crises have resulted in the biggest number of refugees in the region. But brewing insecurity could mean that they will be unable to return home any time soon as armed groups remain a threat to West Africa.

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World + 5 others
UNDP steps up its support for sound public finance in Africa

Dakar, Senegal – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will train a diverse range of partners during the second phase of a comprehensive programme designed to mobilize tax revenues and improve budget management in Africa.

The programme currently supports 17 countries in West and Central Africa and it will expand its portfolio to include a large number of civil society representatives, parliamentarians, universities and government departments involved in service delivery. Part of this effort will be conducted through online training.

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Togo Fishing Community Thrives After Canal Revitalization Ends Frequent Flooding

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World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Integrated Disaster and Land Management project helps Togo fisherman finally land big fish

  • Community initiative revives canal and halts decades of flooding

  • Women-led committee takes charge to battle the effects of disasters and boost prosperity

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Mali + 15 others
West Africa Price Bulletin February 2014

West Africa can be divided into three agro-ecological zones or three different trade basins (West Basin, Central Basin and East Basin). Both important for understanding market behavior and dynamics.

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World Bank to Help Togo Protect Vulnerable Women and Children from Malaria and Malnutrition

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World Bank

WASHINGTON, February 19, 2014 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved support to Togo that will help the country offer lifesaving health and nutrition services to over 1.3 million people, nearly 60 percent of whom are women and girl children under the age of five.

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World + 10 others
Malaria: High risk focused in 10 African countries

02/19/2014 23:30 GMT

PARIS, February 19, 2014 (AFP) - Gains in fighting malaria in sub-Saharan Africa have left the highest risk for the disease concentrated in 10 countries, according to a study published on Wednesday by The Lancet medical journal.

Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Guinea and Togo together account for 87 percent of areas that have the highest prevalence of malaria, it said.

Agence France-Presse:

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Côte d'Ivoire + 7 others
UNHCR Operation in Côte d’Ivoire - Fact Sheet | January 2014

Operational Objectives and Durable Solutions according to Populations of Concern

Ivoirian returnees (former refugees and former IDPs): facilitate voluntary repatriation; fair protection processes and documentation; ensure security from violence and exploitation; community self-management; assistance with skills training and livelihood; promotion of social cohesion.

Refugees: local integration; provide basic needs and essential services; issuance of individual documentation.

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Mali + 14 others
West African States and Ambassadors endorse move to scale up the regional peace and security architecture

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ECOWAS

A Joint Meeting of Regional Ambassadors accredited to ECOWAS and the Technical Committee on Political Affairs has ended in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, with additional recommendations for the operationalization and strengthening of the regional peace and security architecture, particularly rapid and effective diplomatic and military responses to serious emergency situations.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Togo 10-February-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Preliminary estimates indicate above‑average cereal production in 2013, despite erratic precipitation in parts of the country

  • Cereal prices exhibit mixed trends although markets remain well supplied, following several consecutive years of good crop

  • Large number of people faces chronic food insecurity and malnutrition

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Mali + 13 others
West Africa and the Sahel: Administrative Map (as of 03 Feb 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Gambia + 5 others
2014-2016 Strategic Response Plan Gambia

Summary

Strategic objectives

  • Track and analyse risk and vulnerability, integrating findings into humanitarian and development programming.
  • Support vulnerable populations to better cope with shocks by responding earlier to warning signals, by reducing post-crisis recovery times and by building capacity of national actors.
  • Deliver coordinated and integrated life-saving assistance to people affected by emergencies.

Priority actions

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 11 others
FAO welcomes historic commitment to end hunger in Africa by 2025

Investing in agriculture, creating safety nets, guaranteeing the right of access to land and water resources and targeting small-holder farmers and young people will be key.