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03 Aug 2015 description

Staple Food Markets in East Africa: White maize is the main staple grain consumed in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. In Uganda, white maize is grown mainly as a commercial crop for export in the region. Imported rice is a major staple for Djibouti and Somalia, which mainly consume belem—the imported red rice. Tanzania is also a major producer and source of rice in the region while Kenya and Uganda are minor producers. Both red and white sorghum are produced and consumed in the region.

02 Aug 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

UN: Act to Empower Women in Conflicts

Enable Political Participation, Improve Services for Rape Victims

(New York) – The United Nations and member countries should tackle problems that women in armed conflict endure around the world, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325, a landmark resolution on women, peace, and security, which the Security Council will debate in October 2015.

31 Jul 2015 description

KAMPALA, 31 July 2015 (UNHCR) — Yesterday Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister, UNHCR and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Muhammad Yunus, signed a landmark memorandum of understanding with the objective of promoting creative solutions that are geared towards social economic integration of refugees in Uganda.

30 Jul 2015 description

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is committed to advancing the rule of law and criminal justice in Africa. In line with this goal, the ISS has assisted Uganda’s judges, prosecutors and police to respond better to terrorism, international crime (like genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes) and transnational and organised crime.

29 Jul 2015 description
report CARE

One of the long-standing challenges to successful peacebuilding has been the difficulty of measuring results and generating evidence that can help identify what types of interventions work best. This guide builds on work undertaken by CARE International and International Alert in three countries to pilot theory based evaluation tools to help evaluate the impact of the peacebuilding projects. 19 projects and 38 theories of change were tested, with the resulting tools, tips and processes captured here.

29 Jul 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Key figures

58 Children detained on charges of “involvement in armed groups” following fighting in Kayanza province (UNICEF, 28 July)

14 Children sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment on charges of “involvement in armed groups” (UNICEF, 28 July)

Over 177,000 Seeking asylum in neighbouring countries (UNHCR, 28 July)

1 New cholera case in Burundi since last reporting period, bringing the total to 181 confirmed cases (Ministry of Health, 28 July)

29 Jul 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

BARATUKU/KIRYADONGO, Uganda – Two brave South Sudanese refugees are defying expectations and speaking frankly about their decision to use family planning. After surviving conflict and enduring a perilous journey to Uganda, they are unwilling to allow social pressure to interfere with their families or their futures, they said.

“I would like to return to school and complete my education,” Mary Acon, 24, told UNFPA. “I will not conceive when I am not ready.”

29 Jul 2015 description

Tjada McKenna, Assistant to the Administrator, USAID Bureau for Food Security & Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future | Feed the Future | Blog

When President Obama first took office, he promised that the United States would work along the people of poor nations to make farms flourish, nourish starved bodies, and feed hungry minds.

28 Jul 2015 description

Leaders in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) require timely and compelling evidence about how to strengthen their health systems to improve the health and well-being of their citizens. Yet, evidence on how to strengthen health system performance to achieve sustainable health improvements at scale, particularly toward Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths (EPCMD), fostering an AIDS-Free Generation (AFG), and Protecting Communities against Infectious Diseases (PCID) is limited. The evidence that does exist is scattered, insufficiently analyzed, and not widely disseminated.

28 Jul 2015 description

Snapshot 22–28 July 2015

Somalia: More than 10,000 people have been displaced in Lower Shabelle and Bay regions since AMISOM and Somali armed forces began their offensive. Al Shabaab has lost control of Bardhere in Gedo and Dinsoor in Bay. In accessible areas of Hudur town, Bakool, 33% GAM and 19% SAM were observed in a MUAC assessment in July – a significant deterioration since June. Very critical malnutrition rates persist in Bulo Burde, Hiraan.

27 Jul 2015 description

Highlights

  • WFP requires USD 109 million for the next six months to meet refugee needs in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.

  • Food stocks are stretched and WFP requires immediate contributions, particularly in Kenya and Sudan. In Kenya, WFP started 30 percent rations cuts in the second round of June distributions. Without new contributions, rations may be reduced further in the coming months. In Sudan, WFP is likely to face pipeline breaks in the coming months if additional funding is not available.