SHERKOLE CAMP, Ethiopia, March 6 (UNHCR) – Every morning, just before 4am, Masika Basemé-Jeanne reaches for the snooze button on her mobile phone alarm. She'd love to continue dreaming of her former life with her husband and driving her taxi around Kinshasa, but she knows there are 1,500 loaves of bread to be baked.
The African Development Bank (AfDB), the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) launched the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program Phase 1 (ATASP-1) on 6 March 2015 at IITA’s location in Abuja, Nigeria.
Today we celebrate the anniversary of the “Children, Not Soldiers” campaign (1). This campaign was launched in March 2014 by Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, and UNICEF.
posted on MARCH 3, 2015 by NDIAGA SECK
“If I had more equipment, I’d help my family, I’d help my parents,” 15-year-old Evelyn* declares while sewing a colourful dress. The chuck of the sewing machine is the only noise that distracts her concentration. Evelyn seems to have done tailoring all her life, yet she has just completed her first year of training. Now, she cuts and sews all by herself, and has already realised that this tailoring job can change her life to the better. “This job can help us”.
Tianyi Luo, Andrew Maddocks, Charles Iceland, Philip Ward and Hessel Winsemius - March
This blog was co-written with Hessel Winsemius and Philip Ward. Hessel is a researcher at Deltares. Philip is a senior researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies of the VU University Amsterdam.
Last September, Hamberton Nongtdu woke to a loudspeaker at a nearby mosque blaring a warning: Floods were coming.
Protection gaps exposing eastern Congo communities to continued abuse
Local authorities must be empowered to tackle systemic insecurity experienced by communities at the hands of both armed groups and the state, finds Oxfam report
YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) this month welcomed a US$122.62 million humanitarian aid package from the Government of Japan. The donation will enable WFP to provide vital food and nutrition assistance to targeted vulnerable people, many of whom are affected by conflict, in 27 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Part of the funds will also support special logistics operations, which WFP runs in four of those countries.
FAO has further raised its estimate of the 2014 world cereal production and its forecast for global cereal stocks. Early prospects for cereal supplies in 2015/16 are mostly favourable, partly sustained by large stocks accumulated over the previous two seasons.
FAO’s first forecast for global wheat production in 2015 indicates a likely small contraction, mostly reflecting an expected decline in Europe from last year’s record output.
By Nicole Ball
At USAID, we believe that gender equality and women’s empowerment isn’t a part of development but at the core of development. Water, energy, agriculture, conflict and health can all affect men and women differently. These differences are not barriers but opportunities to maximize the impact of our work by delivering development in a more targeted, effective and sustainable way. That’s why across our programs in more than 80 countries we are making evidence-based investments in gender equality and female empowerment.
In March, the French presidency of the Security Council would focus on a broad range of issues, from peace and security on the African continent to efforts to bring about a political solution to the crisis in Syria, the Permanent Representative of the country said this afternoon.
The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) continues to be active and a threat to vulnerable communities in CAR and DRC. Since January 2014, a total of 197 LRA attacks, causing 36 deaths and 556 abductions have been reported. Compared to 2013, this represents a one per cent increase in LRA attacks and a significant increase by 61 per cent in abductions, however, related deaths reduced by 51 per cent.
Afghanistan: Heavy snowfall has caused avalanches in northern, central and eastern Afghanistan; 280 people have died. Panshir province is most affected. Communication lines have been disrupted in places, power supplies to Kabul have been cut. Priority needs are for NFIs and emergency shelter; access to isolated areas is difficult.
This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Mali. In particular, this update highlights recommendations regarding forthcoming mandate renewals of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO).
HIGHLIGHTS - Ex- and former presidents of CAR signal support for the country’s peace process - Demonstrations in Ouaka Prefecture’s Bambari town in mid-February result in six deaths - Humanitarian organizations continue to provide IDPs in Batangafo town, Ouham Prefecture, with emergency relief supplies
posted on FEBRUARY 25, 2015 by JOSPIN
For my first article as a child reporter, I decided to introduce you to the Children’s Parliament of North Kivu, of which I am a representative. Children’s participation is low in our county, especially in the East.