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29 May 2017 description

As initiatives continue towards political reform and peace-building in Myanmar, land rights and human settlement is one of the most integral challenges facing the country. Nearly seven decades of internal war have had a devastating impact, with consequences still felt today. There are presently over 1.1 million civilians displaced, especially in ethnic borderland areas where most of the fighting has taken place. Over the years, the patterns of civil war have fluctuated, causing the refugee and IDP crises to vary nationally and locally over time.

29 May 2017 description

Constructive dialogue with non-state armed groups is hugely important – to prevent, mitigate or resolve violent conflict. But it is equally challenging and variable in terms of the context, actors involved, purpose of such dialogue, and the means by which it is achieved. On 15 March 2017, Conciliation Resources and the Center for Empathy in International Affairs hosted a roundtable discussion involving 21 mediators, peacebuilders, experts and officials to consider the role that empathy can play in helping to establish and sustain dialogue with non-state armed groups.

28 May 2017 description

Summary

In 2017, thousands of people are still on the move across Borno state in northeast Nigeria. There are many reasons for this movement. Some are being displaced for the first time; others are moving or being relocated by authorities into LGA headquarters either from rural areas in the LGA, from already established IDP sites elsewhere and across the border from Cameroon into Nigeria, back across the border where they become IDPs.

28 May 2017 description

FIELD-LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION URGENTLY REQUIRED

Executive Summary

The Call to Action on Protection from Gender-based Violence in Emergencies, a multi-stakeholder initiative launched in 2013 by the governments of the United Kingdom and Sweden, aims to fundamentally transform the way gender-based violence (GBV) is addressed in emergencies, so that every humanitarian response provides safe and comprehensive services for those affected by GBV and mitigates GBV risk from the earliest phases of a crisis.

27 May 2017 description
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After Ebola and Zika, Most Countries Still Not Prepared for a Pandemic

New report outlines how to break the cycle of ‘panic and neglect’ and finance country-level pandemic preparedness

26 May 2017 description
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Food and Water Security in the Middle East and North Africa
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Assessing and Mitigating the Cost of Climate Change

Brussels, 22 May 2017 - Exacerbated by climate change, food and water shortages in the Middle East and North Africa risk triggering more conflict and mass migration with serious security implications for the wider world, lawmakers from NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly warn in a new draft report to be discussed on 27 May.

26 May 2017 description
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Victims’ Views on Truth Seeking and Memorials in Nepal Take Center Stage in New Report from ICTJ and Martin Chautari Institute

26 May 2017 description

Making WHO fit for purpose in the 21st century

Over the past decade, extraordinary progress has been made in transforming the World Health Organization (WHO), bringing it into the 21st century and positioning it not only as the world’s public health agency, but as forward-looking and fit-for-purpose.

26 May 2017 description

KEY MESSAGES REGIONAL CHOLERA STRATEGY

The “shield and sword” concept, a common language for a proactive, cross-border and multi-disciplinary strategy to prevent the spread of cholera

An evidence-based and multi-sectorial approach targeting high-risk populations, locales, periods and practices

Intervention at a national, cross-border and regional level both before and during outbreaks as well as over the long-term

Building bridges between emergency response and development programs

26 May 2017 description

Inadequacy of healthcare in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe revealed in new HelpAge report

By Ben Small

The provision of and older people's access to health services across Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe is wholly inadequate, a new report from HelpAge International and Age International has found.

26 May 2017 description

The failure by the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) to prevent and halt the genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda more than two decades ago was a major factor in the establishment of the African Union (AU) peace and security architecture.

However, the AU does not seem to have a full grasp of how to prevent atrocities from happening on the continent.

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) held a session on 11 April 2017 on the prevention of hate crimes and the ideology of genocide in Africa.

26 May 2017 description

The World Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture Index (EBA) is a unique tool for measuring the ease of doing agribusiness. EBA data, coupled with contextual analysis and consultations with key stakeholders, can inform priority reforms and allow for transparent result tracking over time and across countries. The index scores, on a scale of 0-100*, the strength of the legal and institutional environment for agribusinesses across eight topics: seed, fertilizer, machinery, finance, markets, transport, water, and ICT.

26 May 2017 description

The World Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture Index (EBA) is a unique tool for measuring the ease of doing agribusiness. EBA data, coupled with contextual analysis and consultations with key stakeholders, can inform priority reforms and allow for transparent result tracking over time and across countries. The index scores, on a scale of 0-100*, the strength of the legal and institutional environment for agribusinesses across eight topics: seed, fertilizer, machinery, finance, markets, transport, water, and ICT.

26 May 2017 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

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Ana Rita Sousa Sequeira Research associate, Murdoch University

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Ana Rita Sousa Sequeira does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic appointment above.

26 May 2017 description

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293 Virologic monitoring of poliovirus type 2 after OPV2 withdrawal in April 2016: an important advance in eradicating poliomyelitis and eliminating live oral poliovirus vaccines worldwide, 2016–2017

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293 Surveillance virologique des poliovirus de type 2 après le retrait du VPO2 en avril 2016: une avancée importante vers l’éradication de la poliomyélite et l’élimination des vaccins antipoliomyélitiques oraux vivants à l’échelle mondiale, 2016-2017

25 May 2017 description

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La situation d'insécurité alimentaire est préoccupante au Burundi. Elle présente une détérioration continuelle.

  • 45,5% des ménages sont en insécurité alimentaire dont 8,5% (982 414 personnes) en situation d'insécurité alimentaire sévère ;

  • 13,8% des ménages ont une consommation alimentaire pauvre, et donc incapables de couvrir leurs besoins énergétiques quotidiens ;

  • 46,2% des ménages ont un score de diversité alimentaire pauvre ;

25 May 2017 description

This issue of Southasiadisasters.net focuses on the most important theme of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held at Cancun, Maxico. Community Based Disaster Preparedness: Enabling Communities to Manage Risks. It primarily focuses on how CBDP can empower communities to manage their risks through locally owned and locally appropriate approaches. The key lessons from ASDMA's recently finished capacity building project on CBDP have also been highlighted in this issue.

25 May 2017 description

Anticipated scope and scale

Floods during the rainy season from June until at least October will affect about 200,000 people, mostly in southern Sudan. Particularly vulnerable are the displaced in southern Sudan, where there are 2.3 million IDPs and about 400,000 South Sudanese, 110,000 of whom arrived in 2017. Floods will damage key WASH infrastructure and increase the caseload of diseases including cholera and malaria. Houses will be destroyed and flooding will damage crops and isolate some localities, driving up food prices.