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26 Mar 2017 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2017 — The World Bank today approved a $200 million credit to further support the Government of Nigeria in its efforts to enhance agricultural productivity of small and medium scale farmers in participating states.

26 Mar 2017 description
report World Bank

ADDIS ABABA, March 23, 2017 —The World Bank today signed a new grant agreement with the Government of Ethiopia to improve the enabling environment for sustainable forest management, investments, and emissions reductions in the state of Oromia. The $18 million grant, provided by the World Bank’s BioCarbon Fund (Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes), will support the government’s new Oromia Forested Landscape Program (OFLP). This program would be the first operation financed by the Bank to target greenhouse gas emissions from a landscape perspective across an entire jurisdiction.

26 Mar 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The World Bank’s emergency operations in the Central African Republic have created thousands of temporary jobs in a crisis context.

  • The LONDO project helped maintain over 1,000 kilometers of roads in 35 sub-prefectures.

  • To date, 17,250 of the 35,500 temporary jobs expected by the end of the project have already been created.

26 Mar 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Two-thirds of India is prone to droughts and one-eight is susceptible to floods.

  • India’s complex hydrology calls for a holistic approach.

  • The two hydrology projects have helped several communities in vulnerable areas to plan in advance and build resilience against the uncertainties of climate change.

26 Mar 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hydrological and meteorological (or “hydromet”) hazards are responsible for 90% of total disaster losses worldwide.

  • Improving the prediction of hydromet hazards—by getting accurate, timely predictions into the hands of decision-makers and the public—can save lives and money.

  • On World Meteorological Day, learn how the World Bank is working with countries around the world to help build resilience to the growing economic, environmental, and social challenges we face today.

26 Mar 2017 description

DTM has tracked the number of migrants in Libya since the start of 2016. Across seven data collection rounds conducted over the course of the year the programme has provided updates to this baseline as shown in Figure 1 below.

DTM expanded its coverage between January and April 2016 to reach all areas of the country. It established a country-wide baseline by the third round of data collection conducted in April/May 2016 and provided four updates to the baseline figure on migrants since then.

26 Mar 2017 description

LUK RIEK NYAK

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has facilitated a peace forum addressing the issue of cattle raids taking place among communities in the Greater Liech area.

The two-day forum held in Wangkey in Mayom County drew more than 100 participants, including government officials, women, youth and leaders of faith-based groups from Rubkhona, Mayom, Guit and Koch.

The Governor in Bentiu, Dr. Joseph Manytuil Wejang, told the gathering that cattle rustling results in the death of many innocent civilians.

26 Mar 2017 description

World Meteorological Day 2017: Understanding Clouds

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its new, long-awaited, digitized International Cloud Atlas – the global reference for observing and identifying clouds, which are an essential part of weather, the climate system and the water cycle. It was released for the World Meteorological Day on 23rd March.

26 Mar 2017 description

Marius Brevik

Children who have to flee their homes also lose their schools and classmates. “We must prioritize giving these children an education,” argues NRC’s Head of Programme in Afghanistan, Will Carter.

“We have a proverb that says that one girl is able to educate ten generations. It’s very important, educated women make the difference,” says Mohama Qayoum, an Afghan teacher.

26 Mar 2017 description

Toronto, ON- A doctor was killed today by a chemical agent while operating on a patient. A barrel bomb with a chemical agent hit the front entrance of the Latamneh Hospital in Hama and entered causing severe respiratory and neurological injuries to many staff members. The gas attack killed Dr. Ali Darwish, a specialist orthopedic surgeon, while he was in the operating room. Dr. Darwish, aware of the gas that had entered, refused to leave his patient and continued operating until he fell unconscious and succumbed to pulmonary edema.

26 Mar 2017 description
report UN News Service

24 March 2017 – United Nations peacekeeping is becoming more agile and capable, the outgoing chief today said, even as the cost for each peacekeeper fell 16 per cent in recent years, dropping the entire budget of the blue helmets worldwide to around $7.2 billion.

“It’s a lot of money at face value, but it’s 0.4 per cent of world military expenditure,” Hervé Ladsous, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told journalists in New York during his final briefing in this post.

25 Mar 2017 description

Mogadishu, 24 March 2017 – The Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC), for Somalia Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira today appealed for more AU funding for Quick Impact Projects, in areas liberated from Al Shabaab.

He made the appeal at Ali Haji Primary School in Mogadishu, where he accompanied a visiting delegation of the AU Peace and Security Council.

The school, which caters for an estimated 500 pupils from internally displaced camps within Mogadishu’s Wadajir district, was built with support from AMISOM.

25 Mar 2017 description

Sebastian Mhofu

BULAWAYO, ZIMBABWE — The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has started rehabilitating some of the dilapidated Zimbabwe prisons, most built during the colonial era. The first one to be refurbished — Mlondolozi Prison, about 500 kilometers southwest of Harare — houses mentally ill inmates.

25 Mar 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Jessica Neuwirth
Jessica Neuwirth is founder of Donor Direct Action an international organisation which partners with front-line women's groups around the world.

25 Mar 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Natalia Linou
Natalia Linou is Policy Specialist Gender, Health and HIV at the UN Development Program.

25 Mar 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 23 2017 (IPS) - A delegation of Libyan tribal leaders and women leaders has called on the UN to take a balanced approach to the Libyan peace process.

The delegation from the National Movement for Libya (NML) met with UN officials and U.S. government representatives while visiting New York and Washington D.C. to discuss the UN-led peace process in Libya.

25 Mar 2017 description

At least 16 people have been killed overnight in air strikes on a prison in Syria's rebel-held Idlib Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group says.

The observatory said on March 25 the dead included both prisoners and staff.

Syrian government forces have been heavily bombarding insurgents in Idlib, which is one of the most important strongholds of rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

25 Mar 2017 description

"Today people have had enough," said Armindo Gomes, one of the activists behind the protest. "We are heading right up to [President] Jose Mario Vaz's bed to make him leave by force."

  • Public anger growing at political impasse

  • Parliament has not convened for more than one year

  • Diplomats fear crisis may be exploited by drug traffickers

By Alberto Dabo

25 Mar 2017 description

by Reuters
Saturday, 25 March 2017 16:37 GMT

Reports on the numbers of civilian casualties have varied but the Civil Defence chief said rescue teams had recovered 40 bodies

  • UN says stunned by civilian deaths in explosion

  • Fleeing residents speak of demolished buildings, deaths

  • As many as 600,000 civilians remain in area (Adds US military statement confirming a March 17 strike)

By Patrick Markey

25 Mar 2017 description

Rains finally promise a good harvest in most parts of Zimbabwe's Manicaland province - but only if farmers can get it to market

By Andrew Mambondiyani

CHIPENDEKE, Zimbabwe, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After two consecutive seasons of drought, heavy rains finally promise a good harvest in most parts of Zimbabwe's Manicaland province. But farmers now face a new challenge: washed-out roads that will make it difficult to get their crops to market.