Iraq: Yezidi women and girls face harrowing sexual violence
Torture, including rape and other forms of sexual violence, suffered by women and girls from Iraq’s Yezidi minority who were abducted by the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS), highlights the savagery of IS rule, said Amnesty International in a new briefing today.
UNICEF 2015 Plan Highlights
• UNICEF will support the continued functionality of and treatment of water in water systems nationwide estimated to reach 16.55 million people through supply of chlorine and repair of water supply systems.
• Polio immunization campaigns will continue nationwide, with 3 national campaigns planned in the first semester of 2015, with further campaigns to be conducted if needed.
(MOGADISHU, 22 December 2014) The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Philippe Lazzarini, has announced today that the Somalia Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) will allocate US$30 million to jump start the response to the most critical humanitarian needs in 2015.
Fighting in Cueibet County, Lakes State resulted in 21 deaths and 5 casualties.
Humanitarian partners are treating the wounded.
Seven suspected meningits deaths were reported in Longochuk County, Uper Nile State in November. A verifcation exercise was conducted.
Visceral Leishmaniasis (kala-azar) cases and deaths rose to 7,204 and 19 (CFR2.76%) respectively.
To date health partners have conducted 4,056,047 medical interventions since December 2013.
KEY HUMANITARIAN ISSUES
An estimated 15.9 million people – or 61 per cent of the population – need some form of humanitarian assistance in Yemen, an increase of 8 per cent since last year. The rise is primarily due to expanding conflict, growing arrivals of migrants and refugees, and population growth in areas with poor access to even the most basic services.
Food insecurity and malnutrition
Research and Evidence Division (RED) is responsible for making DFID more systematic in the use of evidence and thereby having greater development impact by:
To achieve sustainable development for everyone, including tackling the underlying causes of poverty and conflict, the UK recognises the vital role of inclusive societies, where every person has the enduring opportunity to meet their full potential, supported by an effective civil society as part of an inclusive political settlement.
Human Development Department purpose The vision for HDD is for a world where everyone fulfils their potential. We aim to deliver policy and programmes that link clearly to this aim, by giving centre stage to poor people, girls and women and those left behind.
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Dec. 22 (PIA) --- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will set up a total of six women peace and training centers, one in each of the region’s five component provinces and at its seat in Cotabato City.
The peace and training center is intended to cater to all the women in the region especially those affected by conflict and other related issues.
It will provide various materials on gender and development and can serve as safe house for victims of violence against women.
Despite reasonable growth rates, the Asia Pacific region is home to 743 milliion people living on less than $1.25 per day, and 1.6 billion on less than $2 per day (40% of the population) (UNESCAP 2013). The core countries of the Asia Regional Programme are among those with the worst poverty rates in Asia (e.g. 76%, 60% 53% on less than $2 per day in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal respectively). The development challenges are complex and multidimensional – with significant economic, political, social and environmental drivers.
The Caribbean matters to the UK. We have strong historical and cultural links, and 12 Caribbean countries are Commonwealth members. There is a large Caribbean diaspora in the UK with the Afro-Caribbean community accounting for at least 1% of the UK population. Up to 100,000 actual or potential UK passport holders live in Jamaica alone. UK census data suggest these figures may be twice as high for the English-speaking Caribbean as a whole.
Bangladesh has unquestioned potential. Goldman Sachs listed it in their ‘Next 11’ economies, with high potential to become one of the world’s largest economies in the 21st century. However, the country has been sliding down the World Bank/IFC Ease of Doing Business rankings (currently 173rd out of 189 countries) in recent years. Foreign investment is relatively low, but exports exceeded $25.6bn in 2011, 48% up on 2009, largely from the garment, jute, leather, frozen fish and seafood sectors.
Achievement of the MDGs
by Marcus Tawona
Residents of Dangamvura high density suburb will have to go another festive season holiday without water after the local authority failed to meet its August deadline to connect water to one of the city`s oldest suburb.
Water woes will spill into 2015 with no solution in sight as the cash-strapped water authority continues to give flimsy excuses.
By 2020 Rwanda aims to complete its transformation from a poor, post-conflict nation to a thriving, middle income, regional trade and investment hub. But Rwanda’s progress will stall without transformative changes that: create wealth and investment and invigorate the private sector, improve basic services, increase the accountability of the state to its people, and address potential causes of conflict and fragility, including regional instability.