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31 Dec 2004 description


The Federation’s mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilising the power of humanity. It is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org

In Brief

Appeal No. 01.55/2004 Programme Update no. 3,

Period covered: 1 July to 31 September 2004

Appeal coverage: 48 %

Outstanding needs: CHF 5,734,035 (USD 5,007,980, or EUR 3,781,098).

Appeal target: CHF 11,090,663 (USD 8,494,084 or EUR 7,180,746)

31 Dec 2004 description


The IRC's Impact

In 2004, IRC humanitarian aid programs restored hope and opportunity for more than 15 million conflict-affected individuals around the world, and millions more were helped by the 5,600 local organizations and community groups that the IRC supports. Here's a look at some of the IRC's most recent achivements:

- More than 4.3 million people gained access to clean water and sanitation through our environmental health programs.

31 Dec 2004 description

Appointment of new cabinet

There was much speculation prior to the announcement, by President Karzai on 23rd December, of his new cabinet as to the balance that he would seek to achieve between technocratic competence and ethnic affiliations. There was also an awareness that he would need to repay favours amongst the Pushtun leadership for the very solid support that he received in the south of the country in the presidential elections on October 9th.

In the event, there was a strong emphasis on technocratic competence.

31 Dec 2004 description


Program Description

USAID/OTI is increasing citizen awareness of and confidence in the process of recovery, rehabilitation and democratic political development in post-conflict Afghanistan. This is being accomplished by: increasing the Afghan government’s responsiveness to citizens’ needs; increasing citizen awareness of and participation in democratic processes; and, increasing the capacity of the Afghan media.

30 Dec 2004 description

The international community defends the projects it has undertaken in the country but some Afghans feel there is little to show for the billions being spent.

By Abdul Baseer Saeed in Kabul (ARR No.

30 Dec 2004 description

TALKING POINTS

National starts ammunition survey begins in Mazar e-Sharif and Herat

The ammunition survey we told you about a few briefings ago began this week in Mazar-e Sharif and Herat.

30 Dec 2004 description

Poppy growers say the government's anti-drug program is forcing them to surrender their children to drug dealers.

By Haytullah Gaheez in Jalalabad (ARR No.

29 Dec 2004 description


Opium Poppy Cultivation and Food Security Impacts

Significant Expansion in Poppy Cultivation in 2004

29 Dec 2004 description

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

KABUL, 29 December (IRIN) - Afghan refugees in neighbouring countries and further afield continue to suffer human rights violations, rights advocates warned the Afghan government on Wednesday.

Their concerns follow recent reports that Greek police officers allegedly tortured a group of some 40 Afghan asylum-seekers, including at least 17 Afghans aged 15 to 17.

28 Dec 2004 description

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is pleased to announce the release of a new report on gender in Afghanistan, "Gender and Local Level Decision Making: Findings from a Case Study in Mazar-e Sharif." The second in a series of case studies, this report describes how women and men in an urban context are able to negotiate and influence decisions at the household and community levels.

28 Dec 2004 description


The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is pleased to announce the release of a new report on gender in Afghanistan, "Gender and Local Level Decision Making: Findings from a Case Study in Mazar-e Sharif." The second in a series of case studies, this report describes how women and men in an urban context are able to negotiate and influence decisions at the household and community levels. Some of the findings from the study included:

28 Dec 2004 description

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

27 Dec 2004 description

Press release 295/2004

Finland has allocated 1 103 000 euros to the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission AIHRC. With the Finnish support the operations of the commission have thus been secured for the coming year. Finland is the third largest donor of the commission after the United States and Britain.

The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission was founded in June 2002. The new Afghan constitution, which was passed in January 2004, provides an official status to the commission.

27 Dec 2004 description

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ZHARE DASHT, 27 December (IRIN) - Tens of thousands of internally displaced persons [IDPs] in the southern border camp of Zhare Dasht are seeking assistance to help them settle in an area they have lived in temporarily over the last two years.

With drought conditions continuing in the areas these IDPs came from, the destitute families prefer to stay in Zhare Dasht rather than return to their places of origin.

23 Dec 2004 description

TALKING POINTS

ANBP receives financial boost, disarmament takes place in Kandahar

As of yesterday, Wednesday, 29,973 soldiers have been disarmed. That figure is up 337 from the last figure we gave you on Sunday.

Of those disarmed, some 27,100 have begun their reintegration programme.

23 Dec 2004 description

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson was in Kabul recently to announce the arrival of a potentially breakthrough health education tool that will be used in a pilot program, implemented by International Medical Corps (IMC), to ensure wellness and reduce the risk of disease among women of child-bearing age in rural Afghanistan.

That tool is the Afghan Family Health Book, developed by LeapFrog Enterprises, which enables women who cannot read or write to receive health education through interactive, electronic picture books in local languages.

23 Dec 2004 description
report UN Children's Fund

KABUL, 23 December 2004 - While Afghanistan's formal schools are mostly closed for the winter, and most children in the industrialized world are also enjoying a vacation, nearly 50,000 students in six provinces of Afghanistan are continuing to benefit from education, through a community-based initiative led by the Afghan Ministry of Education with support from UNICEF.

In an effort to provide educational opportunities to children in communities with no formal schools, UNICEF is helping to establish community-based education in Kabul, Ghazni, Parwan, Herat, Farah and Badghis …

23 Dec 2004 description

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec 23 (UNHCR) - They are an all too frequent sight on the streets of the Afghan capital. Whether sifting through garbage looking for scraps of plastic or metal, selling newspapers at traffic lights or simply begging outside shops and restaurants, thousands of children in Kabul help support their families through menial and often dangerous work.

There are no reliable figures on the number of children working on Kabul's streets, though research conducted several years ago by an Afghan non-governmental organisation put the figure at nearly 30,000.

23 Dec 2004 description


(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Russian Federation

(C) East and Central Africa: (1) Burundi, (2) DR Congo, (3) Djibouti, (4) Eritrea, (5) Ethiopia, (6) Kenya, (7) Somalia, (8) Sudan, (9) Tanzania, (10) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Chad, (2) Liberia, (3) Mauritania, (4) Sahel region

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Lesotho, (3) Malawi, (4) Namibia, (5) Zambia, (6) Zimbabwe

(F) Asia: (1) Bangladesh, (2) DPR Korea, (3) Indonesia