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29 Mar 2012 description

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is undertaking a study on strengthening principled humanitarian response capacities with research input from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Donors and humanitarian actors have committed themselves to providing humanitarian aid in accordance with the following principles, which are enshrined in the Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) principles and the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief:

02 Mar 2012 description

Countries affected by explosive violence in January

Iraq

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were responsible for a high number of the civilian casualties recorded by the EVMP in January. IEDs caused 75% of the recorded civilian casualties of explosive violence. This is a significant increase compared with the overall percentage of civilians who the EVMP recorded killed or injured by IEDs during 2011 (55%).

02 Feb 2012 description

An independent countrywide survey of 7,278 adult Afghans reveals that 81 percent respect the police.

Kabul, 31 st January 2012 – The Ministry of Interior (MOI) today released the third-annual independent Police Perception Survey showing that many key gauges of views of the police have advanced over the past three years and others that have been broadly positive remain so.

01 Feb 2012 description

In eastern province, some insurgents are ready to stop fighting.

By Maiwand Safi - Afghanistan
ARR Issue 422,
30 Jan 12

Until a few weeks ago, Mohammad Gol’s views as a Taleban fighter were founded on an unshakeable belief that the war against NATO forces was sanctioned by God, so talking to them would be unthinkable.

Now his views have been thrown into doubt by news that the Taleban are opening negotiations with the United States.

01 Feb 2012 description

Recent snowfall and below-normal temperatures in higher elevations alleviated concerns of short-term dryness in Afghanistan

Key Messages

• Early seasonal rainfall in October and November created good winter wheat sowing conditions. However, dry conditions prevailed over the central Afghanistan from mid-December to mid-January, increasing worries of a second underperforming wet season. Nonetheless, heavy precipitation that was received in late January filled deficits.

01 Feb 2012 description

Read the transcript or download the video.

Much has been accomplished over the past decade. Canada’s work is making a difference.

31 Jan 2012 description

One morning towards the end of last year, Mir Ahmad Shah, an ICRC water engineer, took three female colleagues to visit a project on which he was working, in Qoliobchakan on the heights above Kabul. The area is home to around 15,000 people displaced by the 30-year conflict in Afghanistan; many of them are from the Panshir valley.

31 Jan 2012 description

The recent murder of an Afghan woman for giving birth to a daughter, rather than a son, has captured international attention and serves as a reminder that mistreatment of women is culturally tolerated.

Read the full article in the Christian Science Monitor.

31 Jan 2012 description
report ACTED

ISLAMABAD [ACTED News] - The tripartite agreement between the United Nations Refugees Agency (UNHCR), and the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan, which grants Afghan refugees an official refugee status in Afghanistan, will come to an end on 31 December 2012. Therefore, the estimated 1.8 million registered (and an additional 1.3 million unregistered) refugees are to return to Afghanistan as the four camps in Lower Dir are scheduled to be closed down. So far, only 50,000 people returned to Afghanistan on a voluntary basis in 2011.

31 Jan 2012 description

The UK is engaged in Afghanistan as part of a 50-nation coalition to prevent international terrorists, including Al Qaeda, from again using Afghanistan as a base from which to operate, threatening our security and that of the region.

The Government has committed itself to keeping Parliament informed about developments in Afghanistan on a monthly basis. This fourteenth report covers progress in January 2012. It reflects the combined assessment of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence and the Department for International Development.

31 Jan 2012 description

Human Rights Council
Nineteenth session
Agenda items 2 and 10
Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the
High Commissioner and the Secretary-General

Technical assistance and capacity-building

Summary

31 Jan 2012 description
report Samuel Hall

Executive Summary

Smiling Children’s presence in Afghanistan dates back in 2007 when it started to support the Al Fatah School for girls. Al Fatah is a public school based in Kabul, providing education to about 5,000 girls from grades 1 to 12 (approx. ages 5 to 17 years), which covers the obligatory primary and recommended secondary education. The school employs nearly 170 female teachers and about 20 management and administration staff.

31 Jan 2012 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1 . There are 10 months to go to hit the World Health Assembly’s goal of stopping global polio transmission by the end of 2012. Currently the eradication programme is not on track to meet this goal.

2 . Success in India – one of the four polio endemic countries – shows that unswerving political commitment, outstanding public health leadership, clear lines of accountability, intolerance of weak performance and the systematic enforcement of best practice can stop polio.

31 Jan 2012 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Some 6,000 people newly displaced in January due to conflict and security, down from last month.

  • 45% increase in conflict induced IDP’s compared to January 2011

  • Avalanches kill 43 people and injure 65 in Badakhshan and kill two people in Daykundi

  • Humanitarian Coordinator launches the 2012 CAP

Relief supplies delayed in Pakistan

Border closed for over two months