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Kabul, Afghanistan – Today sees the first group of young female entrepreneurs graduate from Startup Valley, Afghanistan’s first private business incubator. Operated by AGHAEZ Professional Services and supported by USAID: Promote Women in the Economy (WIE), Startup Valley encourages the entrepreneurial mindset in youth, especially female university graduates. Out of over 150 applications, and 30 selected candidates, these 17 young women completed the incubation program and are now taking their business concepts to market.

19 Oct 2017 description

KUNDUZ - To generate new momentum around reducing conflict in Afghanistan’s restive northeast region, civil society members from four provinces gathered at a UN-backed symposium to establish a regional network for non-governmental organizations.

The new network, supported by the Kunduz regional office of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), is expected to represent the concerns of local communities to authorities much more efficiently than individuals alone, or even individual organizations.

19 Oct 2017 description

Highlights

  • In September, WFP assisted 13,028 refugees with full entitlements and 15,855 with partial entitlements (8,087 woman 6,066 girls 8,087 men and 6,643 boys).

Operational Updates

  • In September, all five food commodities were available in all settlements without any reductions.

19 Oct 2017 description

KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns the recent Taliban attacks in Paktya and Ghazni that claimed the lives of more than 60 people, many civilians, and injured at least 200.

The Mission demands the immediate end to the use of massive, indiscriminate explosive devices in areas regularly peopled by civilians.

19 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

In September, there were 13 900 detections of illegal border crossings on the four main migratory routes into the EU.

The total number of detections on the four main migratory routes in the first nine months of 2017 fell by 64% from the same period of last year to 156 000.

Central Mediterranean

19 Oct 2017 description

Arrivals to Europe in First half of 2017

In the first half of 2017, 16,524 children arrived in Greece, Italy, Spain and Bulgaria, of whom 11,918 (72%) were unaccompanied or separated children (UASC).

Greece

In the first half of 2017, 3,020 children arrived to Greece by sea, including 411 (14%) UASC, a 95% decrease compared to the first half of 2016 (60,089).

19 Oct 2017 description

Directorate of RR with cooperation of WFP distributed cash assistance for 203 displaced families in Shah joy district.

For every of the mentioned family distributed cash assistance 12000Af by WFP, and as well as distributed one water basket, two dishes of water, one dozen chlorine liquid by UNICEF, and one seat chicken equipment by UNHCR.

19 Oct 2017 description

Directorate of RR with co-operation of UNHCR distributed 14000Af per family by DACAR and per family 3blanket, 2tarpauline, one seat of chicken equipment and hygiene kit by UNHCR and distributed 200kg flour, 7litter oil, 7kg pea and one kg salt by WFP.

19 Oct 2017 description
report The Asia Foundation

The State of Conflict and Violence in Asia: Five Surprising Takeaways

18 Oct 2017 description

Highlights

  • On 19 September, Ashraf Ghani, the President of Afghanistan, addressed the UN General Assembly in New York and called for UN reform towards unified partnerships with host governments and for increased accountability to governments and populations.

  • WFP launched preparation for a new Country Strategic Plan (CSP). The CSP will define WFP’s strategy to support the country’s efforts to achieve zero hunger by 2030.

  • Analysis of clashes in September point towards a deterioration in security over the coming months.

18 Oct 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Leading Rights Groups Call for Action to Match Human Rights Role to Reality

(Geneva, October 17, 2017) – The International Commission of Jurists, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch are urging Pakistan to take immediate steps towards meeting “the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights,” following the country’s election to the Human Rights Council on Monday.

18 Oct 2017 description
report Voice of America

NANGARHAR / WASHINGTON — As fighting between the Islamic State militant group and Taliban insurgents continues in eastern Afghanistan, civilians are bearing the brunt of the rivalry between the two warring parties.

At least four civilians who were caught in crossfire have died in fresh fighting between the Taliban and IS fighters in the Khogyani district of eastern Nangarhar province, local officials told VOA.

"IS militants killed four civilians and wounded two others," Nangarhar government spokesperson Attaullah Khogyani told VOA.

18 Oct 2017 description

Highlights

1,106 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

13,189 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

89,944 total returns from Pakistan since 01 Jan 2017

301,196 total returns from Iran since 01 Jan 2017

91% of returnees from Pakistan (1,009 individuals) assisted

6% of returnees from Iran (799 individuals) assisted

18 Oct 2017 description

UNHCR in 2017 – by the numbers

As of September 2017, UNHCR’s budget is at an historic high of $7.763 billion, which is currently 46% funded

This growth is concurrent with the unabated levels of global displacement, with 67.7 million people of concern to UNHCR worldwide.

The funding gap is widening, now standing at 54%. Based on indications received from donors and analysis of funding trends, UNHCR estimates the gap may reduce to 47% by year’s end.

18 Oct 2017 description

One of the main drivers of humanitarian needs in Afghanistan is conflict displacement. Since January 2017, some 286,900 people have been forced from their homes due to fighting. Many of these people remain in displacement across the country, as conflict prevents them from returning to their areas of origin.

18 Oct 2017 description

From 1 January to 5 October 2017, 286,900 people fled their homes due to conflict in Afghanistan, with 30 of 34 provinces recording forced displacement. Constrained humanitarian access hinders assessments, preventing verification of the full extent of displacement and undermining provision of assistance and services. Displaced families often find themselves in precarious living conditions with their well-being and dignity jeopardised by inadequate shelter, lack of food and water, insufficient access to sanitation and health facilities as well as lack of protection.

18 Oct 2017 description

Negotiators from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States met in Oman on October 16 to try to find ways of reviving peace talks with the Afghan Taliban.

It was not clear whether any Taliban militants had joined the talks, which have so far failed to restart a peace process that collapsed in 2015.

Taliban sources have said they would stay away from the discussions in Muscat, casting doubt on prospects for reviving the long-stalled negotiations.