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31 Dec 2007 description


From Afghanistan to Sudan, WFP is on the frontline of crises across the globe.

31 Dec 2007 description

Poverty Reduction through Pro-Poor Growth: Ensuring equity in development

After more then two decades of war, the rural people of Afghanistan have suffered from the nearly complete destruction of the country's physical and social infrastructures, as well as the loss of human capital and capacity, through death, migration and the lack of access to even basic education.

Yet today we are witness to rapid, progressive change. Within the last two years we have held Presidential elections, which have recently been followed by our parliamentary elections.

20 Dec 2007 description

Susanne Jaspars, Sorcha O'Callaghan and Elizabeth Stites

HPG Working Paper

Chapter 1: Introduction

This project is the first research study specifically to analyse the linkages between livelihoods and protection in conflict, and to examine whether greater linkages in analysis and action can contribute to making people safer. This Working Paper is the first phase of a comprehensive collaborative research project between the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute and the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University.

19 Dec 2007 description

This appeal seeks CHF 8,725,838 (USD 7.8 million or EUR 5.3 million) to fund the planned programmes to be implemented in 2008-2009. The overall budget is CHF 10,938,839 (USD 9.78 million or EUR 6.63 million).

18 Dec 2007 description

Afghanistan remains one of the ICRC's largest operations, with more than 1,200 locally recruited and expatriate staff working to help people affected by war. The organization's delegation is located in Kabul. Other ICRC offices are in Herat, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif, Jalalabad, Gulbahar, Faizabad and Bamiyan.


In accordance with its international mandate, the ICRC regularly visits people detained in connection with the conflict by the Afghan authorities or non-Afghan forces such as the US military and that of other NATO countries.

17 Dec 2007 description

About Muslim Hands

MH is an international relief and development organisation, established in 1993 with the objective of providing relief from poverty, sickness and the provision of education on a non-discriminatory basis. We work both directly and with partners in 48 of the world's poorest countries.

12 Dec 2007 description

Hi-res photos to accompany this story are available at: www.churchworldservice.org/media/hires.html

NEW YORK CITY -- As time runs out for three million Afghan refugees to stay legally in Pakistan, Church World Service and its nearly 30-year-old Pakistan/Afghanistan Community Health Project are working to prepare the refugees to take care of their own health upon return to Afghanistan, a country with one of the world's worst health records.

11 Dec 2007 description


Countries where violence persists and populations live in fear. People in Hunger's Global Hotspots don't know what tomorrow will bring and they often have to rely on WFP for their next meal.


Food dispatches to the western province of Hirat resumed on 25 November. The first convoy of six commercial trucks carrying 254 metric tons of WFP food arrived with the help of escorts provided by the Governors of Kandahar, Helmand and Farah provinces.

Similarly, the transportation of high energy biscuits has resumed along the ring road.

10 Dec 2007 description

Kabul - A delegation of the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) arrived here today on a several days visit to oversee distribution of humanitarian aid and check preparations for inauguration of Sheikh Zayed City in Kabul. The head of the delegation, Abdullah Ali Al Hosani, said the visit was in line with the directives of RCA Chairman, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister.

03 Dec 2007 description

How does climate matter to the world's hungry?

Erratic weather affects agricultural productivity, contributing to chronic hunger and food shortages. Lack of food makes the longer-lasting sustainable solutions we all hope for harder to reach.

When food is scarce, subsistence farmers may sell livestock; exchange land for food; sell firewood, leading to further deforestation; consume seeds; take children out of school; migrate in search of food or work.

The poorest and most vulnerable communities are heavily dependent on rain-fed agriculture and water resources.

27 Nov 2007 description


Countries where violence persists and populations live in fear.

26 Nov 2007 description

Pledges and contributions

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is pleased to acknowledge the receipt of six new contributions totaling $613,515.01 (as of 31 October). The contributions were made by Mexico ($50,000), Hyogo Prefecture (Japan) ($435,578.01), Disaster Resource Network ($9,978), and private donors ($117,959). Furthermore, the Republic of Korea pledged $1,500,000 for 2007.

19 Nov 2007 description

Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that the Government has made decisions on military and police deployments to Afghanistan and the Gulf region for the period up until September 2009.

The deployments cover the continuation of:

- the Provincial Reconstruction Team based in Bamyan Province,

- two military personnel helping to train the Afghan National Army,

- up to five military officers serving with the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters,

- one military officer serving with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan,

- up to two medical …

08 Nov 2007 description

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) began helping Afghan people in 1979 from Pakistan, providing medical and surgical assistance to the war-wounded in Peshawar and Quetta. Since 1987, the ICRC has been present in Afghanistan. Today, with 75 delegates and 1,138 national staff, it is one of the ICRC's biggest operations. The main ICRC delegation is located in Kabul.

04 Nov 2007 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 4 December 2007, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

In Geneva next Tuesday (11 December), at its annual Pledging Conference, UNHCR will present to donor countries its 2008 annual budget of US$1.096 billion, up from $1.06 billion in 2007, to help millions of refugees, displaced and stateless persons around the world.

01 Nov 2007 description

This paper will review the evolution of integrated and 3D approaches and seek to highlight the different responses to such approaches shown by classic humanitarian organizations and multi-mandate development organizations. By providing an overview of past forcible humanitarian interventions and with a particular focus on Afghanistan, we will trace the practical and ethical challenges faced by aid agencies attempting to maintain programming in such contexts.

31 Oct 2007 description

"The number of people threatened by natural disasters had increased by three times over the last 30 years and the number of people affected by natural disasters doubled every 10 years. Tens of millions of people had been affected this year by floods in countries all over the world. The link between the increase in disasters and climate change, which had been predicted by scientists, was unmistakable. Also, more people were now living in exposed areas. Some of the biggest cities in the world were built in disaster zones.

15 Oct 2007 description

Part I: Operational Requirements and Shortfalls

Overview of the 2007 Programme of Work

As the end of 2007 nears, the number of people the World Food Programme is seeking to support has risen to 83 million. The amount of food assistance required to assist these people is valued at US$3.4 billion. Considering resources mobilized thus far in 2007, the current level of funding falls short by some US$653 million.

Additional resources amounting to approximately US$800 million are required before the end of 2007 to ensure uninterrupted food aid deliveries for ongoing activities.