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31 Dec 2008 description

Key Points

- Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP) for Afghanistan in 2009 has been finalized and endorsed by the Government of Afghanistan.

- The security situation remains volatile in many parts of the country, hindering the delivery of assistance.

- No major population movements have been recorded during the last month of 2008.

I. Humanitarian Access and Security

The security situation remains volatile in many parts of the country, especially in the South, West, South-East, East and the Central (Kabul) regions.

31 Dec 2008 description

Highlights

On 27 December, the IDF launched an attack of unprecedented scale on the Gaza Strip, labelled "Operation Cast Lead", the stated aims of which were to end the firing of rockets into Southern Israel since the end of the 19 December Egyptian-negotiated "calm".

The exact casualty figures are unknown at the time of publication.

17 Dec 2008 description

Summary:

- UN Security Council conducts a fact-finding mission in the country.

- UNHCR and MoFA co-chair International Conference on Return and Reintegration, invite neighbouring countries.

- 1st Draft of the Humanitarian Action Plan is finalised.

1. Humanitarian Access and Security

Access to the humanitarian caseload continues to be seriously affected by widespread insecurity, with all movement of UN personnel being restricted to central areas in provincial capitals and little or no possibility of movement to rural areas.

30 Nov 2008 description

Summary

- UN Security Council conducts a fact-finding mission in the country.

- UNHCR and MoFA co-chair International Conference on Return and Reintegration, invite neighbouring countries.

- 1st Draft of the Humanitarian Action Plan is finalised.

1. Humanitarian Access and Security

Access to the humanitarian caseload continues to be seriously affected by widespread insecurity, with all movement of UN personnel being restricted to central areas in provincial capitals and little or no possibility of movement to rural areas.

30 Nov 2008 description
report ACTED

Flash news

ACTED UGANDA

ACTED Uganda is part of a consortium of NGOs currently implementing a three-year Drought management project in North Pokot (Western Kenya-Uganda border).

27 Nov 2008 description

ASSISTANT-SECRETARY-GENERAL AND DEPUTY EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR - CATHERINE BRAGG

On 13 September 2007, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Kimoon appointed Catherine Bragg of Canada as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Ms. Bragg has been the Director-General of the Humanitarian Assistance, Peace and Security Programme in the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) since 2004.

21 Nov 2008 description

The 'light' in Shamellah's fingers

Kabul, 21 November 2008 - Shamellah nimbly picks off discoloured leaves from the young almond and willow trees. There are rows of neatly planted saplings of different heights within the walls that define her small home nursery. Pointing at the larger plants, she says she sold one thousand like them last January for US$880.

"With the money, I have been able to do so much. I have improved my home by getting rugs on the floors and putting in electricity. For the children I bought uniforms and books for school and a television.

20 Nov 2008 description

DACAAR has begun implementing a 'Cash for Work' project in the Qadis district of Badghis province with funding from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO). 6,205 food insecure families (43,435 individuals) will be assisted in securing sufficient food stocks to last the four-month winter period.

Last winter, more than 1,000 Afghans died as a result of food shortages and extreme weather conditions.

19 Nov 2008 description

Executive summary

Afghanistan has been in the midst of a civil war since 1978. This has severely affected its socio-economic infrastructure and caused large scale displacement of people within and outside the country, as well as high levels of poverty. As a result, access to basic facilities like clean water, electricity and basic health care is very poor. The frequent occurrence of natural disasters like floods, droughts, earthquakes, landslides and severe winters further increase the vulnerability of an already struggling population.

17 Nov 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

Asia and the Pacific

Problem Statement/Context: The Asia Pacific region has an emergency profile characterized by a combination of natural disasters, civil/political unrest with pockets of conflict situations, and recent emerging new global threats such as high food and fuel prices crisis, the threat of pandemic influenza and other emerging diseases.

11 Nov 2008 description

Ref - ComCo/KAB08E2943

- Access to remote areas remains a major problem in most parts of the country

- The ICRC response to the needs of people affected :

Dear colleagues,

The security situation in Afghanistan has worsened over the last year and a half, and the armed conflict has remained intense in 2008. Regular fighting between armed groups and national and international forces has continued in more than half of the country. Even in provinces not affected by open combat, roadside bombs and suicide bombings are regular occurrences.

19 Oct 2008 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

17 Oct 2008 description

CERF GIVES OVER $1 BILLION TO HELP THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has now allocated more than one billion dollars for humanitarian aid around the world since it was launched in March 2006. An allocation on 13 October 2008 of $202,714 for nutrition and supplementary feeding for women and children in Tajikistan, which is suffering from chronic food insecurity made worse by a poor harvest and soaring food prices, took the total allocations beyond the one billion dollar level.

01 Oct 2008 description


Introduction

This annual report describes bilateral development cooperation between Norway and 30 of the countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East that received the most assistance in 2007. Norwegian development assistance totalled NOK 21.8 billion in 2007. Of this amount, bilateral assistance (including multi-bilateral assistance) accounted for NOK 15.7 billion.

01 Oct 2008 description
report World Bank

INTRODUCTION

On July 9, 2008, the Group of Eight nations (G8) urged the Government of Afghanistan to take more responsibility for security, governance, and reconstruction and pledged to increase assistance to that country's army and police.

01 Oct 2008 description

Rome, 1 October 2008 - Facts, figures and the lastest updates from WFP's high profile emergencies.

Afghanistan

- Under emergency assistance, approximately 2,000 battle and flood affected people have benefited from WFP food assistance in Laghman and Nangarhar provinces. The food was provided based on joint assessment made by Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) and UN agencies.

- WFP has planned to dispatch 36,000 mt food intended for 520,000 recipients for winter pre-positioning.

30 Sep 2008 description

Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations

30 Sep 2008 description


Main Findings:

The United Nations launched an »â an appeal on 1 October for over US$ 20 million to help up to one million drought-affected people in Syria for a period of six months. So far the Appeal is only 9.7% funded.

The UN's Palestine Refugee Agency (UNRWA) appealed in September for US$43 million for temporary services such as emergency food rations and shelter for the victims of the Nahr El Bared camp fighting in Lebanon, but so far only the United States has come forward with a firm pledge of US$4.3 million.

30 Sep 2008 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 99 delegates and 1,216 national staff, it is one of the ICRC's biggest operations. The main ICRC delegation is located in Kabul.