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15 Sep 2009 description

Gugu Dube, Dominique Dye (Junior Researchers) & Noël Stott, Senior Research Fellow, Arms Management Programme, ISS Pretoria

From the 9th - 11 September 2009, representatives from African states participated in the 3rd Continental Conference of African Experts on Landmines. The conference was hosted by the Government of the Republic of South Africa, in collaboration with the African Union (AU) and with the financial support of the European Union.

21 Aug 2009 description
report Inter Press Service

By Thalif Deen

STOCKHOLM, Aug 21 (IPS) - The widespread water scarcity in the African continent, impacting on the lives of nearly 300 million people, may be aggravated further by several new threats, including climate change, transboundary disputes and the negative fallout from military conflicts.

Par Granstedt, general secretary of the Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa (AWEPA), points out that the African continent has contributed least to the emissions causing climate change, but is hardest hit by their effects.

"We need to develop common strategies to …

01 Jul 2009 description

The report which follows is a comparative analysis of active DDR programs in 2008, whether in the planning stages or running final reintegration activities. The goal of the report, addressed particularly to academics and professionals, is to give an overall picture of DDR programs underway currently and to widen the general and latest conceptual understanding of the processes involved.

17 Jun 2009 description
report BioMed Central


Vitamin A deficiency and malaria are both highly prevalent health problems in Africa. Vitamin A deficiency affects over 30 million children, most of whom are in the age-group (under five years) most affected by malaria. Vitamin A deficiency increases all-cause mortality in this part of the population, and malaria is an important cause of death in children at this age.

06 Nov 2008 description

LUSAKA, 6 November 2008 (IRIN) - A funding shortfall is jeopardising food supplies to about 3,000 of the most vulnerable refugees living in two of Zambia's largest camps, a senior UN refugee agency (UNHCR) official has told IRIN.

"We have received communications from WFP [World Food Programme] stating that from 2009 they will stop providing food to refugees at the Meheba and Mayukwayukwa refugee settlements.

06 May 2008 description

by Jacquie Kiggundu, Junior Professional Consultant and Research Assistant


04 Oct 2007 description

NAIROBI, 4 October 2007 (IRIN) - At least 43,000 refugees returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between January and October, with another 310,000 still in neighbouring countries, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Most of the returnees went to the provinces of South Kivu in the east, Equateur in the northeast and Katanga in the south, UNHCR stated in a report detailing figures of returns to and from the DRC.

"The successful return of 43,000 Congolese refugees this year is the result of the hard work by UNHCR staff in the field; they often …

30 Sep 2007 description

September 2007 - Internally displaced persons (IDPs) were central to the humanitarian reform initiated by Jan Egeland, then-Emergency Relief Coordinator in 2005. It was widely recognized that the collaborative approach which had been developed to assign institutional responsibilities for IDPs was not working. Humanitarian reform was intended to "fill the gaps" in humanitarian response - particularly for IDPs -- but over time it became something else.

30 Jun 2007 description

Abby Stoddard and Katherine Haver
Center on International Cooperation, New York University


Adele Harmer

14 Dec 2006 description
report Xinhua

NAIROBI, Dec 14, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The 2nd International Conference on the Great Lakes region kicked off here Thursday with six African presidents joined by other African senior officials and representatives of international organizations meeting in an effort to promote peace and development in a once conflict plagued area.

The Great Lakes region initially included countries that share the lakes of Kivu, Tanganyika and Victoria, but later expanded to involve some countries that are actually away from the lakes.

13 Oct 2006 description

The fight against hunger and undernutrition has been a long-standing component of development efforts. Strategies to improve food security and nutrition are not only worth pursuing for their own sake, but are also key elements of poverty reduction. In spite of this, progress in combating hunger and malnutrition has been lagging for decades. Best practices to combat hunger and undernutrition have been available for a long while, but a lack of political will among leaders and a lack of political power among the poor have hampered their implementation.

30 Sep 2006 description

00 Introducción

El "Barómetro" es un informe trimestral editado en castellano y en inglés por la Unidad de Alerta de la Escola de Cultura de Pau de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, que analiza los acontecimientos ocurridos en el mundo a lo largo del trimestre (julio-setiembre 2006) a través de ocho apartados: conflictos armados, tensiones, procesos de paz, rehabilitación posbélica, crisis humanitarias, desarme, derechos humanos y Derecho Internacional Humanitario y dimensión de género en la construcción de la paz.

08 Sep 2006 description

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

NAIROBI, 8 September (IRIN) - An end to disputes over land and property ownership in countries emerging from conflict in the Great Lakes is in sight if draft legislation drawn up at a regional conference in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, is implemented.

The legislation, the first of its kind in the region, is mainly aimed at guaranteeing the property rights of returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in countries such as Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Rwanda …

30 Jun 2006 description


This paper provides a review of the literature on migration, HIV/AIDS and urban food security, and attempts to draw the links between these three powerful dynamics which are at play in Southern and Eastern Africa. The aim of the paper is to stimulate discussion and provide a platform for developing an action research agenda to inform policy and programming within these three inter-connected sectors.

10 Mar 2006 description
report Xinhua

LUSAKA, Mar 10, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has estimated that at least 30,000 of the more than 100,000 refugees in Zambia are living illegally outside the five settlement camps in the country, posing a challenge to its repatriation efforts.

20 Feb 2006 description

BANGUI, 20 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Foreign ministers from Africa's Great Lakes region began a meeting on Monday in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR) to finalise preparations for a heads of state summit due to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, later in the year.

06 Feb 2006 description


Tens of millions of people across more than half the states in sub-Saharan Africa need urgent food aid, but the causes are often complex and varied. Food crises were once primarily triggered by natural disasters like droughts.

But according to research by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, man-made causes are increasingly to blame. These include conflict and poor governance, as well as HIV/Aids.

01 Feb 2006 description
report Xinhua

NAIROBI, Feb 1, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- An eleven-nation summit on restoring stability to Africa's Great Lakes region, earlier scheduled for December, 2005 in Kenya, will now take place in August due to scheduled elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations announced here on Wednesday.

The summit in the Kenyan capital was to be held on December 15 and 16, 2005, but was put off until later this year, Ibrahim Fall, Special Representative of the Secretary General for the Great Lakes Region, told a news conference in Nairobi.

30 Jan 2006 description

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

05 Jan 2006 description

Lusaka (dpa) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday said that due to a poor response to international appeals it had not received any funding to care for refugees in Zambia in 2006.
WFP spokesman Jo Woods said the lack of funds could lead to starvation among the tens of thousands of Congolese and Angolan refugees living in the impoverished southern African country.