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31 Dec 2010 description

Protracted conflicts

Can you get used to living with war? Probably, in the same way that you can somehow get used to living with physical pain, with constant stress, with disturbing noises. You get used to it, you bear with it in silence, because you have no other choice. You don't know of any alternative.

One thing is for sure: the surrounding world can "get used" to protracted conflict. The international community, the media, the aid organisations - they can all turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to suffering that does not have any news value.

31 Dec 2010 description


Climate change represents one of the greatest environmental, social and economic threats facing the planet today. In Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries, climate change is a major threat to sustainable development and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The combined effects of climate change, increased global population and income growth, among others, threaten to affect food and water resources that are critical for livelihoods in SSA.

31 Dec 2010 description

Repatriation from the DRC (refugees)

Repatriation to the DRC (Congolese nationals) - by country of asylum

Repatriation to the DRC (Congolese nationals) - by Province of return

30 Dec 2010 description

HARARE/JOHANNESBURG, 30 December 2010 (IRIN) - The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) staffed jointly by officials from Zambia and Zimbabwe, says one of the two major dams on the river between the two countries will open its flood gates in early 2011, meaning that communities may have to be relocated.

"ZRA has issued the alert, but they have not yet informed us of the dates on when they will open the gates," said Patrick Kangwa, head of operations at Zambia's Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit.

The ZRA manages Kariba Dam situated between northwestern Zimbabwe and …

20 Dec 2010 description


- Satellite imagery indicate timely onset of seasonal rains in most parts of the SADC Region....Current reports indicate that seasonal rains had started on time in most parts of the Region. However, nearly a month delay was observed in parts of eastern Zambia, eastern South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, while main rains are yet to start in northern Mozambique and parts of southern Tanzania.

- Generally normal rains received by the end of November 2010 and also expected during December - February 2011 period....

22 Nov 2010 description


Climate change represents the medium and long-term changes in average weather patterns. It is the result of both external forces and human activity. The major external forces that influence climate change include such processes as variations in solar radiation, deviations in the earth's orbit, and variations in the level of Green House Gas (GHG) concentrations, which lead to changes in the global mean temperature and the amount of precipitation.

15 Nov 2010 description

A review of the current situation and recommendations for achieving the World Health Assembly Resolution on health of migrants. November 2010.

01 Nov 2010 description

Executive summary

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)'s Africa Zone (Zone) covers 48 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and is divided into six functional/geographical regions namely the Southern Africa (Johannesburg), Central Africa (Yaoundé), Sahel (Dakar), Indian Ocean Islands (Mauritius), West Coast (Abuja) and East Africa (Nairobi). Southern Africa Regional Representation Office (SARRO) covers ten countries in Southern Africa1.

11 Oct 2010 description


The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR) in Cape Town, South Africa, hosted a policy research seminar in Cape Town on 25 and 26 February 2010 on the theme: "Building Peace in Southern Africa". The meeting assessed Southern Africa's peacebuilding challenges by focusing largely on the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the sub-region's principal Regional Economic Community (REC), which constitutes 15 member states (Madagascar, included in this number, was suspended in March 2009).

06 Oct 2010 description

Acute crises

General Background

The polio outbreak threatens the efforts to eradicate the disease in Africa. Only three African countries have recorded cases of the disease in the last four months - Nigeria, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). However, Angola is the biggest threat against eradication efforts at the continental level.

06 Oct 2010 description

Contexte général

La flambée de poliomyélite menace les efforts d'éradication de la maladie en Afrique. Seuls trois pays africains ont enregistré des cas de cette maladie dans les quatre derniers mois - le Nigeria, l'Angola et la République démocratique du Congo (RDC). La menace de la poliomyélite en Angola est très préoccupante et pourrait retarder les efforts d'éradication au niveau continentale. =C0 cet effet, le pays a lancé une campagne d'immunisation ciblant quelque 5,6 millions d'enfants.

15 Sep 2010 description

As lean season approaches, good regional harvests make for favorable food security conditions

Key Messages

- Food security conditions remain generally favorable across the region and are expected to remain so through the outlook period, particularly in those areas that experienced good harvests.