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30 Dec 2009 description

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This report examines the various types of activities conducted by PRC government and corporate organizations in Africa and Latin America, discusses the challenges to conducting an assessment of China's assistance to these regions, and outlines U.S. government efforts to engage the PRC government of development issues and to encourage greater transparency regarding its foreign assistance activities.

26 Oct 2009 description

Fourth Special Report

On 2 June 2009 the International Development Committee published its Fourth Report of Session 2008-09, Aid Under Pressure: Support for Development Assistance in a Global Economic Downturn, HC 179-I. On 9 October 2009 we received the Government's Response to the Report. It is reproduced as an Appendix to this Special Report.

In the Government Response, the Committee's conclusions and recommendations are in bold text.

21 Oct 2009 description

By Bronwen Manby

Summary

Laws and practices governing citizenship in too many African countries effectively leave hundreds of thousands of people without a nationality.

21 Oct 2009 description

Par Bronwen Manby

Résumé

Dans un trop grand nombre de pays africains, les lois et pratiques régissant la nationalité ont pour effet de laisser des centaines de milliers de gens sans nationalité. Les apatrides africains constituent l'un des groupes des populations les plus vulnérables du continent. Ils ne peuvent ni voter ni se présenter à des élections ; ils ne peuvent ni inscrire leurs enfants à l'école, ni voyager librement ou posséder une propriété foncière ; ils ne peuvent pas être employés par l'État ; ils sont exposés aux violations des droits humains.

13 Oct 2009 description
report Le Potentiel

Par Freddy mulumba kabuayi

Les expulsions réciproques entre la RD Congo et l'Angola ne sont que la face émergée d'un iceberg. Au fond, les deux Etats voisins connaissent une tension sur le contrôle des zones pétrolifères au niveau de leur frontière dans l'océan Atlantique. Le conflit s'est corsé avec le dépôt de la législation congolaise sur «la délimitation des frontières maritimes» aux Nations unies, en mai dernier. La RD Congo avait déjà fait savoir à la Commission des limites du plateau continental que «la zone du plateau continental...

30 Sep 2009 description

Introduction

Global warming is the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today. Increasing global temperatures are bringing about rapid changes in weather patterns, rising sea levels and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather.

04 Sep 2009 description

Human Settlements Working Paper Series: Water - 6

Allan Cain, Development Workshop - Angola with Martin Mulenga

SUMMARY

The provision of water and sanitation services in deprived urban settlements is a challenge faced by many countries in the South. The high rates of urbanisation and the rapid increase in urban population has meant that peri-urban areas are growing much more rapidly than formal urban areas resulting in low levels of services such as water supply and sanitation.

06 Aug 2009 description

Berlin - In 2008, Johanniter mainly focused on providing medical care throughout 22 countries, and invested donations and subsidies in the amount of nine million Euros - half a million more than the previous year. Although, the share of donations has slightly decreased from 2007, subsidies from third-party donors, such as Germany's Foreign Office, have increased.

07 Jul 2009 description
report Human Rights Watch

I. Overview

The long-running debate about whether seeking justice for grave international crimes interferes with prospects for peace has intensified as the possibility of national leaders being brought to trial for human rights violations becomes more likely. The International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, which is mandated to investigate and prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, has already issued its first arrest warrant for a sitting head of state-Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir.

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.

25 Jun 2009 description
  1. The Zambezi River Basin

    An increase in the frequency, complexity and magnitude of natural disasters and epidemics in southern Africa, combined with socio-economic shocks, have conspired to exacerbate the vulnerability of communities across the region. Extreme weather conditions, influenced in part by climate change, are also undermining already low-levels of agricultural production.

17 Jun 2009 description
report BioMed Central

Abstract

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.

02 Jun 2009 description

Summary

The developing world was not responsible for causing the current economic crisis, but it is paying a heavy price for mistakes made by rich countries. Poor countries are experiencing significantly reduced income from trade, remittances and foreign investment. As a result, an additional 90 million people are expected to be living in poverty by the end of 2010, and 400,000 more children are likely to die. Progress towards the Millennium Development Goal of eradicating hunger and extreme poverty has been set back three years.

06 May 2009 description

Contrary to the still prevailing belief caused by sometimes one-sided media coverage that a large share of African migrants relocate to Europe or the developed states in the North, research has shown that this is not the case. Only 1.5 percent of all Sub-Saharan Africans, living outside their country, live within the European Union. More than two-thirds of all migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa, however, migrate to other countries within Sub-Saharan Africa (approximately 16.3 million).

Sub-Saharan Africa is also a region characterized by high numbers of forced migrants.

29 Apr 2009 description

When the colonial order ended in Africa, a myriad of problems confronted the new African nations. According to a recent study 16 wars took place between 1990 and 1997 in Africa. Of these, 14 were intrastate conflicts (Algeria, Angola, Chad, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, Western Sahara, and the Republic of Congo). Only 2 were interstate (Chad/Libya and Rwanda/Uganda).

24 Apr 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

The fight against malaria

On World Malaria Day in 2009, just over 600 days remain until 31 December 2010, UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon's deadline for all endemic countries to achieve universal coverage with essential malaria control interventions.(1) Data presented here highlight major signs of progress across Africa toward this goal.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that between 190 and 330 million malaria episodes occurred in 2006, resulting in nearly 1 million deaths.

26 Feb 2009 description

Clara Fischer

With the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) is organizing an international conference on the topic of security and migration, entitled "Migration and Displacement in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Security-Migration Nexus II". The conference will take place on 13 and 14 February 2009 in Bonn.

Contrary to the prevalent opinion that migration is particularly a North-South issue, facts and figures show a totally different picture.