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26 Jan 2016 description

A FUTURE FREE FROM FEAR

At MAG, we believe that whenever and wherever wars happen, ordinary people should not be the ones who pay the price.

As Chief Executive of the UK’s only aid and development charity to have shared the Nobel Peace Prize, I am immensely proud of the difference MAG and our donors made directly to the lives of more than 1.4 million men, women and children in 2015.

07 Jan 2016 description

The news that Mozambique has declared itself landmine-free is cause for celebration and a huge achievement. But we must acknowledge the tragic truth that much more needs to be done to make life safe for the thousands of people still living with these hidden killers in other countries.

We must not let minefields be forgotten. Whenever and wherever wars happen, innocent people should not be the ones who pay the price.

In this edition of Insight:

30 Dec 2015 description
report APOPO

APOPO's HeroRATs in Angola have helped clear an area at the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 1 year ahead of schedule. The clearance of the Malele site in Zaire Province allows for the development of a large market area that will boost the cross-border trade with DCR and stimulate the economic development of the region.

27 Nov 2015 description

Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines, a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.

10 Nov 2015 description

President José Eduardo dos Santos’s tightening stranglehold on freedom of expression in Angola and his government’s decades of fear and repression will cast an indelible stain on the 40th anniversary of the country’s independence, said Amnesty International today.

As dignitaries and foreign leaders gather in the capital Luanda to mark four decades of independence, at least 16 activists continue to languish in Angolan jails.

12 Oct 2015 description
report Concern Worldwide

Written by Masha Hamilton, Vice President of Communications

The 2015 Global Hunger Index reveals the need for peace to end hunger.

Conflict is the main cause of enduring severe hunger, so diplomacy that leads to conflict prevention and resolution is critical to making sure the global humanitarian system can end famine and starvation by 2030, according to this year’s Global Hunger Index, now in its 10th year of monitoring hunger levels throughout the world.

09 Oct 2015 description
report Christian Aid

Strategic report

Objectives and activities

In 2015, as the Millennium Development Goals reach their deadline, the world can reflect on real progress. Since 1990, thanks to the actions of millions of people around the globe, extreme income poverty has been cut by almost two-thirds, child mortality has fallen by more than half, and more children are attending primary school than ever before.

But these achievements tell only part of the story.

09 Oct 2015 description
report CARE

Out of school and into marriage: 39,000 girls forced to marry every day

Girls in 26 countries are more likely to be forced into marriage than to enroll in secondary school, research from CARE has found.

The report, Vows of Poverty, has been released to mark the International Day of the Girl on 11 October and provides a snapshot of the forces that drive girls into marriage and out of school.

The report found:

17 Aug 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Poor Record in Several Member States

(Johannesburg, August 17, 2015) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should take concrete steps to improve respect for human rights among member states and strengthen regional human rights institutions, Human Rights Watch said today. Heads of state of the SADC’s 15 members will meet on August 17 and 18, 2015, in Gaborone, Botswana, for their 35th summit.

11 Aug 2015 description
report Oxfam

Smallholder farmers, and particularly women, are on the frontline in the fight against hunger and climate change in southern Africa. Unequal access to resources, poor access to finance and limited linkages to markets to sell their produce impose critical constraints, and food insecurity and poverty are the direct outcomes of this failure. In countries such as Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, between a quarter and half of the population are classified as being chronically undernourished.

09 Jun 2015 description

Classer parmi les pays sous développer et ayant l’indice de développement le plus faible au monde, la République Démocratique du Congo fait face depuis plusieurs années à la fuite des cerveaux et de sa main d’œuvre qualifier vers l’étranger en générale et particulièrement vers la République d’Angola voisine avec qui il partage plus de 2500 Km de frontière liquide et terrestre.

09 Jun 2015 description
report APOPO

Our mine action program in Angola has completed its second year of operations and while finishing up clearing activities in Malanje province, preparations have started to deploy the HeroRATs in Zaire Province, on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

11 May 2015 description

Regional Update

While favourable food security conditions prevail across most of southern Africa, early warning signs provide alarming indications of looming significant food supply shortages that are likely to impact on the next marketing season starting from July 2015. The single major determinant of the negative performance is the erratic and unusually uncharacteristic rainfall season that has just ended.

01 Apr 2015 description
report APOPO

*On 8 December 2005, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared that the 4th of April of each year shall be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Actionin order to bring special attention to the millions of people still living under the threat of landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW). This year's theme 'More than Mines' reflects the use of a wide range of explosives that after the conflicts are over still pose a threat to communities living in the ex-battle zones.*

12 Mar 2015 description
report APOPO

APOPO's mine action team in Angola is currently supporting the clearance of landmines in a residential area in the northern part of the country. APOPO's partner NPA helped prepare the site and the mine detection rats are now deployed in support of the demining teams. The rats speed up the mine clearance activities significantly and help return the much-needed land to the local community.

18 Feb 2015 description
report APOPO

APOPO Angola staff all returned full of energy from their restful year-end break aiming to make this year count and help more local communities back on their land. APOPO demining operations in Angola were on stand-down for a few weeks over the holiday period, allowing our staff members to spend some time with their families and friends. Both mechanical teams and the HeroRATs are now deployed, looking forward to finalizing the tasks in Malanje and starting operations in Zaire Province.