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29 Dec 2011 description

About this document

The aim of this document is to provide workshop participants with basic insights into the selected case studies. It has been prepared by the WFP Office for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction with WFP and partner staff in country offices.

Overview of the selected case studies

21 Dec 2011 description

The Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), meeting in its 137th Session, has approved over US$160 million in new loans and grants to pursue socio-economic development in partner countries. The loans are as follows:

list of countries/loans

08 Dec 2011 description

Six million children die of hunger every year. Over 40 per cent of children under five in countries such as Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nepal and Niger are stunted.

Children that do survive are more likely to have heart disease, diabetes and renal damage. Many solutions to malnutrition are nutrition-focused agricultural interventions like bio-fortification, home gardens, dairy and livestock development and aquaculture.

23 Nov 2011 description
Executive Summary

Defining Disaster Resilience: What does it mean for DFID?

Building disaster resilience is the term we use to describe the process of helping communities and countries to be better prepared to withstand and rapidly recover from a shock such as an earthquake, drought, flood or cyclone.

Why is disaster resilience important?

14 Nov 2011 description
report DARA

Climate vulnerable countries unite in Dhaka ministerial Forum pledging firm common stance ahead of COP17 in Durban

November 14, 2011

09 Nov 2011 description

Press Release - Department for International Development: Transferring cash and assets to the poor

9 November 2011

Directly providing international aid to the most poor and vulnerable people is showing clear and immediate benefits, according to the National Audit Office.

03 Nov 2011 description

A SNAPSHOT OF EVENTS IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC

Between May and September 2011, a number of disasters including floods and storms continued to devastate Asia and the Pacific region.

Floods occurred in China from June onwards, affecting over 36 million people and killing at least 355 people. Despite direct economic losses of nearly US$6.5 billion, no international assistance was requested.

25 Oct 2011 description

Interview

Cheryl Benton
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World and Tjada Mckenna, Deputy Coordinator for Development, U.S. Feed the Future Initiative
Washington, DC

October 25, 2011

MS. BENTON: Hello, and welcome to the U.S. Department of State. This is Conversations With America, a discussion between top State Department officials and NGO leaders, where you can watch and participate in the dialogue. I’m Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Public Affairs.

18 Oct 2011 description

GENEVA, 18 October 2011 (UNHCR) - Industrialized countries saw a 17 per cent increase in asylum applications in the first half of this year, with most claimants coming from countries with longstanding displacement situations. This is according to a report released today by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

UNHCR’s Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries, First Half 2011 report shows that 198,300 asylum applications were lodged in the period between 1 January and 30 June 2011, compared to 169,300 in the same period a year earlier.

07 Oct 2011 description
report The Guardian

Adolescent girls and women are fundamental to unlocking the full potential of agricultural development and feeding the world, according to Chicago thinktank

Mark Tran

In a dusty field in Kitui, eastern Kenya, farmers are being taught how to construct small, semi-circular barriers of earth that control the flow of water, slowing its run-off.

05 Oct 2011 description

This paper provides an overview of why and how DFID is aiming to enable poor people to exercise greater choice and control over their own development and to hold decision-makers to account.

The challenge

Despite some progress towards the MDGs, significant poverty persists globally. In many places gaps are widening between the rich and the poor and there is significant inequality of opportunity. This is in part because current development measures attempt to tackle the symptoms of poverty but do not always address its causes. Poverty may persist where:

22 Sep 2011 description

THE END OF CHEAP FOOD? WORLD’S POOREST IN DANGER AS FOOD PRICES SPIKE

Geneva 22/09/11 - The world’s poorest people are at serious risk from rocketing food prices and volatile global markets, warns a new report by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

21 Sep 2011 description
report United Nations

Ban Ki-moon praises ‘historic effort’ of private sector in Every Woman Every Child but warns that pace of implementation must be accelerated

14 Sep 2011 description
report The Guardian

Influence of financial players on agricultural commodity markets blamed for global food price inflation and hunger

Felicity Lawrence guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 13 September 2011 11.21 EDT Article history

The activity of financial speculators is overwhelming agricultural commodities markets, fuelling global food price inflation and hunger, according to new analysis from the anti-poverty group the World Development Movement (WDM).

01 Sep 2011 description

Outcomes of the fifth UNU-EHS Summer Academy of the Munich Re Foundation Chair on Social Vulnerability

25 – 31 July 2010, Hohenkammer, Germany

Introduction

17 Aug 2011 description
  • Managing Konzo in DRC
  • Cash for work in urban Guinea
  • Income generation in Southern Sudan
  • National NGOs treat SAM in Niger
  • IYCF across sectors in Haiti
  • Pastoral malnutrition trends in Somalia
09 Aug 2011 description

Highlights Countries in this issue: - International prices of wheat decreased for the third consecutive month but those of rice continue to increase.

02 Aug 2011 description

Alessandra Vellucci, Chief of the Press and External Relations Section of the United Nations Information Service in Geneva, chaired the briefing, which was also attended by spokespersons for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the International Organization for Migration.

Somalia

20 Jun 2011 description

World Refugee Day: UNHCR report finds 80 per cent of world's refugees in developing countries

GENEVA, June 20 (UNHCR) – A UNHCR report released today reveals deep imbalance in international support for the world's forcibly displaced, with a full four-fifths of the world's refugees being hosted by developing countries – and at a time of rising anti-refugee sentiment in many industrialized ones.