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28 Aug 2012 description

Food security remains an important development issue for Africa, with many countries facing high food costs and periodic food shortages due to climate change, humanitarian crises, conflict, displaced populations, poor agricultural practices and a high dependency on imported food stuffs. For this reason, food security remains a top priority on the continent’s development agenda, as outlined in the quarterly Africa Food Security Brief published recently by the Chief Economist Complex of the African Development Bank.

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 Africa1 and is divided into six functional/geographical regions namely West Coast (Abuja), Sahel (Dakar), Central Africa (Yaoundé), Indian Ocean Islands (Mauritius), East Africa (Nairobi), and Southern Africa (Johannesburg).

11 Oct 2010 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 9 octobre 2010 (IRIN) - Pour faire face au pouvoir croissant d'Al-Qaida au Maghreb islamique (AQMI), les analystes préconisent davantage d'opérations conjointes de recherche du renseignement, la mise en ouvre de mesures répressives contre le crime organisé et l'adoption d'une approche coordonnée en vue de traiter les demandes de rançon.

Bien que, selon les estimations, les branches d'AQMI dans le sud du Sahel ne comptent que 400 à 800 membres, les réseaux commerciaux et de crime organisé, de plus en plus vastes, ont développé leur puissance financière et …

25 Nov 2009 description

Clichy, le 26 novembre 2009 - Le changement climatique est déjà là et les populations de nombreux pays y sont déjà violemment et régulièrement confrontées, particulièrement dans les pays les plus pauvres victimes d'un conflit ou d'une catastrophe.

26 Oct 2009 description

In accordance with the Secretary-General's Bulletin (ST/SGB/2006/10), the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) is responsible for setting priorities for the use of the CERF Underfunded window and for selecting countries to receive allocations from that window, in close consultation with relevant humanitarian agencies.

09 Oct 2009 description

Ouagadougou, 9 October - The Global Forum on Sustainable Development, to be held here from 9 to 11 October, will enable sub-Saharan Africa to continue to consolidate its views on climate change.

Two months before the Copenhagen conference which will aim to replace the Kyoto Protocol with a new international agreement on climate, the region will review the problems associated with climate change and make concerted efforts to implement a 'New Green Deal for Africa'.

08 Oct 2009 description

UN Secretary-General appoints new members to CERF Advisory Group

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of seven new members of the Advisory Group for the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

The members include government officials from countries that have contributed to or received funding from CERF, representatives of humanitarian non-governmental organizations, and academic experts.

16 Sep 2009 description

Les besoins d'aide humanitaire sont en augmentation dans les zones de conflit comme dans les zones sans conflit, a prévenu le Secrétaire général aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d'urgence.

16 Jun 2009 description


During the first underfunded emergencies (UFE) round in 2009, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated US$75 million to 14 countries. In accordance with Secretary-General's Bulletin (ST/SGB/2006/10), the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), in close consultation with the participating agencies, is responsible for setting priorities for the use of the CERF UFE window and for selecting the countries to receive allocations.

Country Selection (Phase I) and Allocation of Country Envelopes (Phase II)

20 Mar 2009 description

WORLD WATER DAY

On the occasion of World Water Day (22 March), the Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation, Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque, expresses her particular concern about access to water and sanitation during emergencies.

"The chaos and insecurity caused by war and natural disasters frequently block access to water and sanitation, with devastating results," said the Independent Expert.

09 Feb 2009 description

(Johannesburg: 9 February 2009) -The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, has allocated some US$11 million to boost the humanitarian response in Zimbabwe.

Humanitarian actors in Zimbabwe received the largest portion of funds allocated during the Central Emergency Response Fund's (CERF) most recent underfunded round.

06 Feb 2009 description

(New York: 6 February) - The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, today allocated some $75 million to boost humanitarian response in 14 chronically neglected emergencies where people are daily dying of hunger, malnutrition, disease, and conflict around the world.

The funds made available today will be granted to United Nations humanitarian agencies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and through them to partner organizations, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to support humanitarian projects in the affected countries.

31 Aug 2008 description

Africa Conflict and Humanitarian Unit (ACHU)

Summary of key findings

- Total spend in 2007/8 was =A3205m, a decline from =A3236m in 2006/7. However using adjusted figures the amount is broadly similar for both years. Both these years' spend was less than the exceptional 2005/6, when it peaked at =A3264m.

- Year on year trend: there has been a 10-15 % decline since the peak spend in 2005/6 of =A3264m.

- The top five recipient countries of DFID humanitarian aid are Sudan, DRC, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Somalia.

09 Mar 2008 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

29 Feb 2008 description

CROSS BORDER & REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Crisis in Chad-30,000 Refugees in Cameroon

Over 30,000 Chadians fled across the border into north-eastern Cameroon after fighting in N'Djamena between armed groups and the Government in early February. More than 4,600 families comprising some 20,000 persons have registered with UNHCR and indicated their intention to stay in Cameroon for the time being. The refugees began to arrive on 2 February and were initially hosted in two temporary sites as well as in schools, churches and private homes in Kousséri.

01 Aug 2007 description

(New York: 1 August 2007) The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator announced today that $40 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will be used for life-saving programmes in 16 countries in the second of two annual rounds of allocations for underfunded emergencies in 2007.

"These grants will provide vital funding for people caught up in some of the world's most neglected humanitarian crises.

25 Jul 2007 description
  • Dryness throughout much of western Burkina Faso is leading to poor agricultural conditions and low water levels in Lake Volta, though recent rainfall has increased moisture throughout much of the region.

    - Flooding has been reported in parts of eastern Sudan due to localized heavy rainfall during the past two weeks. Rains may be locally heavy during the next week.

    1) Severe drought remains over eastern Kenya as a result of the failure of the March - May wet season.

12 Jul 2007 description
  • Dryness throughout much of western Burkina Faso is leading to poor agricultural conditions and low water levels in Lake Volta.

    - Much of southern Ethiopia is experiencing above normal moisture conditions due to abundant seasonal rainfall.

    1) Severe drought remains over eastern Kenya as a result of the failure of the March - May wet season. Precipitation normally returns to the area in October.

    2) Dryness continues in much of western Burkina Faso as well as adjacent portions of northern Cote d'Ivoire and western Mali.