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06 Jan 2012 description
report UN Children's Fund

Schools for Africa seeks to provide a quality education to the most disadvantaged children – including those who suffer from discrimination and harassment and those who face extreme poverty, political unrest or natural disasters – through UNICEF’s holistic, child-friendly schools programme.

And it has been showing promising results: As of December 2010, some 5.5 million children across Africa were receiving better educations through this initiative.

A fundamental right

21 Apr 2011 description

John L. Hirsch l Senior Adviser
hirsch@ipinst.org

The arrest of Laurent Gbagbo in the bunker of the presidential palace in Abidjan on April 11th marks a turning point in the struggle to place Alassane Ouattara, the declared winner of the December 2010 election, in his rightful place as President of the Ivory Coast.

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.

08 Sep 2010 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-fifth session

Item 70 (a) of the provisional agenda

Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations

Summary

The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 64/251, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to continue to improve the international response to natural disasters and to report thereon to the Assembly at its sixty-fifth session.

28 Jun 2010 description

Gugu Dube, Junior Researcher, Arms Management Programme

African states reinforced their ownership of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) at a global conference hosted by the governments of Chile and Norway in collaboration with UNDP held 7-9 June in Santiago, Chile. The CCM is the most significant international disarmament treaty since the 1997 Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.

31 Mar 2010 description

Burkina Faso, Burundi, Malawi, Niger, Sierra Leone, and Zambia have signed and ratified the CCM. African states made up 20% of the first 30 ratifications to trigger the entry into force of the CCM.

Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Libya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe have yet to sign the CCM.

Mauritania, Morocco, Seychelles, Sudan, and Swaziland adopted the CCM at the end of negotiations in Dublin, but have not yet signed.

30 Nov 2009 description

Executive Summary

This report presents the findings, conclu sions and recommendations of an evaluation of the Norwegian support to Norwegian People's Aid's mine action programmes commissioned by Norad's evaluation provides information on the results of Norwegian People's Aid's humanitarian mine activities, and provides recommendations that can be used in future identification, design, and implementation of humanitarian mine activities.

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.

15 Sep 2009 description

Gugu Dube, Dominique Dye (Junior Researchers) & Noël Stott, Senior Research Fellow, Arms Management Programme, ISS Pretoria

From the 9th - 11 September 2009, representatives from African states participated in the 3rd Continental Conference of African Experts on Landmines. The conference was hosted by the Government of the Republic of South Africa, in collaboration with the African Union (AU) and with the financial support of the European Union.

09 Sep 2009 description

Une conférence régionale sur le sujet s'ouvre aujourd'hui à Pretoria

Pretoria, le 9 septembre 2009 -- Les membres de l'Union Africaine doivent redoubler d'efforts pour éliminer les mines terrestres sur tout le continent et pour assurer le respect des droits des survivants d'explosions de mines, a affirmé aujourd'hui la Campagne internationale pour interdire les mines (ICBL), lauréate du prix Nobel de la paix en 1997. Une conférence régionale sur le sujet se déroulera du 9 au 11 septembre à Pretoria.

31 Aug 2009 description

Contexte général

La Pandémie A (H1N1) est désormais bien installée dans notre Région et nos communautés. Le nombre de cas confirmés continue de grimper. Au 02 septembre 2009 un total de 6 265 cas a été confirmé dans 22 pays africains avec 35 décès. L'Afrique du Sud porte le plus lourd fardeau avec 94% de l'ensemble des cas. Les autres préoccupations humanitaires demeurent les épidémies les urgences complexes dans les pays d'Afrique centrale et la crise alimentaire dans la corne de l'Afrique.

31 Aug 2009 description

General Context

The Pandemic A (H1N1) is now well established in our Region and the communities. The number of confirmed cases continues to rise. As of 2nd September 2009 a total of 6,265 cases were confirmed in 22 African countries with 35 deaths. South Africa is still carrying the bulk with 94% of the case load. Other humanitarian concerns include disease outbreaks, the complex emergencies in central African countries and the food crises in the horn of Africa.

20 May 2009 description

Africa Day, held on May 25 every year, is an annual celebration of African unity.

20 May 2009 description

Ten years of the Mine Ban Treaty: A Success Story

On 1 March 2009, the Mine Ban Treaty celebrated the tenth anniversary of its entry into force as international law. The treaty bans all Anti Personnel mines, requires that States destroy stockpiles within four years of becoming a party, requires clearance of Anti Personnel mines already in the ground within 10 years, and urges support to the victims of mines.

By Stuart Maslen, NPA

The treaty has proved a major success in stigmatising Anti Personnel mines.

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).

11 Mar 2009 description
report Government of Japan

At the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) convened in Yokohama last May, the participants compiled the Yokohama Action Plan that lays out assistant measures to be implemented by countries or organizations.

19 Jan 2009 description

General Context

The major concern is the deteriorating security situation in Central Africa Republic as well as the other hot spots in Chad and DRC. Other concerns include the wide spread cholera outbreaks, the approaching meningitis season and looming food insecurity issues. The WHO continues to support information sharing from affected countries, coordination through the cluster approach as well as identifying and filling gaps.

Countries Situations

Acute Crises

- Angola: Suspected Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) near the border with DRC was investigated.