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16 Dec 2009 description

Pieter D. Wezeman

SIPRI Background Paper


United Nation member states are currently discussing the feasibility of an arms trade treaty (ATT) which would seek to create better controls on international arms transfers. This Background Paper is one of a series produced by SIPRI to inform these discussions.

Arms flows to East and Southern Africa, which originate from a wide diversity of countries, are relatively small. However even small volumes of arms can play a major role in armed violence and can be an economic burden.

19 Oct 2009 description
report AlertNet

Written by: AlertNet correspondent

By Corrine Scotland

There are an estimated 11.8 million IDPs in 19 African countries, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

15 Oct 2009 description

Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection

Good morning Mr. Chairman, Senator Corker and Members of Subcommittee.

04 Sep 2009 description



27 Aug 2009 description


June to September constitutes an important rainfall season for the northern sector of the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA), as well as coastal and western parts of the equatorial sector. Most of the equatorial and southern sectors of the GHA sub-region are normally dry during this period. The ICPAC consensus climate outlook for the June to September 2009 rainfall season indicates enhanced probabilities for near to above normal rainfall over southern Sudan; southwestern Ethiopia; much of Uganda; northern coast of Tanzania; Kenyan coast and southern coast of Somalia.

20 Aug 2009 description
report Miraya FM

The Commissioner of Refugees in the Eastern State, Belal Ahmed Musa, has said the rate of refugees entering through the eastern borders of Kassala and Gadarif States has increased to one hundred (100) people per day. In press statements, Musa revealed that the refugees are mainly from Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia adding that the number reported to refugee's administration during last July has exceeded one thousand and four hundred (1400) people.

He further affirmed that the total number of refugees at Al-Shijeirab camp is over thirty three thousand refugees.

11 Aug 2009 description
map EARS

11 August 2009 - In large parts of the Rift Valley yields are expected to be 15% lower than the 5 years average due to drought, with local reductions of up to 50%. Compared to the yield of 2008, a reduction of about -10% is foreseen.

27 Jul 2009 description

An integrated approach to reduce fire losses

Rome, 27 July 2009 - Every year fires affect an estimated 350 million hectares of land, with damage to property, livelihoods and frequently loss of life. Uncontrolled vegetation fires also contribute to global warming, air pollution, desertification and loss of biodiversity.

27 Jul 2009 description

Ethiopia and South Sudan have agreed to work closely in social, economic and infrastructure development and security sectors.

The two sides reached consensus to work together in the stated areas while holding a three-day joint cooperation forum in Juba, South Sudan for three days.

After the first forum held in Addis Ababa, the two parties have worked a lot in development and security areas.

The road construction carried out in Gambella and South Ethiopia People States to the South Sudan is well in progress.

Ethiopian delegation head, Foreign Affairs State Minister Dr.

16 Jul 2009 description

Les personnes pauvres vivant dans les campagnes et dans les villes en souffrent

16 juillet 2009, Rome - Les prix des produits alimentaires locaux dans les pays en développement restent élevés malgré une baisse accrue des prix internationaux et alors que les récoltes céréalières sont bonnes dans l'ensemble, avertit aujourd'hui la FAO dans son dernier rapport Perspectives de récoltes et situation alimentaire.

Dans plusieurs pays, les prix sont passés au-delà des niveaux déjà élevés de l'année dernière ou se maintiennent encore à des niveaux record, faisant traverser de …

16 Jul 2009 description

High prices affect poor people in rural and urban areas

Rome, 16 July 2009 - Domestic food prices in developing countries remain high despite a sharp decline in international prices and overall good cereal harvests, FAO warned today in its latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.

In several countries, prices exceed the already high levels of a year ago or are still at record levels, creating hardship for millions of people.

In sub-Saharan Africa 80 to 90 percent of all cereal prices …

02 Jul 2009 description


10 May 2009 description

Dakar, le 10 mai 2009 - "Dans la deuxième partie du XXe siècle, le continent africain, plus que tout autre, a souffert énormément des conflits violents au sein et entre les Etats", dit le Rapport de développement 2008 de l'Afrique (anglais), lancé aujourd'hui, 10 mai 2009, à Dakar, au Sénégal.

Le rapport, préparé par des experts de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) et publié par les Presses de l'université Oxford, examine les coûts économiques et sociaux des conflits en …

10 May 2009 description

Dakar, 10 May 2009 - "In the second half of the 20th Century, the African continent, more than any other part of the world has suffered enormously from violent conflict within and between States", says the African Development Report 2008-2009 released on Sunday, 10 May 2009 in Dakar Senegal.

The Report, prepared by African Development Bank (AfDB) experts and published by Oxford University Press, examines the economic and social cost of conflicts across the continent and provides cogent …

01 May 2009 description
report Rotary

By Dan Nixon

A recent wild poliovirus outbreak in southern Sudan has spread into parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda.

In response, Rotary is providing a total of US$500,000 in emergency grants to UNICEF and the World Health Organization for immediate immunization efforts in the Horn of Africa.

In January, The Rotary Foundation Trustees approved $2.2 million in PolioPlus grants to support immunization activities there.

The outbreak requires urgent action by governments and partner agencies to make the region polio-free, health officials say.

22 Apr 2009 description

Polio partners commend new measures by Government of Southern Sudan

Emergency measures have been launched by the Government of Southern Sudan to stop a polio outbreak spreading across the Horn of Africa. Previously restricted to Southern Sudan and western Ethiopia, the outbreak has this year spread to Kenya, Uganda and northern Sudan.

17 Apr 2009 description




According to a UN refugee agency (UNHCR) statement on 24 March, the deteriorating security situation in several parts of southern Sudan is hampering the return of Sudanese refugees and disrupting humanitarian activities in the area.

In mid-March, life in the border towns of Yei, Nimule and Kapoeta was brought to a standstill when war veterans from the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) organised coordinated protests. The veterans claim they have not been paid their …