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18 May 2009 description

(Nairobi/New York, 18 May 2009): The combined number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in 16 countries in Central and East Africa now exceeds 11 million, up from 10.9 million in December 2008.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Somalia and Sudan continue to be the countries with the largest IDP populations. Sudan has over 4 million IDPs, the DRC and Somalia have over 1.3 million IDPs each.

Chad, Kenya, Sudan and Tanzania continue to host the largest number of refugees in the region.

15 May 2009 description


First Quarter CAP Funding Updates

In November 2008, Consolidated Appeals were launched to facilitate emergency response to crises in 31 countries world-wide. The appeals aim to assist 30 million people during the course of 2009. Seven of these appeals seek to respond to emergencies in counties in Central and East Africa. The total requirement for the response strategies outlined in these appeals is US$ 5.297 billion as of 1 April 2009.

14 May 2009 description

Chronic conflict, cyclical drought, floods, disease outbreaks, environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and limited government capacity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in east and central Africa (ECA). The ECA region encompasses the Horn of Africa, as well as the Great Lakes region, including Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda, in addition to Sudan, Chad, and Egypt.

12 May 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, USA, 12 May 2009 - UNICEF is one of a wide range of development partners in the UN, academic, non-governmental and private sectors that today called on the world's governments to invest more in life-saving vitamins and minerals to prevent illness, blindness and mental disorders that result from vitamin deficiencies.

Released at the start of the 2009 Micronutrient Forum in Beijing, the partners' report emphasizes the need for improved delivery of fortified food and supplements.

05 May 2009 description

On 30 April, International Development Minister Mike Foster launched DFID's 5th Meeting our Promises update, sharing our 2008 achievements in water and sanitation. The External Water Forum - Water & Sanitation in a Changing Climate - took place at the Institute of Physics in London.

29 Apr 2009 description

This report covers the period 01/01/2008 to 31/12/2008

In brief

Programme purpose:

The Eastern Africa Zone continues to prioritise enhancing the capacities of the 14 National Societies(NS) as one of the core focal areas in order for them to respond to the humanitarian challenges thatplague the region.

29 Apr 2009 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is convening a group of civil society organizations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in a regional exercise that will kick off the implementation stage of its Humanitarian Pandemic Preparedness initiative. The three-day exercise seeks to advance global capacity to thwart a humanitarian disaster in the event of a pandemic.

As recently emphasized by outbreaks of swine flu and H5N1 avian influenza, the likelihood that an emerging infectious disease will spark a global pandemic remains a significant threat.

28 Apr 2009 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 28 April 2009 (IRIN) - The East African region is generally not well prepared for a pandemic like swine flu which has killed more than 100 in Mexico and is spreading to other countries, an expert said.

Most people in the region do not have access even to basic health care and many die from preventable diseases. The main problem is a critical shortage of health workers.

15 Apr 2009 description

15 avril 2009, Rome - La Belgique vient d'approuver un programme FAO de 6,6 millions de dollars d'aide d'urgence aux agriculteurs pauvres africains et ce, dans le cadre d'un partenariat qui a totalisé plus de 80 millions de dollars au cours des 12 dernières années.

15 Apr 2009 description

Rome, 15 April 2009 - Belgium has agreed a $6.6 million programme for FAO to provide emergency assistance to poor farmers in Africa as part of an ongoing partnership that has totalled more than $80 million over the past twelve years.

Around $ 2.6 million of the latest contribution from the Belgian Development Cooperation will go to directly support farming households whose livelihoods have suffered from the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

31 Mar 2009 description

Quarterly Round-up

- At the end of March 2009, 10 countries in the East and Central African region reported a combined total of 9,144,326 internally displaced persons (IDPs). This is a net increase of 21,754 IDPs compared to December 2008.

- Sixteen countries reported a combined total of 1,870,318 refugees at the end of March 2009. This is a net increase of 20,066 compared to December 2008.

- The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Somalia and Sudan continue to be the countries with the largest IDP populations.

24 Mar 2009 description
report European Union

Provisional edition


02 Mar 2009 description
Burundi + 18 others
Water and war

Neutral and independent humanitarian action

28 Feb 2009 description

MAG and CWMD - MAG uses the term Conventional Weapons Management and Disposal (CWMD) to more accurately reflect the range of munitions it encounters in support of stockpile management, as in many of its projects items outside of the SALW definition are dealt with, such as aircraft bombs, large calibre artillery, mortar ammunition and rockets.

MAG is currently undertaking CWMD projects in Burundi, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Iraq, Republic of Congo (RoC), Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan.

28 Feb 2009 description
  • It is currently dry season in the region, with the exception of Rwanda, Burundi, and unimodal areas of Tanzania, where the main agricultural season is underway. Most of the pastoral and marginal lowland cropping areas of the region experienced poor October-December rains and continue to feel the cumulative effects of three to four consecutive failed seasons.

    - Dry conditions will continue to persist, affecting pasture and water availability and animal body conditions until the March-May season begins. This season will be critical for pastoral livelihoods.

03 Feb 2009 description
report African Union

Twelfth Ordinary Session
1 - 3 February 2009

31 Jan 2009 description
report EURAC


Great Lakes

ADB finances a road project to open up Burundi and Rwanda

According to a dispatch by the African Press Organization (APO, Tunis, in 17/12/08), African Development Bank (AfDB) Group Board of Directors approved an African Development Fund (ADF) grant of 100 million US$ to Burundi and Rwanda, to finance the Mugina-Bujumbura-Nyamitanga-Ruhwa- Ntendezi -Mwityazo- Gisenyi Road Project.

31 Jan 2009 description
report EURAC


Grands Lacs

La BAD finance un projet routier pour désenclaver le Burundi et le Rwanda

Selon une dépêche de African Press Organization (APO, Tunis, 17/12/08), le Conseil d'administration du Groupe de la Banque Africaine de Développement (BAD) a approuvé l'octroi, sur les ressources du Fonds africain de développement (FAD), d'un don de 100 millions de $ US au Burundi et au Rwanda, pour le financement du projet multinational de la route Mugina-Bujumbura-Nyamitanga-Ruhwa-Ntendezi-Mwityazo-Gisenyi. Pays enclavés et loin des ports maritimes, le Rwanda et le Burundi …

07 Jan 2009 description

(New York/Nairobi, 7 January 2009): An estimated 9.1 million people in Central and Eastern Africa are currently internally displaced, while another 1.8 million people live as refugees across the region, according to a new report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Seventy-two percent of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) are in the Greater Horn of Africa region, reflecting mainly the combined internal displacement from the crises in Sudan and Somalia, according to the