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31 Dec 2006 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The situation in pastoral and agro-pastoral areas of the country during the Sugum/Gu rains of 2006 showed mixture of normal to below normal performance. This had been the actual occurrence in Somali and Afar regions, South Omo Zone of SNNPR and Borena Zone of Oromiya that constitute the vast pastoralist communities.

31 Dec 2006 description

Monitoring activities in Ethiopia have temporarily been suspended since January 2006 due to the increased curbing of press freedoms and resulting effects on our Local Information Network. Consequently, there is no data set for the period under review. We have, however, included in this Special Update, a detailed list of events that are pertinent to the themes covered as background to the qualitative analysis.

Country Stability and Conflictive Domestic Events

Compared with the first half of the year, in the second half of 2006 internal conflictive events registered a sharp decline.

31 Dec 2006 description

HIGHLIGHTS IN THIS ISSUE:

  • REGIONAL OVERVIEW: SUMMARY OF MEHER ASSESSMENT PRELIMINARY FINDINGS
  • RELIEF FOOD AND NON-FOOD UPDATE
28 Dec 2006 description


This report covers the period from 11/22/2006 to 12/21/2006

Summary and implications

In addition to the significant number of chronically food insecure people who will be assisted by the Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) in 2007, escalating and high level prices, floods and the enduring impact of the pastoral crisis of 2005/06 have resulted in a continued need for additional humanitarian assistance in 2007, especially in the Somali region where the PSNP has not yet started.

27 Dec 2006 description
report UN News Service

Faced with Ethiopia's refusal to implement the binding decisions of a Boundary Commission and Eritrea's imposition of "harsh, humiliating impediments," Secretary-General Kofi Annan is proposing a major reduction in the United Nations mission monitoring the ceasefire that ended the border war between the two countries six years ago.

Four options contained in Mr. Annan's latest report to the Security Council on the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) range from cutting its …

26 Dec 2006 description

AWD CONTINUES SPREADING TO NEW AREAS

Although the Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) situation appears to be stabilizing at a national level, the disease has continued to spread to new areas. Early this week, Gambella reported another outbreak of the disease in the region following a similar outbreak that was contained in April. A total of 72 cases with 2 deaths are reported in Gambella towns in the woredas of Itang, Jikaw, Lare and Wontoha. The majority of the cases are from the Nuer tribe.

22 Dec 2006 description
report UN Children's Fund
  • Torrential rains have caused severe floods in several areas, leading to displacement, loss of homes and livelihoods.
  • Pervasive poverty underpins the situation of most Ethiopian children, leaving them more vulnerable to the onset of emergencies, which include severe acute malnutrition, floods and acute watery diarrhea.
  • Vital emergency interventions are seriously under-funded - UNICEF's 2006 appeal is 59 per cent funded, leaving a shortfall of US$ 14.2 million.
  • UNICEF urgently requires US$ 6.4 million to carry out life-saving programmes for …
21 Dec 2006 description
report UN Children's Fund

ADDIS ABABA, 21 December - More than 1.4 million Ethiopians are to get clean drinking water close to their homes for the first time through a new US$29 million partnership between the European Union and UNICEF.

The ground-breaking programme will reach children, women and men in every region of Ethiopia over the next five years.

"This is a hugely exciting development," said Bjorn Ljungqvist, UNICEF's country representative in Ethiopia.

20 Dec 2006 description

Greater Horn of Africa Outlook

The four month lead in the Greater Horn shows a slight tilt in the odds towards above normal precipitation in northern Somalia and nearby portions of Djibouti and Ethiopia.

20 Dec 2006 description

Tunis, 20 December 2006 - The Board of Directors of African Development Fund (ADF) the concessional window of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group on Wednesday in Tunis approved a grant of 78.49 million Units of Account (UA*), equivalent to US$ 118.34 million, to finance the Protection of Basic Services Program (PBS) in the country.

The key objective of the PBS is to protect and expand the provision of basic services by sub-national entities by increasing the aggregate volume of federal block grant transfers to regions and districts ("Woredas") using the existing …

20 Dec 2006 description
report Direct Relief

Direct Relief's shipment of critically needed medical supplies to Kenya's flooding zones arrived today in Rabuor, Kenya, home of in-country partner the OGRA Foundation.

The shipment contained $201,761 (wholesale) worth of essential antibiotics, analgesics, and other drugs and supplies designed to combat infections, aid diabetics, and help medical professionals at the OGRA Foundation's two clinics in the Kisumu and Nyando Districts perform surgeries.

"The rains are still horrendous here and these medicines will help us a great deal.

18 Dec 2006 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Andrew Heavens

UNICEF's flagship annual report, 'The State of the World's Children', launched on 11 December, focuses this year on the double dividend of gender equality, which helps both women and children overcome poverty.

16 Dec 2006 description

The Real Time Evaluation process was initiated in May by UNICEF and members of the UN system interested in capturing a quick initial vision of what went well and what went less well in the response to the 2005-2006 drought in the Horn of Africa. The involvement of a maximum group of stakeholders in the process took some time. Governments of the region felt they would benefit from the RTE, despite some early reluctance. A team of three independent international consultants and three national experts was recruited. The field process started in mid August with visits to Somalia (Aug.

15 Dec 2006 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

1. The present report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 8 of Security Council resolution 1710 (2006) of 29 September 2006, in which the Council expressed its intention to review progress towards demarcation of the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia and requested me to present updated options for possible changes to the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE).

II. Recent developments in the Temporary Security Zone and adjacent areas

2.

14 Dec 2006 description

BONGA, Ethiopia, December 14, (UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency has resumed the assisted repatriation of Sudanese refugees from Ethiopia with a first group of 500 leaving for their homeland earlier this week.

The end of the rainy season and swampy road conditions allowed the first refugee convoy since late May to leave Bonga camp, near Gambela in western Ethiopia, on Wednesday.