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31 Dec 2011 description

Working environment

The context

Djibouti is a relatively stable country in the East and Horn of Africa, where it plays a pivotal role in the search for a peaceful settlement of the Somalia crisis. The country is the hub for naval forces combating piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. It is host to more than 14,000 refugees, mostly from Somalia, and is also a transit point for mixed migratory flows towards the Middle East and beyond.

30 Dec 2011 description

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

· Three aid workers on a monitoring mission in Mataban, Hirran Province, Somalia died when a gunman opened fire on 23 December.

· Latest reports from UNICEF and KRCS indicate that flood waters in Kenya are subsiding, with most displaced communities returning to their homes.

· Inter-communal conflict in Moyale leaves 37 people dead, thousands displaced.

· Two grenades thrown at a club in Wajir district in north-eastern Kenya near the Somali border wounded at least seven people on 24 December.

30 Dec 2011 description

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

· The 2012 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, seeking US$447 million to address the acute humanitarian needs of 3.7 million people, was launched on 14 December.

· In accordance with the political transition agreement signed last month, some checkpoints have been lifted in the capital. However, a heavy military presence remains in some areas.

· Violence between pro- and anti-government factions continued in Sana’a and Taiz, with one incident alone resulting in at least 9 deaths.

30 Dec 2011 description

Addis Ababa, December 30, 2011 (Addis Ababa) - Construction of safe water and sanitation projects launched in 15 towns of four regional states with over 800 million Birr is well in progress, the Ministry of Water and Energy said.

Public Relations and Communication Director with the Ministry, Bezuneh Tolcha told ENA that the projects are underway in the stated number of towns in Amhara, Tigray, Oromia and South Ethiopia Peoples States.

Bezuneh said so far 20 per cent of the construction work on the projects has been completed.

30 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

NAIROB I, 30 December 2011 (IRIN) - Severe drought, [ http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportId=93426 ] exacerbated by poverty and conflict, hit at least four countries in 2011 - Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia - displacing hundreds of thousands of people.

30 Dec 2011 description

2011 saw Korea at the forefront of efforts to strengthen the existing framework of international cooperation for the provision of development assistance, disaster relief, and NGO-headed aid programs. From leadership at high-level international conferences to a series of historic summit meetings that saw President Lee Myung-bak become the first Korean head of state to visit Africa, the events of the past year pointed to significant contributions by Korea as a key player in the international community.

30 Dec 2011 description

Working environment

The context

29 Dec 2011 description

About this document

The aim of this document is to provide workshop participants with basic insights into the selected case studies. It has been prepared by the WFP Office for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction with WFP and partner staff in country offices.

Overview of the selected case studies

28 Dec 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Indrias Getachew

OROMIA REGION, Ethiopia, 27 December 2011 – One-year-old Kedir Mudi and his mother, Alemnesh Gerefa, play in the waiting area of the health post in Derer Ebija, a rural village in Oromia Region. Only three months ago, this happy toddler came dangerously close to death after contracting pneumonia, one of the leading killers of children in Ethiopia.

Kedir was diagnosed during a visit to the Derer Ebija health post, where the health extension workers had been trained, with UNICEF support, to detect pneumonia.

27 Dec 2011 description

Adama, December 27, 2011 (Adama) - Various development projects are being carried out in Oromia State at a cost of nearly five million Birr to achieve poverty reduction targets of the MDGs, the state finance and economic development bureau said.

Speaking on Tuesday at the opening of a forum organized in Adama Town of the state to evaluate performance for the last five months in the State, Bureau Head, Siraj Kedir said some 70 percent of the total budget of the state has been allocated for construction of rural roads while the balance for social service development.

27 Dec 2011 description
report UN Foundation

Dear friend,

In the decades I've been working to solve global problems, I've never seen a crisis like the one we're currently tackling in the Horn of Africa.

Millions of people have been displaced by the worst drought and famine in a generation. They need food, water, shelter — and they also need nets.

27 Dec 2011 description

Ethiopia and Japan signed on Friday a water project agreement to be implemented in Somali Regional State.

State Minister of Water and Energy, Kebede Gerba and Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Ethiopia Office, Koji Ota signed the agreement representing their respective countries.

Japan would provide full technical support to the project to be implemented in Gode district of the Somali Region.

26 Dec 2011 description
report World Vision

World Vision welcomes the news that the famine is easing in parts of Somalia. The United Nations has officially downgraded the situation in Bakaool, lower Shabelle and Bay. At the peak of the crisis, malnutrition was affecting 53 per cent of the population in some areas of Somalia; now, that figure has fallen below the famine threshold of 30 per cent. But although conditions have begun to improve in the Horn of Africa for some, challenges remain great for the families who live there and the aid workers trying to respond.

26 Dec 2011 description

Tigray, December 24, 2011 (Mekele) - Tigray Development Association (TDA) said it has constructed a total of 555 educational facilities during the last 22 years with financial contribution of supporters and the public.

TDA Board Member, Dr. Kindeya Gebrehiwot said in connection with the Association's 9th Assembly to be held from 13 -15 January 2012 that the educational facilities include primary and secondary schools as well as technical and vocational education training centers.

26 Dec 2011 description

Debrebirhan, December 24, 2011 (Debrebirhan) - Activities are underway to increase safe water service coverage to 100 per cent in Debreberhan Town of Amhara State at a cost of 5.7 million Birr during the current Ethiopian fiscal year, the town administration office said.

Office Manager, Abey Sisay told ENA on Friday that currently the coverage stands at 95 percent.

Installation , upgrading and maintenance of over 8.1-km water pipelines is underway as part of the activities to increase the coverage, he said.

26 Dec 2011 description

N.Gondar, December 24, 2011 (Gondar) - More than 4700 farmers are developing over 2500 hectares land through irrigation in Armachiho Woreda, North Gondar Zone of Amhara State during the current dry season, the woreda agriculture development office said.

The office told ENA on Friday that so far the farmers are developing the stated area of land by using over 21,000 cubic meters compost and harnessing rivers.

Farmers engaged in irrigation development in the area have managed to harvest three times a year.

26 Dec 2011 description

Addis Ababa, December 24, 2011 (Addis Ababa) - Health Bureau of the Oromia State said more than 1.5 million family heads have been implementing health extension package programs.

Government Communication Affairs Process Representative with the Bureau, Abera Degefu told ENA that the programs are being implemented in all woredas of the state.

Encouraging results have been registered in implementation of the programs over the past few years, the representative said.