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30 Oct 2018 description

The importance of flexible funding

More than any other form of support, flexible funding is critical to OCHA’s ability to help humanitarian partners save and protect lives anywhere in the world, whenever needs arise.

In delivering its coordination mandate, OCHA relies primarily on almost 2,000 staff members who work with thousands of United Nations (UN), national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Governments and regional organization partners in some 60 countries.

30 Oct 2018 description

Last week in South and Southeast Asia was marked by a constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka as the President unseated the Prime Minister, increased levels of violence and demonstrations in the Jammu and Kashmir valley, targeted killings of political activists in Bangladesh, and renewed clashes between the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army-South and Palaung State Liberation Front/Ta’ang National Liberation Army in Myanmar.

30 Oct 2018 description

Final Report for Reference (along with the Gender Profile No.2) by Sectors and Humanitarian Actors in Rohingya Refugee Response

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The Inter-Sector Gender in Humanitarian Action Working Group (GiHA WG) under the InterSector Coordination Group (ISCG). GiHA WG is Co-Chaired by UN Women and UNHCR with Technical Support from Inter-Agency GENCAP.

30 Oct 2018 description
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IDP Sites in Kachin State
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: IDP sites in Kachin and northern Shan states

As of 30 September 2018, there were 139 internally displaced people (IDP) sites in Kachin State, with a total of 96,656 IDPs (source: CCCM). The two attached maps (A0 detailed poster format and A4 simplified version) show population by site and township in Government controlled areas and in areas controlled by armed groups or contested areas.

30 Oct 2018 description

Category 1 incident reporting: On any day an incident occurs, the Site Management Sector, with technical support from IOM NPM, collates reports received from Site Management Support agencies. A report is then circulated each evening. This provides an overview of incident, needs, and immediate response provided. Please note that information provided through these initial incident reports is preliminary. Numbers are subject to change with more detailed assessment.

30 Oct 2018 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Zarni Mann 29 October 2018

MANDALAY — Some 650 more residents of northern Shan State have fled their villages to escape fighting between the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army South (RCSS/SSAS) and the Shan State Progressive Party/Shan State Army North (SSPP/SSAN).

Residents of Pan Pone, Kalar, Nang Har and Ei-Naing villages, about a dozen kilometers from the town of Lashio, have abandoned their homes to take refuge at a monastery and a church.

30 Oct 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/12084
29 OCTOBER 2018
GENERAL ASSEMBLY PLENARY
SEVENTY-THIRD SESSION, 27TH & 28TH MEETINGS (AM & PM)

Philippines Announces Withdrawal Effective Mid‑March, as Speakers Debate Court’s Jurisdiction Over Displaced Rohingya Population of Myanmar

30 Oct 2018 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Lawi Weng 29 October 2018

At least seven people have been wounded by landmines in northern Shan State in October, according to local residents, who said the devices posed a serious threat to their livelihoods, as well as their lives.

The incidents followed the deaths of three people and the wounding of seven in landmine blasts in the area in September, according to the Lashio-based Halo Trust.

Lway Ai Aww, a Halo Trust manager based in Lashio, told The Irrawaddy today that the seven landmine victims were from Namsan, Namkham, and Kyaukme townships.

29 Oct 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights
- Over 178,000 children and caregivers have access to UNICEF-supported psycho-social programming through 2018 programming.
- UNICEF has provided over 15,600 pregnant and breastfeeding women in Rakhine with infant and young child feeding counselling.
- WASH support continues for over 16,600 IDPs.
- UNICEF is working with the humanitarian stakeholders to finalize the 2019 Humanitarian Needs Overview and Humanitarian Response Plan.

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

29 Oct 2018 description

Summary

This multi-sectoral needs assessment has been designed in cooperation with ISCG and all sectors. It provides an overview of the Rohingya refugee population's distribution, needs and access to services at the end of the rainy season. Two previous rounds of assessment were conducted at the beginning (SA10) and halfway period (SA11) of the rainy season to allow for comparison.

29 Oct 2018 description

Most organizations (96%) continue to receive travel authorizations (TAs) for field access in central Rakhine but only after submitting detailed and restrictive paperwork outlining their planned activities. Of the 22 organizations that applied, 20 had their TAs approved during September. The highest number of TAs were granted in Sittwe, Pauktaw and Mrauk-U. The most common TA duration is a month. One organization had its TA request rejected and another received no response from the Coordination Committee. As a result, a total of 38 staff (4%) did not get the field access they requested.

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IDP Sites in Rakhine State (AO)

As of 30 September 2018, there were 23 internally displaced people (IDP) sites in Rakhine State, with a total of 128,257 IDPs. (source: CCCM)

29 Oct 2018 description

By Farjana Sultana (IFRC) & S. M. Taslim Reza (Bangladesh Red Crescent Society)