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23 Feb 2018 description

New York – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, calls for the unconditional release of all the girls abducted during the attack on the Bursari Government Girls Science Secondary School, in northeast Nigeria.

On Monday, February 19, an armed group attacked the school located in Dapchi, Yobe State and over 90 girls are still missing, according to unconfirmed reports.

23 Feb 2018 description

by Ana Ionova | Thomson Reuters Foundation Friday, 23 February 2018 18:36 GMT

"If I was a parent in Nigeria, I'd be so scared to send my child to school"

By Ana Ionova

LONDON, Feb 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The kidnapping of dozens more schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria by Boko Haram militants could undermine efforts to keep girls in schools and threaten progress on women's education in the region, experts said on Friday.

23 Feb 2018 description


  • WFP provided one-off emergency cash-based transfers to recently arrived refugees C.A.R in the south of Chad. One month after the outbreak of this new refugee influx, WFP has assisted 18,103 people out of the 19,035 registered by UNHCR This figure is likely to increase. The influx is already the largest movement of refugees from C.A.R., exceeding the total number for 2017.

23 Feb 2018 description

Authors/editor(s): Claudia Abreu Lopes and Savita Bailur

This report outlines the value of big data (organic, unstructured data) for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in relation to women. Research methods included a landscape review, interviews with UN Women and UN Global Pulse experts, and others in international development.

23 Feb 2018 description

The Protection Sector, including the Child Protection and Gender-Based Violence Sub-Sectors, enhanced its capacity to provide life-saving protection assistance particularly in most affected areas of Borno State, as well as Adamawa and Yobe States. A total of 2.47 million of the most vulnerable individuals were reached from January through December 2017 with protection interventions.

23 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Statement from Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Director

DAKAR, 23 February 2018 – “On Monday, an armed group attacked the Bursari Government Girls Science Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe state, northeast Nigeria. According to unconfirmed reports over 90 girls are still unaccounted for.

“UNICEF strongly condemns the attack and calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all the girls kept in captivity.

23 Feb 2018 description

New Research Challenges Conventional Wisdom that “Violent Extremism” or Ideology is Predominantly Responsible for Driving Children Into Terrorist Ranks

New York, 12 February 2018 – Counter-terror efforts based on widely-held assumptions about the ideological motivations of children and youth recruited into extremist groups are unlikely to be effective, and could backfire, concludes new research released today by the United Nations University (UNU), a UN think tank.

22 Feb 2018 description


  • At least 20 deaths, 70 injuries reported following February 16 attack in northeastern Nigeria

  • An estimated 1.63 million people remained displaced in northeastern Nigeria as of February 2

  • Chad HRP aims to reach more than 330,000 people in Lac Region in 2018


22 Feb 2018 description

The humanitarian emergency across the Lake Chad basin is one of the world’s most severe. This year, around 10.7 million people need relief assistance to survive. The near-decade-long conflict has wilted livelihoods, entire communities have been emptied and civilians continue to suffer frequent rights violations. Insecurity is deterring resumption of normal life in many localities.

22 Feb 2018 description
report UN Women

“Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, UN Women’s new flagship report, provides a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective.

22 Feb 2018 description

Key Highlights:

  • 2,113 asylum seekers registered in Cross River State from 7-19 February - bringing to 16,790, the total number of people registered since the influx started in September 2017. Women and children still account for more than 75 per cent of those registered.

22 Feb 2018 description

​Foreign aid has been the subject of increasing critique since the 1980s and there has been extensive research on aid effectiveness, particularly focusing on the impact of aid on aggregate economic growth. The scholarly literature remains inconclusive regarding the question of to what extent development aid actually works. One reason for these inconclusive results could be that the large majority of empirical investigations to date have relied on cross-country analyses.

22 Feb 2018 description

by Kieran Guilbert | KieranG77 | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Eevent brings together prosecutors from countries including Albania, Nigeria and Sudan. They plan to work more closely to convict slavemasters and human traffickers

LONDON, Feb 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Prosecutors from more than a dozen countries joined forces on Wednesday at a landmark summit aiming to boost the global fight against modern slavery by convicting more criminals and tracing dirty money.