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31 Dec 2008 description

This price watch bulletin covers the quarterly period from September to November 2008. The objective of the bulletin is to provide early warning information on price changes of staple food commodities and their likely impact on the cost of the food basket. Price changes are determined for each country on a quarterly basis.


- Prices still remain significantly higher compared to last year and long term averages, especially in Eastern and Southern Africa, Asia and Middle East.

30 Dec 2008 description
report Xinhua

LAGOS, Dec 30, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Nigeria's Rivers State government has urged militants in the state to lay down their arms to ensure peace in the region.

The appeal was made after the Joint Task Force (JTF) arrested a member of the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) on Sunday.

State Commissioner for Information Ogbonna Nwuke said Monday that the state government is committed to its pledge to forgive all those bearing arms who voluntarily surrender their arms and ammunition to the state.

He said the appeal became necessary not to allow such militant …

30 Dec 2008 description

GLIDE No. FL-2007-000000-NGA

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies.

26 Dec 2008 description

This report covers the period 01/01/08 to 30/06/08.

In brief

Programme purpose: Together with the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies, and in line with the International Federation's Strategy 2010 and the Global Agenda goals, the West and Central African zone (WCAZ) is committed to:

- Establish appropriate mechanisms for effective technical coordination, planning, performance monitoring and evaluation as to assist its 24 National Societies in developing and establishing sustainable community-based health projects, and develop improved …

22 Dec 2008 description

Three weeks ago, violent conflict rocked the city of Jos in central Nigeria. Around 350 people died and as many as 5,000 may have been displaced.

Action Aid Nigeria, supported by the UK government's Africa Conflict Prevention Programme (ACPP), was able to limit the impact of the violence in the areas of Jos where it works, and is now focusing on relief efforts.

By-election violence

The violence broke out following a local by-election in the northern part of Jos, though there are also deeper unresolved issues dating back to a crisis of 2001.

22 Dec 2008 description

General Context

The security situation in eastern DRC remains precarious with humanitarian aid still not reaching many people. The cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe is not yet under control. The outbreak has spread in the Southern African countries. WHO and partners continue to support efforts aimed at information sharing from affected border districts, strengthening surveillance, as well as for resource mobilization.

Countries Situations

Acute Crises

- Angola: The cholera outbreak is still of high concern. On week 50, a total of 131 new cases and 1 death were reported.

22 Dec 2008 description

Humanitarian highlights in West Africa in 2008

- Food, nutrition and health: main challenges for 2008

- Food price hikes impacted millions of households

- Over 14,000 cholera cases recorded in Guinea Bissau

- Some 150,000 people affected by floods

- Over 1 billion USD received in humanitarian funding since 2003

- OCHA launches a campaign on Climate change

- Upcoming challenges: Sudden onset of micro-crisis; climate change; human trafficking; international financial crisis; drug counterfeiting

Food price crisis in West Africa

Soaring food price crisis and its …

22 Dec 2008 description

Faits humanitaires marquants en Afrique de l'ouest en 2008

- Sécurité alimentaire, nutrition et santé : les défis majeurs de 2008

- La hausse des prix alimentaires a touché des millions de ménages

- Plus de 14.000 cas de cholera répertoriés en Guinée Bissau

- Plus de 150.000 personnes affectées par les inondations

- Plus d'1 million de dollars alloué à l'humanitaire depuis 2003

- OCHA lance une campagne sur le changement climatique

- Les défis à venir : survenue de micro-crises, changement climatique, trafic humain, crise financière internationale, trafic …

19 Dec 2008 description
report Human Rights Watch

Government Should Set up Independent Investigation

(New York, December 19, 2008) - Nigerian police and army forces were implicated in more than 90 arbitrary killings in responding to inter-communal violence between Christian and Muslim mobs in Jos, Nigeria, on November 28 and 29, 2008, Human Rights Watch said today.

19 Dec 2008 description

Oga Steve Abah

State elections provided the spark. The ensuing riots left hundreds dead, many bludgeoned with machetes, churches and mosques burned to the ashes, thousands displaced and a community more divided than ever. The sudden explosion of religious violence in the city of Jos was the worst Nigeria had seen in years.

Jos has long been the epicenter of ethno-religious violence in Nigeria. Riots most recently erupted there in 2001 at a similar cost to human lives. Why do such tragic clashes occur so suddenly?

18 Dec 2008 description

Can the record harvests expected in West Africa ease the effects of soaring food prices?

Rainfall forecasts for the 2008 rainy season by the PRESAO111 forum projected normal to above- normal precipitation (based on the 1961- 1990 historical average) across virtually all farming areas of the West African countries, Chad and Cameroon. These predictions utilized country- level monitoring data for the current growing season.

The 2008 rainy season got off to a normal start, producing regular, evenly distributed rainfall in most of the Sahelian and West African countries.

18 Dec 2008 description

UNITED NATIONS, New York-The Campaign to End Fistula was today recognized as a model for championing collaboration between countries in the Global South, receiving an award of excellence from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The award committee of UNDP's Special Unit for South-South Cooperation highlighted the Campaign's innovative approach in the prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula and the rehabilitation of fistula survivors.

16 Dec 2008 description

1 Introduction

1.1 The Public Service Agreement (PSA) framework has changed for the period 2008-11. Thirty PSAs now reflect a collective set of the UK government's priorities.

1.2 The Department for International Development (DFID) is the lead department on PSA 29: Reduce poverty in poorer countries through quicker progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

15 Dec 2008 description

General Context

The situation in DRC is still unstable with humanitarian aid not reaching many people. The cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe is still out of control. The outbreak is spreading in the Southern African countries. WHO and partners continue to support efforts aimed at information sharing from affected border districts, strengthening surveillance, as well as for resource mobilization.

Countries Situations

Acute Crises

- Angola: The cholera outbreak is of high concern as the possibility of spreading to all the Country is becoming real.

15 Dec 2008 description

Contexte général

La situation en RDC est toujours instable avec une aide humanitaire qui ne parvient pas à atteindre plusieurs personnes. L'épidémie de choléra au Zimbabwe n'est toujours pas sous contrôle. Elle se propage dans les pays d'Afrique australe.

12 Dec 2008 description

With a complex range of ethnic, religious and linguistic groups competing for access to resources, outbreaks of violence leading to significant situations of short-term internal displacement are frequent in Nigeria. Many internally displaced people (IDPs) seek refuge with family and friends while waiting for the violence to subside so they can return to their homes. Complex displacement patterns and the lack of any comprehensive and reliable survey make agreeing on IDP numbers almost impossible.

12 Dec 2008 description

Abuja - UNIFEM organized a training workshop for one hundred police officers on police response to violence against women and human trafficking, at the UN House in Abuja on 11-12 December, in collaboration with UNICEF, Action Aid and the Nigerian Police Force.

The broad goal of the training was to promote awareness of gender-based violence and human trafficking among police officers. The participants were introduced to existing legislation and gaps in the law enforcement system were identified.

11 Dec 2008 description

Tunis, le 11 décembre 2008 - 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 30 millions d'unités de compte*, équivalent à 44,70 millions de dollars EU pour financer le programme de développement durable du Bassin du Lac Tchad (PRODEBALT).

11 Dec 2008 description

Through the UN, Japan will support 21 African countries

Poznan, 11 December 2008 - Twenty-one African countries are set to benefit from a US$92.1-million programme backed by the Japanese Government, which is designed to support their efforts to adapt to climate change.

The details of where the money would be invested were finalized this week between Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), coinciding with the International Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland.

Through the new programme, UNDP will work with the African countries to help them develop their …