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31 Dec 2010 description

Despite ongoing efforts to improve the accountability and effectiveness of the security sector in West Africa, the different security and justice needs of men, women, boys and girls are often marginalised and women remain largely excluded from security and defence decision-making processes.

31 Dec 2010 description

Key Messages

Food prices are declining thanks to new 2010 harvests, but increase in palm oil prices will likely result in difficulties for poor households to meet their requirements.

No major security concerns or natural hazards have affected food security in the country during the reporting period.

International agencies agree on high levels of hunger mainly due to lack of access to food by poor households.

The Government is implementing measures in support of producers to boost production.

30 Dec 2010 description

Key Messages

- Food security conditions across the region are steadily improving with the increasingly widespread harvests and large shipments of rainy season crops to markets since October.

- Nominal prices for different crops are falling in production zones but are still high in deficit areas which are still awaiting an influx of commercial trade.

28 Dec 2010 description

Special Report by Valerie Norville


Building lasting peace and security requires women's participation.

24 Dec 2010 description
report International Alert

International Alert recently published a report examining women's representation in parliament in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

23 Dec 2010 description

Full Report

The Information Office of the State Council, or China's Cabinet, published a white paper on China-Africa economic and trade cooperation on Thursday.

21 Dec 2010 description

Tunis, 21st December 2010 - The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has approved 3 projects in the water sector in the last few weeks amounting to USD 114.35 Million. The Bank strongly believes supporting the sector is important to enhancing economic growth, improving living conditions as well as the health and education sectors of beneficiary countries.

The approved projects are in Kenya, Mozambique and Sierra Leone.

Kenya's Nairobi Rivers Rehabilitation and Restoration Program was approved by the Bank on 6 December 2010.

20 Dec 2010 description
report Rotary

By Dan Nixon

Rotary International News -- 20 December 2010

For the Rotary Club of Fishers, Indiana, USA, it wasn't difficult to decide where and how to help the global community become a better place.

"Sierra Leone is [near] the bottom of the list of needy countries," says Fishers Rotarian Thomas Branum Jr.

20 Dec 2010 description
report Save the Children

In every humanitarian crisis, concerned outsiders respond to tragedy with actions that take children away from their families and communities - often with unintended but damaging consequences. Again and again, girls and boys are 'rescued' out of affected areas into orphanages or adopted into new families elsewhere in the belief that they will be better cared for away from their devastated homes.

Using lessons learnt in emergencies, from the genocide in Rwanda to the Asian Tsunami and the earthquake in Haiti, our report, Misguided Kindness, demonstrates what action is needed to …

20 Dec 2010 description

Freetown, 20 December 2010 The vital role of environmental assessments in supporting the sustainable use of Sierra Leone's rich natural heritage has won high level support at a seminar entitled 'Environmental Assessment: A Tool for Sustainable Development', which took place last week in the country's capital of Freetown.

Speaking at the seminar, organized by the Sierra Leone Environmental Protection Agency (SLEPA) with support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment (SAIEA), the Minister for …

19 Dec 2010 description

Farmers in Sierra Leone have gotten another cassava processing center that will strengthen the value chain and boosts the processing of the root crop.

The inauguration of the centre is part of a bigger project that is funded by the United States Agency for International Development but being implemented in seven African countries by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture to cushion the negative impact of the 2007/2008 food price crisis that precipitated into food riots in some countries of the region.

Located in Sagila, Kailahun District-about eight hours drive from …

17 Dec 2010 description
report World Vision

By World Vision staff

Sierra Leone is rolling out an ambitious programme to reduce the vast number of people in the country still dying from malaria.

On 30 November, the country's Ministry of Health launched a nationwide distribution of mosquito nets to every single household in the country.

Two weeks on, World Vision community volunteers are part of small teams going door-to-door; helping families put their nets over their beds and promoting malaria-related health messaging.

Globally, malaria kills more than 850,000 people every year - and 85 per cent of these are children …

15 Dec 2010 description

In support of Sierra Leone's national effort to combat malaria, NetsforLife=AE joined forces with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to hang nearly 330,000 long-lasting insecticide-treated nets in the highly-populated southern district of Bo.

14 Dec 2010 description
report UNIDO

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

VIENNA, 14 December 2010 - The Government of Japan will fund UNIDO projects worth a total of over USD 10.6 million in Africa, including in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Sudan, as well as in Afghanistan.

The projects aim to provide vocational training and equipment for productive activities to help increase employment opportunities and income generation to vulnerable groups, especially those affected by natural disasters.

The partnership was sealed in Vienna today by the Permanent Representative of …

11 Dec 2010 description
report Cotton Tree News

Written by Bassie B Kanu

A visiting team of the Rotary Club of Nyon La Cote in Switzerland has handed over two separate cheques worth 142,200 United State dollars to their colleague Rotarians in Sierra Leone.