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31 Mar 2014 description

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) West Coast Regional Representation (WCRR) established in 2011 in Abidjan covers seven National Societies of Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria Sierra Leone and Togo. The regional office is established to coordinate and provide technical support to the developments of National Societies (NS) programmes, institutional capacity that will maximise the Red Cross impact in the region.

10 Feb 2014 description

Les violences qui ont suivi les élections présidentielles de novembre 2010 ont provoqué le déplacement de centaines de milliers de personnes. En 2011, au plus fort de la crise, environ 250 000 personnes s’étaient réfugiés dans les pays voisins.

L’amélioration de la situation socio-politique incite de plus en plus au retour volontaire.
Dans les zones de retour, des efforts doivent être entrepris pour accompagner les retournés en contribuant notamment à l’amélioration de la sécurité alimentaires et le rétablissement des moyens de subsistance des ménages.

02 Jan 2014 description
report UN News Service

31 December 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the staff of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), which closes today, on their important achievements over the past 11 years in ensuring accountability for crimes committed during the country’s decade-long civil war.

The SCSL, an independent tribunal set up jointly by the Government of Sierra Leone and the UN, is mandated to try those who bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law and Sierra Leonean law committed in the country since 1996.

30 Dec 2013 description
report Oxfam

This study examines the conditions that enable civil society organizations (CSOs) to influence political parties during election campaigns. Drawing on desk reviews and the experiences of CSOs during the 2012 elections in Ghana and Sierra Leone, the study found that, for CSOs to have their demands incorporated into party programmes, qualities such as political neutrality, evidence-based data gathering, and consistency in judgments are critical. Furthermore, applying methods such as lobbying and strategic use of media were found to be very effective in engaging political actors.

27 Dec 2013 description

West Africa can be divided into three agro-ecological zones or three different trade basins (West Basin, Central Basin and East Basin). Both important for understanding market behavior and dynamics.

26 Dec 2013 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JUNE 2014

Summary

24 Dec 2013 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced Thursday five new awards totaling more than $6 million to help protect and empower women in countries affected by crisis, conflict, and transition. Deputy Assistant Administrator Sarah Mendelson from USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance announced the awards at a roundtable event where participants reflected on progress and next steps for USAID’s implementation of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security (NAP).

20 Dec 2013 description
report UN Security Council

Introduction

  1. In a letter dated 20 December 2010 (S/2010/661), the President of the Security Council agreed to extend the mandate of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) until 31 December 2013 and requested me to report to the Council every six months on the implementation of the revised mandate of the Office.

20 Dec 2013 description
report UN Security Council

Introduction

  1. Dans une lettre datée du 20 décembre 2010 (S/2010/661), la Présidente du Conseil de sécurité a approuvé la prorogation du mandat du Bureau des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest (UNOWA) jusqu’au 31 décembre 2013 et m’a prié de rendre compte au Conseil, tous les six mois, de l’exécution du mandat révisé du Bureau.

18 Dec 2013 description
report UN News Service

Despite commendable efforts by leaders of West African countries, the region remains fragile and continues to require ongoing support from the United Nations and the international community, particularly to stem the rise of organized crime, a UN envoy today [told])http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2013/sc11220.doc.htm) the Security Council.

16 Dec 2013 description
report Oxfam
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2-page snapshot

This report presents the findings of an effectiveness review carried out on Oxfam's response to the 2012 cholera response in Sierra Leone that was undertaken through the application of Oxfam's Humanitarian Indicator Tool. Overall the response scored 87% and met or almost met nine of the 10 standards that were relevant to the response. This provides a measure of a high quality response, clearly exceeding the 60% cut-off point.

16 Dec 2013 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • In general, harvests across the region will be average to good. With these ongoing harvests, most households have an adequate diet and are able to meet their nonfood needs with income from the sale of cash crops and wage labor.
    Most areas of the region are currently experiencing Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity.

09 Dec 2013 description
report The Guardian

As French troops enter CAR's troubled capital, Britain's African intervention of 2000 could serve as a model to help bring peace.

Read the full report on the Guardian.

09 Dec 2013 description

MESSAGES CLÉS

  • Les pauses pluviométriques de juin/juillet ainsi que l’arrêt des pluies au cours la première quinzaine de septembre dans le Sahel tchadien et à l’est et ouest du Niger entraîneront une baisse importante des productions.

  • Une production moyenne à bonne demeure attendue dans la région comme annoncé lors de la dernière réunion du PREGEC de septembre 2013 à Niamey avec cependant des baisses localisées dans plusieurs zones du Sahel, du fait des pauses pluviométriques et de l’arrêt précoce des pluies.

02 Dec 2013 description

West Africa can be divided into three agro-ecological zones or three different trade basins (West Basin, Central Basin and East Basin). Both important for understanding market behavior and dynamics.

30 Nov 2013 description

Above average seasonal production contributes to continued Minimal food insecurity

KEY MESSAGES

  • In addition to benefiting from increasing food stocks from an above-average harvest, poor households will earn normal levels of income from other activities such as petty trade, forestry product sales and casual labor during the 2013/2014 consumption year (October 2013-September 2014). As such, Minimal acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 1) is expected through March 2014.

29 Nov 2013 description

Insécurité alimentaire en baisse au Sahel mais risque de dégradation dès janvier 2014

MESSAGES CLÉS

  • Les récoltes seront globalement moyennes à bonnes dans la région. À la faveur des récoltes en cours, la plupart des ménages sont capables d’avoir une consommation alimentaire suffisante et de satisfaire leurs besoins non alimentaires grâce aux revenus tirés de la vente des produits de rente et de la main d’œuvre. L’insécurité alimentaire minimale de type IPC Phase 1 est observée actuellement dans la quasi-totalité des régions.

22 Nov 2013 description

In this issue, a general overview of outbreaks that occurred within the WHO African Region between January and October 2013, as well as the ongoing outbreaks as reported by Member States is provided.

Overview of reported outbreaks in WHO African Region

18 Nov 2013 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone— From November 11 th to November 22 nd , in Freetown, Sierra Leone, the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative will conduct its second set of training of security sector actors in the prevention of the recruitment and use of child soldiers.