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30 Dec 2014 description

Preliminary Key Findings from Interviews in Accra on the Ebola Response

The Disaster Resilience Lab

The Disaster Resilience Lab (DRL) was established in the response to Haiyan in 2013 as a joint initiative of researchers working in different fields of humanitarian information management, decision support and logistics. The DRL team has developed an interdisciplinary approach, which is grounded in the members’ respective research expertise in information management, humanitarian logistics, decision support and human-computer interaction.

15 Nov 2014 description
report Voice of America

Adam Phillips

NEW YORK— West Africa's Ebola threat has been made worse by inept, ineffective and poorly targeted information about the latest developments and what can be done to help, according to philanthropist-entrepreneur Jon Gosier.

Gosier, speaking to reporters recently in New York, said rural African communities need to better understand the implications of the disease and how best to avoid spreading it. But in the West, there is also "a huge information crisis in how the story is being reported," he said.

10 Oct 2014 description
report The Guardian

Anthony Banbury compares unprecedented challenge of tackling outbreak to fighting a raging forest blaze that keeps spreading

Billie Adwoa McTernan in Accra

Anthony Banbury is a man with an unprecedented, unenviable mission – and he knows it. The head of the first UN emergency health mission, which was created in September to fight Ebola, compares the task to fighting a raging blaze.

05 Sep 2012 description

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400,000 displaced by floods sweeping across West Africa

Torrential rains have struck several West African countries during the past few weeks resulting in mass displacements throughout the region. Following a severe drought, the August floods have exacerbated an ongoing regional food security crisis.

08 Apr 2011 description

Ghana, with a population of 24 million, is a constitutional democracy with a strong presidency and a unicameral 230-seat parliament. In 2008 the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) won both the presidency and a small majority in parliament in an election deemed generally free and fair by domestic and international observers; John Evans Atta Mills was inaugurated president in January 2009. There were instances in which elements of the security forces acted independently of government authorities.

08 Sep 2009 description
report Xinhua

Accra, Sep 08, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A two-day meeting on how to enhance information on aid flows between donors and recipient countries to ensure predictability and easy monitoring of the use of resources opened in Accra on Tuesday.

The workshop which is being held under the auspices of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) is an attempt by stakeholders to make information about aid flows more available and accessible to all stakeholders, particularly partner countries.

Representatives of partner countries from West and Central Africa, and Civil Society …

04 Oct 2007 description

Scope of floods

This year, floods have affected around 800,000 people in 13 countries in West Africa (Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, The Gambia, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, Sierra Leone, Benin and Ghana)(1) . The situation is especially worrisome in the following countries: Ghana (over 330,000 affected), Togo (over 120,000 affected), Burkina Faso (over 92,900 affected) and Mali (over 42,000 affected).

Situation and response


So far Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Togo have requested international assistance.

12 Sep 2007 description

Scope of floods in West Africa

Following torrential rains, floods have affected over 500,000 people in 12 countries in West Africa (Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, The Gambia, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, Sierra Leone and Ghana)(1). This current number of victims shows that the situation has worsened compared to last year low 65,000 people at the same period. The situation is especially worrisome in Ghana with 260,000 people affected; Burkina Faso with 35,000 andTogo with 20,389.

29 Nov 2004 description

Flow of spontaneous Returnees into Liberia continues

04 Sep 2003 description

LONDON, Sept 4 (UNHCR) - British immigration officers have travelled to Accra in Ghana to begin interviewing possible candidates for a new resettlement programme being undertaken by the UN refugee agency and the government of the United Kingdom.

24 Jul 2003 description
report IRIN

ABIDJAN, 24 Jul 2003 (IRIN) - The African Development Bank (ADB) said on Wednesday it had approved US $31 million of loans and grants to help increase the production of upland rice in seven West African countries through the planting of new higher yielding varieties.

20 Jun 2003 description
report IRIN

MONROVIA, 20 June (IRIN) - Liberian President Charles Taylor rejected on Friday the proposed formation of a transitional government within 30 days that would exclude him.

04 Jun 2003 description

Following today's indictment of President Charles Taylor by the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Amnesty International calls on the government of Ghana to act immediately in response to the warrant for the arrest of President Taylor who is currently in Accra attending talks aimed at resolving Liberia's internal armed conflict.

16 Aug 2002 description
report IRIN

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network

16 Aug 2002 description
report IRIN

Bureau de Coordination des Affaires Humanitaires (OCHA)
Réseaux d'Information Régionaux Intégré (IRIN)

29 Mar 2002 description
report IRIN

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network