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This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence as well as protests and other events affecting education.
It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.
This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.
13 November 2017: Save the Children announced that it had fired 16 staff over reports of sexual violence in the past year. Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
Population growth, lagging food production and climate change threaten food stability.
23 JUN 2017 / BY ALEX PORTER AND STELLAH KWASI
A rapidly growing population in Southern Africa means an increasingly higher food demand. And although domestic food production is expected to rise over the next few decades in response to this need, it is unlikely that the increases will be able to keep pace. As a result, food demand will outstrip domestic food supply.
This research report draws on empirical case studies on the mainstreaming of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) to provide insights into the experience of low and middle-income countries in Asia. Most case studies are based on reviews and assessments done by international organisations such as the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
About this study
The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) was established by the Assembly of the African Union (AU) in 2003. The Programme’s main aim is to raise agricultural productivity by at least 6% per year while increasing public investment in agriculture to 10% of the annual national budgets. Following an initial focus on interventions at the national level, there is growing awareness of the need to work more on the regional dimensions of the CAADP.
by Richard Lee
Leaders of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) took a momentous decision in Maputo over the weekend—to shut the doors of the SADC Tribunal, preventing the region’s citizens from seeking justice for human rights abuses.
The shocking decision, which was taken at the annual summit of SADC Heads of State and Government in Maputo, not only left the tribunal in limbo but also rendered it completely toothless by denying individual access to the court.
In 2003 the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) was established by the assembly of the African Union (AU) aiming to raise agricultural productivity by at least 6% per year and increasing public investment in agriculture to 10% of national budgets per year. After an initial phase focused primarily on interventions at the national level, there is growing awareness on the need to work more on the regional dimensions of the CAADP.
The paper develops indicators to look at the performance of the irrigation sector in Sub-Saharan Africa, where demand for food is high and irrigation has a proven potential to boost levels of agricultural productivity. By looking at six indicator categories-institutional framework, water resource use, irrigation area, irrigation technology, agricultural productivity, and poverty and food security-we assess the potential for improving performance in the agricultural food security sector through increasing irrigation sector investments.
This is an initial report from the Tsunami Evaluation Coalition (TEC). The TEC is a collaborative effort by aid agencies (donor governments’ aid departments, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organisations, and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement) to improve humanitarian systems by learning from the response to the earthquake and tsunamis of 26 December 2004. Another aim of the TEC is to provide some accountability for the humanitarian system to both the giving and receiving publics.
The tsunami of December 26, 2004 devastated thousands of communities along the coastline of the Indian Ocean. More than 240,000 people were killed. Tens of thousands went missing and are presumed dead, and more than a million people were displaced. Those most affected by the tsunami were the poor, including fi sher folk, coastal workers with small retail or tourist businesses, workers in the tourism industry, migrants, and those who farmed close to coastal areas.
KIHEI (May 26) - The Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) on Maui has been selected to receive a "Special Achievement Award" from the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) for its use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. PDC was chosen from among more than 100,000 users of GIS worldwide. The award will be presented at ESRI's International User Conference in San Diego on July 27.
Francisco Rey Marcos
Tras cada gran desastre - y no cabe duda de que el maremoto que ha asolado el sur de Asia ha sido una de las más grandes tragedias de las =FAltimas décadas -, y una vez puestas en marcha las prioritarias tareas de ayuda de emergencia, surgen en las organizaciones humanitaria y de desarrollo las mismas preguntas. =BFHubiera podido evitarse el desastre? =BFHubieran podido, al menos, mitigarse sus efectos? =BFEstamos actuando correctamente en el planteamiento de la rehabilitación y reconstrucción? =BFPodemos hacer otra cosa?.
by Rachel Houghton, ALNAP Observer Member
The aim of this report is to assist agencies working in the tsunami crisis by highlighting seven generic lessons that have been learned from other natural disasters, specifically floods and earthquakes. The report distils main findings and lessons from evaluations and synthesis reports contained in the ALNAP Evaluative Reports Database (ERD), as well as other learning initiatives concerned with responses to natural disasters. Where possible it provides links to these documents as well as to additional relevant papers and web sites.
By Charles E. Morrison
Simon Maxwell and Edward Clay
KIHEI (Jan. 28) - The Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) on Maui has deployed the Southeast Asia and Indian Ocean Tsunami Response Map Viewer to support response and recovery efforts following the devastating tsunami of Dec. 26.
The Map Viewer is a web-based display and navigation tool offering another means of accessing geographic information available through the Indian Ocean Tsunami Geospatial Information Service, launched by the Pacific Disaster Center nearly a month ago.
Roberta Cohen, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policies Studies
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, January 25, 2005 - I have been asked to focus on issues of concern in the humanitarian response to the tsunami that could have longer-term implications.
First, let us look at funding issues. There has been an extraordinary outpouring of international aid in response to the tsunami.
by Edward Clay (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Masahiro Sakurauchi, Visiting Fellow,
Office of the Japan Chair, CSIS
Generous support for Asian neighbors
The way in which the disaster broke upon unprepared peoples and countries, and the international response in the first days already provides lessons that must be considered even as the aid effort gets underway. The World-wide public attention and political shock waves from the Tsunami provide a brief moment of opportunity in which the international community can address weaknesses in the way it supports the efforts of developing countries and their peoples to try to minimise the impacts of disasters.