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14 Dec 2017 description
report Mercy Corps

Global organization Mercy Corps calls for urgent cease-fire

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN – On the fourth anniversary of the start of the conflict in South Sudan, Mercy Corps is calling for an immediate cease-fire, which the global organization says is urgently needed to save lives in the country.

In four short years, four million civilians out of a population of 12 million have been forced to flee their homes, with 2.1 million made refugees in other countries in what is now Africa’s largest refugee crisis.

13 Dec 2017 description
report European Commission
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MEMO - EU Trust Fund for Africa: new actions worth €174.4 million to foster stability in the Horn of Africa

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 12 December 2017

The European Commission has announced today 13 new actions worth €174.4 million under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to support refugees and host communities in the Horn of Africa region.

10 Dec 2017 description
report UN Security Council

CS/13108

CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ
8125E SÉANCE – MATIN

Le Conseil de sécurité a, ce matin, demandé de nouveau à tous les États signataires de l’Accord-cadre pour la paix, la sécurité et la coopération pour la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) et la région de redoubler d’efforts pour honorer leurs engagements, notamment ceux consistant « à s’abstenir de toute ingérence dans les affaires intérieures des pays voisins, à ne pas tolérer de groupes armés ni à leur fournir une assistance et à ne pas héberger de criminels de guerre ».

08 Dec 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13108

Security Council
8125th Meeting (AM)

Nearly five years after parties signed the cooperation framework for the Great Lakes region, the Security Council reiterated today its call for States to abide by the commitment to non‑interference in the internal affairs of neighbours and the prohibition against abetting armed groups or war criminals.

06 Dec 2017 description

East Africa’s economic growth is among the fastest in the world and its countries are becoming increasingly integrated and interdependent. USAID supports regional institutions, including the East African Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and their member states to address issues that require collaboration between countries.

06 Dec 2017 description

South Sudan

Despite the August 2015 peace agreement, ongoing armed conflict in South Sudan poses an imminent risk to populations who may be targeted on the basis of ethnicity and presumed political loyalties.

04 Dec 2017 description

Welcome to the report of the INFORM Global Risk Index for 2018.
The INFORM Risk Index is a way to understand and measure the risk of humanitarian crises and disasters, and how the conditions that lead to them affect sustainable development. INFORM partners and other organisations continue to use INFORM products to support their prioritisation and decision-making relating to crisis and disaster prevention, preparedness and response.

23 Nov 2017 description

Growing discontent threatens the dysfunctional and corrupt political system built by President Museveni, who is now manoeuvering to extend his three decades in power by raising a 75-year age limit on presidential candidates. As security, governance and economic performance deteriorates, Uganda needs urgent reforms to avoid greater instability

  • What’s the issue?  Popular discontent is growing over President Museveni’s apparent desire to remain in power while governance, economic performance and security deteriorate.

17 Nov 2017 description
report IRIN

Alan Boswell

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, did not mince her words. "We are not waiting anymore. We need to see a change,” she announced after meeting South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on a visit to Juba last month. “We have lost trust in the government."

16 Nov 2017 description

The following information provides a snapshot of some of the activities undertaken by IOM offices in the East and Horn of Africa Region during October 2017.

Highlights:

  • Vulnerable families in Lainya, Central Equatoria, receive relief assistance

  • PoC sites to benefit from comprehensive HV and AIDS services

IOM DISTRIBUTES RELIEF ITEMS TO VULNERABLE FAMILIES IN LAINYA, CENTRAL EQUATORIA

05 Nov 2017 description

CONTEXT

The sociopolitical and economic situation stemming from the political crisis in 2015 in Burundi continues to impact the lives of the most vulnerable, leading to an increase of humanitarian needs as well as ongoing external and internal displacement.

02 Nov 2017 description
report PAX

Report on cross-border peacebuilding in South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya demonstrates the importance of investing in youth

The report ‘Sustaining Relative Peace’ is a reflection on over ten years of peace work with armed youth and their communities and leaders in South Sudan and the borderlands with Uganda and Kenya. These communities mostly consist of shepherds.

25 Oct 2017 description
report IRIN

We can’t afford to lose an entire generation to the war

By Mike Brand Director of advocacy and programmes at Jewish World Watch, an organisation that works to end genocide and mass atrocities worldwide

“There are no opportunities for youth here,” said Yar, a 20-year-old South Sudanese refugee from Jonglei, stuck in the Nyumanzi refugee settlement in northern Uganda.

Read more on IRIN.

20 Oct 2017 description

SG/SM/18757

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message, delivered by Said Djinnit, his Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, to the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region, in Brazzaville today:

17 Oct 2017 description
report Small Arms Survey

Introduction

Hopes that the August 2015 peace agreement between the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) government of Salva Kiir and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO) of Riek Machar would end the conflict in South Sudan collapsed with the return to fighting on 8 July 2016. A year later the fighting has continued and spread, the humanitarian crisis has deepened, and the international peacemakers are reduced to making appeals to end the violence that are ignored.

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.