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14 Nov 2018 description

Abstract

This report examines the query:

  • What outcomes do school feeding interventions aim to achieve in humanitarian response, and what evidence is there that they have achieved them?

  • What is the evidence of the added value (or not) of school feeding when combined/ compared with other social protection programmes e.g. cash transfers?

K4D helpdesk reports provide summaries of current research, evidence and lessons learned. This report was commissioned by the UK Department for International Development.

14 Nov 2018 description

ECOSOC/6951-PBC/130
13 NOVEMBER 2018
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL-PEACEBUILDING COMMISSION JOINT MEETING (AM)

One of the world’s most environmentally degraded areas, the Sahel is suffering from a rise in intercommunal conflict over resources depleted by desertification, drought and other climatic extremes, speakers told a joint meeting of the Economic and Social Council and the Peacebuilding Commission today.

13 Nov 2018 description
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TAJOURA

As the security situation remained calm during the reporting period, 250 families returned to their homes. 13 families are still displaced in Tajoura following the clashes in September, unable to return due to severe damage to their homes.

SWANI BIN ADAM

An estimated 700 migrants arrived to Swani Bin Adam in October, most reportedly in transit to other locations.

AIN ZARA

13 Nov 2018 description

Afghanistan

Ghazni’s Malistan and Jaghori districts home to mainly Hazaras, an ethnic Shi’ite minority, are under siege. Over 5,600 people have left the area since fighting escalated on 7 November. There are grave protection concerns for the remaining population.

Access to the highly contested province is constrained, hampering humanitarian assistance and movement of people trying to flee violence.

Criticism of the government’s response sparked protests in Kabul; a nearby suicide bomb killed at least 6 people.

13 Nov 2018 description
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Dubai, 13 November 2018 ― The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, joined forces today to work towards agricultural development and food security in developing countries, contributing to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

12 Nov 2018 description

Editorial

COOPI’s worldwide operations increased once again in 2017. It means also that the number of humanitarian crises we have tried to respond to as effectively as ever has increased. We have decided not to limit ourselves to intervening when there is an emergency, only to then move on elsewhere; instead, we remain alongside the communities hit by those emergencies in the medium-to-long-term, so as to help them overcome their critical issues and launch a reconstruction process.

12 Nov 2018 description

• The volume of monitored commodities increased significantly by 44 percent in the month of May owing to increased availability from on-going harvests.

• Maize grain traded increased by 31 percent, with flows from Mozambique to Malawi being highest (Table 1).

• Volumes of maize meal traded increased by 94 percent. Flows from Zambia to DRC have been dominant (Table 2).

• Rice volumes increased marginally by 6 percent, with flows from Tanzania to Zambia being largest (Table 3).

11 Nov 2018 description
report World Bank

Le capital humain (c’est-à-dire la somme de la santé, des compétences, des connaissances et de l’expérience d’une population) représente la plus grande richesse des pays du monde entier. Il permet à chacun de se réaliser pleinement et elle est de plus en plus reconnue comme l’un des principaux vecteurs de la croissance économique d’un pays.

11 Nov 2018 description
report World Bank

The Human Capital Project in Sub-Saharan Africa: Stories of Progress

Human capital—the sum of a population’s health, skills, knowledge, and experience—accounts for the largest share of countries’ wealth globally. It allows everyone to reach their full potential and is increasingly becoming recognized as a primary driver of a nation’s economic growth.

09 Nov 2018 description

FAO hosts an high-level seminar with indigenous experts from seven regions to analyze indigenous food systems

9 November 2018, Rome - Indigenous Food systems and indigenous traditional knowledge have survived hundreds and sometimes thousands of years, therefore they may have some of the answers we are looking for, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

09 Nov 2018 description

The IFRC’s Minimum standards for protection, gender and inclusion (PGI) in emergencies is now its second edition. This edition is the result of three years of testing, revision and feedback from protection, gender and inclusion (PGI) and sectoral specialists, based on use in the field by Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers in many different humanitarian operations. In addition to new chapters (such as cash-based interventions), there is a stronger focus on sexual and gender-based violence and disability inclusion.

09 Nov 2018 description

Message from our Regional Director

Despite numerous humanitarian challenges in 2017 in Africa, there were also a number of heart-warming accomplishments. A case in point, was when a local response of Red Crescent teams—and other partners—curbed Somalia's cholera outbreak through the power of local volunteers and shared international expertise. In terms of support to our members, 36 National Societies were able to kick start initiatives that built their capacity through seed grants.

09 Nov 2018 description

Sarajevo – With elevated numbers of migrants and refugees entering Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2017, the European Union has just allocated more than EUR 7.2 million in grants to support the work of the UN Migration Agency, IOM, in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The funds were provided through an Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance special measure. Resultant projects will be implemented by IOM in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency and UNICEF to help further strengthen the country's migration management, asylum, border control and surveillance capacities.

09 Nov 2018 description
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- Dix nouveaux investisseurs—le Burkina Faso, la Côte d’Ivoire le Danemark, la Commission européenne, l’Allemagne, le Japon, Laerdal Global Health, les Pays-Bas, le Qatar et un donateur anonyme—ont rejoint le Mécanisme de financement mondial depuis le lancement de son processus de réapprovisionnement. Ils rejoignent les bailleurs de fonds existants, la Fondation Bill & Melinda Gates, le Canada, MSD for Mothers, la Norvège et le Royaume-Uni, pour financer le GFF et améliorer la santé et la nutrition des femmes, des enfants et des adolescents.

08 Nov 2018 description

Conflict is a central factor in the geography of Africa’s food insecurity. The acuteness of this insecurity deepens the longer a conflict continues.

Conflict in Africa continues to be a major contributor to the continent’s food security challenges. Ongoing violence disrupts farming, livelihoods, and market functions, weakening household resilience to drought and other pressures. Conflict also restricts movement, preventing some communities from accessing humanitarian assistance. An assessment of Africa’s areas of acute food insecurity reveals these findings:

08 Nov 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Julio Berdergué, Marita Perceval, and Miguel Barreto

Julio Berdegué is FAO Regional Representative, Marita Perceval is Director of UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean, Miguel Barreto is Regional Director of WFP

SANTIAGO, Nov 8 2018 (IPS) - The number of undernourished people increased for the third consecutive year in Latin America and the Caribbean. It has exceeded 39 million people. In addition, almost one in four adults is obese, while overweight affects 250 million; more than the entire population of Brazil.