OCHA Nepal Monthly Situation Update No. 58, 01 - 28 Feb 2010

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- Humanitarian agencies launch the Nepal Humanitarian Transition Appeal 2010 (on 10 March)

- Constitutional Committee adjourns its proceedings until further notice

- WFP has received US$8 million from DFID to food- and cash-for-assets programming

- Disaster Risk Reduction Tool Kit rolled out to Constitutional Assembly members


During the reporting period, the overall political and security situation of the country remained moderately calm in comparison with the past month. However, there was continued insecurity, including abductions and pressure to provide involuntary donations, in several parts of the country. The United Nations (UN) Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC) met with the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to review projects in the Nepal Humanitarian Transition Appeal 2010. Following discussions, the Government signed off on a narrow range of Cluster/Sector projects to be included in the 2010 Appeal. The Constitutional Committee (CC) has adjourned its proceedings until further notice, unable to complete the first draft of the constitution. WFP has received US$8 million from DFID to help feed 450,000 people for three months; funding food- and cash-for-asset programmes for Nepalese people suffering from severe food insecurity. Key Disaster Risk Reduction (DDR) stakeholders including MoHA, partners of the Disaster Preparedness European Commission Humanitarian Aid department (DIPECHO), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), NRCS and NSET Nepal joined hands to design, develop and distribute a "DRR Tool Kit"1 to inform and sensitize the Constituent Assembly (CA) members on disasters, risks and need to increase attention on frameworks to address disaster risks.

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