By Tharanga Yakupitiyage
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 18 2017 (IPS) - While many often focus on wealth disparities, economic inequality is often a symptom and cause of other inequalities including women’s access to sexual and reproductive health.
UNHCR in 2017 – by the numbers
As of September 2017, UNHCR’s budget is at an historic high of $7.763 billion, which is currently 46% funded
This growth is concurrent with the unabated levels of global displacement, with 67.7 million people of concern to UNHCR worldwide.
The funding gap is widening, now standing at 54%. Based on indications received from donors and analysis of funding trends, UNHCR estimates the gap may reduce to 47% by year’s end.
By Evelyne Karanja
Nairobi, Kenya, 18 October 2017 - The African Union has announced plans to increase the number of member States with national disaster loss data bases and to put a training programme in place in preparation for the roll-out next year of the Sendai Monitor, the UNISDR-backed mechanism for measuring progress in reducing disaster losses.
Maize grain as usual was the most traded commodity in the region followed by dry beans, rice and then sorghum. See Figure 1.
Staple commodity prices especially for maize are expected to remain above last year and five year average prices despite near average harvest in the region with spatial pockets of deficit within and between countries because carryover stocks are low, tightening supplies available for trade.
17 octobre 2017 – A la veille de la huitième réunion à Brazzaville du mécanisme de suivi régional de l'Accord-cadre pour la paix, la sécurité et la coopération pour la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) et dans la région, l'Envoyé spécial du Secrétaire général pour les Grands lacs, Saïd Djinnit, a exhorté les Etats signataires de cet accord à prendre des mesures décisives pour résoudre le problème des « forces négatives ».
Plus de 55 000 réfugiés burundais vivent aujourd'hui dans le camp de Mahama. Situé dans la province orientale du Rwanda, ce camp accueille des personnes ayant fui l'agitation politique que connaît le Burundi depuis avril 2015.
Dans le cadre du programme du CICR visant à permettre le rétablissement des liens familiaux dans la région des Grands Lacs, la délégation de Kigali a distribué des cartes SIM aux réfugiés burundais accueillis dans le camp de Mahama. L'idée est de faciliter la reprise de contact direct entre les membres des familles burundaises dispersées.
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.
Agreements with telecoms operators are helping South Sudanese families in the world’s biggest refugee settlement connect with essential services.
By Catherine Robinson | 16 October 2017
BIDIBIDI, Uganda – Brian Dinga, his sister-in-law and her six children fled their South Sudanese home in September 2016 after his brother was shot dead in fighting.
Burundi has been in turmoil since June 2015, when the incumbent president was re-elected for a controversial third term. Hundreds of people were killed in the unrest and violence that followed, and hundreds of thousands have fled the country for safety. Rwanda is among the neighbouring nations offering sanctuary to Burundian refugees. Alan Whelan reports from the Trócaire-supported Mahama refugee camp in eastern Rwanda.
More than 55,000 Burundian refugees call Mahama camp home. The main camp located in the eastern province of Rwanda accommodates people who fled the political unrest in Burundi, which began in April 2015.
As part of the ICRC's Restoring Family Links programme in the Great Lakes region, the Kigali Delegation distributed SIM cards to Burundian refugees in the Mahama camp. The idea is to make it easier for the people to directly reconnect with their families.
This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population (IPC Phase 3 and higher) is compared to last year and the recent five-year average and categorized as Higher (p), Similar (u), or Lower (q). Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.
The Minister of MIDIMAR, Hon. De Bonheur Jeanne d’Arc together with the UNHCR Representative to Rwanda, Mr. Ahmed Baba Fall and other implementing partners visited Kiziba Congolese refugees’ camp on 29th September, 2017 to assess the living conditions of refugees in Kizaba camp.
Visiting Kiziba Refugee camp, oldest camp in Rwanda and a home to 17,166 Congolese, Hon. De Bonheur Jeanne d’Arc stopped at different facilities available in the camp. She visited the water supplying facilities, health posts and classrooms used by students of different levels among others.