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31 Dec 2008 description

Globally, the number of natural disasters, the number of people affected and the impact of disasters are increasing. More than 250 million people have been directly affected by disasters every year since 2000; the highest figures ever recorded, according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED). Developing countries in Africa and Asia are particularly vulnerable to extreme atmospheric factors and climate-induced shocks.

31 Dec 2008 description


Incentives and sanctions are used by external actors to try to stop armed conflicts in the short term. But are they effective in promoting peace? This research by Conciliation Resources argues that these instruments are often not used as part of a broader strategy aimed at resolving conflict. They are often a confused mix of coercion and assistance, which neither force nor encourage the conflict parties towards a negotiated settlement.

31 Dec 2008 description
report Refugee Law Project


On October 15, 2007 the Government of Uganda (GoU) launched the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) to help greater Northern Uganda transition from war to peace. Although the PRDP is a relatively new policy, enough time has now passed to assess key challenges that are emerging. This report assesses PRDP implementation since the official launch over one year ago.

31 Dec 2008 description
report Refugee Law Project


Since the late 1990s, as the search for solutions to protracted conflict has deepened, the potential role of traditional justice in responding to the situation in Northern Uganda has been increasingly researched and discussed. The roots of traditional practices lie in principles and mechanisms used in pre-colonial communities to ensure the maintenance of a just society.

31 Dec 2008 description

General Assembly
Sixty-third session

Security Council
Sixty-third year

Agenda item 31
Comprehensive review of the whole question of

31 Dec 2008 description
report Kenya Red Cross


PM launches resource mobilization initiative

Preliminary Appeal launched

Floods and drought intervention





Cultural change

Millions face hunger


31 Dec 2008 description
report Concern Worldwide
Report submitted by:
Sustainable Development Initiative Network-Nepal
31 Dec 2008 description


This six-month report describes the programme and activities of the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) during the period July to December 2008.

TBBC is a consortium of currently twelve NGOs from ten countries working to provide food, shelter, non-food items and capacity-building support to Burmese refugees and displaced persons. It also engages in research into the root causes of displacement and refugee outfl ows. Membership is open to other NGOs with similar interests.

31 Dec 2008 description


Norwegian Church Aid-Eritrea (NCA-E) is the Eritrea Country Office of the Norwegian NGO, Norwegian Church Aid (NCA). NCA started work in Eritrea in the 1970s, supporting the relief work of the Eritrean liberation movements through the Cross Border Operation. When the war with Ethiopia ended in 1991, a joint Emergency Relief Desk of twelve former partners in the Cross Border Operation was established in Asmara, with NCA as the lead organisation. NCA set up a country office in Asmara in 1993.

31 Dec 2008 description


East Timor's development faces serious challenges. The attacks on the democratically elected leaders in February 2008 underscore the fragility of East Timor's new democracy. While the perpetrators were apprehended and the situation remained calm, the security and justice sectors remain weak and in need of reform. The country continues to rely on international security forces to maintain stability. Across the country, a large number of people remain displaced and vulnerable to natural disasters, disease and food shortages.

31 Dec 2008 description

This report describes the ability of poor and vulnerable households in selected areas in Myanmar to meet their basic food needs, based on information up to December 2008. The report is produced by the Vulnerability Analysis & Mapping (VAM) Unit at WFP Yangon.

Data was collected with the help cooperating partners, including ADRA, World Vision, WHH, REAM, CARE, KMSS, OISCA, Shalom foundation, and field staff from ten WFP sub-offices plus two field offices.

Highlights August to December 2008

- Poor food access in Rakhine State is a cause for serious concern.

31 Dec 2008 description

Key Points

- Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP) for Afghanistan in 2009 has been finalized and endorsed by the Government of Afghanistan.

- The security situation remains volatile in many parts of the country, hindering the delivery of assistance.

- No major population movements have been recorded during the last month of 2008.

I. Humanitarian Access and Security

The security situation remains volatile in many parts of the country, especially in the South, West, South-East, East and the Central (Kabul) regions.

31 Dec 2008 description


Project Name: Southern Sudan Interactive Radio Instruction (SSIRI) Project
Implementing Partner: Education Development Center (EDC)
Mechanism: Cooperative Agreement
31 Dec 2008 description


Living conditions for many Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) continued to deteriorate during the second half of 2008. As the protracted socioeconomic crisis which began in late-2000 entered its ninth year, Gazans faced unprecedented levels of hardship and distress; in the West Bank, severe and debilitating restrictions on movement limited prospects for recovery and growth and left many dependent on humanitarian assistance.

31 Dec 2008 description
report World Bank
(SENAC project - Nepal component)

1 Food insecurity in Nepal

Nepal is a landlocked country of approximately 29 million people in South Asia, situated along the Himalayas between China and India. It has three distinct ecological regions: Mountains in the north, Hills in the middle and the Terai (lowland plains) in the south.

The Country is divided administratively into 5 development regions (Far Western, Mid Western, Western, Central and Eastern region) and 75 districts.

31 Dec 2008 description


Reporting Period: 01 November 2008 - 31 December 2008

Activities & Outputs Summary:

- Search and clearance of a total of 1,900 m2 of land through a combination of hand, electronic, and visual techniques

- Removal and destruction of a total of 853 hazardous items by the HMA teams - Destruction of 5,639 items of ammunition and 1,844 weapons by the CWMD teams(1)

- 23 Dangerous Areas identified

- 155 MRE sessions conducted targeting 41,598 beneficiaries

Key Activities:

In November and December 2008 MAG conducted two important assessment missions.

31 Dec 2008 description


The overarching goal of Swedish development cooperation with Albania in 2009-2012 is a stronger democratic state, long-term sustainable development, and improved opportunities for achieving EU membership.

In the space of just over 15 years, Albania has evolved from a totalitarian, centrally planned regime into a young democracy with a market economy.

31 Dec 2008 description

This report covers from 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008.

Programme purpose: The Federation Secretariat in the Americas Zone seeks to provide all relevant support to the 35 Red Cross Societies of the Americas with the aim to increase their capacities, skills and tools; to assist them in reaching a greater number of people living in conditions of high vulnerability and risk; to enhance their work in strengthening community livelihoods and resilience, and to be present where and when needs are greatest and the Red Cross can make a difference.

The Americas Zone Office leads and …