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21 Feb 2018 description

A decline in water usage has pushed back the day Cape Town's taps are expected to run dry

CAPE TOWN, Feb 20 (Reuters) - South Africa's drought-stricken city of Cape Town has pushed back its estimate for "Day Zero," when taps are expected to run dry, to July 9 from June 4 due to a decline in water usage, the city's deputy mayor said on Tuesday.

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21 Feb 2018 description

Recent literature discusses aid effectiveness and impact in relation to capacity building programmes, rather than technical assistance. To ensure coverage of the latest evidence and learning, this rapid review adopts the same approach. It finds that there is a dearth of rigorous evaluations of capacity building interventions.

21 Feb 2018 description

ROME, Italy – Asmorom was just 18 when he fled Eritrea in 2007. It would take three years and many violent beatings by people smugglers for him to find a safe place to call home in Israel – only for his world to come crashing down once more.

Granted a temporary visa in Israel for four months, Asmorom was forced to continuously renew it. He also struggled to fit in. Without the right to work, he was vulnerable and exploited, ekeing out a living with odd jobs for meagre pay.

21 Feb 2018 description

Cyclone Gita hit the Pacific island nations of Fiji and Tonga last week, causing widespread destruction and flooding in Tonga

By Charlotte Greenfield

WELLINGTON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - New Zealand's national carrier on Tuesday cancelled all flights in and out of the capital, Wellington, and the southern city of Christchurch declared a state of emergency as the remnants of tropical cyclone Gita pummelled the country.

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21 Feb 2018 description

By Andy McElroy

SUVA, 20 February 2018 – The enduring wisdom of the Japanese geophysicist Torahiko Terada – a pioneer of earthquake studies almost a century ago – is inspiring a Pacific nation’s effort to strengthen its disaster risk governance.

Mr Terada’s famous maxim – ‘The next disaster will strike when the memory of the last one has been forgotten’ – is the very first sentence of Fiji’s National Disaster Risk Reduction Policy 2018-2030.

21 Feb 2018 description

Pretoria, South Africa, 20 February 2018 - Health experts from over 15 countries have begun a two-day meeting in Pretoria, South Africa to agree on a range of evidence-based actions aimed at improving communications on routine childhood vaccinations in the African Region.

21 Feb 2018 description

The Kuchi nomads traditionally migrate in winter from eastern and central Afghanistan to graze their herds inside Pakistan.

By Jared Ferrie

PHNOM PENH, Feb 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Donors have refused to support 200,000 nomadic herders in Afghanistan who are running out of food and stranded with their dying animals after Pakistan closed the border, blocking access to pastureland, an aid group said on Monday.

21 Feb 2018 description
report ACT Alliance

“ACT Alliance recognizes the deep and mutually enriching connections between religion and human rights. As a matter of fact, long before the current human rights instruments were developed in the 20th century, there were religious communities that upheld human dignity and advocated for people who suffered from exclusion and discrimination.” - Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, ACT Alliance General Secretary.

21 Feb 2018 description

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Margot Wallström

21 Feb 2018 description
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Mr. President,
This Security Council meeting takes place just days after the Iraq Reconstruction Conference, so generously co-hosted by H. H. Emir of Kuwait, thus showing once again his and his country’s commitment to the humanitarian, peace and development cause in the region and in the world.
The conference was attended by over seventy member states and international organizations and 2,000 private sector companies. It mobilized nearly USD 30 billion to support reconstruction.

21 Feb 2018 description
report African Union

Djibouti, 20 February 2018 – H.E Mr. Anicet-Georges Dologuélé, Head of the Election Observation Mission of the African Union (AU) to the upcoming legislative elections in the Republic of Djibouti, and former Prime Minister of the Central African Republic met on Monday 19 February 2018, with H.E Mr. Abdi Ibrahim Absieh, President of the Constitutional Council of Djibouti in the presence of Mrs. Fahima Abdi, Secretary General of the same institution and other collaborators.

21 Feb 2018 description
report The Guardian

Zainab Fayez, the sole woman in Kandahar’s attorney-general’s office, wants others to join her in the justice sector to combat taboo and instil confidence

Zainab Fayez, the only woman serving as a prosecutor in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, has resolved 50 cases of abuse against women, and helped detain 21 men accused of violence against women, including police officials, over the past year. But she still longs to see other women join her in the legal profession.

21 Feb 2018 description

The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) and a visiting Japanese delegation have on Friday held discussions on the security situation in South Sudan.

The team drawn from the Ministry of Defence was also briefed on the IGAD-led High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) and the prospects of the implementation of the Agreement on the resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS), going forward.

21 Feb 2018 description
report African Union

Addis Ababa, 21 February 2018 - The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, is closely following the situation in Ethiopia. He recalls, in this respect, that Ethiopia is not only home to the African Union Headquarters, but also an important member of the Union. As such, Ethiopia plays a key role in promoting regional peace and security, as well as in the pursuit of the continental agenda.

21 Feb 2018 description

PROMPT TESTING FOR LASSA FEVER TO IMPROVE OUTBREAK OUTCOMES

In Epi-week 6, the Lassa fever outbreak continued with a total of 615 suspected cases reported across 17 states. Of this, 193 have been confirmed positive to the Lassa fever virus. 43 deaths were recorded in confirmed cases giving a case fatality rate (CFR) of 23.9%.

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Baghdad, Iraq, February 20, 2018—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Central Bank of Iraq are launching a series of specialized workshops, starting today, to raise corporate governance standards in Iraqi banks and strengthen the country’s banking sector.

21 Feb 2018 description

Tropical Cyclone Gita passed through the Kingdom of Tonga just 40 km from the capital city of Nuku’alofa as a Category 4 cyclone, with winds up to 200 km per hour. Over 78,000 people were affected in Tongatapu and 'Eua islands.

The Government response focuses on providing life-saving services and equipment to rebuild everyone’s lives with dignity. Operational priorities focus on the provision of clean water, vector control, access to health and education, waste management and the restoration of power to allow all evacuated families to return to their homes.

21 Feb 2018 description

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  • In January 2018, the average retail price of wheat increased by 0.3% while price of wheat flour decreased by 0.1%; the price of rice Irri-6 and rice Basmati increased by 0.6% and 3.4%, respectively, from the previous month (December 2017);

  • Headline inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has negligibly increased by 0.03% from December 2017, whereas it slightly increased by 4.42% from the same month last year (January 2017);