As 2018 drew to a close, political violence and protests in Africa rose. This overview focuses on a selected number of countries where some of the most important developments occurred at the end of last year and into the current period (between December 16th, 2018, January 5th, 2019).
390 mt of food assistance distributed
US$ 1.86 m cash-based transfers made
US$ 26.1 m six months (December 2018 - May 2019) net funding requirement
324,640 m people assisted in November 2018
CAIRO – Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Egypt, the Egyptian Government and WFP yesterday signed an agreement to benefit neighbouring and African countries through the exchange of knowledge and expertise in support of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular the goal of Zero Hunger.
The agreement allows for WFP and the Government to share and expand its expertise on interventions in areas such as water management, nutrition, diversification of livelihoods and increased agricultural productivity.
Key developments in the week of December 2nd include the escalating Islamic State activity in Egypt and Burkina Faso; the instability posed by other Islamist militants such as in Mozambique; and the high tensions in Togo and Ethiopia.
The Islamic State is nearly as strong in Africa in 2018 as when it peaked in 2015. Since October, activity by Islamic State militants has significantly risen across Northern, Western and Eastern Africa and this trend is likely to continue.
5 December 2018, Cairo, Egypt – Seven countries from the Eastern Mediterranean Region are participating in a simulation exercise for a global pandemic which started on 4 December. The exercise is coordinated by the World Health Organization’s Global Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and the EOC Network, a global network of health emergency operations centres.
The Middle East and North Africa has achieved substantial success in treatment coverage for children living with HIV: 71 per cent, a higher rate than the global one of 52 per cent. But the epidemic trend in the region remains unclear, due to the lack of critical data in 14 out of 19 countries. The data that do exist indicate a low burden with limited improvement. In 2017, for example, an estimated 1,500 new HIV infections occurred among those aged 10–19, about the same number estimated every year since 2010.
115.9 mt of food assistance distributed
US$1.8 m cash-based transfers made
US$17.0 m six months (November 2018 – April 2019) net funding requirements
132,454 people assisted in October 2018
Following comments by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in which he acknowledged the need for a more” balanced” law governing NGOs, Amnesty International has published an open letter to the government calling for the law to be scrapped and replaced with a version that is in line with Egypt’s constitutional and international commitments to ensure the right to freedom of …
Key developments in Africa in the week of October 28th highlight the rise in Islamic State activity across Africa, persistent security threats in Tunisia and an escalation of the repression against members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.
In October 2018, activity by Islamic State militants across Africa reached peak levels as recorded in the ACLED dataset. The dense activity by the militants across Northern, Western and Eastern Africa is likely to continue.
432.7 mt of food assistance distributed US$0.4 m cash-based transfers made
US$29.9 m six months (October 2018 – March 2019) net funding requirements
263,251 people assisted in September 2018
Egypt is a destination country along the central Mediterranean refugee route with people arriving from both the Middle East and east Africa. A growing population of concern is stranded in the most overcrowded and poorest neighbourhoods of its largest cities such as Cairo and Alexandria as a result of an upward trend of new arrivals and tightened control measures aimed at curbing irregular outflows towards Europe.
Key developments in Africa during the week of October 7th include persistent militant threats in Egypt and in the Lake Chad area; coupled with election-related violence in Cameroon, Mozambique and Nigeria.
by Jessica Barnes | published October 1, 2018
• Since July 2013, the jurisdiction of Egypt’s military has further expanded and military officers may arrest non-citizens for immigration reasons, placing them before military tribunals that do not meet international fair trial standards.
• Detention facilities—which include police stations, border guard stations, and prisons—are often overcrowded and lack basic detention conditions.
- 91 mt of food assistance distributed
- US$1.84 m cash-based transfers made
- US$28.5 m six months (September 2018 – February 2019) net funding requirements
- 139,757 people assisted in August 2018
Based on the successful partnership between UN-Habitat Egypt and General Organization for Physical Planning and New Urban Communities (GOPP) to design the Al-Alamein New City (17,000 feddans – 3 Million inhabitants) using a new paradigm in planning and establishing new towns following principles aligned with the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs (for more information see links below); The Egyptian Government requested the UN-Habitat support to develop the conceptual plan for New Ras El Hekma Waterfront.