How have people’s livelihoods evolved recently in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)? Many observers are not too shy to come up with an answer to this question. All these voices ultimately refer to official data sources on people’s livelihoods in the DRC. In this paper we focus more in particular on survey data on the DRC. This paper reviews the available data from 8 national surveys implemented between 1995 and 2015, what caveats exist when analyzing them, and what livelihoods profiles have emerged in the literature so far.
Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar on May 2nd and May 3rd, sweeping through the Irrawaddy delta region and the countries largest city Yangon. Five states and divisions were declared disaster zones, i.e. Yangon, Irrawaddy delta, Bago, Mon and Kayin. In the aftermath of the cyclone, Antwerp University Hospital (Belgium) sent three medical teams (18 persons) to the affected area in the period May 27th - June 25th.
II. FIRST MISSION: May 27th - June 8th