This document presents an overview of safety, security and access incidents affecting aid delivery between January 2017 and June 2018. The report is based on incidents identified in open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND). The focus is on countries where possible changing or emerging risks can be identified. See our Regional Security Incident Analysis for selective country overviews.
Security Incidents and Access Constraints
Central African Republic
31 October - 01 November 2018: In Batangafo town, Ouham prefecture, armed men looted and burned down three IDP camps, destroying them completely and leaving around 27,000 persons homeless. This incident prompted NGOs to suspend their activities at the IDP sites and forced some 5,000 IDPs to seek refuge in a nearby hospital. Sources: MSF, Reuters, RJDH and Thomson Reuters Foundation
The use of ceasefires by belligerent parties varies greatly across conflicts. In some cases, parties agree to a continuous stream of largely ceremonial ceasefire agreements that have little or no effect on the violence. In other conflicts, parties fight on for years without an agreement, but then develop a relatively stable and effective agreement that quickly reduces or terminates hostilities. This PRIO Paper will examine the use of ceasefires in two significant conflicts in the Philippines and analyze their effects on the level and extent of violence.
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ATLANTA- El Centro Carter está profundamente preocupado por el reciente ataque y la continua represión del gobierno de Nicaragua a las organizaciones de la sociedad civil y los medios de comunicación.
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ATLANTA — The Carter Center is deeply concerned about the Nicaraguan government’s recent assault and continued repression of civil society organizations and the media.
This brief summarises key considerations concerning cross-border dynamics between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the context of the outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu and surrounding provinces, December 2018. Further participatory enquiry should be undertaken, but given ongoing transmission, conveying key considerations and immediate recommendations related to community engagement have been prioritised.
This note provides an overview of a selection of key messages related to the Ebola outbreak and response that were circulating on WhatsApp and in the local media in the Grand Nord (Beni and Lubero territories), DRC, in November and December 2018. The note was prepared by Rachel Sweet (Harvard University) with support from Juliet Bedford (Anthrologica). Rachel Sweet is a leading expert on North Kivu and is collaborating with the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform to support the response.
ACLED Middle East Research Manager Tom Hart and Middle East Assistant Research Manager Lauren Blaxter explore the changing nature of Israeli settler violence in the West Bank between January 1, 2016 and November 30, 2018.
Over the past few months, battles between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army (AA) have increased in Rakhine and Chin states. Initially during the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) administration, and now during the National League for Democracy (NLD) administration, ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) that once had limited numbers and military capabilities have gained in strength by allying with more powerful EAOs, posing a challenge to the peace process.
by Annie Rubin
Humanitarian aid organizations, while providing lifesaving assistance, must also navigate the web of ethical and logistical challenges inherent to conflict-affected environments. It is often required, for example, that humanitarian actors be escorted within a country by parties to a conflict. Talking with armed groups—especially terrorist groups—even in the context of helping civilians, can be perceived as legitimizing them. Furthermore, it is not always clear whether resources that organizations provide are reaching those they are intended for.
A new peace agreement was signed in South Sudan on 12 September 2018 in an attempt to bring an end to the five-year war in the country. Andrews Atta-Asamoah, an Institute for Security Studies expert on the Horn of Africa, spoke to the PSC Report about the current peace process and assessed the way forward.
Is the peace deal that was signed in September 2018 holding?
Report: Amid Extraordinary Pressure on Refugee Resettlement Program, Time Is Ripe to Rethink Ways to Improve Refugee Integration
The United Nations and its agencies have prioritized women’s rights for decades and recognized the impediments to gender equality globally. Numerous resolutions, agencies, conferences, and declarations have been adopted, established, held, and written. Often, however, the actual work and effort expended towards achieving greater gender equality falls on women alone. Worse still, gender equality is viewed by some in a limited sense as a “women’s issue” that is not really of concern to men.
ACLED Assistant Syria Research Manager Stephanie Anderson, Researcher Nick Grinstead, Senior Syria Researcher Kars de Bruijne, and Syria Research Manager Muaz A. map last month’s developments across the Syrian conflict in the November 2018 edition of the State of Syria infographic.
Joydebpur, Bangladesh – ICARDA has begun a new initiative aimed at improving the health and livelihoods of smallholder farmers in northern Bangladesh. Funded by Morocco’s Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP) Foundation, the initiative’s goal is evident in its name: “Sustainable management of soil health to enhance yield and farmers’ incomes under resilient production system in Bangladesh, resulting in food and nutrition security, improved health and livelihoods.”
Celebrating the distribution of aids for the Public Health Training Initiative
Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) is participating in the Sudan Public Health Training Initiative, which is supported by Qatar Fund for Development and overseen by The Carter Center in collaboration the Federal Ministry of Public Health in Sudan and Health Sciences Academy. The participation will take place from 10-13 December 2018.
HSU Hamburg & IfW Kiel
Author: Martine van Bijlert
Date: 13 December 2018