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East Africa faces up to drought threat - PreventionWeb (press release)
2/04 - 2014

The Hindu

East Africa faces up to drought threat
PreventionWeb (press release)
Nairobi - UNISDR today welcomed the outcome of East Africa's Second Drought Resilience Summit as an important contribution to next month's Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and preparing for a future in which climate change will ...
'Global warming may spread drought to third of Earth'The Hindu
Taking Action to Deliver Agriculture Growth, Jobs and Food Security in the ...AllAfrica.com
One Third Of The Earth Will Be Dry Warns Researchreportingclimatescience.com
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Pilot Islamic-compliant livestock insurance product in Africa pays ... - Phys.Org
25/03 - 2014

Pilot Islamic-compliant livestock insurance product in Africa pays ...
Phys.Org
For the first time in Africa, an insurance policy that combines an Islamic-compliant financial instrument with innovative use of satellite imagery is compensating Muslim pastoralists for drought-induced losses suffered in Kenya's northeastern Wajir ...

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A Green Revolution, This Time for Africa - NEWS.GNOM.ES
9/04 - 2014

A Green Revolution, This Time for Africa
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Africa has long been a continent of small farmers, half of them women, raising maize with no fertilizer, pesticide or irrigation, on a tiny plot with a hoe. Now the little these farmers have is endangered by drought. Climate change is making Africa's ...

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Prime Minister Addresses IGAD Drought Resilience Summit - AllAfrica.com
28/03 - 2014

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Prime Minister Addresses IGAD Drought Resilience Summit
AllAfrica.com
East Africa: Prime Minister Addresses IGAD Drought Resilience Summit. 27 March 2014. His Excellency Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, today addressed the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Drought Resilience Summit calling on ...
Uganda leader blames developed world for IGAD droughtwww.worldbulletin.net
IGAD leaders seek to boost drought resilience initiativePress TV
IGAD countries declare war on droughtPublish Date: Mar 27, 2014New Vision
Sabahi Online
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Horn of Africa Countries Address Drought Threat and Disaster Resilience - IISD Reporting Services
3/04 - 2014

Horn of Africa Countries Address Drought Threat and Disaster Resilience
IISD Reporting Services
IGAD 31 March 2014: The Second IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) was facilitated by the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an organization comprised of six East African ...

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World: World: Keeping up with megatrends
15/04 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Environment Programme, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World
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A study on the implications of climate change and urbanization for environmental emergency preparedness and response

Climate change: Climate-related disasters affected an estimated 2.6 billion people between 1999 and 2009, with the cost of responding to such disasters increasing tenfold between 1992 and 2008.

Urbanization: More than half of the world’s population lives in cities and, by 2030, the urban population is expected to exceed 5 billion.

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World: Enviromental Emergencies: Joint UNEP/OCHA Activities (as of 20 Feb 2014)
3/03 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Environment Programme, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World
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The Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU) responds to environmental emergencies by coordinating international efforts and mobilizing partners. By pairing the environmental expertise of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the humanitarian network coordinated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the JEU ensures an integrated approach in responding to environmental emergencies.

World: ReliefWeb Highlights 2013
19/02 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World
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In 2013 ReliefWeb continued to implement its ‘Strategy and Vision’ with the aim of becoming the humanitarian community’s ‘one stop shop’ for information. ReliefWeb is a service provided by OCHA that assists humanitarians to easily find reports, evaluations, analyses, maps, infographics, jobs announcements and training events from over 3,500 sources worldwide. ReliefWeb collected and published 43,924 humanitarian updates in 2013, covering acute crises in Syria, Central African Republic and South Sudan as well as natural disasters such as Typhoons Haiyan and Wutip.

World: United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination Missions (UNDAC): from 1993 to 2013
6/02 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World
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The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team is part of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the international emergency response system for sudden-onset emergencies. UNDAC was created in 1993. It is designed to help the United Nations and governments of disaster-affected countries during the first phase of a sudden-onset emergency. UNDAC, as a tool of OCHA, also assists in the coordination of incoming international relief at national level and/or at the site of the emergency.

World: What are OCHA-managed pooled funds? (as of 8 Jan 2014)
15/01 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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What are ocha-managed pooled funds?

Following a humanitarian crisis, humanitarian actors in the field can immediately provide life-saving assistance using OCHA-managed pooled funds. There are two types of pooled funds: the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which can cover emergencies anywhere in the world, and country-based pooled funds, which respond to crises in specific countries. Country-based Common Humanitarian Funds (CHFs) provide funding for large, persistent emergencies, while country-based Emergency Response Funds (ERFs) are usually smaller and are used to fill unexpected funding gaps.

What happens to money donated to CHFs?

Common Humanitarian Funds (CHFs) are country-based funds that enable a swift response to people who have been affected by a large-scale emergency, or in countries with prolonged crises. CHFs pool donations from multiple donors into a single resource overseen by the top UN official in country: the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC).

What happens to money donated to CERF?

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) collects contributions from various donors into a single fund before a disaster strikes, so that relief work can start immediately. CERF also supports UN agencies in crisisaffected countries where funding is scarce, so that they can help the people who need it most.

What happens to money donated to ERFs?

Emergency Response Funds (ERFs) are country-based funds. When a crisis hits, an ERF is activated to quickly deliver essential aid and meet urgent needs. The Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) is the top UN official in country.
With OCHA's support, the HC collects and rapidly distributes donations given by multiple donors to deliver aid relief to affected people.

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World: CERF 2013 allocations (as of 31 Dec 2013)
2/01 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World
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The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated almost US$482 million in 2013. More than $307 million went to immediate life-saving assistance through CERF’s rapid response window and over $174 million - the most ever - was allocated during the two underfunded emergency rounds to bolster aid operations in 22 poorly funded humanitarian crises.

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Reducing the fiscal and economic impact of disasters
22/04 - 2014
Managing risk through catastrophe insurance:This paper offers an in-depth look at how insurance helps to lower the economic and fiscal costs of natural disasters. It demonstrates that insurance is an efficient and effective way to mitigate these impacts. The research presented here can help policy-makers, businesses and homeowners plan for disaster...
Asian economic integration monitor
22/04 - 2014
April 2014:This issue of the Asian Economic Integration Monitor includes the thematic chapter: Insuring against Asia’s Natural Catastrophes. This chapter includes the following highlights: Over the past 20 years, Asia has borne half the estimated global economic cost of natural disasters—about $53 billion annually; this could potentially...
Resilient cities: a Grosvenor research report
16/04 - 2014
This report from Grosvenor, an international real estate company, aims to advance its readers' thinking about long term investment; provide a robust risk management tool to ensure its business sustainability; and play a role in the evolution of cities. It asserts that the ability of cities to thrive as centres of human habitation, production and...
Building resilience: the EU's approach
16/04 - 2014
This paper presents the EU's action plan for developing resilience, which outlines the steps to be undertaken for delivering early results and supports collecting best practice on effective support to help populations in need, giving priority to vulnerable countries that face recurrent crises and that are risk-prone. The paper highlights three...
How does climate change alter agricultural strategies to support food security?
15/04 - 2014
IFPRI Discussion Paper 01340This paper aims to identify how climate change affects how we should approach the process of transforming agricultural systems to support global food security and poverty reduction in a sustainable way. It argues that the negative effects of climate change are projected to affect the populations with the least capacity to...
City resilience framework: city resilience index
15/04 - 2014
This report presents the inclusive framework for articulating city resilience underpinning the City Resilience Index. It argues that city’s resilience depends on its physical assets as well as its policies, social capital and institutions. This report develops the indicators and variables that will comprise the City Resilience Index. In the...

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