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New report forecasts drought in the Horn of Africa - SciDev.Net
30/06 - 2014

New report forecasts drought in the Horn of Africa
SciDev.Net
The report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)'s Global Information and Early Warning System, in collaboration with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), predicts a high risk of drought in key agricultural regions of ...

Anderson ends South Africa's Wimbledon last-16 drought - Yahoo News
27/06 - 2014

Yahoo News

Anderson ends South Africa's Wimbledon last-16 drought
Yahoo News
London (AFP) - Kevin Anderson admitted he was thrilled to become the first South African man to reach the Wimbledon fourth round for 14 years with a 4-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Italian 16th seed Fabio Fognini on Friday. Anderson fought back ...

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Maize Research Seeks Options During Drought - AllAfrica.com
21/07 - 2014

Maize Research Seeks Options During Drought
AllAfrica.com
He says that maize is the most widely grown staple crop in Africa and more than a third of African population depends on it as their main food source, adding that farmers are severely affected by frequent drought events and irregular rainfall, which ...

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African Agriculture's New Front Line - Forbes
23/07 - 2014

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African Agriculture's New Front Line
Forbes
Plastic water canisters are lined up in long queues outside the pump houses by the side of the road in Emali, Eastern Kenya. Dead stalks of maize stand all along the roadside, victim to a drought that has ruined crops across Makueni County. The kind of ...

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South Africa claim first test win in Sri Lanka in 14 years - Stuff.co.nz
20/07 - 2014

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South Africa claim first test win in Sri Lanka in 14 years
Stuff.co.nz
South African fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel ripped through the Sri Lanka batting lineup to seal a 153-run win in the first test on Sunday as Hashim Amla started his captaincy in fine style. Steyn took four for 45 and Morkel finished with ...
What ails Rangana Herath?ESPNcricinfo.com

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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
Country: World
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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.

4 pages infographic.

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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Human development report 2014 - Sustaining human progress: reducing vulnerabilities and building resilience
24/07 - 2014
This report provides a fresh perspective on vulnerability and proposes ways to strengthen resilience. It highlights the need for both promoting people's choices and protecting human development achievements. It stresses the importance of identifying and addressing persistent vulnerabilities by building resilience and enhancing people's capability to...
Progress and challenges in the urban governance of climate change: results of a global survey
23/07 - 2014
This report summarizes key findings that arose from the first systematic study of this scale to look at how cities are approaching climate change planning and implementation. The study covers both adaptation and mitigation efforts. It provides an overview of who is involved in addressing climate change, what measures they are taking, what barriers they...
The IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report: what's in it for Africa?
23/07 - 2014
This report, compiled by a wide range of experts from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), looks at how the impacts of climate change will affect food security, water availability and human health in Africa significantly. It explores these impacts in depth and examines how climate change...
The IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report: what's in it for South Asia?
23/07 - 2014
This report, compiled by a wide range of experts from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), explores the impacts of climate change in more depth. The report looks at how, globally, sea levels have risen faster than at any time during the previous two millennia and how the effects are felt...
Evaluation of the assistance under the initiative for disaster reduction through ODA
22/07 - 2014
This evaluation was conducted with the objective of comprehensively assessing the Initiative for Disaster Reduction through the Official Development Assistance (ODA) - Japan's basic policy for international cooperation in disaster risk reduction (DRR) - implemented by the Government of Japan since the second World Conference on Disaster Reduction...
Towards risk-resilient development: taking into consideration demographic trends and natural constraints
22/07 - 2014
Results of the 130th IPU Assembly and related meetings:This resolution contains 28 recommendations, urges governments to engage in discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, and underscores the importance of an ambitious climate agreement that has legal force. The resolution points to demographic...

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