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Livestock insurance could protect cattle-herders in Africa from drought - The Guardian (blog)
30/09 - 2014

The Guardian (blog)

Livestock insurance could protect cattle-herders in Africa from drought
The Guardian (blog)
The CEO of Takaful Insurance of Africa, Hassan Bashir, was born into a cattle-herding Somali family, and as Kenya's first sharia-compliant insurance company, he wanted to solve his community's biggest problem – the loss of livestock due to drought.

Wallabies aim to break 20-year win drought against South Africa in Cape Town - ABC Online
22/09 - 2014

Sydney Morning Herald

Wallabies aim to break 20-year win drought against South Africa in Cape Town
ABC Online
Wallabies vice captain James Slipper says the side is hopeful they can end a Cape Town winning drought in their upcoming Test against the Springboks - but admits New Zealand has all but got the Rugby Championship in the bag. The team flew out of ...
Wallabies out to break 22-year drought at Newlands against SpringboksCourier Mail
Wallabies desperate to break Cape Town drought: James SlipperSydney Morning Herald
Rugby: Wallabies keen to break SA droughtOtago Daily Times
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Drought-Hit Horn of Africa UN, IGAD Appeal for Humanitarian Aid - AllAfrica.com
16/09 - 2014

Diplomat News Network

Drought-Hit Horn of Africa UN, IGAD Appeal for Humanitarian Aid
AllAfrica.com
The UN and East Africa's regional community on Monday, appealed to the international community to move swiftly and avert a looming humanitarian disaster in the Horn of Africa region. UN Assistant Secretary- General for Humanitarian Affairs, Kyung-Wha ...
UN, IGAD appeal for humanitarian aid for drought-hit Horn of AfricaShanghai Daily (subscription)

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Drought Conditions Leave Youth Vulnerable to Radicalism in North-Eastern Kenya - AllAfrica.com
1/10 - 2014

Drought Conditions Leave Youth Vulnerable to Radicalism in North-Eastern Kenya
AllAfrica.com
Garissa — With persistent drought conditions undermining the livelihoods of pastoralists in north-eastern Kenya, the government should invest more resources into educating the region's youth who are vulnerable to idleness and radical ideology, leaders ...

South Africa end 12-year drought in tournament finals and knock-outs with ... - Cricket Country
6/09 - 2014

Cricket Country

South Africa end 12-year drought in tournament finals and knock-outs with ...
Cricket Country
Nishad Pai Vaidya looks back at South Africa's 12 years of hurt and anguish. The last time South Africa won a multi-nation event was back in 2002, when they clinched the keenly fought tri-series Down Under against the hosts and a resurgent New Zealand ...
Faf du Plessis' third century puts South Africa in finalESPNcricinfo.com

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World: Violence against aid workers in 2013 [EN/FR/SP]
19/08 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World
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2013 set a new record for violence against civilian aid operations, with 251 separate attacks affecting 460 aid workers. The spike in attacks in 2013 was driven by escalating conflicts and deterioration of governance in countries like Syria and South Sudan.

Violencia contra trabajadores humanitarios en 2013

El año 2013 marcó un nuevo record en actos de violencia contra operaciones de ayuda, con 251 ataques efectuados a 460 trabajadores humanitarios. Este repunte es liderado por conflictos en progreso y el deterioro de la gobernabilidad en paises como Siria y Sudán del Sur.

Violences contre les humanitaires en 2013

L'année 2013 a enregisté un record de violence contre les opérations humanitaires, avec 251 attaques faisant 460 victimes parmi le personnel humanitaire. La hausse des attaques est due notamment à l'escalade des conits et la détérioration de la gouvernance dans les pays comme la Syrie et le Soudan du Sud

World: CERF underfunded emergencies: 2014 2nd round, as of 21 July 2014
24/07 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Gambia, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, World
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In June 2014, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated US$75 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support 11 countries in two regions where humanitarian needs are high but financial support is low: West Africa’s Sahel and the Horn of Africa. With this regional approach, CERF aims to help relief agencies address the complex and interlinked regional consequences of violent conflict, mass displacement of people and deepening food insecurity. This is the second of two annual Underfunded Emergencies (UFE) rounds.

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.

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Disadvantage and disaster: soclal vulnerability in emergency management
1/10 - 2014
This report describes who is most at risk of being socially vulnerable in an emergency or disaster and what needs to be done to better protect them and improve their recovery. After assessing the causes of social vulnerability and the needs of socially vulnerable people, the report also puts forward a set of recommendations aimed at assisting the emergency...
Report on governance and accountability of the Hyogo Framework for Action: the European perspective
1/10 - 2014
This report examines the key findings of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group on Governance and Accountability's review of best practices in disaster risk reduction as presented in the most recent reports prepared by 25 countries of national progress against the goals and objectives of the Hyogo Framework for Action. The EFDRR...
Safeguarding vulnerable seniors from natural disasters forum report
30/09 - 2014
This document reports on a forum intended to bring key stakeholders together to discuss whether there is scope for improvement in supporting vulnerable seniors during natural disasters, and if so, to identify what approaches might best achieve this.It provides an analysis of: (i) the context for better safeguarding the vulnerable seniors during natural...
National climate change legislation
29/09 - 2014
This infographic shows link between national and global action on climate change. It illustrates the connections between countries' domestic laws on climate change and their ambition in global climate talks. It is intended for the widespread use of communicators in the run-up to critical UN climate talks in Peru this year (December 2014) and in France...
Risk nexus: flood resilience cost and benefit analysis - the role of cost-benefit analysis and other decision-support tools
29/09 - 2014
Making the case for pre-event disaster risk reduction:This study looks at ways to weigh the benefits of protecting against floods relative to the costs. Along with real-life examples, it explains why ‘intangibles' like culture and social bonds must be included in any equation if protection efforts are to succeed.The issue brief outlines three key...
Evaluating ecosystem-based adaptation for disaster risk reduction in Fiji
26/09 - 2014
This report documents an assessment of disaster risk reduction for flooding in the Ba and Penang River catchments in Viti Levu, Fiji, to identify the most cost-effective management options for communities and households. The analysis accounted for the biophysical and socioeconomic impacts of flooding, the costs, benefits, and feasibility of management,...

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