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African Nations Form G5 To Strengthen Development, Security In Sahel Region

Reuters: African nations form G5 to work on Sahel security, development “The leaders of Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, and Burkina Faso agreed on Sunday to create a regional organization to strengthen cooperation on development and security in the Sahel region…” (Prieur, 2/16).

WHO Taking Steps To Address Health System Failure In CAR

The WHO last week announced it is taking steps to address the devastated health care system in Central African Republic, news outlets report. VOA News: CAR’s Shattered Health System Needs Urgent Repair “The World Health Organization reports the Central African Republic’s shattered health system is in desperate need of repair.…

Humanitarian Aid, Development Both Essential For Crisis Response

U.N. News Centre: Aid, development must converge in responding to crises — U.N. reports “The rising scale of needs, a collective inability to resolve protracted crises, and the interplay of new factors such as climate change, are making it harder for governments and aid workers to effectively respond to humanitarian…

Global Community Must Address Nations’ Fragility In Order To Eradicate Poverty

“…The mutually reinforcing relationship between fragility and armed conflict creates circumstances that perpetuate extreme poverty. … To eradicate extreme poverty in the next 20 years and fulfill the commitment made by President Obama, together, our collective development efforts must result in accountable, legitimate, inclusive democracies that can ultimately sustain our…

Disease Risk High Among Displaced People In Philippines

Wall Street Journal: Disease Risk Spreads as Philippine Evacuees Linger On “…[T]housands of people [are] displaced by a bloody stand-off between Philippine government forces and a faction of the rebel Islamic group, the Moro National Liberation Front. The weeks-long battle that took place last September displaced more than 100,000 people…

Donor Funding Vital For Humanitarian Situation In Somalia, Says U.N. Official

U.N. News Centre: Funding critical for ‘fragile’ humanitarian situation in Somalia, stresses U.N. official “Despite some stabilization, the humanitarian situation in Somalia remains fragile and it is vital that the international community stays the course to ensure that millions of people in the Horn of Africa nation receive the assistance…

Implementing Services For GBV Survivors Should Trump Data Collection

The Guardian: Gender-based violence: stop looking for ‘proof’ and put survivors first Aisha Bain, women’s protection and empowerment advocacy adviser for the International Rescue Committee “…We at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) have found that women and girls do not come forward to disclose the violence they have experienced until…

MSF Calls On Global Community To Step Up Cease-Fire Efforts In CAR

“The inability to protect civilians affected by targeted violence is evidence that the international community is failing the Central African Republic [CAR], said humanitarian aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today,” development blogger Tom Murphy reports in Humanosphere. “…The organization called on members of the international community, including…

Food Insecurity Widespread In Somalia, U.N. Says

Huffington Post: Somalia Hunger Crisis ‘Very Ominous’ As More Than 850,000 People Face Starvation: U.N. “More than 850,000 people in Somalia are in desperate need of food and are grappling with ‘crisis and emergency conditions,’ the United Nations announced on Tuesday. Though Somalia doesn’t face the famine conditions that claimed…