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    Source: Government of Canada
    Country: Canada, Mali

    Canada supports Mali's development efforts to improve living conditions and reinforce democracy as well as security

    10 April, 2014 - Ottawa, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

    The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, confirmed today that, following a successful democratic transition by means of Presidential and legislative elections, Canada will resume direct bilateral assistance to the government of the Republic of Mali. Canada's bilateral assistance to Mali will contribute to the country's development, to the improvement of the condition of women and children, and will support the government's efforts to reinforce democracy and security.

    "Our government supports a concerted international approach to the ongoing challenges in the Sahel region," said Minister Paradis. "Canada's long-term development assistance is critical to social and economic stability in Mali. We are satisfied that a civilian-led democratic government in Mali is working to overcome the challenges affecting the region."

    Quick Facts

    • Canada was one of the first countries to suspend direct bilateral aid to the Government of Mali following the coup in March 2012.
    • During the crisis, Canada continued its vital development work in Mali through support for multilateral partners, as well as for Canadian and international organizations.
    • Mali is a country prone to recurrent drought and it continues to face the consequences of the food and nutrition crisis that affected much of the Sahel region in 2012. In 2014, the number of food-insecure Malians is estimated at 3.3 million.
    • Humanitarian needs are compounded by the conflict in the north of Mali, which has caused the displacement of more than 472,000 people, including 171,000 Malians who fled to neighbouring countries to escape the violence. Women and children represent the majority of people affected and in need of assistance.
    • Canada's humanitarian assistance is helping meet the needs of vulnerable populations affected by ongoing conflict and food insecurities.

    Contacts
    Margaux Stastny Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie
    819-953-6238
    margaux.stastny@international.gc.ca
    Media Relations Office
    Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
    613-995-1874
    media@international.gc.ca
    Follow us on Twitter: @DFATD_DEV


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    Source: Food and Agriculture Organization
    Country: Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru

    Curso se realizará en Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Perú y República Dominicana y será gratuito para quienes queden seleccionados.

    Santiago de Chile, 09 de abril 2014 - Hasta el 21 de abril están abiertas las postulaciones para el curso sobre alimentación escolar sostenible que ofrece la FAO en Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Perú y República Dominicana.

    El curso será gratuito para quienes queden seleccionados luego de la etapa de postulación, y sus costos serán cubiertos por el Programa Brasil-FAO. Los interesados pueden postular aquí. Los resultados de la postulación estarán disponibles el 7 de mayo.

    Basado en la experiencia brasileña como modelo de gestión sostenible, el curso es de carácter semi-presencial (módulos a distancia y luego clases presenciales) y se desarrollará desde 12 de mayo al 7 de septiembre.

    La capacitación analiza aspectos como la ejecución y las estrategias de educación de la alimentación escolar, además de iniciativas novedosas como la compra de insumos de parte de la agricultura familiar para abastecer estos programas, partiendo de las experiencias y lecciones aprendidas en Brasil y de diversos países de la región.

    Más de mil personas ya se han capacitado

    Se trata de la cuarta versión de este curso, que ya ha capacitado a más de mil personas en América Latina y el Caribe. Está orientado a maestros, estudiantes, profesionales y técnicos que trabajen en áreas relacionadas con la alimentación escolar y contempla una semana inicial de introducción, doce semanas en modalidad e-learning y cuatro semanas de encuentros presenciales de dos días.

    El Núcleo de Capacitación en Políticas Públicas de la Oficina Regional de la FAO se encarga de dictar el curso, el cual es parte de las actividades del Proyecto de Fortalecimiento de los Programas de Alimentación Escolar del Programa de Cooperación Internacional Brasil-FAO.

    ALIMENTACION ESCOLAR SOSTENIBLE

    Fecha de postulaciones: del 7 al 21 de abril de 2014.
    Postulaciones en: http://www.rlc.fao.org/cursos/postulaciones/apply/course/77
    Inicio y término del curso: 12 de mayo al 7 de septiembre de 2014 .
    Más informaciones: rlc-nucleo@fao.org

    Contacto

    Benjamín Labatut
    benjamin.labatut@fao.org
    (56-2) 2 923 2174

    María Santacreu
    maria.santacreu@fao.org
    (56-2) 2 923 2231

    E-mail: RLC-Prensa@fao.org
    Twitter: @faonoticias


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    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
    Country: Mali
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    HIGHLIGHTS

    • More than 1.5 million people are affected by severe food insecurity.

    • Approximately 172,000 pupils enrolled in the north during the 2013/2014 school year.

    • A survey of almost 4,000 people in Timbuktu indicated that 78 per cent are still psychologically affected by the conflict.


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    Source: Famine Early Warning System Network
    Country: Mauritania
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    Le riz local et le sorgho sont les produits alimentaires les plus consommés par les ménages pauvres de la Mauritanie suivis par le blé importé qui est l'aliment de substitution auquel ces ménages recourent le plus. Le riz local est cultivé dans la vallée du fleuve (dans le sud des régions du Trarza, du Brakna, du Gorgol et du Guidimakha). Le sorgho est produit dans toutes les zones de production (sorgho pluvial) et dans les walo et barrages (sorgho de décrue). Toutefois, une importante partie est importée du Mali et du Sénégal. La Mauritanie vit beaucoup plus de ses importations (70 % en bonne année agricole et jusqu'à 85 % en mauvaise année) que de sa production interne. Nouakchott est le principal marché de collecte pour les produits venant de l'extérieur et également le marché de distribution où viennent s'approvisionner les animateurs des marchés de distribution secondaire que sont les autres marchés référenciés. L'huile de cuisson est essentiellement consommée dans les zones urbaines.
    La vente des animaux est une mode d’existence dans toutes les zones et une importante source de revenus et de nourriture.


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    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
    Country: Mali
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    FAITS SAILLANTS

    • Plus de 1,5 million de personnes sont touchées par l’insécurité alimentaire sévère.

    • Environ 172 000 élèves sont inscrits dans les écoles du nord pour l’année scolaire 2013/2014.

    • Une enquête conduite auprès d’environ 4 000 personnes à Tombouctou montre que 78 pour cent d’entre elles restent affectées psychologiquement par le conflit.


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    Source: Famine Early Warning System Network
    Country: Burkina Faso
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    Millet, maize, and sorghum are the most important food commodities for household consumption. Millet is the staple of the most vulnerable households, while maize and sorghum also contribute to the food basket of a majority of all households. Sankaryare market is the largest and most important market in Ouagadougou and supplies other markets within the country and region. Koudougou is located in one of the most populated areas in the country, where a majority of households depend on the market for their food needs. Djibo is in the highly vulnerable Sahelian zone. Pouytenga is an assembly market for products from Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, and Togo. Solenzo is a rural market located in the middle of a surplus production zone. Bobo Dioulasso is important center for both consumption and production – it functions as both the economic capital of Burkina Faso and is located in an important cereal production zone.


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    Source: Famine Early Warning System Network
    Country: Burkina Faso
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    Le mil, le maïs et le sorgho sont les produits alimentaires les plus importants pour la consommation ménagère. Le mil est le produit de base des ménages les plus vulnérables, tandis que le maïs et le sorgho contribuent aussi au panier alimentaire de la majorité des autres ménages. Le marché de Sankaryare est le plus vaste et le plus important d’Ouagadougou; il approvisionne d’autres marchés du pays et dans la région. Koudougou se trouve dans l'une des régions les plus peuplées du pays, où une majorité des ménages dépend du marché pour son ravitaillement alimentaire. Djibo se situe dans la zone sahélienne, hautement vulnérable. Pouytenga est un marché de regroupement pour les produits du Nigeria, du Ghana, du Bénin et du Togo. Solenzo est un marché rural situé au milieu d’une zone de production excédentaire. Bobo Dioulasso est un important centre tant pour la consommation que pour la production : elle fait office de capitale économique du Burkina Faso et se trouve dans une importante zone de production céréalière.


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    Source: Famine Early Warning System Network
    Country: Mauritania
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    Local rice and sorghum are the most consumed food products by poor households in Mauritania followed by imported wheat which is a substitute that these households turn to the most. Local rice is grown in the river valley (in the southern regions of Trarza, Brakna, Gorgol and Guidimakha). Sorghum is produced in all areas of production (rainfed) and in flood-recession areas. However, a significant portion is imported from Mali and Senegal. Mauritania depends greatly on food imports (70% in a good agricultural year and 85% in a bad year) than on internal production. Nouakchott is the principal collection market for imported products and also the distribution market where traders acquire supplies for the secondary markets referenced below. Cooking oil is consumed mainly in urban areas. The sale of animals is a lifestyle in all areas and an important source of income and food.


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    Source: Famine Early Warning System Network
    Country: Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone
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    Key Messages

    Timely start to the rainy season in the Bi-modal zone

    • February to March rainfall estimates in conjunction with medium term forecasts indicate that the onset of the long season rains (March to July) began in the Bi-modal zone of West Africa in mid-March, as would be expected in a typical year.

    • Current climatic conditions are favorable for a normal start of agricultural activities in April in the Bi-modal zone.


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    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
    Country: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal
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    Source: Télécoms Sans Frontières
    Country: Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger

    2 years on the borders of Mali

    The month of March 2014 saw TSF entering into its third year of presence on the Malian borders.

    For an information sheet summarising TSF's operations on the Malian borders, click here.

    Since the beginning of the conflict in 2012, security conditions in the Sahel region have led to a massive arrival of refugees. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has identified more than 140,000 Malian refugees in Mali and neighboring countries. Weakened by the conflict, the country’s situation remains difficult and thousands of refugees live in camps on the borders of neighbouring countries. To strengthen the support brought to these vulnerable populations, TSF provides fixed satellite connections to connect refugee camps and improve the vital coordination of camp logistical managers.

    Tabareybarey refugee camp (NIGER)

    The Tabareybarey refugee camp, located in Niger on the Malian border is home to almost 10,000 people who have been forced to relocate due to the continuing violence and deteriorating security situations in Mali. In mid-2013, the Nigerien government alongside the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) introduced the Saftey Net programme in the camp with a view to offer a long-term solution for refugees who fled violence in their home country.

    In order to contribute to this durable solution, TSF, in collaboration with camp coordinators, ACTED (the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development), has set up a fixed antenna satellite connection in the NGO coordination centre within the camp. The centre offers the organisations on the ground an environment from which they are able to carry out their vital work. Thanks to the high-speed satellite connection put in place by TSF, Médecins Sans Frontières, WFP (the United Nations World Food Programme), UNHCR, UNICEF and OXFAM to name but a few, are all provided with a hub where the connection facilitates their actions, making sure they have the indispensable means to be able to carry out the procedures necessary to bring the most effective support to the 2,500 displaced families living in the camp.

    Abala refugee camp (NIGER)

    In 2012, TSF installed a Vsat satellite antenna in the coordination offices of ACTED and UNHCR within the Abala camp which is now hosting more than 14,300 refugees. The humanitarian hub offers a secured Wifi connection to the 30 humanitarian workers who come daily to connect: MSF Switzerland, MSF France, CARE International, Islamic Relief, CADEV, HELP, VSF Belgium, ACTED and UNHCR. The 159 Gb exchanged from the TSF humanitarian hub allow a more efficient daily management of the information and a coordinated response of all the actors in the area.

    Mangaize refugee camp (NIGER)

    According to the UNHCR, there are nearly 7,845 refugees (2,016 families) living in the Mangaize camp in the southeast of Niger. On 1st July 2013, TSF teams installed a fixed VSAT satellite antenna in the Islamic Relief center. This humanitarian hub provides a secure broadband connection via WiFi to dozens of NGO workers and UN agencies that require a daily connection management and a more effective coordination of information.

    Gorom-Gorom refugee camp (BURKINA-FASO)

    The installation by TSF of the Vsat satellite connection on July 2012 within the offices of Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium (VSF-B) in Gorom-Gorom, north-eastern Burkina Faso, has enabled the NGOs and United Nations agencies working in the area to exchange over 92 Gb of data.

    Dozens of NGOs benefit from this connection, including, VSF-B, A2N, UNHCR, Red Cross, Save the Children, HELP, AEC, TASSATH, Afrique Verte and AGED. The DPASSN and the District Direction of Health also regularly use the humanitarian hub.

    Before the intervention of TSF, the organisations in the area were forced to cover every week the 57 km separating Gorom-Gorom from Dori, the department’s capital, to find a basic Internet access. Since then, the TSF connection supports the implementation of emergency activities and facilitates the communication between the field and the central services at national and international levels.

    In 2012 and 2013, TSF also provided connections in the refugee camps of Banibangou (Niger) and Djibo (Burkina Faso). The humanitarian organizations have used connections to assess and monitor the critical living conditions of the refugees. Telecom services offered by TSF allowed the access to reliable and quality data for rapid decision-making and adequate response to the humanitarian crisis.

    In Tillia region (Niger), TSF provided in 2012 a BGAN satellite terminal and a Wifi router to Action Contre la Faim Spain (ACF-E) for its activities against malnutrition and food insecurity. The TSF satellite connection allowed ACF-E to implement, in collaboration with the Hed Tamat NGO, emergency humanitarian help mechanisms, notably for access to clean drinking water and sanitation facilities.

    In North Dakoro region (Niger), BGAN and Isatphone Pro satellite connections as well as laptops provided by TSF to Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium, allowed mobile teams to maintain communication with their headquarters during long lasting missions in isolated and often dangerous areas.


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    Source: International Food Policy Research Institute
    Country: Niger, World

    There is little rigorous evidence on the comparative impacts of cash and food transfers on food security and food-related outcomes. We assess the relative impacts of receiving cash versus food transfers using a randomized design. Drawing on data collected in eastern Niger, we find that households randomized to receive a food basket experienced larger, positive impacts on measures of food consumption and diet quality than those receiving the cash transfer. Receiving food also reduced the use of a number of coping strategies. These differences held both at the height of the lean season and after the harvest. However, households receiving cash spent more money on agricultural inputs. Less than 5 percent of food was sold or exchanged for other goods. Food and cash were delivered with the same degree of frequency and timeliness, but the food transfers cost 15 percent more to implement.


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    Source: AlertNet
    Country: Burkina Faso, Mali

    Author: Misha Hussain

    • Bella ethnic group has served Tuaregs for centuries

    • Campaigners call arrangement slavery

    • Tuareg leader in camp says his group unfairly singled out

    By Misha Hussain

    GOUDEBOU, Burkina Faso (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ten-year-old Atahib goes to school in the Goudebou refugee camp in the savannah of Burkina Faso, not hoping to become a teacher or a doctor like his classmates. He wants to learn so he can better serve his Tuareg masters.

    Read the full article on Alertent


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    Source: Agence France-Presse
    Country: Mali

    04/12/2014 12:26 GMT
    Par Ahamadou CISSE

    BAMAKO, 12 avril 2014 (AFP) - Le président malien Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta a nommé les membres du gouvernement dirigé par le nouveau Premier ministre Moussa Mara, une équipe resserrée dont l'une des principales tâches sera la poursuite d'une réconciliation nationale qui n'a guère avancé malgré le retour à l'ordre constitutionnel après une longue crise politico-militaire.

    La nouvelle équipe gouvernementale, annoncée dans un décret présidentiel publié vendredi soir, est formée de 31 ministres contre 35 dans la précédente. Elle n'est pas marquée par des changements majeurs dans sa composition.

    L'un des faits marquants est néanmoins l'arrivée à la tête du ministère de la Réconciliation nationale de Zahabi Ould Sidy Mohamed, un Arabe natif de Tombouctou (nord-ouest du Mali) dont la nomination vise, selon des observateurs, à relancer ce dossier.

    M. Ould Sidy Mohamed, chef de la diplomatie malienne dans la précédente équipe, est un ancien dirigeant d'un mouvement rebelle du nord du Mali dans les années 90.

    Cet ex fonctionnaire des Nations unies est réputé influent et bien introduit dans les milieux touareg et arabes du Nord du Mali, une région qui a connu plusieurs rebellions touareg depuis l'indépendance de cette ancienne colonie française en 1960.

    Avant l'élection de M. Keïta en août 2013 qui a scellé le retour à l'ordre constitutionnel, le Mali avait été occupé depuis le printemps 2012 par des jihadistes armés, une occupation qui avait été précédée par une offensive touareg suivie d'un coup d'Etat.

    A la suite d'une intervention internationale dirigée par la France à partir de janvier 2013 et toujours en cours, les jihadistes ont été chassés des grandes villes du Nord qu'ils occupaient.

    Mais ils demeurent toujours actifs dans ces vastes zones, où ils commettent des attaques meurtrières à intervalles réguliers tandis que des tensions persistent avec la communauté touareg.

    Le nouveau ministre, M. Ould Sidy Mohamed, remplace Cheick Oumar Diarrah qui dirigeait l'ancien ministère chargé de la Réconciliation nationale et du développement des régions du Nord.

    M. Diarrah, un proche du président Keïta, quitte le gouvernement alors que le dossier n'a pas beaucoup avancé.

    Le ministre français de la Défense Jean-Yves Le Drian a estimé, dans une récente interview à l'hebdomadaire Jeune Afrique, que le processus de réconciliation nationale au Mali "n'avance pas très vite".

    • Décentraliser pour renforcer la paix -

    Un autre changement important dans le nouveau gouvernement et qui va dans le même sens est l'arrivée de Ousmane Sy à la tête du ministère de la Décentralisation.

    M. Sy, expert dans ce domaine, a dirigé ce département sous le régime du président Alpha Konaré (2002-2012).

    Sa présence dans le nouveau cabinet vise, selon des observateurs, à promouvoir la décentralisation, en plus de la réconciliation nationale, en faveur de la paix dans le nord du Mali.

    Le nouveau Premier ministre, Moussa Mara, avait affirmé après sa nomination le 5 avril, que la réconciliation était prioritaire car "il nous faut recoudre le tissu social qui a été particulièrement traumatisé par les troubles des années précédentes".

    Dans ce nouveau gouvernement de M. Mara qui compte huit femmes, huit personnalités font leur entrée tandis que huit autres ont été remplacées.

    Parmi les principaux reconduits, figurent Mohamed Ali Bathily (Justice), Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga (Défense), Sada Samaké (Intérieur et Sécurité) et Mme Bouaré Fily Sissoko (Economie et Finances).

    D'autres ministres ont été remerciés, dont Moussa Sinko Coulibaly, qui fut ministre durant la transition et avait été reconduit dans le gouvernement comme ministre de l'Administration territoriale après l'élection du président Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.

    La formation de ce nouveau gouvernement a eu lieu six jours après la nomination de Moussa Mara pour remplacer Oumar Tatam Ly, qui fut chef de gouvernement pendant un peu plus de sept mois.

    Dans sa lettre de démission dont l'AFP a obtenu une copie, M. Ly évoquait des "dysfonctionnements" et "insuffisances (...) dans la marche du gouvernement" qui réduisaient sa capacité d'action.

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    Source: Emergency Nutrition Network
    Country: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Peru, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Sudan
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    • Milling vouchers in South Sudan

    • IYCF indicators in small sample surveys

    • Surge support to CMAM services in Kenya

    • Goat feeding and milk access in Ethiopia

    • Nutrition impact and positive practice circles

    • Sectoral integration with cash programming

    • Barrier analysis on breastfeeding in Mali

    • Material support to health posts in Ethiopia


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    Source: Famine Early Warning System Network
    Country: Niger
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    Millet, maize, cowpea, and imported rice are the most important food commodities. Millet is consumed by both rural and poor urban households throughout the country. Maize and imported rice are most important for urban households, while cowpea is mainly consumed by poor households in rural and urban areas as a protein source. Niamey is the most important national market and an international trade center, and also supplies urban households. Tillaberi is also an urban center that supplies the surrounding area. Gaya market represents a main urban market for maize with cross-border connections. Maradi, Tounfafi, and Diffa are regional assembly and cross-border markets for Niger and other countries in the region. These are markets where households and herders coming from the northern cereal deficit areas regularly buy their food. Agadez and Zinder are also important national and regional markets. Nguigmi and Abalak are located in pastoral areas, where people are heavily dependent on cereal markets for their food supply.
    They are particularly important during the rainy season, when herders are confined to the pastoral zone.


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    Source: European Union
    Country: Mali

    Luxembourg, le 15 avril 2014 8773/14 (OR. en) PRESSE 221

    EUCAP Sahel Mali: création d'une mission de soutien de l'UE aux forces de sécurité intérieure du Mali

    Ce jour, le Conseil a créé, au titre de la politique de sécurité et de défense commune (PSDC), une mission civile de soutien aux forces de sécurité intérieure du Mali.

    EUCAP Sahel Mali constitue une contribution supplémentaire au soutien important apporté par l'UE à la stabilité, aux réformes institutionnelles et au plein rétablissement de l'autorité de l'Etat malien dans l'ensemble du pays. La mission dispensera des conseils stratégiques et des formations à l'intention des trois forces de sécurité intérieure du Mali que sont la police, la Gendarmerie et la Garde nationale, tout en assurant une coordination avec les partenaires internationaux.

    La Haute Représentante Catherine Ashton a déclaré: "EUCAP Sahel Mali est une preuve supplémentaire de l'engagement de l'UE à soutenir les réformes au Mali. La mission s'ajoute à notre mission de formation militaire EUTM et à l'engagement plus global de l'UE au Mali. En soutenant les forces de sécurité intérieure maliennes avec l'expertise européenne, EUCAP œuvrera à une solution durable pour les défis sécuritaires du Mali."

    L'état-major de la mission sera installé à Bamako, la capitale du Mali. Le mandat de la mission aura une durée initiale de deux ans à partir de son lancement, lequel requiert un acte juridique distinct qui sera adopté une fois la capacité opérationnelle initiale atteinte.
    Un budget de 5,5 millions d'euros a été alloué pour la phase de démarrage, qui durera neuf mois et s'achèvera le 14 janvier 2015.

    EUCAP Sahel Mali s'inscrit dans le cadre de l'approche globale de l'UE en matière de sécurité et de développement dans la région du Sahel; elle s'ajoute à deux actions PSDC déjà mises en place dans la région: EUCAP Sahel Niger, qui soutient la lutte contre la criminalité organisée et le terrorisme au Niger, et la mission de formation de l'UE au Mali, qui contribue à la restructuration et à la réorganisation des forces armées maliennes en leur prodiguant une formation et des conseils.

    Pour en savoir plus: Fiche d'information sur le Sahel


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    Source: Assessment Capacities Project
    Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, United Republic of Tanzania, World, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Sudan
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    Syria: Violence is intensifying in Damascus, with increased attacks from both the Government and the opposition. In Aleppo, fighting between Syrian troops and opposition fighters is causing further casualties. In the east, infighting between rival opposition factions has led to a reinforcement of Iraqi troops’ positions on the Iraqi side of the border. To date, over nine million people are in need of assistance, and more than 2.6 million have fled the country. In early April, humanitarian assistance was allowed in besieged areas in Aleppo for the first time since June.

    Central African Republic: The UN Security Council voted a resolution to deploy a UN peacekeeping operation, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) as of September. Violence continued, with an attack against a Chad-bound convoy of Muslim civilians causing renewed mass displacement in Boguila, Ouham. Between 5 and 8 April, 35 people were killed in clashes in Dekoa, Kemo province, and in Bangui.

    Nigeria: Violence is escalating across the country, with almost daily attacks by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. In Abuja, a bomb attack killed over 70 people at a crowded bus station. This was the first attack in two years and the deadliest ever on Nigeria's capital. A string of attacks killed up to 200 people in Borno state, near the border with Cameroon. To date, six million people are affected by the violence and over 57,000 people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries since May 2013.

    Last update: 15/04/2014 Next Update: 23/04/2014

    Global Emergency Overview Web Interface


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    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
    Country: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria
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    CAMEROON
    7,000 NEW ARRIVALS FROM CAR
    The influx of refugees from CAR continues with some 7,000 arrivals since the previous week. The number of entry points increased following violence near the former main crossings at Garoua Boulai and Kenzou. Many refugees arrive exhausted and with injuries. In 2014, Cameroon has received almost 70,000 CAR refugees.

    CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)
    SECURITY COUNCIL APPROVES PEACEKEEPING MISSION
    On 10 April, the UN Security Council authorised the establishment of a 12,000-strong UN peacekeeping operation with an initial mandate until 30 April 2015.

    MUSLIMS LEAVE BOSSANGOA
    The remaining 540 Muslims in the northern town of Bossangoa, home to 10,000 Muslims before the crisis, were escorted to southern Chad by withdrawing Chadian MISCA forces.

    IDP FIGURES ON HIGH LEVEL
    Despite looming rains, IDP figures are stabilizing around 630,000, including more than 200,000 in Bangui.

    CHAD
    NOW 95,000 EVACUEES FROM CAR
    Since the end of December 2013, 95,000 people fleeing the violence from CAR were registered upon their arrival in Chad. Only one third of them have continued their journey, the others remain in transit centers.

    GUINEA, LIBERIA
    LESS NEW CASES IN EBOLA OUTBREAK
    The Ebola outbreak is ongoing, with 12 new suspected cases this week in Guinea. The total number of suspected cases now stands at 163, including 108 deaths. Liberia reports five confirmed and 21 suspected cases, including 10 deaths. In Mali, results for four suspected cases are pending.

    MALI
    WORSENING FOOD INSECURITY
    The number of people in need of food assistance has increased to around 1.5 million, from 900,000 in December 2013. An additional 400,000 people risk facing severe food-insecurity in the lean season, starting in June.

    NIGERIA
    BOMB BLAST IN ABUJA
    A bomb exploded at a densely populated commuter bus park in Abuja, on 14 April. First reports by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) indicate that at least 71 people died.

    ALMOST 100 KILLED IN ATTACK IN BORNO Armed groups reportedly invaded three villages in different Local Government Areas in Borno State, on 12 and 13 April, killing 98 people and setting ablaze houses and shops.

    CAMPS FOR IDPS IN MIDDLE BELT NEMA has established nine camps for approximately 100,000 IDPs affected by inter-communal conflict between herdsmen and farmers in the middle belt of Nigeria. With daily arrivals, the camps are reportedly getting overcrowded.


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    Source: European Union
    Country: Mali

    The Council today established a civilian mission under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) to support the internal security forces in Mali.

    EUCAP Sahel Mali is an additional contribution to the EU's overall support to stability, institutional reform and the full restoration of state authority throughout the country. The mission will support the Malian state to ensure constitutional and democratic order and the conditions for lasting peace as well as to maintain its authority throughout the entire territory.

    The mission will deliver strategic advice and training for the three internal security forces in Mali, i.e. the police, Gendarmerie and Garde nationale, and coordinate with international partners.

    EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton said:"EUCAP Sahel Mali is a further demonstration of the EU's commitment to supporting reform in Mali. The mission will complement our military training mission EUTM and the EU's broader engagement in Mali. By assisting the Malian internal security forces with EU expertise, EUCAP will help build a lasting solution to Mali's security challenges."

    The headquarters of the mission will be in the Malian capital Bamako. The mission's mandate will initially last for two years, starting from its launch, which requires a separate legal act, to be adopted once the initial operational capacity of the mission is reached. For the start-up phase, designed to end at the latest on 14 January 2015, a budget of € 5.5 million has been allocated.

    EUCAP Sahel Mali is embedded in the EU's comprehensive approach to security and development in the Sahel and comes in addition to two existing CSDP actions in the region: EUCAP Sahel Niger supports the fight against organised crime and terrorism in Niger while the EU training mission in Mali contributes to the restructuring and the reorganisation of the Malian Armed Forces though training and advice.

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