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Relief convoys provide food assistance and nutritional support to previously inaccessible areas of Ar Raqqah, Dayr az Zawr, Homs, and Rif Damascus. U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces offensive on ISIS-held parts of Ar Raqqah displaces nearly 102,000 people from May 1 to June 15. US Government partners and other humanitarian agencies augment support in response to growing needs in Ar Raqqah.

Project Snapshot:

Total Funding: $2.1 million (USAID $2 million; CRS $120,000)
Project Duration: September 2016-2018
Implementing Partner: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

UN and AU host High-Level Partnership Mission to the Horn of Africa in June, garnering increased donor commitments for drought-affected countries. Compared to the 2010/2011 drought in East Africa, FEWS NET reports the 2016/2017 drought is more widespread but less severe

More than 800 people arrive in Nigeria’s Banki town from Cameroon, bringing total returns to more than 13,000 since mid-April. Nigerian officials, relief actors coordinate to expand IDP site capacity in Borno by establishing new camps to accommodate the population influx. Rainy season exacerbates the spread of waterborne hepatitis E in bordering communities of Niger and Nigeria

The purpose of the Liberia Administrative and Systems Strengthening program is to work with the National Elections Commission (NEC) to develop and build sustainable and relevant institutional changes in response to the NEC’s specific needs. LASS will support the NEC in its efforts to strengthen its managerial and administrative capabilities, systems, policies and procedures, using the Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA) approach.  The ultimate goal is to help the NEC put in place strong systems to better achieve its core mandate of planning and conducting elections.

The Liberia International Election Observation (LIEO) Activity aims to enhance the integrity of the polls by conducting impartial and continuous monitoring of all phases of the election process, providing information on the polls for the Liberian public and international partners and demonstrating international support for democratic elections in Liberia. By increasing timely access to information about the election process, the international election observation assessment mission aims to facilitate early responses to emerging issues and contribute to building confidence in the credibility of the electoral process.

The Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA) supports the establishment of more effective land governance systems and comprehensive reforms to help ensure equitable access to land and security of tenure for all, facilitate inclusive, sustained, and environmentally friendly growth and development, and promote peace and security.

Working with thousands of community-based entrepreneurs and leaders from 11 Community Forests in Nimba and Grand Bassa counties, the Forest Incomes for Environmental Sustainability (FIFES) initiative protects biodiversity through profitable, responsible, and legally implemented forestry, agroforestry, and related natural resources management. FIFES strengthens selected forest and agricultural value chains, establish legal and management frameworks for forest enterprises, and enhance knowledge and skills for forest enterprises and landscape management.

The Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) program is a strategic investment by USAID to advance mobile solutions and close the gaps that hold back access and uptake of mobile technology. Implemented by FHI 360, mSTAR supports broad-based coordinated action by a range of market stakeholders; including governments, donors, mobile service providers and their customers. mSTAR is designed to initiate and support game-changing interventions to support mobile money, mobile access, and mobile data collection and dissemination. 

Yemen’s cholera caseload continues to increase rapidly, with more than 140,000 suspected cases and 989 related deaths in 20 governorates since late April. Approximately one-half of all cholera cases are among children 15 years of age and younger. The UN again emphasizes the need for Al Hudaydah Port to remain open due to concern for future imports


Last updated: February 20, 2018

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