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ACLED has released its December issue of Conflict Trends, which examines political unrest and conflict in Central African Republic, Mali, Mauritania, DR-Congo, Kenya, South Sudan, Libya and Sudan. In addition to the Conflict Trends report, ACLED also released country profile reports on DR-Congo and Kenya.

Read more: ACLED Releases December Reports

In Research Brief Number 20, CCAPS senior program manager Ashley Moran and CCAPS program coordinator Dominique Thuot discuss a new series of mapping tools that allows users to view data on climate change vulnerability, real-time conflict tracking, and international aid intervention. A combination of scientific, security, governance, and development data allows users access to the many disciplines and large datasets needed to adequately investigate complex security questions.

Read more: Bridging the Policy Gap with CCAPS Climate Change and Security Mapping

In a recent article for The Global Post, CCAPS researcher Joshua Busby spoke with journalists Tristan McConnell and Nick Loomis about the relationship between climate change and conflict in Africa's Sahel region. Busby cautions against drawing causal links between climate change and conflict, stressing that instability in the Sahel is often the result of structural causes such as economic hardship, secessionist movements and more recently, religious tension caused by the emergence of Al Qaeda in the region.

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Recently, the Government of Malawi launched a new public portal on foreign aid spending. The portal allows citizens, civil society members, development partners, government employees, and other stakeholders to see detailed information on aid-funded projects.

Read more: Development Gateway Launches New Malawi Aid Management Platform (AMP) Portal

A recent report by the Centre for Development Finance (CDF) in India utilized CCAPS' climate aid coding methodology to help develop aid strategies that would assist the Indian central and state governments in implementing State Action Plans on Climate Change. Indian states are currently developing state-level plans aligned with the 2008 National Action Plan on Climate Change to plan for low-carbon and climate-resilient development in their individual states.

Read more: Finance NGO Applies CCAPS Climate Aid Methodology in India