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30 Apr 2017 description
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Horn of Africa – version 1
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Technical annex – version 1

The full implementation of this version of the HIP is conditional upon the necessary appropriations being made available from the 2017 general budget of the European Union.

AMOUNT: 132 250 000 EUR

30 Apr 2017 description

Chissey Mueller, Migrant Assistance and Protection Officer with IOM, the UN Migration Agency in Yemen, talks

to us about child protection in Yemen in a Q&A.

Question: What is the situation of children in Yemen these days?

Answer: Even before the conflict, Yemen was the poorest country in the Middle East and struggled to address a number of protection issues for Yemeni and migrant children. Child begging and child labour was really visible, particularly on the streets.

30 Apr 2017 description

Maize, sorghum, rice, and cowpea are the most important staple foods for Somalis. Maize and sorghum are the preferred staple in agriculture areas, while rice is more popular in pastoral and urban areas. Cowpea is an integral component of all households’ diets. Mogadishu is Somalia’s largest market with links to most markets in the country. Baidoa is a significant sorghum producing and consuming area. Qorioley is a large maize production area. Burao, Galkayo, and Dhusamareb are exclusively pastoral where people depend on purchases of domestically produced sorghum and imported rice.

30 Apr 2017 description

781.8 M required for 2017

94.1 M contributions received, representing 12% of requirements

687.7 M funding gap for the South Sudan Situation

All figures are displayed in USD

29 Apr 2017 description

Conflict drives severe food insecurity in South Sudan and Yemen; early season rainfall poor in the Horn of Africa

Key Messages

29 Apr 2017 description

Summary Points

  • Maize grain was the most informally traded commodity in Eastern Africa in the first quarter of 2017 accounting for 33 percent of total trade, but volumes traded in the region were lower when compared to 2013-2016 average due to tight supplies following below average harvests across most countries.

29 Apr 2017 description

At least 820,000 children are at risk of developing severe acute malnutrition this year in South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, and Ethiopia as a result of the food crisis sweeping across regions in Africa.

Handicap International is launching new program to help malnourished children. “Simply providing the calories and nutrients is not enough,” explains Rozenn Botokro, a Handicap International rehabilitation specialist, and a pioneer of a stimulative physical therapy method which “breaks the cycle” of malnutrition, she explains.

28 Apr 2017 description

Background

The Global Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The report is part of FAO’s EWEA system, which aims to translate forecasts and early warnings into anticipatory action.

28 Apr 2017 description

by Alex de Waal

Stephen O’Brien, head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, briefed the UN Security Council on March 10 on the famine in South Sudan and the dangers of imminent famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. O’Brien made a clear call to action. His opening words were, however, hyberbolic: “We stand at a critical point in history. Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations.”

28 Apr 2017 description

Many parts of the country remained generally dry throughout the month of March 2017 with extreme drought conditions spreading further to the larger parts of the country.

The Gu rains normally start in late March in the north western parts of the country and by mid April in the rest of the country.

28 Apr 2017 description

Dryness continues to worsen over the Horn of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since late February have resulted in moderate to locally strong moisture deficits, which have already negatively impacted agricultural and pastoral activities in many parts of southern South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, southern Somalia, and northern Tanzania.

28 Apr 2017 description

1. Research and knowledge management

Goal: the secretariat acts as a resource and information hub promoting a culture of learning and reflection that leads to improvements in durable solutions programing and policies Researches/ studies approach Continue to promote a collaborative research/ learning process involving members and other relevant stakeholders to support broader ownership, better uptake of ReDSS studies’ recommendations. This collaborative process will ensure that the studies conducted build on members’ priorities. 2 main approaches:

28 Apr 2017 description

Mid-season rains perform very poorly in much of the Horn of Africa

Key Messages

Seasonal rainfall has performed very poorly during the month of April in much of the Horn of Africa, following a delayed onset and well below-average rainfall over many areas. During this time, some of the worst drought-affected areas, including much of Somalia, northeastern Kenya, and southeastern Ethiopia, receiving little or no rainfall.

28 Apr 2017 description

Situation analysis

The search for durable solutions to the protracted displacement situation in the region is a key humanitarian and development concern. This is a regional/ cross border issue, dynamic, with a strong political dimension, and which demands a multi-sectorial response that goes beyond the existing humanitarian agenda.

28 Apr 2017 description

The Ethiopian Humanitarian Fund (EHF) allocated some US$ 19.7 million to prioritized sectors of nutrition, WaSH, agriculture and health to bridge the response gaps in the last months of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017 in response to the residual needs from the El Niño induced drought and the negative Indian Ocean Dipole. The humanitarian context is rapidly evolving due to deepening drought, meher harvest loss from frost and the spread of disease outbreaks, including Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD).

28 Apr 2017 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam has joined a program to help Syrians find refuge in Europe. 60 people, including many families, will arrive in Italy today to seek asylum as part of a humanitarian visa programme approved by the Italian government. The people will be hosted by Oxfam in the Italian region of Tuscany for the duration of their asylum process.

28 Apr 2017 description

Addis Ababa April 26/2017 The second national human rights action plan of Ethiopia which endeavors for the better promotion and protection of human rights is launched today.

The action plan that runs until 2019 was approved by the House of the Peoples’ Representatives in December 2016. The action plan includes detailed directions which will contribute to undertake human rights centered development activities and strengthen human rights institutions.

The action plan will help the government to prepare new legal frameworks and revise exiting laws to ensure human rights.

28 Apr 2017 description

Addis Ababa April 27/2017 The investigation by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission regarding the unrest in parts of Oromia and Amhara states is “a step in the right direction” in ensuring that perpetrators brought to justice, UN Resident Coordinator said.

"We are pleased that the human right commission in this country [Ethiopia] has that mandate to investigate human right abuses and the fact that this report has now been released", Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie UN Resident Coordinator told ENA.