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18 May 2017 description

883.5 M required for 2017
139.3 M contributions received, representing 16% of requirements
744.3 M funding gap for the South Sudan Situation

All figures are displayed in USD

18 May 2017 description
report Kenya Red Cross

The National Industrial Credit (NIC) Bank has donated Ksh. 1 million towards the Kenya Red Cross Society drought appeal kitty.

The donation ceremony that took place on 17 May 2017 at NIC Headquarters entailed 50% donations from the NIC Bank staff who contributed Ksh. 500,000 and a top up of the same amount by the bank.

To receive the donation on behalf of the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) was the Secretary General, Dr. Abbas Gullet who expressed his gratefulness for the efforts and sacrifice that had been put into place to raise the money.

18 May 2017 description
report Kenya Red Cross

The food insecurity in Kenya has seen the Kenya Red Cross Society utilize multiple response interventions to support families facing food starvation. The crisis has affected more than 3 million people and despite the downpour being witnessed across the country, experts warn that the rains may not be sufficient.

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) response has been driven by availability or resources, local and international support, and a dedicated team of staff traversing internal borders to ease human suffering and save lives.

17 May 2017 description

By Isaiah Esipisu

IMENTI, Kenya, May 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On a five-acre piece of land being prepared for planting, James Mwenda shouts at his two oxen, commanding them to move in a straight line as they pull a ripper that cuts a long slit into the unploughed ground.

The "low-till" farming system – in which land is no longer ploughed and seeds are slotted into largely undisturbed soil – is gaining fans in drought-hit Kenya because it helps preserve moisture in the soil.

But Mwenda likes it for another reason: it has given him a job.

16 May 2017 description

NAIROBI – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$5 million contribution from the Government of China to support 420,000 refugees living in camps in northern Kenya.

After more than a year of ration cuts caused by a shortage of funding, new donor contributions from China and other countries have allowed WFP to resume full food rations to refugees from April to July. In Kenya, refugees cannot work outside the refugee camps and with limited sources of income, they are heavily dependent on WFP for food.

16 May 2017 description

by Laura Bingham

This April, a mobile registration team was hard at work again in the Kibera neighborhood of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. For five days, a team offered people help in securing national identity cards—a document that also serves as vital proof of Kenyan citizenship—setting up in mosques, car parks and community halls that are frequented by members of the country’s Nubian minority.

16 May 2017 description

Welcome to the May issue of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project’s (ACLED) Conflict Trends report. Each month, ACLED researchers gather, analyse and publish data on political violence in Africa in realtime. Weekly updates to realtime conflict event data are published on the ACLED website.

15 May 2017 description
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Full Appeal

Strategic Overview

Period January to December 2017
Current Population 1,769,241 (at 31 March 2017)
Population Planning Figures 2,130,500 Target Beneficiaries2,130,500
Financial Requirements US$ 1,382,909,571
Number of Partners 58

REGIONAL STRATEGIC OVERVIEW

Introduction

Latest Developments in South Sudan

15 May 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Siddharth Chatterjee
Siddharth Chatterjee is the United Nations Resident Coordinator and the UNDP Resident Representative in Kenya.

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 15 2017 (IPS) 

A malnutrition emergency

Food security in Kenya has deteriorated significantly since the end of 2016. UNICEF reports a significant increase in severe acute malnutrition. Nearly 110,000 children under-five need treatment, up from 75,300 in August 2016.

15 May 2017 description

GENEVA – The UN Refugee Agency and the World Food Programme today urged donors to step up support for desperate refugees fleeing South Sudan. Humanitarian agencies are seeking US$ 1.4 billion to provide life-saving aid to South Sudanese refugees in the six neighbouring countries until the end of 2017 – according to an updated response plan presented in Geneva on Monday.

The South Sudanese refugee response plan so far remains only 14 per cent funded.

15 May 2017 description

Rainfall

The late onset of seasonal rains (March-May) has affected central, northwestern and southeastern Kenya, Uganda’s Karamoja region, and southern and central Somalia.

Flash floods are ongoing in Somalia’s Bari, Madung and Bay regions. FAO SWALIM expects increased water levels in the Juba and Shabelle river basins.

In Kenya , torrential rains have caused floods and landslides in Kwale, Mombasa, Taita Taveta and Garissa counties, including in Dadaab camp.

15 May 2017 description

A two-year project to bring safe, affordable drinking water to more than 50,000 of the poorest residents in Nairobi, Kenya, has now been inaugurated after successful completion earlier this year. The initiative was co-funded by OFID (the OPEC Fund for International Development), the UK Government’s Department for International Development and Borealis and Borouge through their joint corporate social responsibility programme Water for the World™. Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) was responsible for implementation and project management.

13 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), a food security agency has warned of the likelihood of prolonged hunger in Kwale County after hundreds of acres of farmlands were ruined by torrential rains that have killed five people, destroyed homes and roads.

In what will mostly likely dishearten local residents who saw the rains as a relief after a long punishing drought, the agency said hunger would not disappear any time soon.

NDMA County Drought Coordinator Mr. Roman Sherah said the rains had caused massive crop destruction and farmers will have to plant new crops.

13 May 2017 description

Rains intensify across the region in late April, early May

KEY MESSAGES

  • Late season rains intensified across the region during the past several weeks, reducing rainfall deficits across some drought-affected areas of the Eastern Horn. While these rains are likely to contribute to improvements in cropping prospects and pasture and water availability in some areas, flooding has already resulted in damage in localized areas of Kenya, and may affect parts of Ethiopia and southern Somalia in the coming weeks.

12 May 2017 description
  • Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

by Sadia Kidwai

Many of Dadaab’s residents are entirely dependent on the food rations they receive from NGOs. But funding for food aid has reduced dramatically

Last month I visited Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya - one of the world’s largest refugee camps and home to tens of thousands of Somalis. It is there in the Ifo sub-camp that Islamic Relief is responsible for providing primary health care and education for 70,000 people.

12 May 2017 description
report Oxfam

How long term water solutions are helping families in Turkana break the cycle of crisis and cope in the drought

The hour-long trek with the first glimmers of dawn is still very vivid in her mind.

“By five o’clock each morning, my sisters and I were already on the road, walking to the community water pan to collect water,” narrates Teresa Arot from Lowareng’ak area, north of Turkana. “All the women used to go there so we preferred going earlier than the rest.”