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18 Aug 2017 description

New York, 18 August 2017): At an event today to mark World Humanitarian Day, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for global action to protect civilians trapped in armed conflict and joined UN staff to symbolically “stand together” with all those affected by conflict.

11 Aug 2017 description

Food Security

The number of severely food insecure people in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia has increased to 14.3 million, following the publication of new data on the situation in Kenya.

08 Aug 2017 description

In July, fighting in the Greater Equatoria region and Upper Nile drove further population displacement. In Central Equatoria, government forces allegedly attacked a civilian settlement on the outskirts of Yei town, leaving many dead. More clashes were reported about five kilometres outside Yei town. Heavy fighting was also reported between opposition and government forces in Jalei, Kajo-keji County. In Western Equatoria, fighting between opposition and government forces was reported in Lanyi, Mundri West County, leaving dozens dead, including civilians.

03 Aug 2017 description

Severe drought is expected to deepen until the start of the Deyr rainy season in October. The food security and nutrition situation is not expected to improve in some parts of Somalia through the end of 2017, according to FAO-FSNAU post-Gu preliminary results. Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) prevalence is ‘Critical’ at above 15 per cent in 9 out of 12 Internally Displaced People settlements surveyed by FSNAU. More than 3 million people are being reached each month with humanitarian assistance and protection.

DISEASE OUTBREAKS

28 Jul 2017 description

Project Management

ProCap aims to strengthen the collaborative response of protection agencies and non-protection mandated organisations. To do this, it deploys senior personnel with proven protection expertise at field, regional and global operations and trains mid-level protection staff from standby partners and humanitarian organisations. The Project objectives and activities are guided by the 2014-2016 ProCap Strategy.

Project Governance / Management

28 Jul 2017 description

Background

Launched in 2005, ProCap aims to enhance the humanitarian system’s protection response through the deployment of Senior Protection Advisers and the delivery of inter-agency protection capacity trainings. The strategic direction of the project is reviewed regularly to ensure that it responds to changing needs and gaps within the international humanitarian response. An external evaluation in 2007, a Strategic Review in 2009, and an external evaluation in 2011 all confirmed the continued relevance of the project.

18 Jul 2017 description

Rainfall

In Somalia there are unfavourable prospects for this year's main Gu crops, after the Gu rains were late and poorly distributed over most areas of the country. In the Lower Shabelle region, the main maize producing area, seasonal rainfall was about 50 per cent belowaverage with drought conditions currently affecting up to 85 per cent of the cropland.

17 Jul 2017 description

Food insecurity reached unprecedented levels in South Sudan in June, with an estimated 6 million people (50 per cent of the population) projected to be severely food insecure, including 1.7 million on the brink of famine. Although the mobilization of a large-scale multi-sectoral humanitarian response was able to halt the localized famine declared in Leer and Mayendit in Unity in February, 45,000 people were estimated to be facing Catastrophic (IPC Level 5) food insecurity. June saw an overall reduction in armed clashes compared to May.

06 Jul 2017 description

An elevated risk of famine persists in Somalia due to severe food consumption gaps, high acute malnutrition and high disease burden. The Gu rains (April-June) provided relief in some areas, but the rainy season was shorter than normal and generally poor, including in areas with high levels of vulnerability such as Bakool and northern Bay regions. Over 760,000 have been displaced due to drought since November 2016. More than 3 million people are being reached each month with humanitarian assistance and protection.

04 Jul 2017 description

Somalia: An estimated 761,000 Somalis have been internally displaced by drought between November 2016 and 23 June 2017. More than 22,000 displacements were recorded between 1 and 23 June, of whom 13,500 individuals arrived in Baidoa town from remote villages in Berdaale, Dinsoor and Qansahdhere districts in Bay region and Rabdhuure district in Bakool. The cities of Baidoa (174,280) and Mogadishu (161,100) host 44% of these displaced people.

21 Jun 2017 description

(Geneva, 21 June 2017): A record 141 million people across 37 countries in the world need humanitarian assistance today while UN-coordinated response plans, aiming to help over 101 million of the most vulnerable, are only one-quarter funded.

21 Jun 2017 description

Avant-propos

Stephen O’Brien, Secrétaire général des Nations Unies aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d’urgence

21 Jun 2017 description
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Humanitarian Response Plans and Flash Appeals

20 Jun 2017 description

Rainfall

Somalia: The significant reduction of rainfall across Somalia in the first week of June marks a possible end to the Gu rainy season. The reduction of rainfall within the Juba and Shabelle River basins in Ethiopia and Somalia has led to decreasing river levels which are expected to stabilize in the coming week.

19 Jun 2017 description

Over 1.9 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection in South Sudan and neighboring countries. Since the beginning of the conflict in December 2013, CERF has allocated nearly $263 million. With CERF support, UN agencies and partners have delivered $97 million worth of live-saving assistance in South Sudan and nearly $165 million to South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries.

16 Jun 2017 description

Burundi Humanitarian Hotline: Changing lives, one phone call at a time

Daphrose sits quietly in a Burundi Red Cross Society vehicle, sceptical that the 3-hour trip from her village to Gitega city in northern Burundi will change her life for the better. “I have tried many things to treat this fistula complication for seven years,” she says. Read more

Trial & Error

13 Jun 2017 description

(Nairobi, 13 June 2017): International partners have made financial pledges in support of humanitarian response efforts in the drought-hit Horn of Africa after a visit to Ethiopia,
Somalia and Kenya.

A delegation led by the African Union and the United Nations concluded a five-day visit to the Horn of Africa in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday, after visiting drought-affected communities in Ethiopia and Somalia. It included representatives from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the African Development Bank, the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the World Bank.

12 Jun 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Inter-communal violence and insecurity in May forced thousands of people to flee their homes in Terekeka to seek shelter on the islands of Geimeza.

  • Cases of cholera confirmed in Tonj East County of Warrap as outbreak approaches one-year mark.

  • Insecurity and conflict negatively impacted humanitarian operations in May with at least 36 aid workers relocated including from famine-affected areas.