- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Oct 2014, Issued on 24 Nov 2014
- FEWS NET Food Security Outlook Update Nov 2014
- Amnesty Int'l: Forced returns to south and central Somalia, including to al-Shabaab areas: A blatant violation of international law
Appeals & Funding
- Strategic Response Plan 2015
- Humanitarian Needs Overview 2015
- CHF (Common Humanitarian Fund)
In late October, U.N. Secretary-General (SYG) Ban Ki-moon called for international donors to increase humanitarian assistance in Somalia to counteract the deteriorating food security situation.
On October 22, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) Valerie Amos briefed the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Somalia.
Conflict, cyclical drought, floods, disease outbreaks, environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and limited government capacity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the ECA region. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.
The population of food-insecure Somalia increases to 1 million—a 20-percent increase since January 2014.
Insecurity continues to limit humanitarian access throughout the south-central region of Somalia.
2014 Somalia Strategic Response Plan (SRP) requests $933 million to meet humanitarian needs among 3.1 million people.
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
August 11, 2014
- Incidents of violence continue to affect parts of Somalia, including Mogadishu.
- The U.N. warns of deteriorating food security conditions in Somalia in the coming months and appeals for donor support.
- Measles cases have increased in the first half of 2014, including approximately 1,350 reported cases in March and April.
Geneva, 11 July 2014 (WMO) - Weather, climate and water-related disasters are on the rise worldwide, causing loss of life and setting back economic and social development by years, if not decades. From 1970 to 2012, 8 835 disasters, 1.94 million deaths, and US$ 2.4 trillion of economic losses were reported globally as a result of hazards such as droughts, extreme temperatures, floods, tropical cyclones and related health epidemics, according to a new report.
Un rapport publié aujourd’hui par le HCR montre que le nombre de réfugiés, de demandeurs d’asile et de personnes déplacées à l’intérieur de leur pays à travers le monde a dépassé les 50 millions de personnes pour la première fois depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale.
Global forced displacement tops 50 million for first time in post-World War II era
A report released today by UNHCR shows that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people worldwide has, for the first time in the post-World War II era, exceeded 50 million people.
Mexico – Severe Weather
• After landfall, Tropical Cyclone BORIS has been reduced to a low pressure area which may interact with a second low pressure system that formed in the Gulf of Mexico. As a result, heavy rainfall is expected to continue affecting the southern states of Mexico. (GDACS, NASA, NOAA, CONAGUA, Media)
Somalia – Crisis
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Thousands of families across Somalia are under threat due to the recently announced closures of money transfer companies’ bank accounts in the U.S., international agencies Adeso and Oxfam warned today. The organizations called on the US Department of the Treasury and its regulatory agencies, whose regulations are responsible for the bank account closures, to ensure that Somali-Americans are able to send life sustaining money to their loved ones.
Chronic conflict, cyclical drought, floods, disease outbreaks, environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and limited government capacity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the ECA region. Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S.
The ongoing military offensive against al-Shabaab is limiting humanitarian access to conflict-affected populations
The U.S. Government (USG) has provided more than $227 million in humanitarian assistance to date in FY 2013 and 2014
Many people who are displaced, or become ‘trapped’, in the context of diverse humanitarian crises do not fit well within existing legal, policy and operational frameworks for the protection of refugees and IDPs. This raises questions about whether there needs to be – or can be – more systematic ways of dealing with assistance and protection for people affected by ‘crises’ such as environmental disruption, gang violence, nuclear disasters, food shortages and so on.
Despite modest improvements in Somalia’s humanitarian situation in 2013, insecurity and climatic shocks continue to trigger humanitarian needs.
The U.S. Government (USG) is providing more than $46 million in humanitarian assistance to date in FY 2014.
The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) is an independent Federal agency established to support African-designed and African-driven solutions that address grassroots economic and social problems in conflict and post-conflict communities. USADF provides grants of up to $250,000 directly to marginalized community groups and enterprises in Africa. These grants help organizations create and sustain jobs, improve income levels, and address social development needs.
UNHCR releases data for first half 2013 showing sharp rise in forced displacement
UNHCR warned today in a report that 2013 was on track for some of the highest levels of forced displacement ever seen by the agency, due to unusually large numbers of new refugees and internally displaced people. The report said 5.9 million people were forced to flee their homes in the first six months of the year, compared with 7.6 million for all of 2012. The biggest producer of new displacement was Syria.