- 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)
(MOGADISHU, 22 December 2014) The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Philippe Lazzarini, has announced today that the Somalia Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) will allocate US$30 million to jump start the response to the most critical humanitarian needs in 2015.
By decision of Development Minister Sirpa Paatero on 17 December, in the last distribution of funds for humanitarian assistance, Finland has granted 13.5 million euros to long-lasting and underfunded crises. The support is awarded to Finn Church Aid and UN organizations. The decision brings Finland’s humanitarian assistance this year to 105.7 million euros. This is a record-high amount for Finland, which indicates the extent of the world’s crises.
ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a generous and timely contribution of US$104 million to assist refugees sheltering in countries neighbouring Syria, in Ethiopia and in Kenya, provided by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.
NEW YORK, 9th December, 2014 (WAM) -- The Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations participated in a donors’ meeting for current and prospective contributors, chaired by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, on Monday. The meeting was organized by the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), as part of its Multi-Year Appeal 2015 Update and presentation of its funding priorities.
8 décembre 2014 – L'ONU et ses partenaires humanitaires ont lancé lundi un appel de fonds de 16,4 milliards de dollars auprès des donateurs pour venir en aide à au moins 57,5 millions de personnes vulnérables à travers le monde l'an prochain.
« Plus de 80% des personnes que nous voulons aider se trouvent dans des pays affectés par des conflits où la brutalité et la violence ont un impact dévastateur sur leur vie », a déclaré la Secrétaire générale adjointe des Nations Unies aux affaires humanitaires, Valerie Amos.
(Geneva, 8 December 2014): Humanitarian organizations aim to help at least 57.5 million of the most vulnerable people in the world with assistance in 2015 and require US$16.4 billion to do so. “Over 80 percent of those we intend to help are in countries mired in conflict where brutality and violence have had a devastating impact on their lives,” said Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary- General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, as she launched the 2015 global humanitarian appeal.
The people of Somalia continue to face a severe humanitarian crisis. Over 1 million Somalis are unable to meet their basic food requirements, an increase of 20 percent since February 2014. This is the first time the number of people in need of life-saving assistance has increased since the end of the devastating famine in 2011. In addition, the food security situation of over 2.1 million people remains fragile, bringing the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance to 3.2 million.
• UNICEF has had to discontinue primary health care services for approximately 1.5 million people in parts of Central South Zone (CSZ) when partnership agreements could not be renewed due to lack of funding (only 24 per cent of health funding for 2014 has been received). 300,000 children under-5 are currently without access to lifesaving primary health care services and free immunizations.
• The joint Government of Ethiopia and partner’s humanitarian appeal has been released following the completion of joint assessments in the country. The number of relief food beneficiaries has increased to 3.2 million. This is significantly higher than the 2.7 million people projected at the beginning of the year and is mainly due to the poor 2014 belg/gu/ganna seasonal rain performances in the south and south eastern parts of Ethiopia.
SOMALIA HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE 2014
The Somalia humanitarian response is severely underfunded having received US$576 million to date. The funding includes $371 million, (40 per cent) contribution to the $933 million requested under the 2014 humanitarian response plan (HRP) and $205 million funded to projects outside the appeal.
Over 11 million people are living as refugees or IDPs in the eastern Africa region.
- Humanitarianfunding shortfall jeopardizes aid to hundreds of thousands of Somalis in need.
- About 50,000 people have been affected by seasonal flooding while pockets of drought remain.
- Measles outbreak of great concern with over 9,000 suspected cases reported this year, doubling the number from 2013.
881,896 people supported
8,283 mt food distributed
Copenhagen, 20 November 2014 – Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, Minister of Interior and Federalism of the Federal Government of Somalia Abdullahi Godah Barre, and Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Philippe Lazzarini, signed the Peacebuilding Fund allocation agreement providing US$3.5 million to support the Federal Government’s stabilsation activities in the newly recovered areas in South Central Somalia.
November 20, 2014 - Ted Opitz, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Centre, highlighted Canada’s ongoing efforts to stabilize Somalia during the Ministerial High Level Partnership Forum, which took place on November 19 and 20, 2014, in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Mr. Opitz reiterated Canada’s continued support for sustainable peace and security in the country but also expressed concern about recent political tensions and stressed the need for unified political leadership.
The African Water Facility (AWF) announced on Wednesday, November 19 that it has offered a €3-million grant to the Republic of Somalia to support a project designed to build resilience to climate change and reduce water stress in Somaliland. The project is expected to improve the management of water resources and attract investments to build water infrastructure and improve water services. Around 3.5 million rural and urban people stand to benefit from the project, as well as 2 million nomadic pastoralists.
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.