- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Somalia October 2014 | Issued on 24 Nov 2014
- FEWS NET Food Security Outlook Update November 2014
- Forced returns to south and central Somalia, including to al-Shabaab areas: A blatant violation of international law - Amnesty
Appeals & Funding
- Strategic Response Plan 2014
- CHF (Common Humanitarian Fund)
SOMALIA HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE 2014
The Somalia humanitarian response has received US$550 million to date. This includes, $361 million in contributions to $933 million requested under the 2014 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), and about $189 million outside the plan. The available funding is not commensurate to the humanitarian needs.
- 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.
Islamic Relief has officially handed-over a national eye-hospital and a teachers training centre in Mogadishu, Somalia. The multi-million dollar facilities are designed to improve essential services which were devastated during longstanding conflict in the country.
- Key messages
Donors have contributed/committed US$521 million of humanitarian funding to Somalia so far in 2014. None of this funding has been in response to the recent flooding in the country.
Donors have contributed/committed US$4.5 million in 2014 for projects that have targeted the Beletweyne District in the Hiran region.
So far in 2014, the United States (US) is the top donor to Somalia with contributions/commitments of US$188 million – one third of all humanitarian funding to Somalia this year.
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,
Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid1 ("the Humanitarian Aid Regulation"), and in particular Article 2, notably 2 (c), Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof,
Having regard to Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union ("Overseas Association Decision")2 , and in particular Article 79 thereof,
UN Secretary-General, WBG and IsDBG Presidents, and other Agency Heads Visit Region to Link Peace Efforts with Economic Progress
Today, the EU has confirmed that it will support the wider region of the Horn of Africa with a total of €3 billion until 2020. The announcement comes ahead of a visit to the region by Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate for Development and Cooperation, Marcus Cornaro, and European Union Special Representative for the Horn of Africa, Alexander Rondos.
Press release 237/2014
In its autumn distribution of humanitarian aid, Finland has granted 15.7 million euros for the worst crisis sites. Many of these targets are seriously underfunded and have gone unnoticed because of other crises ongoing at the same time. Development Minister Sirpa Paatero made a decision on the matter on the international United Nations Day, 24 October.
More than 7,751 suspected measles cases have been reported in 2014 with thousands of unvaccinated Somali children at risk of disability or death. UNICEF will vaccinate 520,000 children under-5 in the outbreak areas of Lower Juba, Banadir and Puntland in October. UNICEF seeks funding for a national campaign to vaccinate 5 million children under-15.
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.
Humanitarian partners step up response in drought and conflict affected areas in the most affected regions.
Despite the challenging operating environment, aid organizations have used different modalities to assist people in areas previously beyond reach.
Critical boost in funding for reprioritized needs, but funding levels falls short of needs on the ground.
Today's World Food Day is an opportunity to reflect on how European Union aid is alleviating the world's greatest solvable problem: hunger. As we are about to pass on the work on humanitarian aid and development to the next European Commission, it is time to take stock of what we have achieved and what remains to be done.
Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger is the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG). With the MDG deadline now less than 500 days away, we have to up our game.
The Somalia Strategic Response Plan (SRP) remains severely underfunded. The plan has received a reported 34 per cent of the requested US$933 million. Entering the final quarter of 2014, humanitarian partners face significant funding gaps to respond to the humanitarian needs of disaster-affected people in Somalia.