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30 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Steep increase in forced evictions in Mogadishu. Displaced people lost belongings and moved to areas with limited or no services.

  • Humanitarian access through the major supply roads remain constrained in southern and central regions of Somalia.

  • Timely humanitarian funding crucial to sustain response to 2.8 million Somalis.

In this issue

25 Mar 2015 description

1. Executive Summary

The Kenya refugee operation is often cited as an example of a protracted refugee situation with traditional refugee camps in place for the past 20 or so years. In the last four years, however, the operation has been anything but static in responding to two major influxes from neighbouring countries while undergoing a transition in terms of partnerships and innovations in assistance delivery.

23 Mar 2015 description
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As of March 2015, country-level Food Security Clusters/Sectors are on average only 20% funded 20% while coordination remains critical.

19 Mar 2015 description

Addis Ababa March 18/2015 The commitment of Ethiopia to accommodate refugees is highly appreciable, Deputy Assistant Secretary of US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration said.

Deputy Assistant SecretaryCatherine A. Wiesner, officials and international organization representatives yesterday inaugurated a new refugee camp that can accommodate 50,000 refugees in Gambella Regional State as the Leitchuor camp is exposed to floods.

17 Mar 2015 description

The rise of new powers has made its mark on the fields of humanitarianism, mediation and peacebuilding. As an aspiring middle power, Turkey has undertaken a growing engagement with the humanitarian field over the past decade, introducing new methodologies and practices. One such concept is that of humanitarian diplomacy, which merges national interests and norms in the formulation of humanitarian policy. Turkey’s humanitarian engagement first gained international interest after then-prime minister Erdoğan visited Somalia in 2011, refocusing international attention on the conflict there.

16 Mar 2015 description

This report is produced by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from January to 31 December 2015. It was first issued on 19 November 2014 and updated on 5 March 2015.

Situation Overview

CONTEXT AND HUMANITARIAN NEEDS

12 Mar 2015 description
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Intervention Summary:

At the end of October, 2014, heavy rains fell in south-central Somalia in the upper parts of the Shabelle basin along the Somali-Ethiopian border. The Shabelle and Juba rivers overflowed their banks, affected an estimated 50,000 people, many of whom were displaced. Initial assessments showed WaSH, shelter and food needs.

12 Mar 2015 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Relatively good 2014 Deyr rains, improved flow of commercial goods to southern and central Somalia and concerted humanitarian assistance helped prevent the worsening of the humanitarian situation. Despite the improvement, 731,000 Somalis are still unable to meet their minimum food needs and 2.3 million will face difficulties meeting their basic food needs over the next six months, bringing the number of people in need to 3 million.

11 Mar 2015 description

Garowe, 11/03/2015

Today, EU Ambassador to Somalia, Michele Cervone d'Urso, and German Ambassador to Somalia, Andreas Peschke, launched, together with the President of Puntland, H.E. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali ‘Gas’, the "Sustainable Road Maintenance Project" aiming at rehabilitating the "Garowe-Galkacyo" road.

11 Mar 2015 description

KEY FIGURES

675,605 Refugees (all nationalities) registered by UNHCR

623,691 Syrian refugees registered by UNHCR

51,914 Refugees (Iraqi, Somali, Sudanese, Yemeni) registered by UNHCR

83,848 Syrian Refugees in Zaatari Camp

13,903 Syrian Refugees in Azraq Camp

5,111 Syrian Refugees in EmiratiJordanian Camp

SECOND WINTER STORM HITS JORDAN

11 Mar 2015 description

Vienna, Austria, March 11, 2015. Over 30 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing approved at the 150th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

Public sector approvals amounting to US$201m will support the following projects:

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11 Mar 2015 description

About 731,000 Somalis currently face acute food insecurity and 2.3 million people are at risk of sliding back into crisis and emergency levels of food insecurity. Relatively good rains in October to December, improved flow of goods and humanitarian assistance are responsible for this improvement. Despite this, malnutrition levels remain high with 203,000 children acutely malnourished. Of these, 38,000 children are severely malnourished and need medical treatment and therapeutic food to survive.

10 Mar 2015 description
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Highlights

  • On 20 January the Federal Government of Somalia ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a clear reflection of its commitment towards protecting and promoting the rights of its children and a major milestone following years of advocacy by UNICEF and other UN and international partners.

  • UNICEF continued to respond to the measles outbreak through support to delivery of routine immunization services.

10 Mar 2015 description

NEW YORK, New York, 9 March 2015 — The People of Japan contributed US $ 15 million to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action to support humanitarian demining in five regions. The announcement of this generous support was made public by the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations in March.

The five humanitarian demining programmes that will receive funds from Japan in 2015 are in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gaza, Somalia and South Sudan.

10 Mar 2015 description

Press Release No. 15/102 March 9, 2015 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on February 5, 2015 launched a multi-donor trust fund to deliver capacity development in Somalia. The Somalia Trust Fund aims at improving macroeconomic institutions, policies, and data systems and will provide over nine (9) million dollars worth of technical assistance and training to Somalia over the next three years.

07 Mar 2015 description
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VIENNA, 5 March 2015 – The Government of Japan today announced its contribution of USD 3.78 million to further strengthen its humanitarian assistance in Africa, as well as towards Syrian refugees in Turkey, in cooperation with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

The cooperation was initiated in Vienna today with an exchange of notes between Fumito Miyake, Minister-Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna, and Taizo Nishikawa, the Deputy to the Director General of UNIDO.

05 Mar 2015 description

YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) this month welcomed a US$122.62 million humanitarian aid package from the Government of Japan. The donation will enable WFP to provide vital food and nutrition assistance to targeted vulnerable people, many of whom are affected by conflict, in 27 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Part of the funds will also support special logistics operations, which WFP runs in four of those countries.