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Humanitarian Assistance in Review East and Central Africa | Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 – 2014

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.

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Ethiopia + 3 others
Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 15 September 2014


  • On 9 September, the Federal Flood Task Force revised the Flood Alert which was first issued on 18 August to urge Government and humanitarian actors to implement flood prevention and preparedness measures in at-risk communities.

  • Despite on-going reports of a deteriorating food security in Somalia, there was no major change in the Somali refugee arrival trend in eastern Ethiopia so far.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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SWALIM Update 6th Edition May - July 2014

The newsletter provides updates on SWALIM water and land information management activities such as:

· SWALIM Completes Survey of Irrigated Agricultural Areas in Puntland

· SWALIM Capacity Building Efforts lead to a Presidential Award in Somaliland

· SWALIM Establishes Land Degradation Monitoring Systems in Somaliland

· The Water and Land Intervention Information Sharing Platform (WALISP)

· A Feature Article: Groundwater Monitoring in Somalia

· Among others

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Another Humanitarian Crisis in Somalia? Learning from the 2011 Famine

A new paper highlights several findings of an on-going study of the 2011-12 famine in the region that are relevant to the current humanitarian situation in Somalia, and provides several policy considerations.

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Somalia + 2 others
Lessons Learned from the Somalia Famine and the Greater Horn of Africa Crisis 2011-2012

Tufts University

On July 20, 2011, the UN declared a famine in South Central Somalia, which killed some 260,000 people (Checchi and Robinson 2013). Though Somalia was the worst affected country, the crisis was region-wide in its impact. This Desk Review covers the contents of some 180 documents on the crisis that were reviewed in detail, out of a total of over 500 documents initially screened. These include reports, evaluations, assessments, and in some cases, peer-reviewed journal articles and books.

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Somalia + 8 others
Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Horn of Africa (ECHO/-HF/BUD/2014/91000) Last update: 31/07/2014 Version 2

AMOUNT: EUR 94 000 000


In Somalia, the humanitarian situation today shows many parallels to the period ahead of the devastating 2011 drought that triggered a declaration of famine, which caused the excess deaths of 258 000 people the majority of them being children under five.

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South Sudan + 7 others
GIS and Remote Sensing for disaster risk reduction: IGAD experts complete UNOSAT refresher course


25 July 2014, Nairobi, Kenya. 14 technical experts working at the IGAD Secretariat and its specialized programmes including the Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), the Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) and IGAD-Somalia, completes successfully a one week specialised refresher training on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing applications delivered by UNOSAT trainers.

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World + 25 others
IDMC Annual report 2014

From the director

I had the pleasure of joining the IDMC team in 2013, taking the helm from Kate Halff, who after four years of the excellent work and dedicated service, left the organisation in May.

2013 was another year of turmoil for many. Conflicts and disasters worldwide forced millions of people to flee their homes, leaving many stuck in limbo within the borders of their own country.

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World + 20 others
Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes 1970-2012

The Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes describes the distribution and impacts of disasters and highlights measures to increase resilience.

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World + 21 others
Africa Zone Annual Report 2013 (SP1/MAA60005)

This report covers the period: 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013

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Somalia: Tropical Cyclone (MDRSO002) - 6 Months summary update

Summary: This 6 months summary update covers the actions on part of Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) supported by IFRC in response to the tropical cyclone disaster that hit eastern coastal parts of the Puntland State of Somalia on 10 November 2013. Heavy rainfall and flash floods followed the tropical cyclone and caused loss of human lives and the destruction of assets including livestock and fishing boats, destroying numerous settlements, service centres, roads, schools, communications and electrical installations.

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Somalia 2012-2015: Long Term Planning Framework Version 2

In 2001-2012, Somalia was affected by famine. The complex humanitarian situation in Somalia triggered by the collapse of the Somali state in 1991 continues. Protracted conflict, coupled with cyclical drought, floods and disease outbreaks, continue to place half of the country`s 8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance or livelihoods support. Somalia remains a failed state, and public service infrastructure, including health and education is either weak or non-existent.

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Kenya + 2 others
Can you prevent displacement? IDMC unveils new simulator to show how it's done

Building on the concept of pastoralist displacement, IDMC unveils its latest tool to help stakeholders measure how many pastoralists are at risk of drought-related displacement - and what can be done to prevent it.

IDMC has been wrestling with the concept of pastoralist displacement, asking in a recent blog post whether pastoralist communities can become displaced given that they lead traditionally mobile lifestyles. (Answer: they can.)

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World + 8 others
Q+A: How we reach youth in conflict

Mercy Corps

The vast majority of the world’s youth — 87 percent — live in developing countries. In these tough places, one billion young people are faced with the disruptions of war, poverty and disaster that turn the inherent uncertainties of adolescence into a fight for survival.

That “fight” is what many people worry about — displaced from their homes, denied an education, faced with limited employment opportunities, is this a disgruntled generation who will threaten the security and stability of their countries?

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World + 12 others
Statement from the thirty-seventh Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 37): 25-26 May 2014, Khartoum, Sudan

Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum

The Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum has issued its seasonal outlook for the forthcoming June to August rainy season, factoring in the likely development of an El Niño event which may have significant climatic impacts over parts of Eastern Africa.

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World + 29 others
Concern Worldwide Annual Report & Accounts 2013

Message from the Chairperson

As Chairperson I have the great privilege of working with extraordinarily dedicated Council members and staff throughout the organisation. The commitment to working with the poorest people in the developing world and fulfilling our mission is very evident throughout the organisation.

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World + 7 others
Building Resilience: The EU's Approach – March 2014

Key messages

 The increasing frequency and intensity of disasters and humanitarian crises and the resulting suffering and losses represent a major threat to long-term development, growth and poverty reduction, in particular in the poorest and developing countries. There is an urgent need to help people and communities to withstand and recover from these increasing shocks and stresses. In other words, help them strengthen their resilience.

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World + 4 others
The Private Sector Challenge - Final Report

In support of building a better understanding and knowledge base of the private sector’s engagement in and contribution to Australia’s humanitarian action policy and strategic and operational work, the Humanitarian Futures Programme (HFP), King’s College London, with support from the Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC) has undertaken an action research project – The Private Sector Challenge - intended to enhance the understanding of civil-military stakeholders of the contribution of the private sector in crisis situations, including its form, roles, and trajectories of engagement.