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26 Sep 2016 description

This is a bi-monthly update that compiles innovative policy, practice and partnerships that aim to strengthen engagement of disaster-affected communities in humanitarian action from the Southern and Eastern Africa region. The aim of the publication is to create awareness about these initiatives and share good practices. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks. Contributions of similar articles are invited.

Kenya: FilmAid Broadcasts Olympics in Kakuma Refugee Camp

23 Sep 2016 description

Delivered by Winnie Byanyima, CEO of Oxfam, on behalf of Action Aid, ACF International, CARE International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, GOAL, Oxfam, Save the Children, World Vision International and the wider NGO community

The El Niño weather event is now over. The chances of an imminent La Niña have reduced.

It would be all too easy for the global community’s attention to switch to other crises.

23 Sep 2016 description
report CARE, World Vision

Major Highlights

  • The average selling price of maize grain across the targeted districts in the past fortnight remained at $0.41/kg ($7.20 per bucket or typically $7.00 per bucket) from that of EndAugust.

  • In Beitbridge, the price increased from an average cost of $0.43/kg to $0.44/kg while in Mberengwa, the average price of maize grain went down from $0.46/kg to $0.40/kg.

  • The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) continued to be the main source of maize grain across the districts complimented by informal or private traders.

23 Sep 2016 description

AT A GLANCE - UPDATE

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 1: Provide life-saving food and nutrition assistance to vulnerable communities affected by drought.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 2: Secure access to basic services for vulnerable populations.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 3: Ensure continuous linkage to resilience and early recovery agenda.

PEOPLE IN NEED: 4.3 m

PEOPLE TARGETED: 3.1 m

REQUIREMENTS (US$) 352m

KEY HUMANITARIAN NEEDS

  • Food Insecurity

  • High levels of acute malnutrition

  • Poor access to basic services

22 Sep 2016 description

Summary

The El Niño weather event has been in a neutral phase since May. Nevertheless, it continues to have a devastating impact on vulnerable people in parts of Eastern and Southern Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the Dry Corridor in Central America, and Haiti in the Caribbean. This event will also cause long term consequences for public health, nutrition, livelihoods, water and sanitation.

22 Sep 2016 description

Food Security Sector Updates

• The Comprehensive Livelihoods, Food Security, and Nutrition Vulnerability Assessment (ZimVAC) indicate that 2.2 million people are currently food insecure (July-Sept). This number is expected to increase to 4.1 million people at the peak of the lean season, from January to March 2017.

• Based on the advice of the Humanitarian Country Team, WFP and FAO have merged the Emergency Agriculture and Food Security SectorWorkingGroups.

22 Sep 2016 description

15 September 2016, Johannesburg

Summary of conclusions and recommendations

Participants of the meeting:

RC and/or UNCT members from 12 countries in the southern Africa region, UN Regional Directors or their representatives, NGO regional Directors or their representatives, IFRC, SADC, World Bank, AfDB, regional UN agency staff.

Main conclusions and recommendations:

Session 1: Humanitarian response

21 Sep 2016 description

Overview

The SADC region is experiencing a devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El Nino event which threatens to impact negatively on livelihoods and quality of lives. The region experienced a delayed onset of the 2015/2016, rainfall season, followed by erratic rains. Analysis of rainfall performance shows that the October to December 2015 period, which represents the first half of the cropping season, was the driest in more than 35 years in several southern parts of the region

Recommendations (Short-Term)

21 Sep 2016 description

Situation

Where Zimbabwe should have received between 300mm and 500mm of rainfall by the beginning of 2016, most of the country received less than 300mm. The current situation follows a poor harvest season in 2014/15 when cereal production declined by 43 per cent compared to the previous 5-year average.

21 Sep 2016 description
report The Global Fund

GENEVA - African countries increased investments in the Global Fund as global health partners seek to galvanize all sources of funding to end AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics, and to build resilient and sustainable systems for health.

21 Sep 2016 description

Executive Summary

The region experienced in many parts of the countries, the below normal rainfall conditions depicted by the devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El Nino event which threatens to impact negatively on livelihoods and quality of lives in the Region.

The SADC Climate Services Centre (CSC) had predicted, in August 2015, during SARCOF-19 the below normal rainfall conditions. This was consistent with the observed poor rainfall performance.

The current rainfall 2016/17 outlook is the opposite (reverse) of the last season.

20 Sep 2016 description

Key Messages

  • While generous donor support has assisted humanitarian responders to reach millions of drought-affected people, significant funding shortages continue to impede the response. Only half of the funds for emergency food and agriculture assistance has been raised, while many other sectoral responses remain largely unfunded, including education (12 per cent funded); protection (18 per cent); water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) (18 per cent); and early recovery (26 per cent).