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East Africa faces up to drought threat

By Denis McClean

NAIROBI, March 31 - UNISDR today welcomed the outcome of East Africa’s Second Drought Resilience Summit as an important contribution to next month’s Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and preparing for a future in which climate change will amplify existing stress on water availability in Africa.

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Dadaab refugees making our lives a misery

In Summary

  • The sprawling settlements that dot the landscape of Dadaab area, and the ever-burgeoning number of refugee communities that populate them, has over the years, negatively affected the host communities.

  • The UNHCR has shown great irresponsibility by keeping quiet as the destruction has been going on. Ironically, it has one of the biggest offices at Dadaab.

By Abdullahi Diriye

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EA’s a volatile region and refugees are victims of terrorists too

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EastAfrican

By Fred Oluoch

Somali refugees began voluntarily going home recently after an agreement between the government of Kenya, Somalia and UNHCR. Fred Oluoch talked with the country representative Raouf Mazou about their resettlement in Somalia.

Do you think the tripartite agreement between the governments of Kenya and Somalia; and the UNHCR to repatriate Somali refugees was timely?

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Humanitarian crises, emergency preparedness and response: the role of business and the private sector - Kenya case study

This paper explores the role of the private sector in humanitarian action in Kenya. Kenya was selected as a case study because it has a vibrant and innovative private sector, a history of severe and repeated humanitarian crises, notably drought in the country’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), and a track record of public–private partnerships for humanitarian action that have exploited new technologies and experimented with new models of fundraising.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Kenya Education Cluster Annual Report 2013

Education was interrupted and school time lost in areas affected by disasters such as conflict, floods and drought in Kenya. These disasters put many children at risk, exposing them to dangerous and rapidly changing situations. The education cluster was reactivated in 2013, and carried out several activities to strengthen emergency preparedness and response so as to ensure continuity of education in emergencies

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Effectiveness Review: Drought Management Initiative: Livestock Component, Kenya

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Oxfam

Kenya’s ‘Turkana-Pokot Drought Management Initiative (DMI)’ was a three-year programme implemented by a consortium of NGOs which aimed to mitigate the effects of climatic shocks among pastoralist communities in north-western Kenya. Oxfam GB was responsible for implementing the livestock component of this programme in three of the most remote pastoralist communities in the northern part of Turkana County. These full and summary reports document the findings of a quasi-experimental impact evaluation carried out in July 2012.

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Kenya: Complex Emergency Appeal (MDRKE023) Final Report

Period covered by this Final Report: June 2012 until June 2013.

Appeal target (current): CHF 20,419,397

Appeal coverage: 5%

Appeal history:

· This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 11 June 2012 for CHF 20,419,397 for 12 months to assist 465,844 beneficiaries.

· A DREF (MDRKE022) of CHF 314,208 was allocated in May 2012 from the IFRC DREF to support provision of immediate support to 20,892 persons displaced by floods in West Kenya, Rift Valley and Coast.

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Kenya raises alarm over drought

By AGGREY MUTAMBO

Kenya has raised an alarm that more than 1.6 million people may require urgent food aid.

This follows the alert by government that 20 counties face drought as short rains are expected to be depressed.

Deputy President William Ruto has now directed the Ministry of Devolution and National Planning to share information on drought with counties to help them prepare for any eventuality.

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Somali father creates home in a refugee camp

Into moving boxes went two of my grandmother’s delicate china teacups, family photographs, and our wedding gifts—all the little keepsakes that make a house my home. When my husband and I moved in Nairobi we debated over where we would hang the lovely blue portrait from our favorite Kenyan artist, Michael Musyoka. We walked the grounds and thought about what flowers we might plant. We organized the kitchen and decorated the walls. We unpacked the tea cups, the photographs, the gifts.

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Lutheran World Relief Receives Department of State Grant to Continue Post-Drought Recovery in East Africa

Baltimore, October 21, 2013 — The Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya are currently home to more than 470,000 people. That’s down slightly from the nearly 500,000 living there at the height of the East Africa drought and food crisis two years ago, but still vastly more than the 90,000 people it was built to accommodate.

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Humanitarian Information Service - Dadaab Bridging the information gap

Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, presents an immensely complex information environment. Research carried out by Internews in 2011 identified major communications gaps. A comprehensive baseline survey conducted in 2013 by Internews in Dadaab found that radio is the most trusted source of information in Dadaab and Star FM is the most popular local radio station.

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Poverty, goats and resilience

What do goats have to do with poverty? To Susan Leshore and her fellow Samburans from rural Kenya, who were affected by the 2011 East African drought, goats can mean the difference between having enough food and potentially losing everything.

By Luke Sypkes, Humanitarian and Emergencies Group, Caritas Australia

Susan, like many people in rural Kenya, doesn’t know how old she is – she guesses about 50 years. She measures the past according to memories of events like ‘the big drought’ that hit in 2011, the worst in the region for 60 years.

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A referral hospital for Dadaab

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Kenya Red Cross

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) started its first phase of operations in the IFO 2 Dadaab Refugee Camp as a lead agency offering health services and camp management services from 27th October 2011. Initially, the KRCS set up temporary clinics with outreach services. In 2012, the Society with funding from the African Union, the German Red Cross and Rotary Germany started the construction of a Level 5 Hospital in IFO 2 East which would serve as a referral hospital for all the five existing camps that currently serve close to 500,000 refugees. This brings care much closer.

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Kenyans for Kenya Turkana North Project Brief

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Kenya Red Cross

Kenyans for Kenya Turkana Project Commissioned

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) and the Kenyans for Kenya Steering Committee on Tuesday 16th July; 2013 commissioned an irrigation project in Kaikor area of Turkana County. The project is aimed at providing a permanent solution to the perennial drought experienced in the region through building community resilience and enhancing food security.

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Kenya: Population Movement, Revised Emergency appeal n° MDRKE018

This Revised Emergency Appeal now seeks CHF 21, 427, 140 in cash, kind or services to support the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) assist about 60,000 direct beneficiaries (with health care reaching up to 140 000 beneficiaries including host communities) for an additional 2 months, and will be completed by the end of December 2013. A Final Report will be made available by 31 March 2014.

Appeal target (current): CHF 21,427,140

Appeal coverage: 72% (of the now revised budget)

Appeal history:

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Mid-Year Review of the Emergency Humanitarian Response Plan for Kenya 2013

SUMMARY

Kenya held its first general elections under the new Constitution in March 2013. The elections were generally peaceful with only isolated incidences of election-related violence. The Government and humanitarian partners had adequately prepared for potential post-election violence through contingency planning and pre-positioning of essential supplies in strategic locations.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Two years on from the East Africa drought: Food Aid with a difference. Part One

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ActionAid

Natalie Curtis

Two years ago East Africa experienced its worst drought in 60 years, leaving 13 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. I visited Kenya where ActionAid is using text messages to help deliver food aid and empower drought affected communities.

As I stepped off the bus the first thing that hit me was the blistering heat, then a sharp surge of wind, stinging my eyes with course sand. The ground was rock hard and black. It was obvious Isiolo in northern Kenya had not seen rain in months.

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Working towards sustainable development: 2012 Annual Report & Financial Statements

The year 2012 was a highly productive and strategically important one for our Country Office as well as for our key partners. With a continuing emphasis on bringing transformative change at the grass roots level to the most vulnerable communities across Kenya, we empowered them to build resilience from the ‘inside-out’ so that they could withstand the shocks of drought and economic crisis and bounce back with confidence.