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25 May 2017 description

The Ethiopian Humanitarian Fund (EHF) allocated some US$ 19.7 million to prioritized sectors of nutrition, WaSH, agriculture and health to bridge the response gaps in the last months of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017 in response to the residual needs from the El Niño induced drought and the negative Indian Ocean Dipole. The humanitarian context is rapidly evolving due to deepening drought, meher harvest loss from frost and the spread of disease outbreaks, including Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD).

24 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

Sofia Christensen

OUROSSOGUI, SENEGAL — An agricultural project in northern Senegal funded by the Italian government is taking a different approach to reducing migration by focusing not on the young men who travel to Europe, but on their female relatives.

24 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FEWS NET projects elevated risk of Famine in Somalia, despite mitigating impact of humanitarian assistance

  • UN releases revised 2017 HRP for Somalia, requesting $1.5 billion to respond to humanitarian needs through December

  • USG announces more than $64 million in new humanitarian assistance for Somalia and Somali refugees in the Horn of Africa

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

24 May 2017 description
report ActionAid

The G7-backed African Risk Capacity (ARC) drought insurance policy was an experiment that failed Malawi, and in particular its women, in the face of a drought that need not have become a disaster. The insurance, for which Malawi paid US$5 million(m), failed to deliver on its promise of timely assistance, which 6.7m food-insecure Malawians so sorely needed, due to major defects in the model, data and process used to determine a pay-out.

24 May 2017 description

Port-au-Prince, mercredi 24 Mai 2017 - Le secrétaire général de l’Organisation Météorologique Mondiale, Petteri Taalas, visitera Haïti du 25 au 27 mai pour inaugurer avec le Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Ressources Naturelles et du Développement Rural (MARNDR) le nouveau bâtiment du Service Hydrométéorologique d’Haïti (UHM). Cette installation permettra d´améliorer les services d´alerte et de prévention des risques de catastrophes naturelles, en contribuant à la réduction des pertes en vies humaines et des dommages matériels en Haïti.

24 May 2017 description

UNESCO (Dakar, Headquarters and IICBA), the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Centre for International Understanding (APCEIU) and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), represented by its Institut de la Francophonie pour l’éducation et la formation (IFEF), organized a capacity-building workshop on prevention of violent extremism through education (PVE-E) in West Africa and the Sahel. This event took place in Dakar, Senegal, from 9 to 11 May 2017.

24 May 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12840

Security Council
7940th Meeting (AM)

The national dialogue just launched in South Sudan by President Salva Kiir would only be credible if opposition groups genuinely participated, the senior United Nations official in that country said today, as he briefed the Security Council on the significant military, humanitarian and political challenges facing that nation.

24 May 2017 description

The U.S. is deeply concerned about the famine in South Sudan, as well as the risk of famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. We are one of the largest donors of humanitarian assistance for the people of these countries and will continue to work with other international donors to provide the life-saving aid needed to avert famine and help people in need.

24 May 2017 description

Average to above-average rainfall in the North and dry conditions in South-Central

24 May 2017 description

The African Development Bank Group and Ethiopia signed loan and grant agreements to the tune of US $5.6 million on Wednesday for additional resources to Ethiopia’s One Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program. The Bank’s support focuses on the rural and pastoralist areas and is timely in the light of the drought that is being experienced in the horn of Africa.

24 May 2017 description

SG/SM/18532-PKO/645

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack against a MINUSMA [United Nations Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali] patrol that killed two Chadian peacekeepers and injured one on 23 May in the Kidal region. The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Chad. He wishes a speedy and full recovery to the wounded peacekeepers.

24 May 2017 description

by Suresh Babu | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

  • Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

During times of conflict, building robust food systems can improve access to food

About 20 million people face starvation in four countries: Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria, the United Nations says. Armed conflict, combined with drought and natural resource degradation have led to the breakdown of resilience in the food system in these areas.

24 May 2017 description

Crisis overview

6.9 million people are living in areas with inadequate health services in the northeast, including more than 68% of the 1.8 million IDPs living in host communities across Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states. The lack of qualified staff and essential medicines, and the destruction of medical facilities all continue to hamper the implementation of interventions.

24 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • With only 21 per cent of the funding needs met, aid partners continue to be severely constrained. The situation is increasingly concerning due to the imminence of the rainy and lean seasons.

  • Since its creation in February, the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund has raised close to US$24 million and held its first Advisory board meeting. A first round of allocations is expected in June.

24 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • On 27 April, the Government of Senegal launched the review of its national strategy for the total elimination of hunger by 2030, in partnership with WFP. The Government is committed to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Objectives (SDGs) by 2030, the Government of Senegal.

24 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • In April, WFP reached 1.9 million people, 62 percent targeted under the PRRO, including 1.5 million people with general food assistance, and 66,736 children under five and 29,267 pregnant and nursing women with nutrition assistance.

24 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Somali region is disproportionately affected by the current acute watery diarrhea (AWD) outbreak, accounting for about 91 per cent of the cases reported in Ethiopia since the beginning of the year.

  • UNICEF support has enabled 794,150 people to access safe water. This includes 149,150 people in Oromia, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP) and Tigray regions, reached during the reporting period, through construction of new water supply schemes, rehabilitation of non-functional water systems and expansion works.