Appeals & Response Plans
- Tropical Cyclone Sagar - May 2018
- Ethiopia: Floods and Landslides - Apr 2018
- Ethiopia: Floods - Aug 2017
- Ethiopia: Measles Outbreak - May 2017
- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Ethiopia: Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) Outbreak - May 2016
- Ethiopia: Floods - Apr 2016
- Ethiopia: Floods - Oct 2015
- Ethiopia: Drought - 2015-2018
- Ethiopia: Floods - Oct 2014
Most read reports
- 700,000 people flee conflict to seek safety in Somali region of Ethiopia
- The Crisis Below the Headlines: Conflict Displacement in Ethiopia
- Ethiopia - Council conclusions (19 November 2018)
- World Vision East Africa Region Situation Report | October 1 - October 31, 2018
- President’s Malaria Initiative: Ethiopia - Malaria Operational Plan FY 2019
Somali movements to Yemen: An estimated 691 Somalis arrived on the Yemeni shores in June 2013, a 36%decrease from May 2013 and 24% decrease from June 2012. Somali arrivals are primarily from south and central Somalia. Many of the new arrivals have an intermediate level of education. Somali migrants/refugees cite the search for economic opportunities in Yemen and beyond. Somali migrants/refugees also cite insecurity and an increase in cases of sexual and gender based violence perpetuated largley by government forces.
At the height of the Horn of Africa crisis in July 2011, more than 13 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti were faced with the consequences of severe drought.
Their situation was exacerbated by a tenuous food security situation, high food and fuel prices and widespread insecurity that displaced many people from their homes and into neighbouring countries. Somalia was the worst hit, with three-quarters of a million people and six regions facing imminent famine.
Mr Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, is in Australia from 12–15 February discussing a range of issues affecting refugees, including current and future global humanitarian challenges.
During his visit, Mr Guterres met with Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, AusAID's Director General Peter Baxter and other government officials and NGOs.
4 December 2011
The Australian public has united with the Australian Government and aid organisations to save lives in the Horn of Africa.
Thanks to the deep generosity of Australians, more than $25 million has been raised through the Government's Dollar for Dollar appeal for people suffering in the Horn of Africa,
In October, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd announced that the Australian Government would match, dollar for dollar, the public donations made to the famine appeals of accredited aid agencies.
23 November 2011
In two months, the Australian public has contributed over $6 million, and brought the Horn of Africa appeal to more than $12 million, in a nation-wide effort to help people starving in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.
The Australian Government's Dollar for Dollar initiative matches every donation to participating Australian non-government aid agencies til the end of November — making twice the difference for every dollar donated.
Anti-Poverty Week, 16–22 October
Anti-Poverty Week was established in Australia as an expansion of the UN's annual international Anti-Poverty Day on October 17.
Anti-Poverty Week aims to:
increase public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia
encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.
The Australian Government is extremely concerned about the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, especially the famine in parts of Somalia. More than 13 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are in need of live-saving humanitarian assistance because of consecutive droughts, following two poor rain seasons, and a lack of food.
The United Nations has a $2.4 billion international emergency appeal in response to the crisis.
The Australian Government today pledged to match, dollar for dollar, donations by Australians to help people in the Horn of Africa.
The situation in the Horn of Africa remains dire, with the UN estimating 750,000 people could die in the coming four months without a scale up of humanitarian aid, and that 13 million drought-stricken people require urgent help.
Thank you very much Valerie Amos and for the good work of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
(Bangkok, 15 September 2011) – Five countries in Asia and the Pacific have donated almost 18 per cent of the total amount of emergency aid provided to date, to the crisis in the Horn of Africa.
Australia, Japan, China, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand have provided US$275 million to the four countries that make up the Horn of Africa crisis - Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti.
A new study assessing the availability and stability of food supplies in 196 countries has rated the food security of Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo as lowest in the world, whilst countries in the drought stricken Horn of Africa are also at ‘extreme risk’.
Updated 4 August 2011
Australia will provide an additional $20 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide emergency food rations to people in the Horn of Africa, including nutrition supplements for malnourished women and children.
The WFP has also allocated $22 million to the Horn of Africa from Australia’s annual core commitment to the agency.
This brings Australia’s total commitment to the crisis to more than $80 million.
Drought in the Horn of Africa has left 12.4 million people in need of help. While international attention to the emergency has peaked in recent weeks, CERF funds have been addressing the crisis since rainfalls failed at the end of 2010. More than $94 million dollars has been allocated to drought-affected countries this year.
Joint media release:
Minister for Foreign Affairs
20 July 2011
The Australian Government is responding rapidly to the emerging crises to provide food rations and other emergency relief to some 6.7 million people caught in the Horn of Africa's worst drought in 60 years.
The Australian Government is helping feed people in desperate need of assistance following consecutive droughts across the Horn of Africa.
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said the UN has described the food shortages as the most severe humanitarian crisis in the world today.
“Southern Somalia is the worst hit, with a third of children under 5 malnourished,” Mr Rudd said.
“More than ten million people in Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda are affected, and thousands of Somalis are arriving in Kenya and Ethiopia every month in search of assistance.”