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17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

12 Oct 2017 description

Numerous countries in Africa are facing conflict, drought, food shortages and widespread displacement. The UN estimates millions of people are on the verge of starvation in Southern and Eastern Africa.

In September 2017, Australia provided $20 million to support international relief efforts in Somalia and South Sudan. This is in addition to the $19.3 million of humanitarian assistance provided to South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya in May 2017.

29 May 2017 description

Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide further assistance to the millions of people across Africa forced from their homes, with more than ten million estimated to be on the verge of starvation due to ongoing conflict and widespread drought.

An additional $19.3 million in support will provide emergency food, healthcare, water and sanitation to people in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya.

23 May 2016 description

When families struggle to get enough to eat at a time of crisis, children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition. WFP’s specialized nutrition support has been a vital part of the response to the ongoing drought crisis in Ethiopia.

WAGHIMERA, Ethiopia – The first time 4-year-old Gebru’s mother took him to a health centre in Amhara last year, he was so sick with a bad cough that he could not eat properly. He did not recover after the first rounds of treatment for malnutrition.

10 Feb 2016 description

Joint media release

  • The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for International Development and the Pacific

The Australian Government is providing further humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia and Somalia to support those affected by drought conditions, and those affected by the ongoing conflict in Somalia.

29 Jan 2013 description

Australia has committed $5 million to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to provide food, medical assistance, water, shelter and protection for up to 245,000 refugees fleeing Sudan due to ongoing violence.

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Richard Marles announced the assistance while visiting villages along the border between Sudan and South Sudan.

"Many of those who have fled are arriving in refugee camps suffering from dehydration and malnourishment and without the most basic possessions," Mr Marles said.

19 Oct 2012 description

School meals from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) feed more than 11 million children in Africa each year. One of those children is a teenager called Molly Achieng, a 13-year-old schoolgirl from the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

09 Oct 2012 description

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced the Australian International Food Security Centre has established its first office in Africa — in Nairobi, Kenya.

Senator Carr said under-investment in agricultural research and innovation is a key factor affecting Africa's ability to bring about food security.

'The new Centre will help Africa in its transition from a reliance on emergency food aid, to building a viable smallholder farming sector,' Senator Carr said.

24 Sep 2012 description

As part of a $100 million commitment from 2009–10 to 2012–13, Australia has provided $60 million to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, managed by the World Bank (external website).

22 Aug 2012 description

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.

14 Aug 2012 description

Highlights:

KENYA - Initiatives begin to enhance the resilience of communities to cope with drought in Northern Kenya.

KENYA - IOM, UNHCR continue with construction of transitional shelters

ETHIOPIA - IOM Commences on Initial Construction of Transitional Shelters in Melkadida Refugee Camp

ETHIOPIA– IOM Disburses Cash Grants to over 1,000 Beneficiaries in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA – IOM has transported 90,381 refugees in Ethiopia as of 28 July 2012.

Kenya Operations

20 Jun 2012 description
AusAID Civil Society Engagement Framework
AusAID—NGO Cooperation Program

AusAID’s Civil Society Engagement Framework sets out how Australia will work more effectively with civil society organisations (CSOs), in Australia and overseas, to increase the impact of aid for the world’s poorest people.

The Framework provides a clear direction for engaging with Australian and international civil society organisations such as CARE, ChildFund, the Global Poverty Project, UN Women, The Red Cross and World Vision Australia.

Why the Civil Society Engagement Framework is important

Through AusAID’s NGO cooperation in 2011-12:

15 Feb 2012 description

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.

05 Dec 2011 description

Media release
Sydney
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 Nov 2011 description

Media release
Canberra
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.

01 Nov 2011 description

The current crisis in the Horn of Africa highlights the importance of food security. One in three people go hungry every day in Africa-a continent that holds 60 per cent of the world's uncultivated arable land.

24 Oct 2011 description

Forrest Place, Perth
Transcript E&OE
24 October 2011

Well, thank you Tim, thank you to Captain Banana, Captain Tomato. Who else we got here? Captain Carrot, Captain Corn and the other members of the veggie patch put on by World Vision this morning.

And, to all of those who support World Vision and its work around the world, I really do appreciate your conviction and what you are doing to bring the whole challenge of food security to the councils of the world.

18 Oct 2011 description
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Somalia + 6 others
World Food Day

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.

05 Oct 2011 description

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.

05 Oct 2011 description

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.