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01 May 2018 description
report Internews Network

As World Press Freedom Day takes place in Ghana May 3, Internews Regional Director for Africa addresses the challenges to media freedom facing the continent

It’s difficult to talk about freedom of the media in Africa today, without talking about the worrying events happening in East Africa, particularly in Kenya and Tanzania. Restrictions of and challenges to the media in these countries illustrate current declines in media freedom at the regional level, and reveal a level of hostility toward the media and contraction of civic space openly encouraged by leaders.

30 Apr 2018 description

Key Messages

Seasonal increases in staple food prices expected as supplies tighten

• Recent seasonal harvest across the region eased staple food prices between November 2017 – February 2018, though remaining above average levels, while draw down in supplies is starting to push prices upward.

• Regional trade in staple foods has been below average levels, but expected to improve through mid-2018, boosted by December – January and forthcoming May – August seasonal harvests.

27 Apr 2018 description
  • 2,163 new arrivals were registered in March 2018 - 1,053 in Kakuma, 1,110 in Nairobi, and none in Dadaab. About 9,600 Ethiopian asylum seekers fled to Moyale in March.

  • 78,088 Somalis have been assisted to return to Somalia under the voluntary repatriation programme since 2014, 2,791 of them in 2018

  • 226,543 (47%) refugees reside in Dadaab, 187,013 (39%), in Kakuma & Kalobeyei Settlement and 67,670 (14%) in Nairobi

Working with Partners

26 Apr 2018 description
  • Since the start of spring rains, flooding has affected 15 counties across Kenya, particularly the eastern counties. Heavy rains in the Ethiopian highlands and across southern Somalia have resulted in flash floods and riverine flooding in many locations, mostly along the Genale and Wabi Shebelle, the Juba and Shebelle river basins.
04 Apr 2018 description

by Irene Amuron and Catalina Jaime, Climate Centre, Nairobi

Ten national African meteorological services were last month represented at the first dialogue platform for forecast-based financing (FbF) to be held on the continent, hosted by the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) in Nairobi.

04 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


• Following security operations and political tensions, some 10,557 people from the Oromia region in Moyale, Ethiopia, have been displaced across the border to Moyale in Marsabit county, Kenya, since 10 March. More than 80% of the asylum seekers are women and children, including 600 pregnant women and 1,500 children under five. UNICEF is supporting response coordination and is providing WASH, Health, Nutrition, Child Protection and NFIs support.

01 Apr 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- Five countries hosting Somali refugees asked to speed up legislation to allow free movement, education and employment for the refugees.
- Despite efforts by the Somalia government to create a conducive environment for voluntary return supported by the international donors, the security situation has not improved forcing these countries to accommodate considerable number of returnees.

By Fred Oluoch

31 Mar 2018 description

In Numbers

11,925 mt of food assistance distributed

US$5.8 m cash based transfers made

US$19.6 m six months (April- September 2018) net funding requirements

2.16 m people assisted in March 2018

Operational Updates