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23 Oct 2017 description
report ActionAid

Over the past year, the drought emergency has shown how climate change and natural hazards are increasing humanitarian needs in Ethiopia. As communities cope with shocks in agricultural and livestock production and access to food, national humanitarian organisations working with these communities find themselves apart from the decision-making spaces.

08 Mar 2017 description
report ActionAid

In Somalia, 110 people died in two days at the start of March as a result of the ongoing drought, according to the Somali Prime Minister. These deaths should have been entirely preventable. Droughts don’t kill people, droughts don’t have to become a famine or a crisis. What kills people in a drought is a lack of food or water. We can’t make it rain, we can’t change the weather, but we can stop people going hungry and thirsty. It is simply a matter of political will, resources and funding.

30 Nov 2016 description
report ActionAid

The world is currently enduring an unprecedented combination of climate-related crises. We are living through what will almost certainly be the hottest year on record, and have faced one of the strongest El Niño weather events of all time.

At the same time, in 2016 the Earth has recorded the highest ever level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which are set to rise still further. Many climate scientists are concluding that climate change and El Niño are combining to create new and extreme impacts that are unprecedented.

26 Aug 2015 description
report ActionAid

Oriana Lauria

How much water do you need to survive? How many people don't have access to water? And what does that mean, anyway? These aren't questions we usually ask ourselves, even if magazines or tube announcements constantly remind us to 'stay hydrated'. But it's World Water Week, and everyone is talking about water. Here are four top facts you need to know about water, and how ActionAid is helping communities gain access to it.

21 Feb 2013 description
report ActionAid

New research from ActionAid reveals that poor quality public services are leaving women and girls vulnerable to violence and harassment in public spaces.

The report, ‘Women and the City II: Combating violence against women and girls in urban public spaces’ is based on research from six cities in Brazil, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia and Nepal. It reveals that women face a constant threat of violence, including rape and sexual harassment, in public spaces, preventing them from living and working in cities without fear of attack.

18 May 2012 description
report ActionAid

Janet Convery, Head of Schools and Youth

ActionAid welcomes the evidence in today's report from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) that UK aid is getting more children into school. That’s good news. But of course everyone should share the concerns in the report about the quality of education that many children are receiving.

15 Mar 2012 description

The question of 'what changes do we need to empower women smallholders and achieve food security?' has been asked repeatedly. But transformational changes in both public policy and practice have been few and far between, although increasing access to resources and opportunities for women farmers could substantially reduce the number of hungry people in the world.

24 Sep 2011 description

Up to 750,000 people face death from hunger in East Africa. Millions more are at risk across the region in the worst food crisis of the 21st century. They will have to bear a legacy of poverty, suffering, and the loss of their livelihoods. Urgent action is needed right now.

But the truth is that this crisis was predicted – and preventable: we already have the knowledge to stop this kind of tragedy from unfolding; we know the steps that must be taken to prevent suffering on this scale.

18 Jul 2011 description

Donations from the UK public to the DEC appeal to help people suffering from severe food shortages in East Africa have topped a milestone £20 million.

The worst drought in 60 years in parts of East Africa has devastated cattle and crops creating a humanitarian emergency, with problems expected to be compounded by a poor coming harvest. The situation is getting more desperate by the day and fears are growing, particularly for the situation in south and central Somalia.

16 Jul 2011 description
report ActionAid

As the effects of East Africa’s widespread drought deepen, ActionAid is calling for international donors to increase their emergency response.

“This crisis is already affecting 10 million people, and it is still nowhere near its peak,” said Evelyn Samba, Head of Programmes for ActionAid Kenya.

“The situation continues to deteriorate and through August, September and October, the crisis is likely to escalate. The international community must commit to a major humanitarian relief programme across the region to avoid this crisis tipping over into a famine situation.”

05 Jul 2011 description
report ActionAid

ActionAid has launched a £1.5 million appeal to urgently step up its work in drought-affected East Africa.

The severe drought across Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda and Djibouti has left an estimated 10m people on the brink of starvation with some areas experiencing the driest conditions in 60 years.

ActionAid has been responding to the crisis for several months and has already helped more than 194,000 people with emergency food supplies, water and income generating schemes.

19 Mar 2010 description


The practice of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) participating in the leadership and management of country level clusters is occurring more frequently in recent years. In several situations, cluster leads are approaching NGOs to take on roles in the cluster, such as coleadership. This review draws on the experiences of NGOs in cluster leadership and management in the four focus countries of the NGOs and Humanitarian Reform Project: Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zimbabwe.

20 Jan 2010 description


A humanitarian emergency, by definition, requires immediate action, and for emergency actors to be able to respond they need access to quick and flexible funding.

16 Oct 2009 description
report ActionAid

ActionAid's HungerFREE Scorecard Investigates why a Billion People are Hungry

Executive Summary

Over one billion people - a sixth of humanity - don't have enough to eat. Almost a third of the world's children are growing up malnourished. This is perhaps one of the most shameful achievements of recent history, since there is no good reason for anyone to go hungry in today's world.

Even before the food and financial crises, the number of people facing chronic malnutrition was extremely high, and falling extremely slowly. Since 2005, it has jumped by 20 percent.

01 Oct 2009 description

Executive Summary

This report analyses the current state of global humanitarian reform efforts from an NGO perspective by synthesising a series of mapping studies carried out between November 2008 and February 2009 that looked at humanitarian reform in five different countries: Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Sudan and Zimbabwe. Lessons from other contexts are also brought in to strengthen the analysis and provide an overview of humanitarian reform.

29 Sep 2009 description
report ActionAid

According to the World Food Programme, there are 40 million people in the East and Horn of Africa who are desperately in need of food and there are reports of deaths due to starvation.

08 Sep 2008 description
report ActionAid

In parts of East Africa the failure of two successive seasonal rains has caused crop failures and livestock deaths. At a time of high global food prices this has led to food scarcity and insecurity.


In drought stricken Northern Kenya, an estimated 1.2 million people will be affected by this emergency. ActionAid is providing immediate assistance by trucking water to the areas in most desperate need, in the Takaba and Mandera districts.

30 Aug 2008 description
report ActionAid

East Africa is experiencing serious food shortages triggered by the failure of seasonal rains. Communities have lost their harvests resulting in at least 7 million people facing hunger in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Somaliland.

East Africa is experiencing serious food shortages triggered by the failure of seasonal rains.

19 Aug 2008 description
report ActionAid

Millions of people across the Horn of Africa are facing starvation and the situation could become catastrophic unless urgent action is taken.

A combination of drought, failed harvests and the continued rise in global food prices has left at least 7 million people facing hunger in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Somaliland.

With millions facing hunger and destitution, ActionAid is warning that the region is now reaching a tipping point with increasing numbers of people unable to cope.

In Ethiopia, the government estimates that 4.6 million people need emergency food aid.