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05 Sep 2018 description
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Part 1: Background and Concepts
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Part 2: How-to Guide & Tools

The Basic Needs Assessment (BNA) is a multi-sector needs assessment approach that can be applied in both sudden onset and protracted emergencies, but that – in the present edition – has been piloted only in two protracted crises, namely in Borno State (North-East Nigeria) and in Fafan zone (Somali region of Ethiopia). The approach took inspiration from ECHO’s Basic Needs Framework for Integrated Response.

19 Jan 2018 description
report Mercy Corps

The headlines in 2017 were full of heart-wrenching stories and images of natural disasters wreaking havoc on communities around the world. When disaster strikes, the immediate concern of all humanitarian responders is, and should be, how to help people meet their basic, urgent needs, like food, water and shelter. But how a response is conducted can have significant implications on how the community recovers — and how fast.

29 Sep 2017 description
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Executive Summary

After a disaster, the immediate concern of all humanitarian responders is—and should be—to help affected populations meet their basic, urgent needs. But how a response is conducted can have significant implications on how the community recovers—and how fast.

17 Apr 2017 description
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The road to starvation can be long and agonizing. But for Hauwa, it happened in an instant.

One afternoon last February, Hauwa and her five children were home on their farm in Nigeria when the distant rumble of motorcycles broke through the peace of their village. Boko Haram had come. The village scattered: Hauwa dropped everything, grabbed her kids, untied the family cow and sprinted into the wilderness. In a single moment, the life they knew was over.

03 Feb 2017 description
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Evidence from Mercy Corps’ PRIME Program in the Somali region of Ethiopia
JANUARY 2017

How investing in resilience helps fight drought

Pastoralists in eastern Ethiopia are no strangers to drought. That’s why resourcefulness and innovation are critical for maintaining their livestock. But in 2015, the El Niño weather cycle brought the worst drought in decades to this region — as one pastoralist from the Awbare district described it: “We’ve never seen anything like this drought.”

30 Nov 2016 description

Author: Sara Murray
Mercy Corps, November 2016

Background

The Electronic Cash Transfer Learning Action Network (ELAN) launched this research to build an evidence base around connecting emergency electronic transfer (e-transfer) recipients with additional financial services. They also wanted to learn if, when, and how e-transfers can promote sustained uptake and use of digital financial services (DFS).

09 May 2016 description
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Displacement in Eastern Africa is predominantly of a protracted nature. At the end of February 2016, there were 11.7 million people displaced in the region, mostly in Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia (UNHCR), and at least half are children. Although most have been displaced for several years or even decades, few have durable solutions prospects such as returning to their home, being integrated into their host communities or settle elsewhere.

01 May 2016 description
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Chronic violence and instability in the Horn of Africa have spurred major investments in resilience in the hopes of preventing future humanitarian crises. Yet how best to build resilience in conflict contexts remains unclear. Mercy Corps began tackling these issues through previous research that demonstrated that peacebuilding interventions can have positive effects on pastoralists’ abilities to cope with and adapt to severe drought.

07 Apr 2016 description
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Hunger: It’s not a new problem for many countries in Africa.

While food is a basic necessity for human life, the reasons why millions of people go hungry are complex.

Crops are failing in **Ethiopia** due to dry weather conditions caused by El Nino, leading to the worst drought in a decade and triggering a hunger crisis that is affecting 10 million people.

13 Feb 2016 description
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Whether or not there’s food on the tables of millions of families in Ethiopia is dependent primarily on one thing: the weather.

Separated from the sea by Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia, this landlocked country in the Horn of Africa is home to more than 96 million people, almost all of whom rely on rain-fed agriculture, including crops and livestock, for the food and income they need to survive.

24 Mar 2015 description
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Dima Halke’s livelihood is milk. As the only provider for her eight children, 49-year-old Dima sells the milk her cattle produce to buy food, medicine and supplies for her family. Her cows are her only asset — and her only source of income.

Like the rest of her pastoral community in Ethiopia, Dima’s survival is dependent solely on her livestock.

16 Oct 2013 description
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Ethiopia, October 15, 2013

A year ago, 6-month-old Hawa Mumin was a hungry, listless baby, one of many children in Ethiopia facing hunger from food shortages in the region.

An orphan, Hawa and her seven siblings are in the care of their aunt, Nima Hassan, who already has four children of her own. With limited resources and no access to traditional medical care in their remote village, Nima struggles to provide for her large family.

27 Feb 2013 description
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Jennifer Schmidt
Senior Development Officer

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. —Helen Keller

Given the magnitude and complexity of the poverty challenges that our global community faces, Helen Keller’s words couldn’t ring more true.

27 Jul 2012 description
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Bija Gutoff
Senior Writer/Editor

You might hear it called a “slow onset” emergency because, unlike the sudden strike of an earthquake, drought builds gradually. But don’t bother telling that to the mothers whose children are hanging on by a thread; slow isn’t the word they would choose. Grueling, they might say. Nerve-wracking. Painful.

09 May 2012 description
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Liz Hummer
Online Content Manager

Emergency response program manager Kaja Wislinska speaks to community members who are repairing a pond too damaged to hold water. It is now a working water source for the 400 households in Ada Olaa village.

13 Apr 2012 description
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Erin Gray
Senior Media Communications Officer, European HQ

When drought hits and families are struggling to survive, the solutions don’t always have to be complicated or expensive. As I learnt from our team in Ethiopia last year, something as simple as a sack can mean the difference between hunger and happiness for a farming family.

04 Mar 2012 description
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Research Brief

Promoting resilience has gained attention in the wake of the recent drought in the Horn of Africa. In mid-2011, Mercy Corps received anecdotal evidence from local officials that drought-affected communities that had benefited from Mercy Corps-supported peace processes were better able to cope in the face of these harsh conditions than other pastoralist groups in southern Ethiopia. Mercy Corps undertook a study to better understand this unintended effect, and further examine the links between conflict and drought resilience.

04 Aug 2011 description

U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Subcommittee on Africa

Hearing on:
Responding to Drought and Famine in the Horn of Africa

August 3, 2011

Chairman Coons, Ranking Member Isakson:

20 Jul 2011 description
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  • Cash, food and water programs will help thousands in desperate need

  • Agency calls for increased support from the U.S. and the international community