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26 Jan 2018 description

The budget that the government allocated last year for She Decides – to preserve family planning services – has benefited women in a number of countries, including Ethiopia, Yemen, Mali, Bangladesh and Mozambique. She Decides has also supported several programmes covering multiple countries, such as the West African region as a whole. The Netherlands is spending a total of €29 million on She Decides in 2017 and 2018.

19 Jul 2013 description

Millions of people in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa are still threatened by drought, disappointing harvests, high food prices, climate change and conflict. The Global Humanitarian Assistance report presented today shows that despite all the emergency aid in circulation, vast numbers of people continue to die of starvation. Over the next five years, the Netherlands will therefore invest a total of €40 million in structural solutions to help the local population prevent new crises.

02 Sep 2011 description

Following his visit to Mogadishu, international cooperation minister Ben Knapen today announced that the Netherlands will provide an additional 10 million euros in emergency aid to Somalia. ‘Somalia is at the heart of the crisis in the Horn of Africa. This is where help is needed most,’ Mr Knapen said.

The additional 10 million euros comes on top of the more than 15 million euros in humanitarian aid already pledged to the region, bringing the Netherlands’ total contribution towards fighting the crisis in the Horn of Africa to more than 25 million euros.

13 Jul 2011 description

Today a delegation of diplomats, including staff of the Dutch embassy in Kenya, will be visiting the Dadaab refugee camps. The Kenyan government is cooperating fully in the reception of 600,000 refugees, including new refugees who are continuing to arrive. However, all these refugees are being housed in existing camps. During their visit the diplomats urged the opening of an extension of the existing Ifo camp. Dutch MP Ingrid de Caluwé has previously raised this issue in questions in parliament.

23 Oct 2009 description

On 24 October development minister Bert Koenders will travel to Ethiopia's Somali region, which has been hit hard by drought. The Ethiopian government today announced that 6.2 million people are now at risk of famine.

Large parts of Ethiopia have been hit by severe drought. The harvest has failed and livestock are dying due to the shortage of food and water.

On Sunday Mr Koenders will meet with members of the Ethiopian government and aid organisations in the Somali region to discuss the growing emergency. The Minister will also visit a World Food Programme distribution centre.

17 Sep 2009 description

How can you halve the development cooperation budget when drought and climate change are making food shortages increase?' This was the response of Bert Koenders, Minister for Development Cooperation, to the news that the World Food Programme needs another 5 billion dollars to save the lives of millions of people in the Horn of Africa.

Mr Koenders called the attitude of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and the Freedom Party (PVV), which want to make drastic cuts in the development assistance budget, 'uncaring and short-sighted.

22 Sep 2008 description

The Dutch government is providing an extra €10 million in emergency aid for drought victims in the Horn of Africa. The decision was announced in a programme on Radio 1 last Saturday by Bert Koenders, Minister for Development Corporation.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said on 19 September that the situation in the Horn of Africa had reached alarming proportions. The humanitarian crisis there is giving serious cause for concern, due to a combination of drought and rising food prices and also, in some areas, conflict situations.

31 Jul 2008 description

Development minister Bert Koenders is setting aside extra funds for emergency aid for three countries in the Horn of Africa to deal with the rapidly worsening humanitarian situation there.

'Conditions in these three countries [Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea] have deteriorated quickly over the past three months, due to a combination of rising food prices, drought and conflict. If we don't take action now, the result will be a humanitarian crisis,' said Mr Koenders.

The pledge of additional aid comes in response to a request by John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary-General for …

21 Apr 2006 description

To help the 15 million victims of drought in the Horn of Africa, Minister for Development Cooperation Agnes van Ardenne has increased Dutch emergency aid to 21.8 million euros. Earlier this year, the Dutch government made 7 million euros available for international aid organisations to alleviate famine. Because of the persistent drought, over a third of the livestock have died in some parts of the region; wells have run dry and the land has become parched. In Somalia, cereal production has dropped by 80%. Food and seed prices have rocketed.

30 Oct 2003 description

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - The Government of the Netherlands today donated ETB 8.61 million (US$ 1 million) to UNICEF for malaria prevention activities in Ethiopia.

The donation comes in the wake of a special alert issued by the UN country team in Ethiopia indicating that an estimated 15 million Ethiopians are threatened by the deadly disease over the next few months. US$ 5.8 million are urgently required to attempt to avert a major malaria epidemic.

"We are pleased to make this contribution to UNICEF to help avert a major malaria epidemic," said H.E. Mr.

04 Mar 2003 description

Agnes van Ardenne, Minister for Development Cooperation, is donating 9 million euros to the UN to alleviate the food crisis in Africa. Of this sum, 5 million will go to the Horn of Africa, 3 million to Southern Africa and 1 million to West Africa. 40 million Africans are threatened by famine. Ethiopia has been worst hit by food shortages and faces widespread starvation.

18 Dec 2002 description

Minister for Development Cooperation Agnes van Ardenne is allocating an extra €5 million to relieve the famine in Africa. The money will go to start the appeal for southern Africa and the Horn of Africa launched by the joint Dutch aid agencies on 13 December.

"Hunger threatens the lives of millions of people, most of them women and children. We are facing a disaster of such proportions that we have to do everything we possibly can to turn the tide," Van Ardenne announced.

Whenever a disaster of this kind occurs, the Dutch aid agencies join forces to raise funds.