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23 Jul 2018 description

(Nairobi, 19th July 2018), At least 1 million people, the majority of whom being women and children are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance following recent inter-communal conflict in Ethiopia. Aid agencies in Ethiopia are appealing for critical and urgent assistance for close to a million people that have fled their homes following inter-communal violence along the border of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' (SNNPR) and Oromia Regions of Ethiopia.

03 Jul 2017 description
report Plan International

This case study describes the role of community-based child protection committees in improving the safety and protection of children in 3 refugee camps in Gambella, Ethiopia.

In December 2013, widespread violence in South Sudan led nearly 300,000 people to flee the country, across the border into Western Ethiopia. Over 80% of the refugees are women and children. The refugee girls and boys face high risks, both during their journey into Ethiopia as well as upon arrival in the camps. Risks of family separation, sexual violence and psychosocial distress are common.

15 Mar 2017 description
report Plan International

Twenty-million people, including millions of children, across South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are in urgent need of food as the East Africa food crisis worsens.

We are calling on the international community to take immediate and urgent action to help the millions of girls and boys at risk of starvation in East Africa in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis since 1945.

14 May 2016 description
report Plan International

Director of Programmes, Plan International Headquarters

Food and water distributions are helping communities survive despite El Niño-caused droughts but long-term needs remain, blogs Plan International’s Jonathan Mitchell.

Rainfall is long overdue in Ethiopia.

Travelling to Lalibella in the Amhara Region, the land is bone dry and the region is in the midst of a drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon.


11 May 2016 description
report Plan International


This edition of OPENPlan marks the first issue of Volume 2, and the first for 2016. We have sought to bring you as varied research studies as possible in order to give you a sampling of some of the interesting studies being undertaken across Plan International.

26 Nov 2015 description
report Plan International

Plan International is responding to the needs of children as the impacts of the weather phenomenon El Niño worsen. In the Horn of Africa, where the impact is severe, it’s not just food that’s running out - it’s time.

Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda, are expected to be worst affected, leaving children at risk of death, malnutrition, trauma and emotional distress.

27 Aug 2015 description


Coordination of the child protection (CP) response to Sudanese refugees in South Sudan has been mainly driven by the field. In Gambella, there is a child protection working group (CPWG), and two specific groups on information management and case management. At the camp level, there is a weekly working group which covers CP as well as Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV). The Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) participates in the CP working group and in the camp level coordination meetings.

07 May 2013 description
report Plan International

Posted by Nora Fyles, Yona Nestel and Koli Banik
A call to action to promote gender equality in education

7 May 2013: No country should be left behind in ensuring gender equality in education, reflect UNGEI’s Nora Fyles, Plan’s Yona Nestel and the Global Partnership for Education’s Koli Banik, following the recent global education summit.

26 Sep 2012 description
report Plan International


In July 2011 the Horn of Africa region was affected by one of the worst droughts in decades with an estimated 12.4 million people reported to be in urgent need of food. Plan International (Plan) mobilised its teams in Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan to respond to the drought in the three countries where it is involved in long-term development work.

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.

22 Aug 2011 description
report Plan International

August 2011: Meet Meselech - a 30-year-old mother struggling to feed her 5 malnourished children in drought-hit southern Ethiopia.

She is now so weak that she can’t produce enough milk for her 5-month-old baby.

“It will be at least 2 months until we can harvest our crops, so we need assistance now,” she says.

Emergency aid
Plan is providing emergency food aid to Meselech’s family and thousands of others affected by the drought crisis in Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan.

03 Aug 2011 description
report Plan International

3 August 2011: Child malnutrition rates are rising in Ethiopia’s cities as severe drought in rural areas continues to push up food prices leaving poor families struggling to survive.

Meaza Molla, a nutrition programme coordinator at a Plan-supported feeding centre in the capital, Addis Ababa, has seen more and more children and mothers needing food aid.

01 Aug 2011 description
report Plan International

1 August 2011: Plan has started delivering food to schools in Kenya’s drought-hit district of Machakos as part of its emergency school feeding programme which will reach 150,000 children across the country.

For pupils in Liani community, the maize, beans and oil dispatched are the first aid supplies they have received since the drought crisis hit.

Hunger pains

Liani Primary School’s deputy headmaster, Onesmus Malombe, hopes that the food will help stem the tide of school drop-outs.

29 Jul 2011 description
report Plan International

Plan is continuing to provide life-saving aid to children and families in East Africa, where severe drought has put more than 11.6 million people at risk of starvation. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our emergency operations are now helping over 1.4 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan.

27 Jul 2011 description
report Plan International

27 July 2011: Severe drought and rising food prices in southern Ethiopia are increasingly forcing girls out of school and into work as families struggle to meet their food needs.

A recent Plan assessment in Leku, Shebedino, shows that many girls are dropping out of school because their families can’t afford to pay their school fees. Girls, rather than boys, are most likely to lose out on their education as they are held responsible for helping to feed their families.

Gruelling work

22 Jul 2011 description
report Plan International

Plan's response has so far reached a half million people

A humanitarian crisis affecting some 10 million people is unfolding in eastern and southern parts of the Horn of Africa. Failed rains, local and global price increases for food and fuel, underdevelopment and conflict in Somalia have combined to create a threatening situation affecting access to the most basic levels of food and water.

13 Jul 2011 description
report Plan International

13 July 2011: Everywhere are children with their arms dip-dyed white. In each available space of Plan’s food distribution point in Wondogenet, kids are delving into sacks of flour, helping their mothers divvy up vital food supplies. They have plain flour, nut flour, fortified oil and milk-rich goo.

Children, and women who are breastfeeding, are some of the most vulnerable to the current food shortages in south Ethiopia. Many arrive here malnourished, thin and sick. Plan gives them top-up, nutritious food, to help bring them back to health.

13 Jun 2011 description
report Plan International

Children in Shebedino, Ethiopia, are celebrating World Day Against Child Labor now that a Plan project has helped protect them from hazardous work and enable them to go to school.

20 Sep 2010 description

- New report shows Somalia and Haiti top list of global education hot spots

- Former UK Prime Minister Brown warns that a "generation could be condemned to poverty"

- Rich countries breaking their aid promises and using education funds for domestic universities

Somalia and Haiti have topped a list of the world's worst places to be a school child as a new report from the Global Campaign for Education, backed by organizations including Education International, Oxfam, Plan, Save the Children and VSO warned that poor countries are teetering on the brink of an education …