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07 Jan 2015 description

Donor contributions are monetary donations provided by Governments and the private sector. This mechanism gives them the opportunity to pool their unearmarked contributions to a specific country. With these pooled donations, CBPFs offer rapid and flexible financing instruments to scale up humanitarian operations, increase humanitarian access, and strengthen our partnerships with local and international NGOs and UN agencies. This complements the overall humanitarian response based on affected people's needs identified under country-specific strategic response plans.

24 Jul 2014 description

In June 2014, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated US$75 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support 11 countries in two regions where humanitarian needs are high but financial support is low: West Africa’s Sahel and the Horn of Africa. With this regional approach, CERF aims to help relief agencies address the complex and interlinked regional consequences of violent conflict, mass displacement of people and deepening food insecurity. This is the second of two annual Underfunded Emergencies (UFE) rounds.

15 Apr 2014 description

The military offensive by the Somali National Armed Forces and the African Union Mission in Somalia in southern and central Somalia began one month ago.

Since then, six regions have been directly affected. The offensive has so far led to the temporary movement of over 40,000 people.

This is against a backdrop of 2.9 million people who need immediate life-saving and livelihoods support. Somalia continues to be one of the most volatile and operationally challenging environments for humanitarian workers.

23 Jul 2013 description

The 2011 drought in the Horn of Africa left 13.3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. CERF funds have been used to address the crisis as rainfall levels diminished towards the end of 2010. More than US$128 million was allocated to drought-affected persons in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia in 2011. In 2012, another $20 million, followed by $21 million in 2013, was allocated to the region – mostly through the Underfunded Emergency window. Since 2011, CERF has disbursed a total of $169.8 million to the Horn of Africa.

23 Jul 2013 description

The 2011 drought in the Horn of Africa left 13.3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. CERF funds have been used to alleviate the crisis as food insecurity increased due to limited rain fall at the end of 2010. More than US$128 million was allocated to drought-affected persons in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia in 2011.

16 Dec 2011 description

The Horn of Africa crisis continues to affect 13.3 million people, including 3 million people in southern Somalia. In Djibouti, the population is facing the country’s sixth consecutive failed rainy season

28 Sep 2011 description

More than 13 million people in the Horn of Africa are in need of life-saving assistance. While this emergency has made international headlines only in July, when famine was declared in parts of Somalia, country-based pooled funds in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia already supported the humanitarian response to address the effects of the drought with US $69.2 million before July. Combined, the three Funds have allocated $108.2 million to this emergency in 2011 (as of 15 September 2011).

27 Sep 2011 description

Access constraints, particularly in southern Somalia, play a large role in the ability of humanitarian partners to deliver services. Non-state armed groups continue to vet organizations coming to the area, and have banned some organizations. Scaling up the aid system within Somalia in recent months has led to improvements in the numbers of people being reached with life-saving assistance. However, the level of humanitarian assistance in southern Somalia continues to be inadequate.

16 Sep 2011 description

Famine was first declared in two areas of Somalia on 20 July and has since spread to another four areas of southern Somalia. Conditions are expected to deteriorate further.

09 Sep 2011 description

In Somalia, the situation is deteriorating with famine declared in six regions and threatening to expand throughout the south. Rates of malnutrition and mortality are increasing, and communicable diseases continue to spread.