Appeals & Response Plans
- Tropical Cyclone Mekunu - May 2018
- Tropical Cyclone Sagar - May 2018
- Somalia: Flash Floods - Apr 2018
- Somalia: Measles Outbreak - Dec 2016
- Somalia: Floods - May 2016
- Somalia: Cholera Outbreak - Apr 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Megh - Nov 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Chapala - Nov 2015
- Somalia: Floods - Oct 2015
- Somalia: Drought - 2015-2018
24 January 2013
Australia will provide $2 million to help the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) feed 575,000 refugees in Kenya that have fled war and drought in the region.
Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Richard Marles announced the assistance while meeting refugees at the Dadaab camp in Kenya, near the Somali border. Dadaab is the largest refugee camp in the world.
At the height of the Horn of Africa crisis in July 2011, more than 13 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti were faced with the consequences of severe drought.
Their situation was exacerbated by a tenuous food security situation, high food and fuel prices and widespread insecurity that displaced many people from their homes and into neighbouring countries. Somalia was the worst hit, with three-quarters of a million people and six regions facing imminent famine.
AusAID’s Civil Society Engagement Framework sets out how Australia will work more effectively with civil society organisations (CSOs), in Australia and overseas, to increase the impact of aid for the world’s poorest people.
The Framework provides a clear direction for engaging with Australian and international civil society organisations such as CARE, ChildFund, the Global Poverty Project, UN Women, The Red Cross and World Vision Australia.
Why the Civil Society Engagement Framework is important
Through AusAID’s NGO cooperation in 2011-12:
Mr Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, is in Australia from 12–15 February discussing a range of issues affecting refugees, including current and future global humanitarian challenges.
During his visit, Mr Guterres met with Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, AusAID's Director General Peter Baxter and other government officials and NGOs.
4 December 2011
The Australian public has united with the Australian Government and aid organisations to save lives in the Horn of Africa.
Thanks to the deep generosity of Australians, more than $25 million has been raised through the Government's Dollar for Dollar appeal for people suffering in the Horn of Africa,
In October, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd announced that the Australian Government would match, dollar for dollar, the public donations made to the famine appeals of accredited aid agencies.
23 November 2011
In two months, the Australian public has contributed over $6 million, and brought the Horn of Africa appeal to more than $12 million, in a nation-wide effort to help people starving in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.
The Australian Government's Dollar for Dollar initiative matches every donation to participating Australian non-government aid agencies til the end of November — making twice the difference for every dollar donated.
The current crisis in the Horn of Africa highlights the importance of food security. One in three people go hungry every day in Africa-a continent that holds 60 per cent of the world's uncultivated arable land.
Forrest Place, Perth
24 October 2011
Well, thank you Tim, thank you to Captain Banana, Captain Tomato. Who else we got here? Captain Carrot, Captain Corn and the other members of the veggie patch put on by World Vision this morning.
And, to all of those who support World Vision and its work around the world, I really do appreciate your conviction and what you are doing to bring the whole challenge of food security to the councils of the world.
Anti-Poverty Week, 16–22 October
Anti-Poverty Week was established in Australia as an expansion of the UN's annual international Anti-Poverty Day on October 17.
Anti-Poverty Week aims to:
increase public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia
encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.
October 13 is the International Day for Disaster Reduction, when Australia, like many other developed nations, focuses its attention on efforts to build resilience in developing countries vulnerable to the impacts of natural disasters.
In recent weeks new flooding in Pakistan, an earthquake in Nepal and a typhoon in the Philippines have demonstrated how vulnerable developing countries can be to natural hazards, and how quickly development progress can be wiped out by a natural disaster.
The Australian Government is extremely concerned about the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, especially the famine in parts of Somalia. More than 13 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are in need of live-saving humanitarian assistance because of consecutive droughts, following two poor rain seasons, and a lack of food.
The United Nations has a $2.4 billion international emergency appeal in response to the crisis.
The Australian Government today pledged to match, dollar for dollar, donations by Australians to help people in the Horn of Africa.
The situation in the Horn of Africa remains dire, with the UN estimating 750,000 people could die in the coming four months without a scale up of humanitarian aid, and that 13 million drought-stricken people require urgent help.
29 September 2011
A hallmark of foreign policy is to look beyond the horizon to analyse the new great global challenges facing us in the future.
Today I want to talk to you about one such challenge — food security, which now finds itself at the forefront of the global policy agenda.
Population growth means that by 2050 the world will need to feed approximately 9 billion people, over 2 billion more than today when we already have 1 billion people suffering chronic hunger.
AusAID Director General Peter Baxter witnessed first hand how Australian support for the ongoing humanitarian effort is saving lives in the Horn of Africa when he visited the world's largest refugee camp in northern Kenya.
Updated 4 August 2011
Australia will provide an additional $20 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide emergency food rations to people in the Horn of Africa, including nutrition supplements for malnourished women and children.
The WFP has also allocated $22 million to the Horn of Africa from Australia’s annual core commitment to the agency.
This brings Australia’s total commitment to the crisis to more than $80 million.
The Prime Minister and Foreign Minister today announced the Government will provide $20 million in additional emergency humanitarian support for the 11.6 million people affected by the looming catastrophe in the Horn of Africa.
The United Nations estimates that this is the most severe food security challenge in Africa for 20 years. But if we learn lessons from the past and act fast, we can save hundreds of thousands of lives.
More than 10 million people are suffering the effects of the most serious drought in 60 years in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda.
UNICEF estimates that there are 480,000 severely malnourished children in drought affected Kenya, Somalia Ethiopia, and Djibouti, with a third of children under five in southern Somalia malnourished. In Kenya, more than 3.5 million people in the northern and north-eastern regions are without food and water.
Dadaab, 100 km from the border with Somalia in the North of Kenya, is one of the oldest and most overcrowded refugee sites in the world.
Around 270,000 refugees, most of whom have fled the conflict in Somalia, are registered at Dadaab's three camps: Hagadera, Ifo and Dagahaley. Others are in the North West of Kenya in the Kakuma refugee camp.
MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS