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23 May 2012 description
report The Guardian

Somalia's business community can support aid efforts – but humanitarian agencies must better understand how

Despite – or perhaps because of – more than 20 years of war, Somalia has a remarkably strong private sector, particularly in the money transfer, telecommunications and livestock spheres. Yet, as the 2010 Inter-Agency Standing Committee evaluation of the humanitarian response in Somalia points out, aid agencies have failed to engage systematically the Somali private sector and disapora in their work.

03 Aug 2011 description
report The Guardian

Explainer: How operations to get aid into Somalia have been hit by a lack of cash in the build-up to the famine

The famine in Somalia will spread unless the world community responds with greater urgency, the UN said this week. With more than 12 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti in need of aid, the UN says $1.4bn (£853m) is needed. Operations have been hit by a lack of cash in the build-up to the famine.

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05 Jul 2011 description
report The Guardian

The head of UN humanitarian affairs says the scale of the drought in east and the Horn of Africa is much greater than anticipated

Baroness Amos, head of UN humanitarian affairs, appealed on Tuesday for donors to "dig deep" to help the 10 million people affected by the worst drought conditions in 60 years in east Africa.