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17 Dec 2018 description

Mogadishu – The following international partners* (listed below) are concerned about the recent events in South West State. We extend our deepest condolences for the death of the South West State assembly member and others who have died in the violence in Baidoa. We deplore all violence and any other acts that could exacerbate the humanitarian situation.

04 Jul 2018 description


With more than 1.2 million refugees, mostly from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Somalia and South Sudan, Uganda is one of the top-most refugee hosting countries worldwide. Due to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan, many further refugees currently cross the border to Uganda.

22 Sep 2017 description

The Dutch government is giving an additional €4 million to She Decides. She Decides is the international initiative launched by development minister Lilianne Ploumen to safeguard access to family planning for millions of women in developing countries in the face of the US government’s Global Gag Rule. This policy cancels US funding for aid organisations if their services include access to or information about safe abortions.

17 Mar 2017 description

The government has responded to the appeal made by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to prevent millions of people from dying of starvation in Yemen, North East Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan. ‘The UN is warning of complete catastrophe in South Sudan alone, with women and children hiding in dangerous swamps and reduced to eating the roots of swamp plants to survive,’ said development minister Lilianne Ploumen. ‘In Yemen, one child dies every 10 minutes due to violence, hunger and lack of medical assistance.

27 Dec 2016 description

The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States are gravely concerned over a number of decisions announced by the National Leadership Forum (NLF) in its communiqué dated 24 December 2016.

21 Jul 2016 description

Every day, 10 people are killed by landmines. Besides claiming such a substantial number of lives, landmines form an obstacle to post-conflict reconstruction efforts. Foreign trade and development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen said: ‘The devastating impact of landmines doesn’t stop when the violence ends. Emergency workers are left unable to reach the places where they’re needed, refugees can’t return home and farmers can’t access their land.

20 Jan 2012 description

The House of Representatives has agreed to the contribution of an Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment (AVPD) to Operation Atalanta, the EU mission concerned with protecting food transports to Somalia. The advantage of AVPDs is that the military personnel can be stationed directly on the ship in need of protection, so that no naval escort is necessary.

The Netherlands is already contributing to the operation with naval vessels, and it also stations Vessel Protection Detachments (VPD) on vulnerable Dutch merchant ships.

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.

05 Aug 2011 description

Minister for International Cooperation Ben Knapen said in a radio interview this morning that aid organisations, both Dutch and international, had agreed not to pay any money or taxes to the radical Islamic organisation Al Shabaab. Mr Knapen was answering questions about the famine in the Horn of Africa.

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.

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.

23 Apr 2009 description

Foreign minister Maxime Verhagen has announced that the Netherlands will contribute $1.5 million to training African Union troops for the mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Yesterday a donor conference was held in Brussels to raise money for the mission and for developing the police force of the Somali transitional government.

'Somalia is used by pirates as a base of operations,' said Mr Verhagen.

30 Oct 2008 description

In principle, the Netherlands will contribute to sending mobile hospitals to areas of Yemen affected by heavy flooding.' These were development minister Bert Koenders' remarks at the end of a three-day working visit to Yemen. Mr Koenders made the decision following his conversation with President Saleh.

The authorities still don't know the full extent of the damage in Hadramaut and Al-Mahrah provinces because part of the region is not easily accessible.

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 …

10 Mar 2008 description

The Dutch government will be deploying a frigate off the Somali coast to protect vessels carrying humanitarian goods from attacks by pirates.

The proposal was put forward by foreign minister Maxime Verhagen, defence minister Eimert van Middelkoop and development minister Bert Koenders.

HMS Evertsen, with a crew of 170, will be dispatched to the region from the end of March to the end of June 2008. A security team of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps will provide support.

There have been several attacks on vessels carrying food aid from the World Food Programme (WFP) to Somalia, …

26 Nov 2007 description

At the Netherlands' insistence, the European development ministers last week discussed the emergency in Somalia. Dutch development minister Bert Koenders urged the EU to take a more active stance in order to help end the conflict.

The Netherlands will donate an additional €3 million to the UN's emergency fund for Somalia. 'The international community is focused on Darfur, and rightly so, but we must not forget Somalia,' the Minister said. Aid workers have warned about the precarious situation of refugees in Somalia.

15 Jun 2007 description

The Somali foundation Karti ("courage" in Somali) presented a petition to development minister Bert Koenders this morning, drawing attention to the effects of violence on Somali children.

The foundation has asked the Netherlands to form a coalition with other EU member states to promote nonviolence and personal safety in Somalia. Minister Koenders shares Karti's concerns about the humanitarian situation faced by Somali children, and also expressed concern for women in Somalia.

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.

29 Dec 2004 description

Deputy Prime Minister Gerrit Zalm thinks that more money must be made available for the disaster areas in Southeast Asia. 'Whatever is necessary must be provided.' The Netherlands has already donated two million euros.