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02 Mar 2017 description

OVERVIEW

• Many countries across the African continent face recurrent complex emergencies, frequent food insecurity, cyclical drought, and sudden-onset disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and storms. In FY 2016, as in previous years, USAID/OFDA not only responded to urgent needs resulting from disasters, but also supported DRR programs that built resilience and improved emergency preparedness, mitigation, and response capacity at local, national, and regional levels.

31 Dec 2016 description

Foreword

Uganda is prone to both natural and human induced disasters. Over the recent past, there has been a high incidence of disasters occurring every year, leaving negative impacts on both the people’s lives and livelihoods.

29 Dec 2016 description

After a year of record humanitarian needs, 2017 looks set to be even more challenging for aid agencies

By Umberto Bacchi

LONDON, Dec 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After a year of record humanitarian needs, 2017 looks set to be even more challenging for aid agencies as they brace for the fallout from protracted conflicts and other escalating crises.

The United Nations estimates almost 93 million people in 33 countries will need humanitarian aid and has appealed for a record $22.2 billion to help them.

15 Dec 2016 description

This is a bi-monthly update that compiles innovative policy, practice and partnerships that aim to strengthen engagement of disaster-affected communities in humanitarian action from the Southern and Eastern Africa region. The aim of the publication is to create awareness about these initiatives and share good practices. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks. Contributions of similar articles are invited.

Kenya: Policy dialogue on humanitarian diplomacy

13 Dec 2016 description

Introduction

As we at Lutheran World Relief anticipate the tremendous humanitarian challenges we might face in the coming year, a quote from Desmond Tutu comes to mind: “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness.”

11 Dec 2016 description
report Wilton Park

Executive summary

  • There is a clear need to increase the efficacy of Early Warning Systems (EWS) in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA), to reduce the impact of flooding events on the lives and livelihoods of people living in that region. In particular, EWS must reach the so-called ‘last-mile’; highly vulnerable communities based in remote and rural areas with a low inherent resilience to disasters

27 Nov 2016 description

The IGAD Region has been prone to disasters with results of human suffering including loss of life, loss of livestock and other means of livelihood, slowed development and caused other economic costs. Until the early 1980’s, drought and other hazards were managed by crisis. The 1984 drought crisis in Ethiopia, Northern Kenya and North Eastern Uganda, is a case in point. This was rated as one of the worst ever recorded droughts in history, because of its duration, geographical spread and severity.

08 Nov 2016 description

By Samuel Okiror

KAMPALA, 8 November 2016 – Ensuring that children understand hazards is the route to reducing their impacts. Uganda is making disaster risk education part of its curriculum in order to bring up a generation that knows how to deal with the threats that it faces.

26 Oct 2016 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report has been developed collectively with humanitarian partners in the region to inform preparedness and advocacy efforts to mitigate and manage humanitarian risk in the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes region. It presents a four-month trend analysis from June to September 2016 and a humanitarian outlook from October to December 2016. It is the fifth report in the series and updates the previous scenario report which was published in April 2016.

25 Oct 2016 description

Reforesting Africa's highest mountain could halt severe water shortages - UN Environment

  • Rivers begin to dry up as the loss of Mt Kilimanjaro's forests triggers water crisis
  • Climate change has destroyed 13,000 hectares of the mountain's forests since 1976 – equivalent to cutting off a year's supply of drinking water for 1 million people
  • East Africa's glaciers expected to disappear within a few decades

19 October 2016 – Reforesting Africa's highest mountain could help protect vital water supplies that …

20 Oct 2016 description

IN 2015, ACTION AGAINST HUNGER’S GLOBAL NETWORK SERVED 14.9 MILLION PEOPLE IN 47 COUNTRIES.

13 Oct 2016 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Foreword

As we write this, Africa is suffering from the strongest El Niño it has faced in decades, causing major floods and droughts throughout Africa, leading to rising economic losses and major impacts on the lives and livelihoods of millions across the continent. Countries across the continent are declaring states of emergency, and are calling on the international community for support.

15 Sep 2016 description
infographic GFDRR

This infographic is adapted from the study “Welfare, Income Growth and Shocks in Uganda: Understanding Poverty Trends From 2005/6 to 2011/12”, by Ruth Hill, Senior Economist in the Africa Region of the Poverty Practice of the World Bank, and Carolina Mejía-Mantilla, Economist in the East Asia Pacific Region of the Poverty Practice of the World Bank. Poverty incidence estimates are based on the Uganda National Household Survey (UNHS), while the vulnerability and shocks analysis is based on the Uganda National Panel Survey (UNPS), taking advantage of its longitudinal nature.

14 Sep 2016 description

UNMA is working hard at bridging the last mile with the help of the private sector and civil society.

By Dr. Robert K. Rutaagi, Chairperson of the UNMA Board

06 Sep 2016 description

As countries in the Greater Horn of Africa deal with El Niño and prepare for La Niña, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) convened the Forty Third Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF43) on 30-31 May 2016 in Naivasha, Kenya with the support of the UN Development Programme, World Bank, USAID, UK MET and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

09 Aug 2016 description

Working and discussion papers | January 2016 | Virginie Le Masson, Maggie Opondo, Ubah Abdi, Patricia Nangiro, Melanie Hilton, Yee Mon Maung, Sophie Rigg, Emma Lovell and Florence Pichon