Horn of Africa Crisis: 2011-2012
The Horn of Africa crisis of 2011-2012 affected 13 million people. The main focus of the crisis was across southern Ethiopia, south-central Somalia and northern Kenya. Regional drought came on top of successive bad rains and rising inflation. It ramped up a chronic livelihoods crisis into a tipping point of potential disaster by putting extreme pressure on food prices, livestock survival, and water and food availability. Armed conflict across the region compounded chronic ecological and economic vulnerability, which escalated the crisis and limited people’s survival and recovery choices. (IASC Real-Time Evaluation of the Humanitarian Response to the Horn of Africa Drought Crisis in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya - Synthesis Report)
Appeals & Response Plans
The International Development Secretary met with members of Hendon’s Somali community today to hear their views on how to create a more peaceful, prosperous and secure Somalia ahead of a major international conference next month.
Visiting Hendon’s BritSom community centre with Hendon MP Matthew Offord, Justine Greening pledged to present their recommendations to the London Somalia Conference as she answered questions about Britain’s £80 million a year development programme in Somalia.
04 February 2013
Britain will help Somalia to establish a new democratic government and federal parliament, as well as providing aid to help fight the food crisis.
Development Secretary Justine Greening today pledged to support Somali parliamentarians as they establish their new government and federal parliament, following a meeting in London with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia.
The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has said the UK will continue its support to help Ethiopia continue its development and expand access to basic services. The Head of DFID in Ethiopia, Melanie Robinson, said that the UK's development program in Ethiopia was its largest in the world, and the overall UK aid program in Ethiopia was currently running at 300 million pounds, six times larger than it was in 2005.
Intervention by the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague at the Secretary-General Mini Summit on Somalia
Thank you very much Secretary General, shortening my remarks accordingly. I begin by congratulating the Somali people on the historic moment and the end of transition in Somalia. Their determination and courage to recover from 21 years of conflict is an inspiration to us all.
The 2011 humanitarian crises in Somalia and across the Horn of Africa may be a distant memory to those outside the region, but last Friday the Department for International Development (DFID) received its report card for its response to the crisis from its examination board, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI).
Report 14 – September 2012
UK Humanitarian Emergency Response in the Horn of Africa
The ICAI report found that the Department for International Development (DFID) played a leading role in the humanitarian response, supporting some of the most vulnerable people in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. DFID applied pressure to governments and other donors to act and its programmes in the field demonstrated good impact and value for money.
By ROSEMARY MIRONDO Special Correspondent
Posted Saturday, August 25 2012 at 18:23
The funds will be used in the Southern zone, Rukwa, Ruvuma, Iringa, Mbeya and Coast, Morogoro, regions.
The Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Christopher Chiza said the funds will go towards improving infrastructure, electricity supply and supporting agriculture development.
BY DR. TOMAZ AUGUSTO SALOMÃO
OF THE COMESA-EAC-SADC TRIPARTITE
SIGNING OF THE COMESA-EAC-SADC TRIPARTITE AGREEMENT
FOR THE JOINT IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROGRAMME ON
CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION IN
EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA
16 TH JULY 2012, ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
Addis Ababa july 19/2012 British support will help more than one million Ethiopian couples to decide when, whether and how many children to have as part of anew commitment to health services, the British Embassy in Ethiopia said.
On a visit to Ethiopia, British International Development Minister, Stephen O’Brien said the assistance helps support health-related performances and realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Ethiopia.
Thousands of families affected by the on-going drought in East Africa are set to benefit from improved water supplies, thanks to innovative mobile technology from Oxford University.
The 'Smart Handpumps' project – backed by the UK Government – sees the hand pumps automatically 'text' local water engineers when water pumps break down or run dry.
The UK Government is determined to help reduce the inequalities of opportunity we see around the world today. We believe that promoting global prosperity is both a moral duty and in the UK‟s national interest. Aid is only ever a means to an end, never an end in itself. It is wealth creation and sustainable growth that will help people to lift themselves out of poverty.
Abstract: Concerns have been raised that the United Kingdom is reshaping its development approach in order to put its own security interests ahead of those of the poorest – what has been referred to as a 'securitisation of aid’.
More fundamentally, practical attempts at better integrating development and security have frequently been hampered by simplistic understandings of the relationship. As explored in this Working Paper, this has resulted in a lack of innovative approaches for better securing development outcomes and supporting peace.
Addis Ababa, 19 April 2012: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU),
Jean Ping, welcomes the new contribution made by the United Kingdom in support of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). This uncaveated contribution of just over 16 million pounds sterling to the United Nations Trust Fund to AMISOM will be used to reimburse the costs for leasing Contingent Owned Equipment from April 2011 to February 2012, as well as to procure assets required for the provision of further support to the Mission.
Kamaldeep S Bhui, Salaad Mohamud, Nasir Warfa, Sarah Curtis, Stephen Stansfeld and Thomas J Craig
17 April 2012
Somali migrants fleeing the civil war in their country face punishing journeys, the loss of homes, possessions, and bereavement. On arrival in the host country they encounter poverty, hostility, and residential instability which may also undermine their mental health.
In May 2011, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron reaffirmed our mutual commitment to improving the lives of the world’s poorest people through the U.S.-UK Partnership for Global Development. Through the Partnership, we are working together to achieve better results by advancing economic growth; preventing conflict in fragile states; improving global health, particularly for girls and women; strengthening mutual accountability, transparency, and measurement of results; and mitigating the effects of climate change.
The world has met its target to halve the number of people without access to safe drinking water, says a report released by the UN today.
The achievement is part of Millennium Development Goal 7 – one of the eight internationally agreed targets to fight poverty and boost development by 2015.
It is one of the first targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be met, and means that more than 2 billion people now have better water than they did two decades ago thanks to new piped supplies and protected wells.
28 February 2012 | Mogadishu , Somalia
Today Minister Abdisamad Maalim Mohamud of the Somalia Ministry of Interior and National Security officially launched the Mogadishu Stabilization Plan, a partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) supported by $9.5 million of U.S. and UK funding.
East Africa is experiencing a major humanitarian crisis due to drought. More than 13 million people are affected, more than the combined population of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Britain is providing lifesaving aid for over three million people across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia and the UK is now calling on more countries to follow its lead and step up their help for the crisis.
Across the region, UK aid is delivering:
LONDON, 24 February 2012 (IRIN) - The London Conference on Somalia ended with a seven-point plan aimed at boosting humanitarian aid and support for African Union troops, and tougher action on piracy, but "fell short on the measures required to address the risks faced by civilians", said Amnesty International. [http://world.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201202/82024.php ]