Beyond food aid: linking water and food responses to avoid humanitarian emergencies

Monday, July 18, 2011 7:45 AM by Roger Calow

The humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa demands action. As Simon Levine points out on the ODI blog, however, it also raises some difficult questions. If early warning systems are in place, why the late response? If the humanitarian system is geared to responding to the wrong signals, what are the rights ones? Above all, how do governments, donors and NGOs help protect livelihoods before lives are threatened? Tough questions – and questions the Water Policy Programme at ODI has been addressing through the DFID-funded RiPPLE programme in Ethiopia.

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