Ethiopia Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 46 | 22 January – 4 February 2018

Highlights

  • On 27-29 January 2018, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Mark Lowcock and UNDP Administrator Mr. Achim Steiner jointly visited Ethiopia to promote to promote a New Way of Working.
  • The Government of Ethiopia and the United Nations allocated more than $46 million to respond to urgent needs of over a million internally displaced persons. The allocation will support government’s plan to voluntarily return, reintegrate of relocate IDPs.
  • The Government of Ethiopia has decided to close Qoloji IDP sites as livelihood opportunities are depleting in the area.

Joint UNOCHA and UNDP USGs Ethiopia visit

Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mr. Mark Lowcock and UNDP Administrator, Mr. Achim Steiner, jointly visited Ethiopia from 27-29 January 2018 to look into a New Way of Working where humanitarian and development actors collaborate to build climate-resilient communities. The delegation visited resilience building interventions and projects in Gode, Somali region and the construction of resettlement sites in the outskirts of Addis Ababa and in Somali region. The USGs also took part on the New Way of Working high-level event and discussed with Government officials and the humanitarian and development actors. Mr. Lowcock called on the international community to support Ethiopia in strengthening Government-led sustainable development structures at all levels that can mitigate human risks and the threat from increasingly frequent and severe droughts.

Field visit to Gode zone of Somali region

The three-day joint mission started with a field visit to Gode zone of Somali region; one of the zones most affected by recurrent climatic shocks. The USGs, accompanied by government, development and humanitarian partners, met with affected communities at the Farbour IDP site, and visited Dabafayd IDP resettlement site being developed by the regional Government as a durable solution for drought-induced IDPs.

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