East Africa Regional Programmes Appeal no. 05AA007 Programme Update No. 2

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In Brief

Appeal No. 05AA007; Programme Update no. 2; Period covered: July to December, 2005; Appeal coverage: 93.1%; Outstanding needs: CHF 165,922 ( USD 125, 603 or EUR 106,065 )

Appeal target: CHF 2,407,571 (USD 2,260,300 or EUR 1,833,000).

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: N/A

Programme summary:

The number of disasters, and their severity, are increasing, notably food-insecurity which is affecting many countries in the region. An estimated 11 million people or more are facing serious food shortages in East Africa and t he Horn of Africa due to severe droughts coupled with the effects of past and/or ongoing conflicts. Food shortages are particularly grave in Somalia, eastern Kenya, south-eastern Ethiopia and Djibouti. Meteorologists predict that t he seasonal rains normally expected in the Horn of Africa in March may not be enough to end the drought and food-insecurity.

The lack of an organizational development delegate in the regional delegation continues to negatively impact the effective and efficient implementation of the programmes.

Operational developments

The number of disasters, and their severity, are increasing, notably food- insecurity is affecting many countries in t he re gion. An estimated 11 million people or more are facing serious food shortages in East Africa and the Horn of Africa due to severe droughts coupled with the effects of past and/or ongoing conflicts. Food shortages are particularly grave in Somalia, eastern Kenya, south-eastern Ethiopia and Djibouti. Meteorologists predict that the seasonal rains normally expected in the Horn of Africa in March may not be enough to end the drought and food-insecurity The lack of an organizational development delegate in the regional delegation continues to negatively impact the effective and efficient implementation of the programme. Nevertheless, the recruitment efforts have been intensified, and it is hoped that the position will be filled in due course.

Despite many challenges within the support services unit during the second half of 2005 including acts of criminality, high staff turnover, slow and challenging search for the right candidates to fill key positions both for international and national postings and restructuring of the unit, many achievements were also made. In general, there is a visibly improved team spirit among staff and openness and dialogue with management resulting in more efficient service delivery to clients.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Kenya: Anitta Underlin, Federation Head of East Africa Regional Delegation, Nairobi, Email;anitta.underlin@ifrc.org ; Phone +254.20.283.50.00 ; Fax +254.20.271.27.77

In Geneva: Amna Al Ahmar, Federation Regional Officer for Eastern Africa, Africa Dept; Email:amna.alahmar@ifrc.org ; Phone +41.22.730.4224 ; Fax +41.22.733.03.95

This Programme Update reflects activities to be implemented over a one-year period. This forms part of, and is based on, longer-term, multi-year planning (refer below to access the detailed logframe documents).

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the

Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for a full description of the national society profile, please access the Federation's website at http://www.ifrc.org

This Programme Update reflects activities to be implemented over a one-year period. This forms part of, and is based on, longer-term, multi-year planning (refer below to access the detailed logframe documents).

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for a full description of the national society profile, please access the Federation's website at http://www.ifrc.org

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