As a key contribution to the WHS in promoting the localization of humanitarian aid, a Charter for Change (C4C) has been drafted by CAFOD, for sign-on by 1 October. The 8-point C4C calls on international NGOs to commit themselves to change their own organizational ways of working, to ensure southern-based national actors play an increased and more prominent role in humanitarian response by January 2020.
The C4C calls on International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) to:
by Saadia Maalim
Adeso, with a group of Southern NGOs (SNGOs), is leading a movement to develop a Global Network for Southern national and local organizations working with communities to find durable solutions to alleviate suffering, build resilience and promote prosperity. Adeso, in consultation with other national and local organizations from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, has developed a position paper to influence the future policy direction of the humanitarian system.
Kenya has made significant strides in improving its education system in recent years. Since primary education was made free and compulsory in 2003, primary school enrolment rates have increased across most of the country, however, progress has been slower in some northern regions such as Marsabit County.
Published June 22, 2015 – by Gullet Bille Mohammed
In 2011, the residents of Wajir South’s Kulaley Division in Kenya, experienced a long and devastating drought that claimed thousands of lives and most of their livestock. To date, food insecurity levels in the area have increased significantly due to lack of rainfall.
Network to Help Raise Voice of Southern Actors Vital to Aid Efforts
New York, June 8, 2015 – Plans to establish the first ever Global Network of Southern Non-Government Organizations (SNGOs) have officially been endorsed by leading SNGOs, at a side-event which took place during the Global Forum for Improving Humanitarian Action in New York last week.
Published June 4, 2015 – by Frederick Juma
In the arid lands of northern Kenya, the migration of herders with their livestock in search of pasture often implies the onset of tough times for those who remain behind, as mothers, children and the elderly are forced to depend on wild fruits, charcoal burning and relief food from aid agencies and governments to survive. The herders who move with livestock also face the threat of cattle rustling due to competition over water and pasture.
The project is supported by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) under the USAID funded Resilience for Economic Growth in Arid Lands- Improved Resilience (REGAL-IR) program. Prior to the project Paulina did not possess suﬃcient knowledge about the beneﬁts of feeding her grandchild a more balanced diet. This is a perspective which is widely shared among many of the mothers interviewed in the area. Part of the training provided included identifying the optimal age to start complementary feeding. This includes supplementing the child’s diet with energy, iron and vitamin A.
Report Calls for Local Actors to have Greater Say in Humanitarian Efforts
A Global Network of Southern NGOs finds Widespread Support, reveals Report
Nairobi, May 28, 2015 – A new report just launched by Adeso reveals an escalating sense of frustration on the part of Southern Non-Government-Organizations (SNGOs), who - despite playing a vital role in responding to many emergencies - still find themselves with little control over how humanitarian, recovery, and resilience efforts are managed in their countries and regions.
Members of the environmental club at Nomadic Girls Boarding Primary School in Kalacha, Marsabit Count in Kenya, were excited when their new vegetable garden produced its first harvest of kale and spinach. The girls donated their first harvest to the school kitchen to supplement the evening meal for 700 pupils, creating palpable excitement in the school dining hall.
Residents of Kaputir Ward, Turkana County, never imagined that conflict between the Turkana and Pokot communities in Northern Kenya would escalate to the heights witnessed in recent years. Conflict between the Turkana and Pokot communities is one of the greatest threats to drought resilience for these vulnerable communities. Cross-border armed conflict over resources has increased following the severe drought ravaging parts of Northern Kenya.
Boru Kasa a 33 years old farmer in Dakabarisha location, in Marsabit County, has learned the value of using maize stalks and cobs to produce fodder as a source of animal feed. In addition to using it for his own livestock, proceeds from the sale of surplus fodder have helped increase his income, which means he is now more resilient to shocks, including recurring droughts.
Nairobi, April 10th, 2015 – On April 7th, 2015 the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) revoked the licenses of 13 Money Remittance Providers (MRPs) based in Nairobi, in an effort to curb the financing of terrorism. This decision came in the wake of the April 2nd, 2015 terrorist attack that took place at Garissa University College, killing at least 148 people and follows similar closures over past months in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. The undersigned agencies express their sincere condolences to the victims’ families and the people of Kenya.
By Naomi Senda
Poverty, cultural practices, and the pastoralist lifestyle of the Samburu community have greatly contributed to the high levels of illiteracy among the women of Laisamis District of Marsabit County, Kenya.
As the cycle of crisis continues in Somalia, vital remittance pipelines risk being cut
Somalia’s financial lifeline remains under threat as banks in US, UK, Australia, and elsewhere have broken ties with the money transfer operators that make remittances possible, NGOs warn.
NGOs urge regional leaders and donors to redouble efforts to push for a lasting peace agreement that transforms South Sudan’s trajectory from devastation to development.
The political leaders of the Turkana and Pokot tribes met in historical peace talks in North Kenya on Friday January 30th. The leaders were united for the first time to negotiate ways to reach peace.
Dry, deserted lands in the north near the borders of Uganda, Ethiopia and South Sudan are the most unstable parts of Kenya, mostly because of disputes over land use, cattle-rustling and the increasing amount of automatic weapons. For young men, the cattle-rustling is a rite towards adulthood. Being a fighter is a legitimate career option.
by Anne-Marie Schryer-Roy
Millions of Somalis may be deprived of life-saving money transfers from their loved ones in the United States. Somali money transfer operators (MTOs), the only companies able to safely and legally deliver cash in Somalia, are taking steps to suspend their operations after learning that the principal bank facilitating these money transfers is closing their accounts under regulatory pressure. The account closures are scheduled for Friday, February 6.