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Regional emergency drought response coordination for the Horn of Africa

Regional emergency drought response coordination for the Horn of Africa

Full title of the project:

Regional emergency drought response coordination for the Horn of Africa

Target areas:

Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 655 306
15/12/2011-14/04/2013
Project code:
OSRO/RAF/122/FIN
Objective:

To monitor the food security conditions in the region, promote efforts to use response analysis to identify improved, better coordinated crisis responses, as well as maintain quality, national level early warning and promote greater debate within the regional humanitarian and development community on improved programming.

Key partners:

Subregional Emergency Office for Eastern and Central Africa (REOA), Regional Food Security and Nutrition Working Group (FSNWG) members and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

Beneficiaries reached:

The FSNWG members and the communities affected by the 2010/11 drought in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

Activities implemented:
  • Held 15 monthly FSNWG meetings representing 92 different donor, government and non-government agencies which contributed either resources or monthly information on food security, nutrition, price analyses, displacement statistics and climate conditions.
  • Encouraged better collaboration between agencies to support high-quality information for early warning systems and create the FSNWG’s monthly map of food security conditions.
  • Developed REOA’s Disaster Risk Reduction Web site and published security information, analysis reports and a water point mapping inventory and monitoring system.
  • Facilitated trainings for national early warning systems in the region, including Integrated Food Security Phase
  • Classification-based food security situation analysis sessions.
  • Conducted research on how drought is managed from the beneficiaries’ perspective, aiding humanitarian and development agencies’ future responses.
  • Delivered trainings with a focus on HIV and gender-based violence in emergencies.
Impact:
  • Increased the resilience of communities affected by the 2010/11 drought; over the course of more than a year, the number of people in crisis or emergency situations was reduced from 12 365 027 to 5 881 331 people.
  • Improved the engagement of FSNWG members in the monthly analysis of conditions.
  • Impacted the international discussions on livelihood changes in rural areas and the impacts of those changes, particularly what they mean for promoting resilience.
  • Improved the way government and non-government actors work in order to strengthen relationships between agencies to improve food and nutrition security.