East Africa

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Read more about our work in Somalia here. Find out more about our meetings with the UK Somali Diaspora. Access the details of our 20 Feb 2012 London Conference and 26Sept and 15Aug coordination meetings in Nairobi.

Situation Update

2012

From relief to recovery

The UN has declared Somalia famine free, yet challenges still remain. To put humanitarianism back on top of the agenda ahead of politics and to make Somali voices heard, we held a conference in London on 20 February. Find out more here

In partnership with Islamic Relief Worldwide, OIC and the Turkish Red Crescent, we have compiled a report: "back from the brink: 10 ways the international community must address Somalia's humanitarian crisis". Download a copy here.

Resources

2011

Somalia has been in a protracted crisis for the past decade. In July 2011, following a prolonged drought, UN has declared famine in the region. Nearly 11 million people are affected in countries such as Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda. Read more about this here and in the 14th July OCHA update. 

The Humanitarian Forum has been compelled to act and involve humanitarian actors in a series of humanitarian coordination meetings. Read more about the 15th August Nairobi Conference. Our 26th September conference ca be accessed here.

Dr. Hany shares his impressions gained on his trips to Mogadishu and IDP camps on his blog.

2009

In October 2009, The Humanitarian Forum held a workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss the worsening conditions that were developing; as we can see by today, they deteriorated a lot more than was expected.

Discussed in the meeting was not only the current situation, but also ways to strengthen the humanitarian response that was needed in Somalia, and ways to give the local organizations of the country a voice. The workshop was a timely and neutral hub that organisations could use and discuss the plentiful needs. After it was finished, there was a general agreement that the local Somali organisations would play a very important part in the transformation of the sector.

For more information, please read the minutes, as well as two briefing notes entitled ‘REFLECTIONS ON HUMANITARIAN ACCESS IN SOMALIA and SOMALIA AT A CROSSROADS: SOME REFLECTIONS ON THE KEY CURRENT CHALLENGES AND THE WAY AHEAD.

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