More funds needed to counter ‘persistent and multi-faceted humanitarian problems’ in Ethiopia

UNOCHA/Mulugeta Ayene Pastoralists moved to temporary sites close to permanent water point, as drought affected Ethiopia Somali region (2017).

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.


Ethiopia is beset by “persistent and multi-faceted humanitarian problems”, the United Nations relief chief said on Tuesday, calling for more international funding as well as support for the Government-led response to the country’s displacement crisis.

More than eight million people in Ethiopia need food, shelter, medicine or other emergency assistance.

“Drought and flooding, disease outbreaks and inter-ethnic violence” have in recent years “forced millions of people to flee their homes”, said Mark Lowcock, who heads Humanitarian Affairs coordination office OCHA, at the end of a two-day mission to Ethiopia. He was accompanied by senior UN peacebuilding official, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, and Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, independent UN expert on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons.

The delegation met with recently returned families and other conflict-affected people in Chitu Kebele in the Yirgachefe district in Gedeo, which is one of the zones most affected by intercommunal violence that has caused displacement and loss of livelihoods since 2018.

“I support the Government’s desire to find durable solutions to displacement problems and am under no illusion as to how difficult that is”, attested Mr. Lowcock. “While many people have now been able to return to their home areas, some remain in limbo, living close to their destroyed or damaged homes and worried they will not have the opportunity to restart farming and other livelihoods they lost when they fled last year”.

And while the Government is trying to deal with the situation, he maintained that “many people in host communities are displaying enormous generosity and humanitarian agencies are supporting them, but more international support is needed too.”

Humanitarian organizations are working with the local authorities and development partners to ensure internally displaced people have access to emergency assistance and basic services.

During the mission, the UN officials reaffirmed their commitment to the Government in helping the voluntary and safe return of all displaced people, or that they be integrated into new settlement areas.

Prior to the Government’s efforts to return people to their areas of origin, some 3.2 million internally displaced remain in Ethiopia, including 2.6 million who fled conflict and 500,000 who were displaced because of climate-related causes.

‘Break the cycle’ of crises

The 2019 Ethiopia Humanitarian Response Plan, which requires $1.3 billion, is only 51 per cent funded and more is urgently required for nutrition, health, shelter, protection, education and other needs.

While aid is a critical lifeline for millions of Ethiopians, most humanitarian needs there are recurrent and predictable, requiring long-term solutions build resilience.

During the mission, the delegation discussed with the authorities and partners how to better support humanitarian and recovery programmes to bolster the Government’s efforts. They also discussed ways to reduce conflict, which require holistic and inclusive peacebuilding approaches to address the root causes of violence.

“Donors have historically been extremely generous to Ethiopia during its worst crises”, Mr. Lowcock acknowledged. “Now, we hope they will also invest more in prevention and long-term recovery efforts so that we can build resilience and break the cycle of recurrent crises – in Ethiopia the next emergency may be only one failed rainy season away”.

The humanitarian chief also expressed concern over the safety of aid workers following the murder of two staff of a highly respected international non-governmental organization in Gambella last week.

“We condemn this terrible attack and are discussing the implications with all concerned,” he flagged.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

EU labour mobility: Inconvenient truths for everybody

Afghanistan: UN ‘unequivocally condemns’ attack in Kabul

South Korea once recycled 2% of its food waste. Now it recycles 95%

MEPs propose measures to combat mobbing and sexual harassment

Europe faces economic turmoil as Italy gets closer to the Excessive Debt Procedure

Latvian economy is thriving, but boosting productivity, improving social protection and transitioning to a low-carbon productive model are vital for sustainable and inclusive growth

The five stages of the Chief Digital Officer – and why they often fail

Unanswered questions for Europe’s youth in President Juncker’s State of Union

The AI moment: preparing for the revolution

These countries are best at attracting and nurturing talented workers

Are medical students with equal access to the medical profession?

Confronting neo-mercantilism: why regulation is critical to global trade

These dogs can smell tree disease – and could help save the world’s orange groves

In the future, no one should be excluded from healthcare

This Dutch butcher makes plants taste just like meat

How drones can manage the food supply chain and tell you if what you eat is sustainable

Coronavirus: Pandemic alert should be trigger for countries to do more against COVID-19

New EU rules to boost crowdfunding platforms and protect investors

Brazilian officer a ‘stellar example’ of why more women are needed in UN peacekeeping

LUX prize will be awarded jointly by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy

China’s impact as a global investor; the Sting reports live from World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

The next talent opportunity for the digital workplace? Neurodiversity

Why and how did ISIS and Muslim fundamentalism gain momentum this year?

UN Security Council hails ‘courage’ of Afghan voters

The historic accomplishment of a seamless EU patent and intellectual property space

The need to resume preventive policies for chronic noncommunicable diseases

Drugs cost too much. There is a better way to fund medical innovation

UN chief calls for ‘solidarity, compassion and action’ on World Refugee Day

6 ways China and the United States could jumpstart trade reforms

Canada has the most comprehensive and elaborate migration system, but some challenges remain

Republic of Korea President proposes DMZ as future ‘peace and cooperation district’ on Peninsula

Russia is ready for its Phase 3 evaluation once it fulfills high-priority recommendation

MEPs strongly welcome the Global Compact on Migration

Shanghai has tough new recycling rules – and it will stop collecting trash from communities that don’t comply

Key Brazilian border crossing for Venezuela refugees reopens as asylum numbers pass last year’s total

The UN supports Europe’s military action in Libya and the Mediterranean; Russia and China agree

Rights experts call for greater protection of indigenous people during migration

Following the World Cup? Then you’re watching high-performing migrants at work

Can collective action cure what’s ailing our food systems?

Here are five things to know about the future of being human

COVID-19 is widening the education gap. This is how we can stop it

‘You can and should do more’ to include people with disabilities, wheelchair-bound Syrian advocate tells Security Council in searing speech

Human trafficking, slavery reports and health of migrants in Libya

Cyclone Idai: emergency getting ‘bigger by the hour’, warns UN food agency

Commission steps up fight against money laundering and terrorist financing

Nearly 3 billion people around the globe under COVID-19 lockdowns – Today’s coronavirus updates

Commission hardens its stance against carmakers ensuring emissions reductions targets

Is it just visa-free travel that Erdogan demands from the EU to not break the migration deal?

Here’s how innovation could help car companies hit by COVID-19

Rule of Law: European Commission refers Poland to the Court of Justice to protect judges from political control

Warmer months ahead for many parts of the planet: UN weather agency

Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere break another record, UN report shows

The EU Commission to fight unemployment tsunami with a…scoreboard

The Sahel is engulfed by violence. Climate change, food insecurity and extremists are largely to blame

International Women’s Day 2019: more equality, but change is too slow

Sudan: ‘Violence must stop’, says UNICEF chief, ‘gravely concerned’ over 19 child deaths since military backlash

New neighbours: Could Venus really be home to alien life?

Visa liberalisation: Commission reports on fulfilment of visa-free requirements by Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries

Eurozone: Despite anemic growth and shaky banks marks record trade surplus

Can North Korea and the U.S. strike a nuclear deal?

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s