Highlights 2011

  • Coordinated the early identification of areas where drought-related demands would exceed existing capacity. Action taken to secure additional capacity through standby partners by June 2011.
  • Facilitated the development of the sectoral analysis, which provided a situation analysis, outlined cluster response strategies and proposed a drought response road map to guide humanitarian partners and donors.
  • Co-organized with WFP and UNICEF a workshop on humanitarian principles for regional administrative and security officials as part of advocacy for improved access in the Somali Region.
  • Supported development of multi-sector, multi-hazard preparedness plans for seven of the nine principal regions in Ethiopia. The Somali Region drought contingency plan was converted to a response plan in January 2011.
  • Worked with the WASH Cluster Lead to develop clear-cut guidelines and a fast-track process for water-trucking applications at the height of the drought in April and May 2011.

The elderly await their share while sitting on piles of sacks filled with cereal for aid hand-outs under the Productive Safety Net Programme in the Borena zone in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region. © Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN