Alongside some noticeable progress – notably the effort undertaken by stakeholders and states in the region to improve coordination through preparedness and contingency planning exercises and increases in national capacities to mitigate and respond to emergencies – the first six months of the year witnessed important humanitarian emergencies in the region.
In an environment where recovery is emerging as the main requirement, there remain distinct humanitarian needs that are in danger of not being met due to poor funding. With some 1,600,000 individuals across the Acholi, Teso, and Karamoja sub-regions requiring humanitarian assistance, funding of the 2009 Consolidated Appeal as of June is 45% and some organizations, particularly in Teso, were considering closing operations if funding is not forthcoming.
Sudan has taken tremendous strides towards peace and recovery in the past few years. But there are
still enormous challenges. Hostilities continue in Darfur, while flare-ups of violence in other regions
create new emergencies and complicate existing ones. Humanitarian and social indicators in many
parts of the country are alarming: in the south, more than half the population does not have access to
clean water, the number of mothers dying in childbirth is one of the highest in the world, and the
During the six months following the launch of the 2009 Consolidated Appeal, significant changes occurred in the political arena while the humanitarian situation in Somalia remained much the same. The overall food security situation in Somalia was the worst seen in 16 years and continued to deteriorate, with 43% of the population – 3.2 million people – remaining in need of humanitarian and livelihood assistance.