The Central African Republic (CAR) is facing one of the most silent and forgotten emergencies in the world. This ongoing chronic crisis has substantial humanitarian repercussions that increase the population’s vulnerability. This chronic vulnerability varies in intensity by region and is exacerbated by minimal access to basic social services, presence of destabilizing armed actors and frequency of localized natural disasters.
Famine conditions were still present in parts of southern Somalia when the previous humanitarian appeal for Somalia was launched in December 2012. On 3 February, the famine was declared over, largely due to the delivery of aid under extremely difficult conditions and the exceptional harvest at the start of 2012. Humanitarian actors built on these gains throughout the year, continuing to provide life-saving assistance and implementing programmes to strengthen people’s ability to cope with future drought.
2013 is a time of immense opportunity and change in Mindanao. After four decades of conflict, a Framework Agreement has been reached between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) placing Mindanao on the path to sustainable peace.
The humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe has continued to improve and remains largely stable. This is due to the concerted effort by the Government of Zimbabwe, donors and other stakeholders to address the humanitarian needs arising from the challenges that the country faced over the last decade. Alongside these efforts, over the last three years, the recovery and development actors under the leadership of the Government of Zimbabwe have also continued to make steady investment; results are now beginning to bear fruit.