Press Releases

16 Sep 2016
World: Community Engagement & Humanitarian Partnerships Newsletter, July 2016

This is a bi-monthly newsletter for humanitarian partnerships and community engagement on humanitarian action in the southern and eastern Africa region. The newsletter highlights innovative policy, practice and partnerships that improve non-traditional partnerships and empower communities, with the aim to ultimately contribute to a better and more efficient humanitarian response. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks and contributions of...

09 Sep 2016
Burundi: Numero Vert Humanitaire pour Burundi

La population Burundaise s’estime à 10,8m people de personnes; selon le HCR au moins 268,000 refugiés ont fui vers la RD Congo, le Rwanda, la Tanzanie, l'Ouganda et la Zambie. La fermeture de cinq organes de presse privés en Mai a entrainé un manque d’information ou une information très limitée relative à la course aux élections présidentielles en Juillet à 2015.
Un numéro vert humanitaire pour le Burundi est une initiative intersectorielle dont la phase pilote fut...

09 Sep 2016
Burundi: Burundi Humanitarian Hotline [EN/RN]

Burundi has an estimated population of 10.8m people; UNHCR says least 268,000 refugees have fled to DR Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia (as of end June 2016) since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced running for a third term in April 2015. The limited or lack of information followed the shutdown of five private media houses in May in the run-up to presidential elections in July 2015.

The Burundi Humanitarian Hotline is an inter-sector initiative whose...

16 Aug 2016
Yemen: UN Emergency Fund allocates US$50 Million to Neglected Aid Operations to Assist Two Million People in Dire Need

(New York, 16 August 2016) Today, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, released US$50 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for severely underfunded aid operations in six neglected emergencies. The funds will provide life-saving assistance for two million people in dire humanitarian need, including 200,000 refugees, 665,000 internally displaced persons, 170,000 returnees and 530,000 people in host communities. “This funding is a lifeline...

18 Jul 2016
Zimbabwe: “Response to El Niño in Southern Africa” Conference: Outcome Statement Issued on behalf of Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator and Assistant Secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs, Kyung-Wha Kang

London, 14 July 2016

The impact of the current El Niño is felt globally, affecting over 60 million people. Southern Africa is of particular concern as the region is facing its worst drought in 35 years, with an estimated 40 million people facing food insecurity, including some 23 million in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

Five countries – Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe – have already declared national emergencies,...