Interview: OCHA Head of Office in Mogadishu
28 November, 2012
Justin Brady, the head of OCHA’s office in Somalia, moved from Nairobi in Kenya to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, nearly six months ago in May 2012. Since the move, Somalia has seen the establishment of its first formal parliament in twenty years and the economy is improving, but nearly...
Interview: Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Bowden
15 November, 2012
Mark Bowden, the former Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, was recently appointed to lead humanitarian operations in Afghanistan. Before he left for Kabul, he spoke to OCHA about his experiences in Somalia, where he spent the majority of his four years responding to one of the most acute...
Aid Worker Diary: Striving to save lives in Baidoa
18 October, 2012
Sarah* has been a humanitarian aid worker in Somalia for the last 15 years. In the last decade, Somalia has been affected by crises and disasters including famine, floods and conflict.
Today, although famine conditions no longer exist in Somalia, more than 2 million people face...
CERF: Emergency Response Funds for Darfur
17 October, 2012
The United Nations (UN) Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, has allocated US$14 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to life-saving humanitarian projects in Darfur, western Sudan. This money will get vital aid to people who are enduring one of the worst humanitarian...
WHD: Providing Somali women with dignity
17 August, 2012
Menstruation is not a word commonly associated with the humanitarian agenda, nor is it a subject many Somalis would be comfortable discussing in public. But Somali aid worker Amina Hagi Elmi is a tireless advocate for hundreds of thousands of displaced Somalia women, ensuring that they have...