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Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Severe Food Shortages Hit Africa’s Refugees Hard – UNHCR and WFP Warn

UNHCR and WFP are concerned that sustained cuts to food assistance will have severe nutrition and protection-related consequences as refugees try to cope by skipping meals, pulling their children out of schools to stay at home or work and selling family assets

The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, are very concerned that critical shortages in food assistance are affecting some 2 million refugees in 10 countries across Africa. The shortages could worsen in coming months without new resources…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

UN allocates $21 million to help thousands in need of humanitarian assistance in Sudan

The United Nations, through the Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) – a multi-donor fund that responds to critical humanitarian needs in Sudan – has allocated $21 million to help thousands of people in need of humanitarian assistance across Sudan in 2017.   The humanitarian challenges in Sudan are diverse and complex,…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

Joint Troika Statement Supporting African Union High Level Implementation Panel Peace Process in Sudan

The Troika (Norway, UK and US) urge signatories of the AUHIP-brokered Roadmap Agreement to honour their commitments

The Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States) expresses its continued support for the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) peace process, led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki. In support of the AUHIP-brokered Roadmap Agreement signed by both the Government of Sudan and the opposition, the…

Source: United Nations (UN) |

H.E. the President of the Republic of the Sudan Omar Al Bashir receives the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan for the second time

During the 30-minute meeting, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator briefed H.E. the President of the Republic of the Sudan about the ongoing work of the United Nations in the country and the support offered by the national and international partners

H.E. President Omar Al Bashir received today, for the second time, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan, Ms. Marta Ruedas at the Council of Ministers Premises. During the 30-minute meeting, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator briefed H.E. the President of the Republic of the Sudan about…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Drought is pushing food prices up sharply in East Africa

Soaring cost of basic staples is an extra challenge for pastoralists as livestock prices fall

Drought throughout East Africa has sharply curbed harvests and pushed the prices of cereals and other staple foods to unusually high levels, posing a heavy burden to households and special risks for pastoralists in the region. Local prices of maize, sorghum and other cereals are near or at record levels…

Source: Germany - Federal Foreign Office |

Help for people in need: Germany doubled its humanitarian engagement in Africa in 2016

The Federal Foreign Office works closely together on humanitarian projects with partners from UN organisations (e.g. World Food Programme, UNHCR), the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement and many non-governmental organisations

Never before have so many people had to flee their homes as in 2016: more than 65 million refugees and internally displaced persons around the world fled from crises, violence and natural disasters. Africa is a particular focus of Germany’s humanitarian assistance, alongside the huge humanitarian crisis in Syria and its…

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) |

Africa Mining Vision initiative gaining traction one year on

All the 54 African Union member countries have adopted the African Mining Vision in order to ensure that mining activities contribute to economic transformation and benefit all African citizens

A policy dialogue at the 2017 Mining Indaba heard strong endorsements from public and private sector speakers for the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) Private Sector Compact. The AMV Compact was launched at last year’s Mining Indaba, where it won early support from the Mining Industry Association of Southern Africa (MIASA).…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Sudan: UN Independent Expert to follow up on recommendations by the UN human rights system

The Independent Expert will meet with relevant stakeholders, including the Sudanese authorities, civil society actors, academia, community leaders, members of the diplomatic corps, and UN entities in order to discuss the steps undertaken by the authorities to improve the human rights situation

The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, will carry out his third mission to the country from 10 to 22 February 2017 to assess the efforts undertaken by the Sudanese Government to comply with its international human rights obligations.   “I…

Source: EU Delegation to Kenya |

Unique EU programme to benefit refugees and host communities in Kalobeyei

The Support to the Kalobeyei Integrated Social and Economic Development Programme, funded through the EU Trust Fund for Africa, will promote a new way of working, placing refugees on the development agenda and contributing to an inclusive approach

The European Union, The Netherlands, UN partners and Turkana County and national government representatives have launched a ground breaking programme that aims to improve the living conditions of refugees and host communities in Turkana County. The Support to the Kalobeyei Integrated Social and Economic Development Programme, funded through the EU…

Source: Delegation of the European Union to Sudan |

European Union Ambassador meets Ghandour and announces that the EU Ambassadors will visit West and North Darfur

Ambassador Jean-Michel Dumond, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sudan met with H.E. Professor Ibrahim Ghandour, Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs at his office on February 7, 2017. The European diplomat said at the end of the meeting to the press:  "I have met with H.E. Minister Ghandour…