African Union – New Funding Partner Supporting UNDP’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Livelihoods Recovery Programme

May 13, 2013

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ethiopia and the African Union have signed a 1 Million US Dollar partnership agreement to support a new drought recovery for pastoral communities in Somali Region project.

The Drought Recovery for Pastoral Communities in Somali Region project will help drought-affected communities through rehabilitating  water facilities, restocking livestock and veterinary service provisions and addressing community risk reduction and climate adaptation initiatives.

Unpredictable rainfall and shifts in weather patterns has led to a high number of people needing food assistance in Ethiopia for years. 2.4 million Ethiopians, and close to 936 000 people in Somali region in the south of the country, are in need of emergency food assistance in 2013, according to latest estimate figures. With the resilience of communities still low, the need to support smallholder farmers, pastoralists and agro-pastoralists through various interventions remains high.

The new project on Drought Recovery for Pastoral Communities in Somali Region will be implemented under the umbrella of UNDP’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Livelihoods Recovery (DRR&LR) programme and in close collaboration with the regional Bureau of Finance and Economic Development (BoFED) in Somali.

UNDP is the lead UN agency globally in the area of early recovery and helps people move from humanitarian relief towards self-sustaining development and reduce dependence on relief.

In Ethiopia, UNDP’s programme on Disaster Risk Reduction and Livelihoods Recovery builds capacity of institutions and communities and seeks to strengthen the application of disaster risk reduction practices at federal and regional levels. UNDP also support the government’s efforts to systematically reduce the risks and impacts of disasters and improve food security in Ethiopia. One way it does this is through creating community awareness of risks and increasing knowledge on the measures that can be undertaken to mitigate the risks. UNDP’s approach also helps to rebuild livelihoods by promoting a build-back-better approach through initiatives designed at community level in drought or flood prone areas in Ethiopia.

UNDP's engagement in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction and Livelihoods Recovery in Ethiopia is supported by the Government of Japan, Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), and the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) with new partnerships being established with the African Union and the Korean Development Cooperation (KOICA).

 Signing Ceremony: Mr. Olabisi A. Dare, Acting Director for Political Affairs at the AU and Ms. Bettina Woll, Deputy Country Director for UNDP Ethiopia signing the 1 million USD funding agreement in Addis Ababa.

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