Working in Crises and Conflict

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A child born in a USAID/OFDA-supported health clinic in Ituri territory, Democratic Republic of Congo.
A child born in a USAID/OFDA-supported health clinic in Ituri territory, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Odile Meylan / Medair

USAID works in the East Africa region to mitigate cross-border conflict and provide humanitarian assistance to communities experiencing natural disasters, conflict, or acute food insecurity.

Conflict Mitigation

The East Africa region contains several fragile or weakly governed states that are susceptible to conflict over natural resources and vulnerable to the challenges of violent extremism.   USAID works with partners to develop regional frameworks for conflict mitigation, strengthening the capacity of local institutions and addressing cross-border security problems.  Our cross-cutting interventions address the root causes of instability in affected countries.   USAID also  supports efforts to improve early warning systems and support local and national leadership in conflict mitigation.

Humanitarian Assistance

USAID works with the United Nations (UN), international non-governmental organizations, and local partners to provide humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations and strengthen their resilience in anticipation of future crises.  USAID supports humanitarian efforts throughout the region, including responses to armed conflict, pest infestations, disease outbreaks, and climatic shocks in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.  

USAID also supports humanitarian operations in response to acute food insecurity in East Africa, which presents a particular challenge in the region due to cyclical drought and floods, insecurity, mass displacement, environmental degradation, and other frequent natural disasters that disrupt agricultural production, livelihoods and access to markets.  

USAID-supported humanitarian assistance supports the most vulnerable populations in the region, including refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees, and host communities.  Humanitarian Assistance support includes:

  • Distribution of emergency relief supplies
  • Interventions to increase access to critical health, nutrition and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services
  • Provision of protection assistance
  • Food security interventions, including a combination of cash assistance to buy food from markets and in-kind food aid
  • Livelihoods Support
  • Emergency Shelter Support

East Africa Desert Locust Crisis

Last updated: July 12, 2021

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