Delayed and incomplete food assistance distributions, as well as limited access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services, have increased communicable disease risks in drought-affected areas, according to the UN. In response, the Government of Ethiopia (GoE)—with support from relief partners—plans to vaccinate 25 million children against measles in more than 500 drought-affected woredas, or districts.
Humanitarian access improves, despite delays due to insecurity and bureaucratic restrictions. The UN condemns violence against civilians following a recent attack on civilian infrastructure. UNVIM commences operations for Yemen response.
The U.S. Agency for International Development supports the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE), a Lao non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Centre for Medical Rehabilitation to help ensure that people with physical disabilities have local, free access to quality, nationally-managed rehabilitation services.
USAID/Food For Peace contributes $20 million in additional emergency food assistance to Iraq in February. Italian firm Trevi signs agreement to refurbish Mosul Dam. Insecurity in Iraq results in more than 3,100 civilian deaths and injuries countrywide since January.
USAID activates a DART to coordinate the USG response to deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Ethiopia. USAID partners provide relief food assistance and seed, WASH, and nutrition interventions across drought-affected areas of Ethiopia
Texas A&M University’s ConDev informs practitioners how to design development programs with a better chance of building peace in conflict-prone countries.
Michigan State University's the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation addresses critical pressures on the world’s food supply by creating, testing and enabling the expansion of solutions.
The International Development Innovation Network is linking local innovators around the world who are using technology to address issues facing people living in poverty.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology leads two programs - the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation is designing a system for evaluating technological solutions to development challenges.
Makerere University’s ResilientAfrica Network, anchored in Uganda, works with universities in Ethiopia, Ghana and South Africa to find innovative local solutions to overcome the shocks and stresses of poverty, conflict, displacement, disease and drought.
Last updated: March 24, 2017