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Apr 4, 2012

New Global Alliance for Action for Drought Resilience & Growth Formed to Fight Famine in Horn of Africa

On 4 April 2012 the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that it had joined a new global partnership to promote resilience against disasters.  The partnership is called the Global Alliance for Action for Drought Resilience and Growth.  Its first focus is addressing the famine being caused by the drought in the Horn of Africa.  At a conference to launch the Alliance, international co-hosts donated US$4 billion.  This includes US$280 million from USAID in FY 2011 and FY 2012.

The purpose of the Global Alliance for Action for Drought Resilience and Growth is to coordinate the efforts made by African governments and NGOs in implementing agricultural strategies and investments.  Its mission is to:

  • strengthen coordination between development partners
  • increase economic growth
  • build new partnerships with the private sector
  • reduce food insecurity

The Horn of Africa has been suffering from the worst drought in 60 years. This crisis has "devastated communities, spread famine throughout southern Somalia, uprooted thousands of families, and put more than 13 million people at severe risk."

"Since 2004 alone, billions of dollars have been spent responding to droughts in the Horn of Africa. These dollars can be more effective at reducing the need for future humanitarian responses if they are invested to build resilience between and throughout these disastrous drought cycles, saving millions of lives."

For more see:

"International Community Announces New Partnership to Strengthen Resilience against Disasters in the Horn of Africa," USAID Press Release, 4 April 2012.

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