FOREWORD BY THE HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR ETHIOPIA
Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Drought, worsened by El Niño effects is having a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of over ten million Ethiopians.
With the support of Government, families have been building their resilience, but this has been stretched by the belg failure and by the erratic meher rains this year.
The international humanitarian community supported the Government in developing the Humanitarian Requirements Document for 2016. This is an ambitious but achievable plan that focuses on saving lives, but also on protecting and restoring livelihoods. The aim is to help people recover quickly from shock, and to prevent further deterioration.
The HRD for 2016 calls for a multi-sectoral response including food, health, nutrition, sanitation, water and education. However, it is critical that food assistance moves at scale and quickly.
The HRD for the first time reflects the costed activities of international non-governmental organisations. If properly resourced, the HRD for 2016 will be the basis for a well- coordinated and prioritised humanitarian response that saves many lives and livelihoods. The HRD also commits us to stronger monitoring, which we hope will help us prioritise our support to those most in need and areas most affected.
We are now looking to the donors to deliver the resources needed for this response.
Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie
UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator