n Conflict Trends - How can the African Standby Force support humanitarian action?

Volume 2014, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Africa continues to experience a number of humanitarian emergencies that are linked to conflicts. These are anticipated to increase, due to worsening climate change-connected natural disasters. For instance, the conflict in northern Mali was linked to droughts in the Sahel, where more than half the population fled from the drought to live in northern Mali, which was faced with its own food crisis and poor harvests - and which, in turn, resulted in further food shortages and generated a humanitarian crisis. In response, humanitarian action is being taken by actors including the United Nations (UN) humanitarian agencies such as the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); international agencies such as the International Commit tee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Migration Organisation (IMO); and international and local non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

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