East Africa and Yemen

East Africa, including the Horn of Africa and Yemen, is one of the most challenging humanitarian and developmental contexts. With several fragile states compromising stability in the region and consistent recurrence of emergencies affecting development, the situation is far from suggesting substantial progress towards solutions to the repeated displacement and conflict patterns.

In this context, DRC provides assistance and protection to hundreds of thousands of people in nine countries on a daily basis. We work in Somalia, Ethiopia, Yemen, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan and South Sudan to save lives and provide immediate protection in acute emergencies, to promote and support durable solutions to refugees, IDPs and host populations in protracted displacement situations; and to promote community stability and resilience. The humanitarian effort includes distribution of drinking water, blankets and clothes as well as the reconstruction of schools and villages – and granting micro-loans and supply tools and seeds as well as rehabilitation of child soldiers, CCCM, Protection Monitoring, Emergency and Transitional Shelters and providing education on human-rights.

Large parts of the populations have been forced to flee and become internally displaced or take refuge in another country in the region. At the same time poverty, corruption and the lack of opportunities constitute major problems in the region.

Millions of IDPs and refugees inhabit East Africa; and constant flows of refugees and displaced often makes conflicts a regional issue, with refugees group (eg. the South Sudanese and the Somalis) residing in various countries along with a large proportion of internally displaced. 

DRC coordinates activities across the Horn of Africa and Yemen from a regional office in Nairobi, Kenya. The regional office provides strategic guidance and delivers operational, programmatic and advocacy support to the region country offices: The regional office also functions as a hub for the Danish Demining Group, the humanitarian mine action unit within DRC, and it hosts the Great Lakes Civil Society Project and the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (www.regionalmms.org).