Posted on April 20, 2017 by
This blog post was originally published by Digital Globe.
Over three years of internal conflict in South Sudan has led to severe food and nutrition insecurity. Nearly one third of the population is in need of emergency food assistance, and the spread of violence has displaced 3.4 million people across South Sudan and into neighboring countries since December 2013.
In February, the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) National Technical Working Group in Juba declared a famine (IPC Phase 5) in central Unity State of South Sudan. Although available evidence was insufficient to make a famine determination following IPC protocols, the IPC Emergency Review Committee agreed that a famine was likely occurring.
Since then, emergency food assistance was distributed to over 30,000 people in Koch, nearly 128,000 people in Mayendit, over 98,000 people in Panyijiar, and over 71,600 people in Leer. Yet severe food insecurity persists.
To improve population information, the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) is once again partnering with Tomnod to gather data on five counties: Panyijiar, Leer, Guit, Koch, and Mayendit. This information can help humanitarians plan better responses, strengthen data analysis, and help those delivering aid know where to find those in need.
Using DigitalGlobe satellite imagery of the five counties, people can tag permanent dwellings (such as tukuls or circular-shaped homes), temporary dwellings (such as tents), and herds of livestock. FEWS NET then uses this valuable data set to more accurately assess the level of food insecurity in South Sudan.
A similar campaign was done in 2015 in four South Sudanese counties. The 2015 Tomnod campaign helped identify 46,000 permanent shelters and herds of cattle covering 14,000 square kilometers with the help of over 25,000 users in a matter of two weeks.
Marie Maroun is FEWS NET's communications coordinator. FEWS NET monitors acute food insecurity in 34 countries, gathering evidence on the current food security situation from a variety of sources. Drawing on a knowledge base and evidence from ongoing monitoring, analysts provide projections for likely food security outcomes. FEWS NET’s evidence-based analysis is then used by decision-makers to guide humanitarian response plans.
Posted on April 18, 2017 by
Often, the success of nationally funded programs hinges on
budget allocation. “Show me the money,” is a saying that reflects
this reality, meaning that what gets funded gets done. Below, we
will walk through the principles of gender-responsive budgeting
(GRB), which highlights the budget design stage as a critical
opportunity for intervention. This post will also look at two case
studies where the rationale for GRB and its outcomes are especially
compelling, as well as advice for moving toward...
Posted on April 13, 2017 by
This blog post originally appeared on ClimateLinks
In backpacking across Africa as a recent college graduate, James
Colborn felt drawn to the place and the people and wanted to do
more than just travel around as a tourist. Soon after, he found his
calling in global health. Today, Colborn has a Ph.D. in
parasitology and years of experience working on malaria in
sub-Saharan Africa with organizations ranging from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention to the Clinton Health...
Posted on April 11, 2017 by
More people live in cities now than at any point in history. As
identified in Sustainable Development Goal 11
in the New Urban Agenda
formulated out of the Habitat III Conference
last year, our challenge is to make cities and human settlements
inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. Goal 11 and the New
Urban Agenda identify a number of key issues, including
transportation, disaster response, environmental change and green
growth, resilient infrastructure, and access to safe...
Posted on April 6, 2017 by
This is a guest blog post that was originally posted on
While gas shortages, inadequate transmission, and losses pose
critical bottlenecks, the main challenge for the power sector in
Nigeria is the lack of liquidity (or weak commercial viability) of
actors along the value chain — from gas-to-power production to
power generation, transmission, and distribution. Once there is
sufficient flow of funds and a visible path to profitability,
investments in improvements and expansion...
Posted on April 3, 2017 by
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in September
2015 by U.N. member states, set the 2030 agenda for sustainable
development and helped frame political and economic policies. The
17 SDGs build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs) and call for bold action to address a broad range of
development issues including achieving gender equality and
empowering all women and girls. During the MDG era, some
significant milestones were met regarding gender equality. And...
Posted on March 30, 2017 by
Homicides in Mexico had been steadily falling since hitting
their peak between 2010 and 2011, but sudden spikes in 2015 and
2016 are causing the international community to look around for
answers. October 2016 was the most violent month in nearly four
years, appearing to wipe out recent progress.
The good news is that based on disaggregated data, we know
enough to start addressing the unavoidable challenge of reducing
homicidal violence in Mexico. The key here is to walk away from
Posted on March 29, 2017 by
People often give me puzzled looks when I try to describe my job
here, and I don’t blame them. Since 2015 I have worked on an
international development program that supports the Philippines’
shift from a cash-based economy to a cash-light economy, which will
improve the livelihoods of Filipinos by getting more people
involved in the formal economy. Got it? If so, I hope to see you at
our next event. But if you’re like most people I meet, this
explanation leaves more than a little to be desired,...
Posted on March 27, 2017 by
By Lark Walters and Rob Henning
It’s 7:30 p.m. on a typical Tuesday evening in Kampala, Uganda,
and Grace Kagawa is rushing to her small home in the Bwaise slum.
After an 11-hour day working as a street sweeper downtown, and with
little time and space to prepare the evening meal in her
single-room home, the options for nourishing her two children are
limited. Although Grace’s income sets her family above the poverty
line, it is still a struggle to afford adequate, nutritious food.
Posted on March 24, 2017 by
By Jana Franke-Everett and Anselmo Cabrera
Negros, the fourth-largest island in the Philippines, is best
known for sugar and grilled chicken. However, the charcoal that
fuels restaurant owners’ income challenges the source of livelihood
for rice and sugar farmers. What is the link between a tasty
grilled chicken and a cup of rice? Well, the demand for charcoal
puts pressure on the island’s remaining natural forest that
protects the watersheds because the forests in the uplands are a
Posted on March 21, 2017 by
Chris Hillbruner is the deputy chief of party of analysis
for the Famine Early
Warning Systems Network
(FEWS NET), a USAID-funded project that
compiles data and warns of impending food insecurity in almost 40
countries around the world.
The eyes of the world are
on South Sudan right now after famine was declared
on February 20. The threat
of famine also looms in Somalia, Yemen, and Nigeria. What caused
these crises and what does the international community need to do
Posted on March 20, 2017 by
By Michael Brown and Ailey Kaiser Hughes
What is “secure enough”
The concept of “secure enough” tenure has been discussed in the
context of humanitarian and post-disaster programming and
increasingly through donor initiatives. In our new paper
, we adopt the following
definition of secure enough tenure, established by USAID
: “[T]he benchmark of
tenure security [is] when rights to land and natural resources are
not arbitrarily contested by the state, private entities, or others
Posted on March 16, 2017 by
What is cross-sectoral
democracy, rights, and governance (DRG) programming and why is it
Cross-sectoral DRG programming recognizes that development
issues are not single-sector problems — they overlap with other
sectors; exist in a political context; and are as much, and often
more, about power and relationships as they are about technical
solutions. Solving a public health problem, for example, may
involve governance, service delivery, citizen participation in
decisions about health...
Posted on March 14, 2017 by
Climate information services (CIS) is the new acronym on the
block in the global environment and climate resilience community.
Framework for Climate Services
(GFCS) is the leading
international advocate and authority on CIS. It was established in
2009 as a result of a U.N. initiative to support integrated
international efforts for the development and uptake of CIS in
support of decision-making. GFCS emphasizes that “climate is what
you expect, and weather is what you get,” and defines...
Posted on March 10, 2017 by
This blog post originally appeared on the HRH2030 program
When we think about gender and human resources for health (HRH),
we typically think about the challenges women face to fully
participate in the workforce. Are women able to enter pre-service
education institutions — and complete their courses of study — at
the same rate as their male counterparts? Is there a pay gap for
men and women performing the same work? But, what about the
challenges that women and girls face when seeking...
Posted on March 9, 2017 by
The number of displaced persons in the world has reached
historic highs, with one out of every four
living in countries affected by conflict and crisis, where access
to education is frequently a challenge. The International Network
for Education in Emergencies (INEE) states that “funding for
education response should be given equal priority with water, food,
shelter, and health responses to ensure education provision for
affected populations.” Consequently, international...
Posted on March 7, 2017 by
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, "Be Bold
for Change," conjures up images of making big strides for women’s
equality. While big actions, such as the recent women’s marches
around the world, are a highly visible call for equality, the
smaller bold actions are just as important, if not more important,
to advance equality both in the United States and
Over the past year, there has been renewed emphasis in the
United States to acknowledge the need for promoting...
Posted on March 7, 2017 by
Successful and sustainable gender-sensitive policies in
education that promote equity require commitment from all
stakeholders of the education ecosystem within a country context.
Without incorporating commitment, understanding, and partnership
into the development of gender-sensitive policies, there is no
guarantee that program initiatives will be sustained after the
project lifecycle. Often, even though gender policies might exist
at the national level, local school personnel, parents,...
Posted on March 2, 2017 by
Truong Duc Tung is an inclusive growth director for USAID’s
Governance for Inclusive Growth
in Vietnam. GIG works to strengthen policymaking while cultivating
a more inclusive and participatory environment in Vietnam.
Why is social inclusion
important for the development of Vietnam?
Vietnam has made significant progress in achieving the key targets
of the Millennium Development Goals and has confirmed its strong
commitment to implement the Sustainable Development...
Posted on February 28, 2017 by
After setting the global development agenda in 2000 with the
Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations highlighted the
need to focus on enhancing economic growth through sustainable and
meaningful work in its 2015 Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs). Today, the UN
calls for the “promotion of inclusive and sustainable economic
growth, employment, and decent work for all,” and seeks to address
the 470 million jobs that need to be created for youth entering the
workforce from 2016 to 2030....