The drought in the Horn of Africa began in November 2010 and food shortages are expected to be experienced until the next harvest season in September 2012. With operations to assist the population suffering the consequences of this disaster well underway, several regulatory complications relating to – amongst others - the clearance and transit of humanitarian goods, entry and registration of humanitarian personnel and coordination of assistance by the many humanitarian actors involved, have led to challenges in the speedy delivery of food aid.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the IFRC will be hosting a 3-day workshop to analyse these experiences and to develop tools and strategies to avoid these issues in future. The event is designed to assist key stakeholders, such as lawmakers and disaster management officials of the governments of East Africa and their humanitarian partners to make best use of the IDRL Guidelines and related norms for cross-border and international disaster assistance in the context of the Horn of Africa. The workshop is scheduled to take place in Kenya from 17 – 19 April 2012.