Latin America and the Caribbean Annual Report 2019
The Latin America and the Caribbean Annual Report 2019 outlines Action Against Hunger’s key activities, reach and achievements in all the countries where we work in the region.
In 2019, the humanitarian situation that has generated the greatest concern in Latin America is surely the socio-economic situation affecting Venezuela, where an estimated 7 million people need humanitarian attention, of whom 2.6 million have been prioritised in the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2019, which has been widely under-financed.
In fact, the biggest constraint on the provision of humanitarian assistance in the country is still funding, according to the United Nations. Added to this is the growing flow of people leaving the country (4.5 million estimated for 2019 and 6.5 by 2020) and who are seeking refuge in the countries of the region, mainly Colombia and Peru, where the urgency of the humanitarian response for migrants and refugees is now added to the structural deficiencies of access to services and rights of the local population of the border areas and the most depressed urban areas.
The great effort of all countries in the region to welcome migrants and join forces for the humanitarian response and integration of migrants, has been formalised in a number of regional initiatives, such as the establishment of a coordination platform and a Regional Response Plan for Refugees and Migrants (RMRP, in its Spanish acronym) which by 2019 had prioritised the care of 2.2 million migrants and refugees, but also in this case funding has been low (48%).
On the other hand, the humanitarian situation in Haiti (the poorest country in the region) remains dire: there are 1.2 million at risk of famine, and in some communities more than 30% of the population suffers from chronic malnutrition. In Central America, violence and poverty drive thousands of people to go the United States, but the tightening of migration and transit conditions is causing situations of extreme vulnerability and humanitarian need that tend to be poorly addressed and have little visibility. Added to this is the exposure to natural disasters (one-third of the region’s population lives in high-risk areas) and the recurrence of phenomena such as droughts in the Dry Corridor, which puts thousands of people at risk each year.
These humanitarian crises unfold in a regional context where living conditions continue to worsen: in 2019 the number of people in poverty and extreme poverty increases (estimates project 27 million more poor people than in 2014), and there is increasing hunger (6.5%) and food insecurity, which affects 188 million people.
Given this contextual situation, we have had a significant increase in our operations in the region: in 2019 we have reached 435,371 people, we have increased our geographical presence in all countries and we have started working in large cities such as Lima and Bogota, and we have also integrated health, protection and prevention of gender-based violence in most of our interventions.
Financially, in Central and South America our growth between 2018 and 2019 has been of 183%, and this trend is growing by 2020 (+207%). This increased capacity to meet the needs of the population is possible thanks to the trust provided by local actors and international stakeholders and the great commitment and professionalism of our team in the region.
Download the report to read how we worked towards those aims in 2019, in all the countries where we work in the region.
Horn and Eastern Africa Regional Annual Report 2019
The Horn and Eastern Africa Annual Report 2019 outlines Action Against Hunger’s key activities, reach and achievements in all the countries where we work in the region.
The Horn and Eastern Africa Regional Office (HEARO) oversees Action Against Hunger’s operations in the region, providing strategic and operational support to our country programs. HEARO’s approach is based on leveraging new opportunities at regional level, as we strengthen capacity at the local level. This is in line with the new localisation and decentralisation agenda. The regional office supports six countries to deliver the global vision: Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
HEARO draws legitimacy and credibility from our operations in the field, from technical research as well as from the organisation’s direct work with communities affected by nutrition insecurity and child undernutrition in emergency, recovery and development contexts. Through our advocacy work, we apply valuable technical expertise and field knowledge to inform evidence-based policies to tackle malnutrition.
At HEARO, we believe hunger is a predictable, preventable, and treatable illness. Ninety per cent of children who complete treatment are cured but only one in four is able to access care.
Working across the six countries, we strive to make sure that every child gets the lifesaving treatment they need to recover and grow up strong.
The need for our work in the region remains very significant.
Download the report to read how we worked towards those aims in 2019, in all the countries where we work in the region.
Learning Review 2019
Learning is the transformative process that turns information into knowledge. Continuous learning, reflection and adaptation is critical to building knowledge and evidence. Through collectively capturing and sharing knowledge we are enabled to build on what we have learned, and increase the quality of our work.
At Action Against Hunger we are committed to making learning a core part of our culture. We strive to develop ways to make learning and evidence from practice easily accessible, enabling us and others to improve and design higher quality and more accountable programs.
The Learning Review is an annual publication providing staff across Action Against Hunger with a platform to share their learning and reflections from a diverse range of projects, research and experiences.
In addition to outlining best practices, the learning review highlights challenges encountered and how our teams have learned from these experiences. We believe that it is equally as important to learn from the mistakes we have made as it is to learn from our successes.
Following positive feedback last year, we have structured this year’s learning review around the five stages of the program cycle. In order for us to continuously improve the delivery of our programs, it is essential for learnings to be gathered at every stage of this cycle.
This publication would not be possible without the valuable contribution of our staff from across Action Against Hunger, whose commitment to sharing experiences is a clear demonstration of the importance they place on learning and knowledge exchange. We hope to inspire dialogue through sharing this portfolio, and above all, to facilitate knowledge exchange and uptake.
International Annual Report 2019
The International Annual Report 2019 highlights the ways in which our country offices have contributed to achieving a world free from hunger, through several sectors and focuses.
There are three major aims of the International Strategic Plan 2016-20: to mitigate the consequences of hunger; to address the causes of hunger; and to change the way hunger is viewed and addressed. These aims contribute towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Zero hunger, good health, gender equality, and clean water and sanitation are the four Sustainable Development Goals emphasised by our International Strategic Plan 2016-20.
Our aims are framed by Action Against Hunger’s theory of change. This is an overarching guide for achieving a world free from hunger. It outlines our four crosscutting tools: powerful and legitimate voice; transfer of our knowledge and expertise; operational capacity; and technical expertise and innovation.
Action Against Hunger’s ambition of a world free from hunger translates through a comprehensive variety of humanitarian and development interventions, spanning from livelihood to nutrition, from advocacy to research.
Our actions focus on immediate support to save lives, to prevent causes of malnutrition, help to mitigate factors that contribute to crisis and deliver development initiatives and sustainable solutions.
In 2019, Action Against Hunger operated in 46 countries worldwide providing assistance in the sectors of nutrition, health, WaSH (water, hygiene and sanitation), food security, livelihoods and disaster risk management (DRM).
Overall, 40 per cent of the beneficiaries (6,983,097 individuals) were reached in high burden countries while 60 per cent (10,453,254) in the rest of the countries where the organisation operates.
Global Performance Report 2019
The Global Performance Report 2019 outlines and reflects on Action Against Hunger’s global achievements and reach in 2019.
In 2019, Action Against Hunger continued to provide effective assistance to affected populations around the world. We operated in 46 countries, delivering assistance in the sectors of nutrition, health, WaSH (water, hygiene and sanitation), food security and livelihoods (FSL), disaster risk reduction (DRR), care practices and mental health.
In all our interventions, we endeavoured to respect our key principles: independence, neutrality, transparency, free and direct access to victims, non-discrimination, professionalism. In 2019, we increased the number of interventions by 38 per cent, delivering 654 projects against 473 in 2018. Overall, 40 per cent of projects implemented were multi-sectoral, having components in health and nutrition, WaSH, FSL, care practices, mental health, DRR, advocacy and food assistance.
Our main objective to address and alleviate hunger brought our actions to reach over 17 million people in 2019, with a slight decrease of 18 per cent compared to 2018. Overall, we reached 40 per cent of the beneficiaries (6,983,097 individuals) in our identified high burden countries while 60 per cent (10,453,254) in the rest of the countries where we intervene.
Since 2015, we have been monitoring the indicators of our International Strategic Plan 2016-2020 to reach our intended targets: to reduce mortality in children under 5 years old; reduce the prevalence of chronic and acute undernutrition; increase coverage of programs to treat severe acute undernutrition; to cover unmet needs within the scope of Action Against Hunger expertise during emergencies and improve program and strategies on undernutrition.
We contributed to reduce child mortality in ten selected high burden countries. In 2019, we provided support to reduce child mortality in Kita (Mali), in Guidimakha (Mauritania), Keita-bouza and Diffa (Niger) and in Borno and Yobe (Nigeria). Such improvements were possible because we increased the number of health and education sessions by 84 per cent, and we increased the number of care practices and nutrition/health projects, respectively by 10 and 24 per cent since last year. In 2019, 6 million people benefitted from our nutrition interventions and almost 3 million from our health support.
Report: Into the unknown: Listening to Syria’s displaced in the search for durable solutions
“We live in the unknown and head towards the unknown” – Internally displaced man in northeast Syria
Over 50 Syrian and international NGOs published a report calling for action by participants of the upcoming Brussels IV Conference on the Future of Syria and the Region to support people displaced in and from Syria in their search for an end to displacement. Research that was conducted to better understand the views and preferences of internally displaced people (IDPs) and refugees found that very few see themselves as holding a viable prospect for a durable solution – safe return and sustainable reintegration, local integration or resettlement –in the coming years.
The qualitative interviews showed a clear discrepancy between people’s preferred plans for the future and the options they considered open to them in the next 5 to 10 years. While a clear preference to return or move abroad if certain conditions were met was expressed my many, the only option that both IDPs and refugees widely considered available to them in the next 5 to 10 years was to stay where they are.
The report explores current barriers and makes recommendations for participants of the Brussels IV Conference:
- Inside Syria: improving conditions in areas of return, relocation and settlement, arguing that while the primary responsibility for the changes required to unlock durable solutions lie with the state authorities in Syria, coordinated action is needed across political, humanitarian, human rights, development and peace-building spheres to support people and influence change
- Outside Syria: responsibility-sharing at the heart of long-term hosting including appropriate development support, and solutions for those who cannot return including through resettlement
- Participatory planning for solutions, putting Syrians at the heart of coordinated efforts to support informed decision-making, self-reliance and inclusion