Saving lives through livelihoods:

Critical gaps in the response to the drought in the Greater Horn of Africa.

Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) | August 2006

This Briefing Note reviews the extent of emergency livelihoods responses during the most recent drought and resulting food crisis in the Horn of Africa. It asks why accurate and timely early warning did not lead to a rapid and appropriate response to mitigate the drought's effects, and highlights how inadequate contingency planning, limited capacity in livelihoods programming and inflexible funding mechanisms resulted in delays and deficiencies in livelihoods interventions, and the predominance of food assistance in the emergency response.

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