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Dangerous Delay 2

Dangerous Delay 2: The Cost of Inaction

One person is likely dying of hunger every 48 seconds in drought-ravaged Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, according to estimates by Oxfam and Save the Children in a report published today, “Dangerous Delay 2: The Cost of Inaction,” highlighting the world’s repeated failure to stave off preventable disasters.

Oxfam and Save the Children have partnered with the Jameel Observatory to examine the changes in anticipatory action and response since 2011 in the Horn of Africa.

The research highlights the impact of investment by national governments and local administrations in social protection, early warning systems, and the role of community members and local organizations in taking anticipatory action. However, it also shows that governments and international actors are still responding to the impacts of the drought, instead of managing the risk ahead of the drought, and are struggling to take action at sufficient scale in response to early warning information.

A decade ago, we said never again to famine. To the millions of people who are once again on the edge of starvation we have failed in that promise. We must respond now, at scale, to avert further tragedy, but we must also learn the lessons of the past decade to ensure that next time we act pre-emptively to avoid the crisis. As climate catastrophe threatens a future of increased crises, we dare not fail that promise again.


Oxfam, Save the Children, Jameel Observatory

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