Women in Siti, Ethiopia wait by a water truck bringing humanitarian relief to tackle severe drought.
Photo: ©EU/ECHO/Anouk Delafortrie | CC BY NC ND 2.0

Drought can impact people's lives in many ways and, beyond its direct effects, can increase the risk of conflict over scarce natural resources.

When responding to drought crises, humanitarians should be prepared to work closely with national governments across sectors and countries to meet the needs of drought-affected populations.

ALNAP has provided lessons on humanitarian action in drought-related emergencies, including the importance of effective early warning systems and the need to recognise the recurrent nature of droughts.

We are currently updating our lessons paper on drought, which we hope to publish later in 2024.

Adelaide Maphangane stands beside an empty water hole in the district of Mabalane, Mozambique.
Photo: IFRC / Aurélie Marrier d'Unienville | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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