EAA press statement: Drought and famine in East Africa, Northern Nigeria and Yemen

  • 10.03.2017
  • News

Members of the EAA are raising the alarm and serious concern over the unprecedented situation where drought and famine are threatening East Africa, Northern Nigeria, and Yemen.

"We call on the international community not to delay the urgent humanitarian response that is needed to avert catastrophe in East Africa, Northern Nigeria, and Yemen. The consequences of inaction are unthinkable.

Our networks of humanitarian agencies are delivering lifesaving aid across the countries where people are facing starvation. We are scaling up our efforts to raise further funds in order to reach more communities and people affected by this crisis.

Donations will help our NGO members to provide the urgent humanitarian aid needed to prevent further unnecessary suffering and loss of life."

  • Shelly Sandall, President, AGIRE (Italy)
  • Manuela Rossbach, CEO, Aktion Deutschland Hilft (Germany)
  • Erik Todts, Director, Consortium 12-12 (Belgium)
  • Saleh Saeed, Chief Executive, Disasters Emergency Committee (United Kingdom)
  • Richard Morgan, Executive Director, Humanitarian Coalition (Canada)
  • Nobuhisa Iida, Secretary General, Japan Platform
  • Michael Opriesnig, Head of the Board, Nachbar in Not (Austria)
  • Per Byman, Executive Director, The Radiohjälpen Foundation (Sweden)
  • Arie de Kluijver, Coordinator, Giro 555 (Netherlands)
  • Catherine Baud-Lavigne, Deputy Managing Director, Swiss Solidarity


The Emergency Appeals Alliance (EAA)

The EAA brings together organisations of various countries, which launch fundraising appeals following humanitarian disasters: AGIRE in Italy, Aktion Deutschland Hilft, Consortium 1212 in Belgium, Disaster Emergency Committee in the UK, the Humanitarian Coalition in Canada, Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties/Giro 555 in the Netherlands, Japan Platform, Nachbar in Not in Austria, Radiohjälpen in Sweden, and Swiss Solidarity. The funds raised in each country are attributed to various partner NGOs, which carry out humanitarian projects in the affected areas. Most of the organisations work in close cooperation with the national broadcasting system in order to reduce fundraising costs and increase efficiency of the national appeal.

For more details about the EAA, please refer to the EAA Coordinator, Manisha Thomas: coordinator(at)

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One picture often says more than a thousand words. Thanks to the partnership with the internationally operating Swiss picture agency Keystone, Swiss Solidarity has free and rapid access to recent pictures at any time. 

The Keystone picture agency takes a Swiss view of our country and the world. A team of 20 full-time photographers throughout Switzerland as well as international partner agencies ensure that no current event is missed. As the largest picture agency in Switzerland, Keystone has an almost unending store of material on Swiss social history (around 11 million archive images).




A national fundraising day is unthinkable without the means of Swisscom: In six regional fundraising centers, provided by Swisscom as well, between 120 and 150 phone lines are in use. This meant that, at the Tsunami’s fundraising day, over 70’000 calls were managed. On fundraising days, this service is free of charge.

The internet as a means of communication is vital for Swiss Solidarity, too. Therefore, Swisscom supports Swiss Solidarity’s web presence year after year with a considerable contribution. Swisscom (formerly PTT) has been an abiding partner for Swiss Solidarity for over sixty years.



Swiss Solidarity originated in 1946 from a radio show in western Switzerland – the first fundraising campaign was for the benefit of the orphans of World War II. The idea became more and more successful, and in 1983, Swiss Solidarity was granted the status of a foundation initiated by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG. Today, Swiss Solidarity is a foundation that raises funds for humanitarian relief projects and works with the SRG SSR.

On national solidarity and fundraising days, Swiss Solidarity demonstrates just what is meant by «idée suisse»: The solidarity and support of Switzerland’s entire population. This is only possible because the SRG SSR idée suisse supports Swiss Solidarity with its free broadcastings. Swiss Solidarity itself is – with a few exceptions – not a relief organization, but rather a solidarity network, cooperating with 25 relief organizations.

Additionally, the company’s entities SRF, RTS, RTR, RSI are all represented in the foundation board.