Persistent drought continues to affect tens of thousands of people in Djibouti, pushing them deeper into poverty and vulnerability. An estimated 70,000 people in Djibouti are food insecure and large humanitarian needs persist. Local host communities also compete for scarce resources with refugees (mostly fleeing Somalia) and migrants en route to Yemen and the Gulf States.
Despite these challenges, there has been little donor interest in Djibouti, and funding for humanitarian action has been low. For example, the 2013 Consolidated Appeal for Djibouti has only received 36 per cent of required funding.
In January 2014, CERF allocated US$4 million from its Underfunded Emergencies window to help humanitarian partners sustain emergency aid operations in Djibouti. In 2013, the country received $6.3 million from CERF.