Knowledge management is simply the practice of capturing, storing and sharing knowledge so that we can learn lessons from the past and apply them in the future.
The application of knowledge and learning is vital to improve the quality of humanitarian and development work that ultimately seeks to alleviate suff ering, develop local capacity and reduce poverty.
‘Less is more’
Psychological Support in Somalia
By Stephen Regel, member of the Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support’s Roster Group
Somalia has for the past fifteen years been affected by a protracted and destructive civil conflict. Parts of Somalia remain beset by ongoing conflict and divisions prone to drought and flood and inevitably vulnerable to disease. At the time of writing, there has been an escalation of the conflict in the south, further adding to an already difficult and complex political situation.
WARSAW - The United Nations World Food Programme today warmly welcomed Poland's increased support for WFP in addition to its firm commitment to boost contributions towards the eradication of hunger and poverty around the world.
Poland's donations hit a new high in 2006 - at US$1.2 million for WFP operations in six countries. The total amount for this "breakthrough year" was just short of the sum of contributions (US$1.4 million) given by Poland to WFP during the first five years of this millennium.
ROME - The Government of the Netherlands has made its first-ever multi-year donation to the United Nations World Food Programme, committing Euro 27.2 million each year from 2007 until 2009.
"More than 80 percent of WFP's work addresses the needs of people in emergencies and relief situations," said John M. Powell, WFP's Deputy Executive Director for Fundraising and Communications.
WFP must be ready to spring into action to deal with emergencies across the world at a moment's notice
Pisa, Italy, 30 March 2007 - WFP has graduated the first class of emergency telecommunications team leaders after an intensive two-week training course - the inaugural session of a new programme for information and communications technology (ICT) managers who are now set for deployment to difficult and dangerous disaster zones.
Amman, 29 March 2007 - UNICEF's Humanitarian Action Report 2007 calls on donors and the international community to contribute to a USD $635 million appeal to assist children and women in 33 natural disasters and complex emergencies worldwide. The Arabic report is being launched on April 3 in Dubai.
NEW YORK, 27 March 2007- UNICEF today thanked IKEA for the Swedish company's donation of Euros 1.75 million toward the health and well-being of children around the world. The total is a 48 per cent increase from the 2005 soft toy promotion.
"The IKEA Soft Toy promotion was a tremendous success for children, thanks to the IKEA's initiative," said Kul C. Gautam, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF.
The United States and Israel, as well as dozens of other countries that are makers, sellers or stockpilers of weapons, are in the cross hairs of an international movement to abolish cluster bombs.
Weapons are, of course, meant to kill, and are a fact of war. But cluster bombs, like landmines, kill indiscriminately, and therefore they should be banned.
Press Release No: L/08/2007
World Water Day is celebrated this year with a special focus on "Coping with Water Scarcity".
Water scarcity can be physical, economic or institutional, and can fluctuate over time and space. Today, about 700 million in 43 countries suffer from waters scarcity, and by 2025 this figure could increase to more than 3 billion people.
The state of the world's waters remains fragile, and the need for an integrated and sustainable approach to water resource management is as pressing as ever.
On 22 March, the World Water Day will be marked around the globe under the theme of water scarcity - with an estimated 425 million children under the age of 18 still facing water shortages.
Millions of women and children collect water daily for their families for drinking, cooking and washing.
Tennis star Nicole Vaidisova helps launch campaign to bring clean water to African communities through PlayPump™ water systems
Westport, CT (March 22, 2007) - To commemorate World Water Day and to improve children's access to clean drinking water worldwide, PlayPumps International, together with Save the Children, is launching a campaign to bring clean water to 100 schools and communities in Africa.
Supported by tennis star Nicole Vaidisova, the 100 Pumps in 100 Days campaign aims to raise $1.4 million to fund PlayPump™ water systems - an innovative pump powered by a …
NICOSIA - The United Nations World Food Programme today hailed the increasing support and commitment of 12 new European Union Member States towards achieving the number one Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving poverty and hunger by 2015.
By 2010, the 12 new European Member States have set themselves an ODA commitment of 0.17 percent of GNI and 0.33 percent by 2015.
In 2006, contributions from these 12 countries reached a total of US$2.1 million in support of WFP operations in Georgia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Afghanistan and the occupied Palestinian territories.
GENEVA, March 21 (UNHCR) - As part of an effort to work more effectively and efficiently and reduce wastage, the UN refugee agency made US$3.7 million last year from the sale of second-hand vehicles, old computers and other assets.
Vatican City, 21 March 2007 -Caritas Special Advisor on AIDS, Fr. Robert Vitillo, on Tuesday told a group of Ambassadors to the Holy See that Catholic and other faith-based organisations have been always at the forefront of fighting the HIV virus.
With some 11,000 new infections each day in 2006, the greatest burden of the HIV pandemic is felt in developing countries. Sub-Saharan Africais home to 64 percent of all people living with HIV, despite the fact that only one-tenth the world's population lives there.
In an interview for the website, ICRC legal adviser Jean-Marie Henckaerts explains how international humanitarian law provides special protection for life-giving water resources.
1. Until about the 1960s, water-related conflicts arose mostly from disputes relating to navigable waterways and the law of the sea. How does the subject of water figure in present-day conflicts?
Access to water is increasingly a factor in the outbreak of armed conflicts. During conflicts, water resources may be denied to civilian populations for various reasons, including to starve them or to displace them.
More than one billion people worldwide lack access to safe water. For around 300 million, the problem is exacerbated by armed conflict or internal violence. On the occasion of World Water Day 2007, Robert Mardini, head of the ICRC's water and habitat unit, describes the organization's distinct approach to its work in situations of armed conflict.
What does it mean to no longer have access to clean water during armed conflict?
First and foremost, it means that life itself is at risk: human beings cannot survive more than three days without water.
Resources to finance preparation of risk management projects in Latin America and the Caribbean
GUATEMALA CITY - Japan, the Republic of Korea and Spain will contribute a total of approximately US$8 million to the Multidonor Disaster Prevention Trust Fund administered by the Inter-American Development Bank, the IDB announced today.
The trust fund will provide grants for detecting risks to natural hazards, preparing disaster prevention loans, designing prevention and mitigation investments, improving preparedness plans, employing environmental management and land use planning to …
Geneva (ICRC) - "Over one billion people worldwide lack access to safe water, in particular the poor. For some 300 million of these people, the problem is exacerbated by armed conflict and internal violence," said Robert Mardini, head of the water and habitat unit of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).