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25 Mar 2015 description

This Guidebook describes the principles, tools and practices of three (3) urban disaster risk and resilience indicator systems based on EMI’s collective experience in implementing them in various urban settings in the last decade with local authorities. The objective of the Guidebook and the case studies presented here is to describe the methodology and participatory processes for developing, customizing and implementing these indicator systems with the aim of supporting urban professionals in their DRM decision-making.

23 Mar 2015 description

Why this Guide?

Disaster Response and Disaster Response Preparedness in Southern Africa: A Guide to International Tools and Services Available to Governments is a guide to Southern African Government Disaster Management Authorities/ Agencies (NDMAs) and Disaster Managers on different mechanisms, international tools and services and needs assessments – all for disaster response and disaster response preparedness.

20 Mar 2015 description
report Sphere Project

Las guías Descubriendo Esfera

La serie de publicaciones ‘Descubriendo Esfera’ trata del uso de las normas de Esfera en situaciones específicas. “Esfera en el seguimiento y la evaluación”, junto con “Esfera en evaluaciones”, explica cómo integrar los elementos clave del enfoque de Esfera, centrado en las personas, en el ciclo del programa humanitario. Ambas guías remiten a las partes del Manual Esfera aplicables en diferentes momentos del proceso de respuesta y deben, por lo tanto, ser utilizadas junto con el Manual.

20 Mar 2015 description
report Sphere Project

The Sphere Project office has published Sphere for Monitoring and Evaluation, a short guide to help humanitarian staff identify and implement the sections of the Sphere Handbook that are most relevant to these tasks.

Sphere for Monitoring and Evaluation is the second guide in the "Sphere unpacked" series, after Sphere for Assessments.

20 Mar 2015 description

La Norma Humanitaria Esencial en materia de calidad y rendición de cuentas (CHS, por sus siglas en inglés) es fruto de la labor de la Joint Standards Initiative (JSI), una iniciativa de HAP, People In Aid y el Proyecto Esfera que busca lograr una mayor coherencia entre las organizaciones que establecen normas en el sector humanitario.

20 Mar 2015 description

La Norme humanitaire fondamentale de qualité et de redevabilité (CHS pour son sigle en anglais - Core Humanitarian Standard) est un résultat direct de l’initiative sur les standards conjoints (en anglais : Joint Standards Initiative - JSI), un projet pour lequel HAP International (Humanitarian Accountability Partnership), People In Aid et le Projet Sphère ont uni leurs forces pour améliorer la cohérence entre les normes humanitaires et rendre celles-ci plus simples à utiliser.

16 Mar 2015 description

Violent conflict is not static. While changing political, social, economic and cultural circumstances impact its dynamics in the long run, more immediate events - a sudden change in local leadership, a series of protests, an accident, or even the passing of the seasons - impress a new direction on the evolution of conflict on a regular basis. For us, understanding how to respond to these short-term challenges is as vital as strategizing around the overarching sociopolitical themes.

16 Mar 2015 description

A well-planned and transparent approach to opening an office will mitigate many of the risks involved. The process is not linear and every situation will have different requirements. However, by applying a logical and organised process, setting up an office and finding accommodation is possible in most locations across the globe.

12 Mar 2015 description

In humanitarian settings, aid agencies often assist populations by transferring resources, usually using cash, vouchers or in-kind aid, such as food rations, shelter materials, seeds and tools and kits of household items. The use of cash or vouchers to replace in-kind aid is most pronounced in food assistance programming, but it is increasingly being considered for emergency shelter, education and many other kinds of programming.

12 Mar 2015 description

WHO issues its first hepatitis B treatment guidelines
News release

12 MARCH 2015 ¦ GENEVA - WHO today issued its first-ever guidance for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B, a viral infection which is spread through blood and body fluids, attacking the liver and resulting in an estimated 650 000 deaths each year – most of them in low- and middle-income countries.

11 Mar 2015 description

Rape and other forms of sexual violence cause physical and psychological harm to their victims (women, girls, men and boys) and have a direct impact on their families and communities. Rape and other forms of sexual violence, when committed in the context of an armed conflict either international or non-international, constitute violations of international humanitarian law (IHL). In line with their obligation to respect and ensure respect for IHL, States must prevent and criminalize rape and other forms of sexual violence in their domestic legal systems.

11 Mar 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

Amman, 11 March, 2015 - UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, with the financial support of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development launched today the “Women and Girls Safe Spaces: A guidance note based on lessons learned from the Syria crisis.”. The document provides guidance on how to establish women and girls safe spaces in humanitarian and post-crisis contexts and presents key guiding principles to manage the spaces.

11 Mar 2015 description


Ten principles can be followed to produce the sort of equal post-conflict settlement planning that can help to build communities that have a better basis of becoming peaceful and sustainable. These are:

  1. Gender factors should be integrated in post-conflict settlement planning.

  2. Post-conflict settlement planning should increase the safety and security of all groups.

  3. Women grassroots organizations should be involved in post-conflict settlement planning.

10 Mar 2015 description

Introduction to the Toolkit on the Inter-American Human Rights System for Indigenous Women

Author: Ellen-Rose Kambel / Editors: Valerie Couillard and Andrea Galindo

04 Mar 2015 description

During the 18th International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and UN Advisors, held in Geneva from 16-19 February, two new joint GICHD and GMAP publications were released.

02 Mar 2015 description

BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights publishes a new edition of the Handbook on the Protection of Palestinian Refugees in State Signatories to the 1951 Convention.

Building on the 2005 edition and the 2011 update, this year’s Handbook provides a comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of international legal protection standards applicable to Palestinian refugees – most notably, Article 1D of the 1951 Refugee Convention.

02 Mar 2015 description

These guidelines provide up-to-date information on the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) tools and services, and explain how they can be used by disaster managers in emergencies, allowing responders to adequately prepare. It considers the following disaster information systems and online coordination tools:

02 Mar 2015 description

“According to the principles of humanitarian aid and the international legal framework related to gender-based violence, the humanitarian community, host governments, donors, peacekeepers, the UN and all others engaged in working with and for affected populations are collectively accountable for preventing and responding to gender-based violence.”

Source: Inter-Agency Standing Committee (2005). Guidelines for Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings: Focusing on Prevention of and Response to Sexual Violence in Emergencies.

02 Mar 2015 description

*Children separated from their parents and families because of conflict, disaster or population displacement, or because of economic or social reasons, are at increased risk of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect in an emergency. Every child has the right to the right to know and be cared for by his or her parents as recognised in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC Article 7).

27 Feb 2015 description

Introducing the guide

**What is the purpose of the guide?

The Guide to Business Engagement has been requested by SUN countries to help inform the development of local strategies to engage business in national nutrition priorities. Drawing on a wide range of insights and experiences, the guide aims to:

• Summarise the capabilities and potential opportunities for business to support local nutrition priorities and plans