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27 Jul 2016 description

OPERATIONAL CONTEXT

During the month of June, the situation in Greece continued to evolve. High temperatures on the islands and on mainland exacerbated dire living conditions resulting in increase of tensions. The heatwave has been particularly challenging for young children and the elderly. In North Greece temperatures reached 47°C inside the Army tents which are currently being replaced with UNHCR family tents which are cooler and water-proof.

27 Jul 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme

UNHRD welcomed the Austrian Government as a Partner after signing a Technical Agreement in 2015 to further support their response efforts in the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. Less than a week after the signing, at the request of Austria, a team of UNHRD and WFP Field Engineering was on the ground to conduct an assessment mission. First shipments arrived in Traiskirchen in December.

In addition, relief items and support equipment were sent to Serbia and Greece on behalf of the French Government, and Turkey on behalf of the Italian Governments.

26 Jul 2016 description
report Guardian

With smartphone use and web penetration soaring, Africa is set for a tech revolution – but only if its infrastructure can support it

Mark Rice-Oxley in Kigali and Zoe Flood in Nairobi

Monday 25 July 2016 06.20 EDT Last modified on Monday 25 July 2016 17.00 EDT

You can buy sunlight with your phone, conduct an eye test on someone 100 miles away and attend a church service on your iPad. There are apps for investing in cows, for sending parcels and for mapping unrest. And soon you’ll be able to deliver blood and medicines by drone.

24 Jul 2016 description
report AlertNet

By Lin Taylor

LONDON, July 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One of the first questions aid worker Isaac Kwamy was asked in Greece's camps for refugees and migrants was not whether there was food or water, but whether there was internet access.

Read the full story on AlertNet

22 Jul 2016 description

Guidance for responders leading Emergency Telecommunications Cluster operations

In 2005, when the Cluster Approach was introduced, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) was activated in one emergency – the Pakistan earthquake. By 2015, the ETC was responding to eight humanitarian emergencies across the globe, concurrently.

21 Jul 2016 description

The digital revolution is transforming the world but refugees are being left behind. Today, almost 60 million forcibly displaced refugees and internally displaced persons are living without reliable internet and mobile connectivity.

19 Jul 2016 description

Contents

Cover story

Bright ideas, local solutions

As humanitarians explore new technologies and innovation, how do they make sure these developments empower the people who need them most? A pilot project in two informal settlements in Kenya and South Africa offers some answers.

Phones, drones and beyond

18 Jul 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Three months after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated the central and coastal provinces of Ecuador, 30,000 people remain in shelters.

  • UNHCR and OCHA are coordinating Protection Working Groups focused on the humanitarian impacts of violence in Northern Triangle countries.

  • The World Humanitarian Summit (Istanbul, Turkey, 23-24 May) was a pivotal moment for the global humanitarian agenda.

7.3 million people affected by disasters in 2016

18 Jul 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme

UNHRD welcomed the Austrian Government as a Partner after signing a Technical Agreement in 2015 to further support their response efforts in the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. Less than a week after the signing, at the request of Austria, a team of UNHRD and WFP Field Engineering was on the ground to conduct an assessment mission. First shipments arrived in Traiskirchen in December.

In addition, relief items and support equipment were sent to Serbia and Greece on behalf of the French Government, and Turkey on behalf of the Italian Governments.

11 Jul 2016 description

Background and aims

In 2015, the Global Cluster for Early Recovery (GCER) sought to measure how well early recovery was integrated into each cluster, and in parallel, to advance understanding of the relative importance of early recovery principles and practices in humanitarian crises overall. In designing a methodology to undertake this analysis, two assumptions were made.

08 Jul 2016 description

Apia, Samoa – Emergency responders and telecommunications experts from across the Pacific are converging in Apia on 11-13 July to discuss ways to improve emergency communications for disaster, at the first regional workshop of its kind jointly hosted by the Samoan Government and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

08 Jul 2016 description

Introduction

The widespread use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and social media during irregular migration journeys is increasingly understood as a key means through which migrants and refugees make plans prior to departing and obtain information en route. It is already known that smartphones are vitally important for migrants and refugees during irregular migration.

07 Jul 2016 description

Drones or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are increasingly coming to the forefront of humanitarian technology innovation. While drones are not new to headlines, their application in disaster relief situations is still in the embryonic stage, with exciting developments coming thick and fast.

04 Jul 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme

UNHRD welcomed the Austrian Government as a Partner after signing a Technical Agreement in 2015 to further support their response efforts in the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. Less than a week after the signing, at the request of Austria, a team of UNHRD and WFP Field Engineering was on the ground to conduct an assessment mission. First shipments arrived in Traiskirchen in December.

In addition, relief items and support equipment were sent to Serbia and Greece on behalf of the French Government, and Turkey on behalf of the Italian Governments.

01 Jul 2016 description
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Summary of this update and minor revisions made to emergency plan of action:

This Emergency Appeal Operation Update n° 1 is aiming at adapting the response of the Hungarian Red Cross to the recent situation and extends the timeframe of the Emergency Appeal until 30 September 2016 with an amended budget of CHF 1,071,934 (less than 10% change of original budget).

27 Jun 2016 description
infographic Télécoms Sans Frontières

In May 2016, TSF's 253-day mission at the heart of the European Refugee Crisis came to an end. The infographic below summarises this mission, focusing on connectivity provision in Serbia, Macedonia and Greece, as well as a 9-week operation restoring family links in the Idomeni refugee camp.

For more information concerning our Restoring Family Links operations, click here