Snapshot 11 August – 25 August 2015
Haiti: Insecurity has increased since legislative elections. Violence and intimidation were reported at many polling stations and a second round of voting is planned, following low voter turnout. Food security has deteriorated as a result of prolonged drought conditions since the beginning of 2015: poor households in Sud, Sud-Est, Nord-Est and Artibonite will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes through December. Recent cholera rates are triple those of the comparable time period in 2014.
Financial services facilitate a wide range of economic and household activities in any society. They enable trade and business expansion and allow individuals to save, send and borrow money. Humanitarian cash transfers, particularly when delivered electronically, can expand access to financial services among disaster and conflict- affected populations. This primer is written for humanitarian actors engaged with cash transfer programming. It defines what financial services are, why they are critical to consider in emergencies and how they can amplify the impact of cash transfer programs.
By MATTHEW BRUNWASSERAUG. 25, 2015
BELGRADE, Serbia — The tens of thousands of migrants who have flooded into the Balkans in recent weeks need food, water and shelter, just like the millions displaced by war the world over. But there is also one other thing they swear they cannot live without: a smartphone charging station.
421 Addendum to report of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS), 10–11 June 2015
423 Progress towards poliomyelitis eradication in Nigeria, January 2014–July 2015 430 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January-June 2015
421 Addendum au rapport du Comité consultatif mondial de la sécurité vaccinale (GACVS), 10-11 juin 2015
423 Progrès accomplis vers l’éradication de la poliomyélite au Nigéria, janvier 2014- juillet 2015 430 Rapport mensuel des cas de dracunculose, janvier-juin 2015
Snapshot 12 August –18 August 2015
Yemen: The humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate. 1.4 million people have become displaced since conflict escalated in March – a 12% increase since early July. Fuel shortages and access issues continue to affect provision of health services. 23% of Yemen’s health facilities are either partially funtional or non-functional.
1. Executive Summary
This project is conducted in response to Global Disaster Preparedness Center’s (GDPC) call of developing a comprehensive understanding of the implications of social media analysis tools for disaster preparedness, focusing on the Asia Pacific region.
￼￼• The cost of humanitarian aid has increased dramatically in recent years, with an estimated 60 to 80 per cent spent on logistics.1
• As demand for humanitarian assistance rises, the sector’s dependence on complex inter- national supply chains presents many challenges. They include sudden and unpredictable spikes in demand; hard-to-reach locations; disruptions due to conflict or disasters; and normal supply-chain problems of leakage, spoilage and other losses.
Author: Rahel Dette, Research Associate-Component 3 (Accountability and Learning)
As we research the monitoring of aid in insecure environments, practitioners repeatedly express great interest in new technologies to gather information or communicate with affected populations.
In light of the annual World Humanitarian Day on August 19th, the Harvard University Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) is launching a month-long “Innovation Series”. This is a series of short podcast discussions with professionals and experts on areas of innovative thinking and development in the humanitarian sector.
Snapshot 5-11 August 2015
Burkina Faso: Heavy floods in Ouagadougou, Kadiogo province, and Bobo-Dioulasso, Houet province, in early August affected around 19,780 people. Significant damage to houses and food stocks were reported. Additional flooding in the north could bring the total number of affected to 122,000. More than 1.5 million people are facing Stressed or Crisis food security outcomes in Burkina Faso, especially in the Sahel region in the north.
393 Laboratory response to the West African Ebola outbreak 2014–2015
397 Plans for containment of poliovirus following typespecific polio eradication worldwide, 2015
393 Réponse des laboratoires à l’épidémie d’Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest, 2014 2015
397 Plans pour le confinement des poliovirus après l’éradication de la poliomyélite par type spécifique à l’échelle mondiale, 2015
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Despite the continuous development of the Latin American and Caribbean region, violence against children, especially against girls, is still prevalent. Most of the times violence against children goes unnoticed, unheard, or even unreported, impacting children for life. Only a small proportion of acts of violence, exploitation and abuse are reported and investigated, and few perpetrators are held accountable.
Facing these grim realities, we want to understand the role of the telecommunications industry, particularly mobile operators, in ending violence.
In the event of a disaster, being able to communicate over long and short distances is key. Damage to cables and other communications infrastructure can sometimes hinder this process. We take a look at how drones can reestablish radio networks in the aftermath of a disaster.
The technological advances that facilitate our daily communication and organisation requirements have triggered hopes about their applicability in challenging circumstances, such as crisis or conflict situations. The world wide web and especially mobile phone networks are not any more reserved for higher-income countries but these technologies are today available in most of the world’s countries, including regions in which humanitarian, development and peacebuilding workers operate, constantly seeking new tools and instruments that help them master their challenging tasks (Smith et al.
To address big development challenges such as world hunger, you sometimes have to start small.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, food insecurity affects millions, but the solution rests largely with the individual smallholder farmers who often can’t afford to pay for basic farming equipment. Small amounts of financing offer the potential to deliver significant benefits to them and the communities they serve.
Snapshot 22–28 July 2015
Somalia: More than 10,000 people have been displaced in Lower Shabelle and Bay regions since AMISOM and Somali armed forces began their offensive. Al Shabaab has lost control of Bardhere in Gedo and Dinsoor in Bay. In accessible areas of Hudur town, Bakool, 33% GAM and 19% SAM were observed in a MUAC assessment in July – a significant deterioration since June. Very critical malnutrition rates persist in Bulo Burde, Hiraan.
DFID funded research is helping to build more open, better networked societies through the use of digital technologies. The ICT4D programme, which was co-funded with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), examined the positive and negative impacts that ICT can have on the lives of the poor. Research findings are helping to inform emerging policy that looks to empower the world’s poorest people through technology.
When Oxfam responds to disasters, the priotiry is to get clean water, sanitation and hygiene packs to affected communities. In the Pacific, the agency faces an exceptionally challenging environment, with both the geography and the fragile infrastructure making it hard to reach vulnerable, remote island communities.