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04 Mar 2015 description

As fighting was escalating in northern Iraq in August last year, more than 500,000 people were forced to flee their homes. Many were stranded in scorching heat on Sinjar mountain. In desperation, people called the UN asking for food and water. And mobile phone chargers.

Read more on the OCHA website.

03 Mar 2015 description

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

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02 Mar 2015 description

MNOs to Implement Disaster Response Initiative to Ensure Effective and Predictable Response During Times of Crisis

25 Feb 2015 description

Cash and IT are hot topics in most places these days, but the conversation can be either invigorating or stale. Together they can inspire change in how aid is imagined, delivered and managed, while significantly increasing the impact, choice and engagement of disaster affected communities. Alternatively, they can simply be more of the same.

25 Feb 2015 description

What is the recent evidence of the role of social media in post-conflict and fragile contexts with regards to conflict management?

Helpdesk response

Key findings: Some of the roles social media has played in conflict management include:

17 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 11–17 February 2015

Myanmar: Fighting between the Myanmar army and the MNDAA, an insurgent group in the Kokang area of Shan state, displaced tens of thousands of people. Some fled into central Myanmar, while between 30,000 and 50,000 are thought to have crossed into Nansan, Yunnan province, China.

11 Feb 2015 description

NATURAL DISASTERS AND CONFLICTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC

FEWER LIVES LOST

In 2014, Asia and the Pacific experienced 126 natural disasters, which affected a total of 85 million people. Significantly, casualties were a quarter of what they were in 2013, with nearly 4,000 people killed by disasters in the region. Floods and landslides were the primary causes of death according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED).

10 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 4–10 February 2015

Guinea: An increase in Ebola case numbers has been reported for the second consecutive week. Resistance to the response remains high in Forecariah, worst affected by the outbreak; though ten prefectures have reported at least one incident of resistance. Clashes between armed forces and the community were reported in Matoto, Conakry.

10 Feb 2015 description

Motorola Solutions Foundation and UNDP release new research report: Increasing the potential of mobile technologies to advance human development

05 Feb 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Julie Steenhuysen

CHICAGO, Feb 4 (Reuters) - A $34 device that plugs into the audio jack of a smartphone was nearly as effective as far more costly diagnostic blood testing equipment in identifying antibodies for HIV and syphilis in a pilot study in Africa, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

Read the full article on Alertnet

03 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 28 January – 3 February 2015

DRC: 30,000 refugees have fled CAR for Equateur province since December. In North Kivu, 18,000 new IDPs need humanitarian assistance; another 21,000 are in need in South Kivu. Nationwide, food security is worsening: over one-third of territories are in Crisis or Emergency phases.

02 Feb 2015 description

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

What's inside

02 Feb 2015 description

Reference Guide - Communication and Complex Emergencies is a reference guide developed by the University of Adelaide’s Applied Communication Collaborative Research Unit (ACCRU) and the Australian Civil–Military Centre (ACMC).

This guide examines the broad topic of communication and its role in a range of different humanitarian and complex emergency situations. Such situations demand communication initiatives that support and promote humanitarian relief efforts, conflict reduction processes, and post-conflict transition and recovery.

01 Feb 2015 description

For the first time in its 95 years, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has completed a global picture of its scope and achievements. Such initiative was made possible through the Federation-wide Databank and Reporting System (FDRS) through which all 189 National Societies have committed to reporting data on common set of indicators.

Although the National Societies are involved in a broad range of activities, FDRS focuses on seven key indicators:

number of volunteers number of paid staff

number of people donating blood

27 Jan 2015 description

Snapshot 21-27 January

Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks continue, with Borno state capital Maiduguri and nearby military bases targeted on 25 January. Security forces pushed BH back from Maiduguri, but further attacks are expected. BH also raided villages in Michika local government area, Adamawa state. There are reports that BH has forbidden the use of vehicles in areas under its control.

20 Jan 2015 description

Snapshot 14–20 January

Cameroon: 50,000 people are estimated displaced due to the recent increase in Boko Haram (BH) attacks in the northern regions. In the past week, an attack on a military base in Kolofata resulted in 143 BH killed, subsequently, BH kidnapped 80 people from one village – with three killed and 24 later released. The conflict has escalated regionally, with Chad pledging military support in Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram.

13 Jan 2015 description

Nigeria: Violence has escalated significantly in the northeast. Boko Haram killed more than 2,100 people in the first 11 days of the year. Most were killed in an attack on the town of Baga and surrounding settlements in Borno state, on Lake Chad. Up to 20,000 people were displaced. Other attacks took place in Maiduguri, Damaturu, and Potiskum.

09 Jan 2015 description
report Guardian

Guardian sustainable business: the role of business in development

They still aren’t delivering Amazon packages. But in Haiti, Bhutan, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines, drones have helped rescue natural disaster victims – and transport medical samples and supplies

Tim Smedley

Friday 9 January 2015 10.50 EST

The prospect of drones delivering parcels to your doorstep is still some way off. But the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for humanitarian work in developing countries is already happening.

07 Jan 2015 description

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LA COMMISSION EUROPÉENNE,

vu le traité sur le fonctionnement de l'Union européenne,

vu le règlement (CE) n° 1257/96 du Conseil du 20 juin 1996 concernant l’aide humanitaire (ci-après le «règlement concernant l’aide humanitaire»)1 , et notamment son article 2, en particulier le point c), son article 4 et son article 15, paragraphes 2 et 3,