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.
Deloitte New Zealand created a supply chain and logistics framework to enable Oxfam New Zealand to reach remote communities in the Pacific Islands more effectively
When Oxfam New Zealand (‘Oxfam NZ’) responds to disasters 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.
1.1 Health at a glance · Health has been recognized as central to international development for more than 20 years, and major efforts have been made to reduce morbidity and mortality either universally, or through a focus on specific population sub-groups (e.g., “the poor”, “women and children”).
· The global health landscape looks more optimistic than ever, although progress has been uneven (see Box 1).
GENÈVE, 22 juillet 2015 (IRIN) - Depuis toujours, il est reproché aux agences d’aide humanitaire internationales de ne pas s’intéresser au point de vue des personnes qu’elles assistent, et de leur fournir de l’aide sans les interroger comme il se doit sur leurs besoins ou les impliquer dans la réponse aux crises.
Authors: Nathaniel A. Raymond and Brittany Card
Published: Jul 2015
Snapshot 15–21 July 2015
Iraq: More than 74,440 people have been displaced from Saqlawiyah in Falluja district since 8 July, and tens of thousands reportedly remain trapped in Falluja and Ramadi districts. There are now more than 3.1 million IDPs across 3,613 locations in Iraq; 300,000 people have been displaced from and within Anbar since military operations began in April.
NEW YORK, 16 July 2015 – U-Report, UNICEF’s groundbreaking, text-message based innovation that amplifies the voices and views of young people in developing countries, has reached 1 million active users.
“U-Report started out as a local innovation to help young Ugandans engage on issues that affect their lives and futures. Today, young U-reporters from 15 countries, mostly in Africa, are using it every day to voice their opinions, connect to their leaders, and help change the conditions in their communities,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.
By Jessica Alexander
GENEVA, 20 July 2015 (IRIN) - International aid agencies have historically been criticized for failing to seek the views of those they are trying to help, providing them assistance without properly consulting or them about what they need or involving them in the crisis response.
El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Panamá presentó el proyecto del Centro Logístico Regional de Asistencia Humanitaria, o “Hub Humanitario”, que adelanta en conjunto con la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas de Servicios para Proyectos (UNOPS), y que estará ubicado en el Aeropuerto de Panamá Pacífico.
Se trata del primer hub humanitario de la región, que incorporará las operaciones emergencias de diversos actores en una misma instalación logística moderna integrada, que operará 24 horas al día.
WFP’s life-saving mission is to end global hunger. Universal access to food is the starting point for freedom, justice and peace for all.
WFP provides food assistance in emergencies and works together with governments, UN agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), companies and private individuals, to tackle the underlying factors causing hunger, to build self-reliance and improve food security.
In 2014, WFP provided food assistance to more than 80 million people in 82 countries.
BY REBECA MORENO JIMENEZ, LINK LAB MANAGER, JULY 15, 2015
In this issue
Nepal Earthquake P.1
Vanuatu: Tropical Cyclone Pam P.3
Preparing for disasters P.5
World Conference on DRR P.6
Business engagement P.6
• The Nepal Earthquake and Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu were the most severe disasters in the first half of 2015.
• In Nepal, the humanitarian response included a major search and rescue initiative from 31 countries as well as improved response in the field of community engagement and gender.
Disaster-affected populations will be at the heart of ETC 2020 - a new strategy for a network of committed partners creating communications environments for quick, effective and accountable humanitarian response.
COPENHAGEN, 6 July 2015 – In a unified push to make assistive products for children with disabilities more available, affordable and appropriate, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was joined by governments, partners, leading disability advocates and NGOs at the first-ever forum to examine the global supply gap and identify ways to reverse longstanding deficiencies.