In Focus: Refugee crisis in Europe
- MSF: Balkans: Hundreds stranded without aid as new border control measures come into force, 26 Nov 2015
- Red Cross urges governments to protect people on the move as freezing weather is set to sweep Europe this weekend, 20 Nov 2015
- Joint UNHCR, IOM, and UNICEF statement on new border restrictions in the Balkans, 20 Nov 2015
Appeals & Funding
- UNHCR Emergency Appeal 2015: Winterization Plan for the Refugee Crisis in Europe (Nov 2015 – Feb 2016)
- UNHCR Special Mediterranean Initiative Jun–Dec 2015, Supplementary Appeal
- IFRC Response Plan: A Movement coordinated approach focusing on the Mediterranean and neighbouring regions
IFRC Population Movement Emergency Appeals/Emergency Plan of Action Regional (Nov 2015); Croatia (Oct 2015); Greece (Sep 2015); Hungary (Sep 2015); Italy (Nov 2015); FYR of Macedonia (Sep 2015); Serbia (Sep 2015); Slovenia (Oct 2015)
This briefing note aims to support the humanitarian sector’s efforts to apply a deeper level of analytical and strategic thinking to humanitarian negotiation. Toward this end, it provides an overview of how the rich body of literature focused on negotiations in other contexts—political, commercial, and legal settings, for example—can inform our understanding of humanitarian negotiation.
Abnormal rainfall patterns during 2014/2015 have contributed to a spike in food insecurity, which is currently affecting at least 27.4 m people regionally (and this excludes Angola, which has yet to publish official figures; and Madagascar, which did not present to SADC, but where 1.9 m people are food insecure, of which 460,000 people are severely so). In Malawi and Zimbabwe, 2.8 m and 1.5 m people are food insecure respectively.
By Magdalena Mis
LONDON, Nov 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new mobile phone app designed to help aid workers predict where hunger may strike and provide help in good time was launched by Austrian scientists on Thursday.
Read the story on the Thompson Reuters Foundation
■ 44,851 refugees and migrants have crossed the border into fyR Macedonia during the reporting period 04 - 10 November with a daily average of 6,407. Since UNHCR began monitoring the departures from Gevgelija on 1 July 2015 some 515,000 refugees and migrants have departed.
As part of its efforts to ensure a rapid response to humanitarian emergencies around the world, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA)—the lead U.S. Government (USG) office for international disaster response—stores emergency relief supplies at strategically located warehouses in Miami, Florida; Pisa, Italy; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Subang, Malaysia. Stockpiled humanitarian relief commodities include blankets, hygiene kits, kitchen sets, water containers, and plastic sheeting for emergency shelter.
Local communities are the first responders, and all those supporting the emergency operation will have access to vital communications services. By 2020 that is. But the ETC network still has a few years before we realise this vision, so what happens if there’s an earthquake, tsunami or typhoon tomorrow?
2015 FUNDING OUTLOOK
"We are raising as much, or more, as we’ve ever raised. Our traditional donors are as generous as ever.
It’s that the number of crises is outpacing the generosity. We need those who have given to us to give more. And we need more donors to support the gap.” WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, speaking in August 2015 to Philanthropy Age magazine.
■ 51,055 refugees and migrants have crossed the border into fyR Macedonia during the reporting period 28 October - 03 November with a daily average of 7,294. Since UNHCR began monitoring the departures from Gevgelija on 1 July 2015 some 470,000 refugees and migrants have departed.
Intention to apply for asylum: 207,905 applications have been filed from 19 June to 03 November 2015 (source: Ministry of Interior).
ALNAP and ELRHA will be looking at 15 different examples of humanitarian innovation funded by ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) grants. Each case study will explore the dynamics of successful innovation processes, culminating in a unique and in-depth study on innovation in humanitarian action.
Words of Relief is a Translators without Borders (TWB) project designed to provide local language translation services to non-governmental organisations (NGOs), UN agencies and other actors during humanitarian response.
■ 54,212 refugees and migrants have crossed the border into fyR Macedonia during the reporting period 21 – 27 October with a daily average of 7,745. Since UNHCR began monitoring the departures from Gevgelija on 1 July 2015 some 420,000 refugees and migrants have departed.
Intention to apply for asylum: 182,978 applications have been filed from 19 June to 27 October 2015 (source: Ministry of Interior).
On this edition:
Emergency response on Typhoon Koppu
ASEAN Day for Disaster Management
DELSA 2 Feasibility Studies
October 2015 – Trends
Central African Republic, Israel/Palestine, Macedonia, Republic of Congo, South China Sea, Turkey
November 2015 – Watchlist
- Conflict risk alerts
- Conflict resolution opportunities
Fleeing instabilities in their home countries, thousands of migrants from the Middle-East and Africa are taking dangerous and sometimes fatal routes to seek asylum in Europe.
In order to respond to this worsening context, Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) has established its intervention strategy at the heart of the migrant route at two of the most frequented registration points, Preševo, Serbia and Gevgelija, Macedonia, both of which are compulsory stops along the journey.
By Revi Sterling
Seeing What We Want to Believe
Farmers are effectively using mobile telephone technologies to eliminate middlemen distorting the market prices of farm produce and access better seeds, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Akinwumi Adesina told delegates at the African agricultural transformation conference, which entered its second day on Thursday in Senegal.
What Are the SDGs?
World-leading satellite operators step up support for the global humanitarian community
Working Paper 418
This Revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of 12,670,715 Swiss francs (increased from CHF 3.03m) to support the Hellenic Red Cross to respond to the needs of some 200,000 people, with a focus on the provision of basic food and non-food items; health care including First Aid and Psychosocial Support; water, sanitation and hygiene promotion; Restoring Family Links (RFL) services, and building the response capacities of the National Society.