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20 Aug 2017 description


  • Armed groups force clinics to close and deny civilians access to health care to pressure NGOs to provide more trauma care for their combat-wounded.

  • Doctors and medical professionals are under threat across the country by armed groups and criminal gangs.

  • Cash assistance exceeded US$9.5 million in the first four months of the year.

  • Displaced families in Taloqan face a difficult life as solidarity in the host community wears thin.

18 Aug 2017 description


Supported by the American people and the United States Congress over many decades, the U.S. government has been at the forefront of efforts to ease the suffering of civilians who have endured forced displacement and deprivation.

The Trump administration is now engaged in a broad effort to consider the organization of the U.S. government, which will include an examination of how the government is structured for international humanitarian response.

18 Aug 2017 description

With foreign aid at risk, new coalitions need to help drive large-scale action on hunger, poverty and energy access, Rockefeller Foundation chief says

By Laurie Goering

LONDON, Aug 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aid to help developing countries fight poverty, hunger, disease and climate change is likely to fall 50 to 70 percent under proposed U.S. budget cuts, a "disaster" for the world's poor, the president of The Rockefeller Foundation has warned.

16 Aug 2017 description

The challenge

Humanitarian finance is available mainly when a disaster strikes and suffering is almost guaranteed. But climate-related risks are rising worldwide, and just waiting for disasters to happen is not an option.

The opportunity

16 Aug 2017 description

by Cecilia Costella, Climate Centre

Climate Centre specialists this week call for existing social protection systems around the world to be expanded to include “early action and preparedness”. 

Social protection consists of long-term policies and programmes to reduce poverty and vulnerability by providing support to people over their lifetimes.

16 Aug 2017 description
report IRIN

Aron Lund

STOCKHOLM, 15 August 2017

Radical jihadis have cemented their dominance over northwestern Syria with the victory last month of Tahrir al-Sham over its main rival, the Turkish-backed Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham. But the two million civilians in the region may pay the price for that win as aid agencies rethink their strategies.

Read more on IRIN

07 Aug 2017 description

Forced Displacement

Global Compact on Refugees/CRRF: The following is an update on some of the activities in July related to the CRRF:

On 7 July, the third meeting of the UNHCR­NGO­IFRC Reference Group was hosted at the IFRC offices in Geneva and focused mainly on a postUganda Solidarity Summit discussion. The Group benefited from the participation and perspective from the Director of UNHCR Bureau for Africa,

Mr. Valentin Tapsoba. Notes from this meeting will soon be available on ICVA website.

04 Aug 2017 description
report Start Network


Localisation is a foundational and non-negotiable principle within the Start Network. This report presents a ‘baseline assessment’ of where the Start Fund and three DEPP projects currently sits with the‘localisation agenda’.

Download the full review

The report contains recommendations on how to progress in this agenda, and presents a holistic and transformative approach to localisation.

03 Aug 2017 description
report Oxfam

Aggregated data on direct funding flows to local humanitarian actors exists at the global level, but there is limited aggregated knowledge of how much funding – and through what channels – goes to local actors at the country level, particularly funding that reaches local actors indirectly. Deeper analysis at the country level can provide useful information for all humanitarian actors to make practical changes in the financing architecture and better meet commitments made through the Grand Bargain and other international agreements, like the Charter4Change.

02 Aug 2017 description
report Start Network
  • Framework is part of an independent review into localisation of the Start Fund and other Start Network initiatives

  • Responding to the review, the Start Network has committed to “drive a holistic and transformative approach to localisation” The Start Network, a global network of 42 leading NGOs, has published a new framework for localisation which aims to provide a practical structure to improve the position of local organisations within international aid.

01 Aug 2017 description

The landscape of global development finance is changing. Official development assistance is no longer the dominant source of capital in many of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) priority countries, yet it remains vital to support their advancement. Investing for Impact examines trends in development finance and highlights ways in which USAID is leveraging private investment and applying non-traditional approaches to finance the achievement of our goals in global health.

01 Aug 2017 description

Key Points

• Strong commitment from field leadership and operational actors on NWOW needs to be backed by unified direction from headquarters. There is a need for a clear roadmap from the UNDG and IASC to move forward systemically.

30 Jul 2017 description


  1. This document outlines the strategic objectives of the EHF Second Standard Allocation for 2017. The document is an indicative of the prioritized sectors/needs and does not include information on processes.

26 Jul 2017 description

The World Humanitarian Summit set ambitious targets to maximize existing resources in critical, emergency situations, including harmonizing and streamlining donor reporting. Donors and aid organizations committed to significant, but achievable harmonization measures by the end of 2018, including reducing volume, developing a common report structure and increasing the efficiency of reporting. To support the implementation of those commitments, this study analyzed existing processes to identify factors leading to reporting inefficiency and opportunities for harmonization.

25 Jul 2017 description
report Give2Asia


Since January 2014, Give2Asia has partnered with community-based organizations (CBOs) in South and Southeast Asia to understand best practices and learnings for locally-led disaster preparedness and community resilience. This work has helped Give2Asia to identify specific CBO partners as part of an extensive effort to make Disaster Preparedness a larger part of the portfolio of international philanthropists and corporate foundations.

This Paper’s Intended Audience