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03 Mar 2019 description
report Inter Press Service

By Desmond Brown

BRIGDETOWN, Mar 3 2019 (IPS) - Caribbean countries have been signalling their willingness to dedicate time and resources to implement and sustain effective multi-hazard early warning systems.

Most countries located in the hurricane belt face being impacted during the yearly Atlantic Hurricane Season. But all Caribbean countries face another challenge—climate change

25 Apr 2018 description

El encuentro de investigadores es para dar a conocer avances y resultados de proyectos adaptables al cambio climáticos y estos sean evaluados y aplicados a sus países

Más de 200 investigadores científicos de Mesoamérica del sector agropecuario están reunidos en Panamá, para presentar los resultados de los proyectos que llevan adelantan en más de una veintena de especialidades, bajo el marco de la 63ª reunión del Programa Cooperativo Centroamericano y del Caribe para el Mejoramiento de Cultivos Alimenticios y Producción Animal (PCCMCA).

15 Jun 2017 description
report Huffington Post

Francoise Jacob, Stefan Kohler

Are we creating the perfect conditions for a dramatic disaster to happen?

Torrential rainfall, extreme flooding and massive landslides have claimed more than 200 lives in Sri Lanka over the past few days. Property and livelihoods were destroyed or damaged, with devastating consequences for more than half a million people. Cyclone Mora formed while leaving the shores of the island.

01 Mar 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

ROSEAU, Dominica, Mar 1 2017 (IPS) - When Tropical Storm Erika hit the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica on Aug. 27, 2015, it killed more than two dozen people, left nearly 600 homeless and wreaked damages totaling more than a billion dollars.

The storm dumped 15 inches of rain on the mountainous island, caused floods and mudslides and set the country back 20 years, according Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. The island was inadequately prepared for a storm such as Erika. Many roads and bridges were simply not robust enough to withstand such high volumes of water.

02 Jul 2014 description
report Internews Network

Internews Europe’s global programme team successfully implemented an ambitious portfolio of projects in 2013 to support local media and information systems in some of the most fragile, crisis-hit and poorest countries of the world.

The latest edition of Internews Europe's 2013 Annual Review summarises achievements across a diverse range of projects in more than 30 countries worldwide.

22 Apr 2014 description

MANILLE, 22 avril 2014 (IRIN) - Les travailleurs d'urgence qui interviennent en milieu urbain à la suite d'une catastrophe ont la nécessité de s'adapter aux contraintes et exigences spécifiques aux milieux urbains, selon des experts et des travailleurs humanitaires.

16 Apr 2014 description

MANILA, 16 April 2014 (IRIN) - Responding to the devastation wrought by disasters in cities requires relief workers to adjust to the unique constraints and demands of specific urban settings, experts and aid workers say.

“Meeting the challenges of humanitarian response in urban settings will require taking into account factors that are particular to a city such as existing built infrastructure and the socio-economic, cultural, religious and political landscape,” said Steven Zyck, a research fellow at the UK-based Humanitarian Policy Group.

21 Aug 2013 description
report Inter Press Service

By Lucy Westcott

This story is the final installment of a three-part series on the challenges faced by people living with disabilities in a world where intense storms and other natural disasters are expected to become the "new normal".

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 20 2013 (IPS) - Upon first glance, the emergency checklist distributed in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake looks like any other. Organised into key categories like water, sanitation and hygiene, and psychosocial support, the information is typical of the kind circulated for emergency response.

27 Jul 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

Por Kim-Jenna Jurriaans

NUEVA YORK, 26 jul (IPS) - La asistencia humanitaria sufrió el año pasado la mayor pérdida de fondos en una década, lo cual revela el fracaso de la comunidad internacional para hacer frente a las necesidades crecientes de un mundo en crisis.

09 Jul 2012 description

DAKAR, 9 juillet 2012 (IRIN) - L’Évaluation conjointe de l’aide d’urgence au Rwanda (Joint Evaluation of Emergency Assistance to Rwanda - JEEAR), une évaluation de la réponse humanitaire des gouvernements et des organisations d’aide humanitaire au génocide de 1994 réalisée en 1996, a souligné, entre autres problèmes, la mauvaise coordination, la faible redevabilité (« accountability » en anglais) envers les survivants du génocide et la distribution d’aide aux auteurs des violences.

12 Mar 2012 description
report Internews Network

News spreads quickly around the world in the immediate aftermath of a crisis. Details, videos, and testimonials circulate on the web and via media outlets within seconds of a natural disaster or the outbreak of violence.

But for people in the midst of the crisis, getting information is usually much harder. Power goes down. Mobile networks fail. Local journalists can be victims and even become targets themselves, unable to report out. And survivors are often left to rebuild their lives with no effective means to communicate with those providing aid.

03 Feb 2012 description

frican nations pledged five months ago to do more to help each other when famine and disaster strike. But so far, they haven't come up with the promised cash.

By Mike Pflanz, Correspondent / February 1, 2012

NAIROBI, KENYA

Five months ago, in a grand auditorium and beneath a cinema-sized screen scrolling images of starving children, Africa’s leaders gathered to promise an end to a growing food crisis.

Read the story on the Christian Science Monitor

16 Jan 2012 description

BANGKOK, 16 January 2012 (IRIN) - More countries should follow international disaster law to ensure efficient delivery of international aid, say experts.

"Too often, this life-saving assistance is delayed by bureaucratic bottlenecks," Elyse Mosquini, a Geneva-based senior advocacy officer of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), told IRIN.

11 Dec 2011 description

Dear friends and colleagues,

IRIN is ending the year on a high.
Our climate change expert, Jaspreet Kindra, was invited to chair two separate panel discussions at COP 17 in Durban, and our PlusNews staffer, Keisha Rukikaire-Kagwa, was part of a satellite discussion on HIV in emergencies at the ICASA HIV/AIDS conference in Addis Ababa – great recognition of the quality of their work.