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12 Oct 2018 description
report Cordaid

October 13th is the International Day for Disaster Reduction. A good occasion to share some of Cordaid’s efforts to reduce disaster risks in Kenya, Sierra Leone and Indonesia. And to advocate for better resilience of marginalized communities against disasters.

03 Apr 2013 description

About FrontLines

Insights from Administrator Rajiv Shah


06 Oct 2011 description

Almost seven years after the devastating tsunami of 2004, more than 20 nations* will participate on 12 October in a full-scale exercise to test the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System. This exercise, organized under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, will also see responsibility for the issue of advisories handed over to the countries of the region through a new regional tsunami advisory service.

28 Oct 2009 description
report GOAL

GOAL is dedicated to ensuring that the poorest of the poor and those affected by humanitarian crises have access to the fundamental needs and rights of life including, but not limited to, food, water, shelter, medical attention and primary education.

GOAL has responded to almost every major natural and man-made disaster in the past 32 years and is currently operational in +10 countries.

12 Sep 2009 description



The death toll from the Sept. 2 earthquake in West Java, Indonesia, has risen to 79.

24 Apr 2009 description


In the years and months that have gone by since the devastating Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami of December 2004, the affected communities - from Banda Aceh to Batticaloa, Puntland to Phang Nga, Noonu to Nagapattinam - have seen both tragedy and triumph.

26 Mar 2009 description
report Internews Network

Independent, local media can improve humanitarian relief and enable people in the midst of crisis to take an active role in their own survival and recovery. In the past 20 years, the humanitarian community has dramatically improved the way relief is provided to people caught up in disasters and crises. However, much more could be done to keep those most affected by disaster informed of assistance efforts and able to engage in the relief process.

The first priority for humanitarian organizations is to provide services and critical aid.

11 Feb 2009 description

Jeddah - The Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), which concluded its 257th session at IDB headquarters in Jeddah today, approved US$ (348.15) million for new projects and technical assistance in member countries and for Muslim communities in non- member countries.

The development projects approved by the Board involve financing operations in favour of six member countries including Kazakhstan, Yemen, Sudan, Lebanon Indonesia and Egypt, in addition to four Grants from the Waqf Fund for Somalia and three Muslim communities in non member countries in Kenya …

29 Oct 2008 description

A warehouse containing essential emergency relief supplies opening today will enable Australian humanitarian agencies to respond faster to disasters in the region.

Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan, today opened the Joint Emergency Stores Warehouse in Brisbane, a partnership between the Australian Government and three humanitarian relief agencies.

The joint arrangement of the facility will lower administration costs, ensuring more aid is delivered to those who need it.

07 Oct 2008 description

Watch the Press Conference

"Making hospitals safe from disaster" was the theme of tomorrow's International Day for Disaster Reduction, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and the Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, said this afternoon at a Headquarters press conference to make the announcement.

The second Wednesday of October was designated in 1989 to be the International Day, Mr. Holmes went on.

01 Aug 2008 description


Spokesperson: Jean-Philippe Chauzy

COTE D'IVOIRE- Centre for Displaced Closes as Country Celebrates First Peace Anniversary - IOM's Centre for Assistance to Temporarily Displaced Persons (CATD) in the western town of Guiglo has closed its doors exactly a year after the official reunification of the country.

The centre, which opened in December 2003, provided humanitarian assistance to thousands of mostly West African migrant workers who fled ethnic strife in 2002 and 2003.

07 Jan 2008 description


More than 300 people have been killed and between 100,000 - 300,000 people are believed displaced due to riots and other violence throughout Kenya. Reaction to results from the Dec. 27, 2007, national elections has prompted the crisis.

The Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church, a Church World Service partner, has characterized the post-election violence as the "worst-ever" in Kenya's history.

21 Sep 2007 description



In the aftermath of recent quakes affecting part of the island of Sumatra this past week, Church World Service Indonesia conducted rapid assessment of home damages in five quake-affected subdistricts. Survivors are constructing temporary shelters near their homes or what is left of them, using debris and wood from rubble.

From supplies pre-positioned on Sumatra, Church World Service Indonesia has provided more than 1,000 tarps, ground mats, and ropes to help meet emergency shelter needs.

26 Mar 2007 description


Today, Nur Iman Gulo has a small shop and lots of customers, thanks to help from Church World Service.

11 Feb 2007 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Department for Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and Headquarters.

21 Nov 2006 description

Recovering women's livelihoods together

SRI LANKA: More than 30,000 people were killed and 550,000 lost their homes when the 2004 tsunami hit Sri Lanka.

Two years later, people are still struggling. As well as losing family and friends, many survivors lost their farms, businesses, and even simple tools of trade, like hoes and weaving equipment. Earning an income has become difficult.

In partnership with ActionAid International and Women and Child Care Organisation (WACCO), Austcare is contributing to a livelihood recovery project for tsunami-affected women living in …

18 Aug 2006 description

A message from the ACT Coordinating Office