Appeals & Response Plans
- Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2017
- Tropical Cyclone Mora - May 2017
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- Tropical Cyclone Komen - Jul 2015
- Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2015
- Myanmar: Floods - Jul 2014
- Myanmar: Floods - Aug 2013
- Tropical Cyclone Mahasen - May 2013
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When we need help, we go local
When people are in crisis, they usually seek support from those closest to them, within their own families, social groups and communities. The continuity of presence and consistency of support, regardless of scale or statistics, is what often sets a local actor apart from an international actor. In protection work, local is key; it is where trust sits.
Myanmar occupies a special place among the different contexts where localisation has had a major influence on the way aid practices have evolved. It was the focus of one of the case studies during the research project, “More than the Money: Localisation in Practice”, that Groupe URD carried out for Trócaire.
The term ‘localisation’ has become the buzzword of 2017, a subject that has taken on a new dimension due to the commitments made as part of the Grand Bargain1 agreed at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016.
International actors are paying more attention to the role of local and national organisations while national actors want to play a bigger role in humanitarian response and be recognised as major players in first line response.
Syria, Iraq, Ebola, Gaza, Mali – there has been a huge increase in the number of tragic crises in recent months… The humanitarian sector is under enormous pressure. This litany of tragedies is further cause for us to focus on the quality of assistance and protection operations for civilians. It also raises questions about the capacity and role of a sector which remains vital, but is increasingly in danger.
The cluster approach was introduced as part of humanitarian reform in 2005. It seeks to make humanitarian assistance more effective by introducing a system of sectoral coordination with designated lead organizations.
On May 2 and 3, 2008, Myanmar was hit by a cyclone of unprecedented force, which had devastating effects on the Irrawaddy Delta and, to a lesser extent, Yangon. It is believed that 2.4 million people were severely affected by the cyclone. Given the scale of humanitarian needs created by Cyclone Nargis, the cluster approach was rolled-out rapidly in the first few days to ensure a coordinated response from the international community.
L'approche Cluster a été introduite dans le cadre de la réforme humanitaire en 2005. Elle vise à apporter une assistance humanitaire plus efficace en instaurant un système de coordination sectorielle avec des organisations chefs de file désignées. Depuis 2005, beaucoup d'énergie, de temps et d'argent ont été investis dans la mise en oeuvre de l'approche Cluster aux niveaux global et des pays.