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16 Sep 2017 description

“Action Against Hunger UK, ActionAid UK, Christian Aid, Save the Children UK and the International Rescue Committee UK strongly condemn the attacks carried out on 25 August. We are deeply concerned by the spiralling violence that has followed across Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State. We are also concerned about reports of extensive loss of life of civilians and the immense suffering that is producing the displacement of thousands of people from their homes and livelihoods.

25 Jun 2017 description
report ActionAid

This is a summary publication of the main lessons learned from ActionAid flagship project Ready for Anything that was implemented from July 2013 to December 2016. The project promoted a holistic approach to building community resilience in rural communities in Afghanistan, Malawi, Myanmar and Nepal. It aimed to equip women in the target communities with the skills, knowledge and confidence to lead community resilience building. Women and families were supported to adapt farming practices to tackle climate change, using a Climate Resilient Sustainable Agriculture approach.

24 Mar 2017 description
report ActionAid

INTRODUCTION

ActionAid is working with poor communities across the world to support them in building their resilience to disasters, climate change and other shocks and stresses. This work is of ever-growing importance, not only because of changing weather patterns and rising temperatures increasing the likelihood of disasters, but also because of growing risks related to violent conflict, human and livestock epidemics, environmental degradation and political and economic crises.

23 Mar 2017 description
report ActionAid

ActionAid is working with poor communities across the world to support them in building their resilience to disasters, climate change and other shocks and stresses. This work is of ever-growing importance, not only because of changing weather patterns and rising temperatures increasing the likelihood of disasters, but also because of growing risks related to violent conflict, human and livestock epidemics, environmental degradation and political and economic crises.

08 Sep 2016 description
report ActionAid

Disasters, climate change impacts and conflicts affect millions of people every year. They destroy livelihoods and cause huge and often irreversible damage to the economic, social and cultural fabric of communities and nations. The severity of disaster impact is closely associated with inequality, conflict, environmental degradation, badly planned and managed urban development and weak governance. It is often the poor who are forced to stay in marginalised, unstable and disaster prone areas.

08 Mar 2016 description
report ActionAid

By Sarah Carson

ActionAid works with some truly inspiring women who are leading organisations that fight for gender equality. This International Women’s Day, on 8th March, we’re celebrating the incredible work that groups like these do – often on tiny budgets – to protect the rights of women and girls to live a life free from gender-based violence.

14 Feb 2016 description

Introduction

Myanmar is exposed to a range of natural hazards, including cyclones, floods, earthquakes, storm surges, landslides and droughts. The Global Climate Risk Index 2015 cites the country as being - together with Honduras and Haiti – one of the nations hardest hit by natural hazards in the last two decades and where more disaster events are likely to occur in the near future.

18 Dec 2015 description
report ActionAid

Myanmar Consortium for Community Resilience newsletter, no.2

The second edition of the newsletter outlines the consortium's key activities between December 2014-April 2015, and shares what the consortium will be doing over the next few months. It also features four case studies of community resilience and disaster risk reduction on the role of the disabled in DRR projects, on school-based DRR, on community-based DRR and women's leadership.

03 Dec 2015 description
report ActionAid

In the Delta region of Myanmar, accessing clean safe drinking water is one of the biggest challenges faced by communities. The area is so close to the sea, that almost all the rivers and creeks are contaminated with salty water. Thanks to child sponsorship, we have been working with families in the district of Pathein West to instal fresh safe water.

01 Sep 2015 description
report ActionAid

At the end of July, South Asia witnessed some of the worst flooding seen in decades. Myanmar, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India have seen hundreds killed and millions affected. The worst affected area is Myanmar, where even before the flooding, over half the population did not have enough to eat. Myanmar Country Director, Shihab Uddin Ahamad, updates us on what the situation is like on the ground and how he and his staff are helping the people worst affected by this crisis.

26 Aug 2015 description
report ActionAid

Oriana Lauria

How much water do you need to survive? How many people don't have access to water? And what does that mean, anyway? These aren't questions we usually ask ourselves, even if magazines or tube announcements constantly remind us to 'stay hydrated'. But it's World Water Week, and everyone is talking about water. Here are four top facts you need to know about water, and how ActionAid is helping communities gain access to it.

27 May 2015 description

STATEMENT RELEASED ON 27 MAY 2015

Please find herein the Joint NGO Statement ahead of the intergovernmental Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean being held on 29 May 2015 hosted by the Royal Thai Government in Bangkok. The signatories below represent more than 600 non-governmental and civil society organisations operating across Asia and the Pacific regions.

19 Jan 2015 description
report ActionAid

Violence against women and girls is far too common in Myanmar. Thanks to support from the UK government, we're working to change that, by helping survivors of violence and challenging negative cultural attitudes.

Supporting survivors of violence

Here are three ways we're helping the victims of violence seek justice in Myanmar:

  • we've trained 60 community paralegals in basic legal skills including how to document evidence

07 Aug 2014 description

Introduction

Myanmar ranks as the most at-risk country in Asia-Pacific in terms of natural hazards, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Medium to large-scale floods, cyclones, earthquakes, landslides or tsunamis occur every couple of years causing death and destruction as well as setting back development interventions.

08 Feb 2014 description

Disasters from natural hazards are increasing and becoming more complex. Governments are falling short of the promises they made under the Hyogo Framework for Action, and globally, not enough is being done to reduce risk for the most vulnerable people, including women, children, and people who are marginalized and living in poverty.

14 Oct 2013 description
report ActionAid

After a bumpy car ride and a boat trip down the delta, I arrived in Kyonkan village, southwest Myanmar. This is one of many poor villages that was devastated by cyclone Nargis in 2008, and still regularly faces cyclones and flooding. I visited to see first-hand how the community is preparing itself for future hazards.

07 Aug 2013 description
report ActionAid

by Yee Mon Oo

Heavy and continuous rainfall starting on 27 July flooded vast areas of Kayin State, Myanmar, over the coming days displacing more than 25,000 people from their homes. As part of the ActionAid Myanmar emergency response team, two colleagues and I set out by bus from Yangon early morning of 2 August. We were headed to the State capital, Pha-An, to engage with and support relief efforts of the government as well as our local partner organisation.

02 Aug 2013 description
report ActionAid

Several days of heavy rain in Burma (Myanmar) have forced tens of thousands of people to seek shelter.

ActionAid’s Country Director in Burma, Shihab Uddin Ahamad, said:

"These unexpected floods have affected thousands of people, particularly in the east of Burma.

"Around 25,000 people, mainly women and children, have been forced to take shelter in monasteries, schools and anywhere else they can find.

01 Nov 2010 description
report ActionAid

What is happening?

At least 200,000 people have been affected after over 15,000 houses were completely destroyed in Myanmar following last week's powerful cyclone. Cyclone Giri hit western Rakhine state on Friday with winds of up to 110mph hitting coastal areas the hardest including Kayaukpyu, Myebon, Pauktaw, Myanaung, and Ponnagyuardest.

12 Oct 2010 description
report ActionAid

2010 has already proved to be a year of massive disasters - with hundreds of thousands killed in the Haiti earthquake and millions displaced by unprecedented flooding in Pakistan. These events demonstrate the massive destructive power of disasters, and highlight once again the need for continued commitment to and investment in, disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures.

ActionAid's disaster preparedness and DRR initiatives are supporting communities in over 15 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to prepare for, mitigate and overcome the impacts of disasters.