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21 Oct 2014 description

One month ago, a severe flood swept across Pakistan, damaging nearly 110,000 homes. Soon aid groups will have to move beyond providing immediate, life-saving assistance and begin thinking about how to help people rebuild their homes and lives. But will they repeat mistakes made four years ago?

24 May 2013 description

HPG Working Papers

Pakistan has one of South Asia’s highest rates of urbanisation and is one of the world’s largest host countries for refugees, including an estimated 2.7 million Afghans. In recent years it has also seen increasing numbers of internally displaced people (IDPs) due to conflict and disasters. Peshawar, the capital of KP province, has become one of the largest recipient cities for refugees and IDPs in South Asia. It is also one of the poorest: an estimated 29% of KP’s population lives in poverty (UNDP, 2012).

05 Feb 2013 description

February 2013
Katie Harris, David Keen and Tom Mitchell

From 2005-2009, more than 50% of people affected by ‘natural’ disasters lived in fragile and conflict-affected states. Recently, a number of high profile disasters in fragile and conflict-affected states have increased attention on the concurrence of disasters and conflict, and there is an expectation that disasters and conflict will coincide more in the future.

24 Jan 2013 description

by Caroline Harper

Violent attacks on girls and women are nothing new. But two particularly shocking attacks on young women in 2012 have not only sparked widespread condemnation, they are also shaping the discussion on what follows the Millennium Development Goals.

Read the full post from the Overseas Development Institute.

12 Oct 2012 description

ODI Project Briefings 78, October 2012

The links between climate change and disasters in South Asia, such as flooding in Pakistan or cyclones in Bangladesh, are increasingly evident.

However, there is little recognition of the potentially life-long impact of climate change and related disasters on the wellbeing of the region’s children.

17 Sep 2012 description

*Little change to estimates of cereals harvests

Maize and wheat prices remain high, but may have peaked*

KEY POINTS

  • Estimates of cereal harvests have changed little from August to September. Further cuts to estimates of the already bad US maize harvest have been quite small.

  • Hence the sharp price rises seen in the maize and wheat markets in July have probably reached their limit — even if at more than US$320 a tonne for maize, US$365 a tonne for wheat, prices are high.

14 May 2012 description

Abstract: Concerns have been raised that the United Kingdom is reshaping its development approach in order to put its own security interests ahead of those of the poorest – what has been referred to as a 'securitisation of aid’.

More fundamentally, practical attempts at better integrating development and security have frequently been hampered by simplistic understandings of the relationship. As explored in this Working Paper, this has resulted in a lack of innovative approaches for better securing development outcomes and supporting peace.

03 Mar 2011 description

Thursday, March 03, 2011 11:14 AM by Samir Elhawary

There has been much discussion on whether Tuesday's decision by the UK Government to focus more of its aid budget on 'fragile' states is putting Britain's security interests ahead of those of the poor. Oxfam has recently argued that aid is increasingly being put towards countering terrorism, and other NGOs have expressed concern that this increases threats to aid workers by associating them with contested political projects.

Are these accusations well-founded?

01 Mar 2011 description

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 3:50 PM by Jonathan Glennie

Given the pressing political need to mollify critics of aid, it is little wonder that this review is based on a now-familiar emphasis on results and value for money, but lacks reference to the kind of issues that more seasoned observers of aid will be looking out for (such as an emphasis on developing country-led development strategies and donor harmonisation).

Having said that, the two fundamental pillars of this review are sound: a reduction in the geographical scope of DFID's ambition, and a new way of allocating aid …

13 Oct 2010 description

Authors: Steve Wiggins, Julia Compton and Sharada Keats

The issue of rising food prices came to international attention in early 2008. This document answers the following questions about the crisis and responses to it:

  • What has happened to food prices and why?
  • Why are food prices important & where can we find them?
  • How have countries and the international community responded?
  • The future

28 Sep 2010 description

Disasters special issue, vol. 34, supplement 3, October 2010

This special issue of Disasters explores the increased interest and engagement by donor and national governments in 'stabilising' contexts affected by armed conflict and complex emergencies, and considers its implications for international humanitarian action.

03 Jun 2010 description

Briefing Paper

Gender dynamics cut across all eight of the Millennium Development Goals

Key points

- Policy dialogue on the Millennium Development Goals must recognise that the goals are linked by the gender dynamics of power, poverty and vulnerability

- Gender-sensitive social protection can contribute to the goals, but only if gender equality is seen as critical to programme effectiveness

- Advances in gender-sensitive programme design are being made but more investment is needed to build the capacity of programme staff and participants to strengthen implementation …