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19 Mar 2017 description

by Lucy Fiske

Western nations are in retreat from their traditional willingness to take in refugees. The United States’ recent halving of its annual intake comes as Europe has spent billions of euros attempting to keep refugees from its jurisdiction, even briefly abandoning search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. Australia, meanwhile, has used a system of “offshore processing” (indefinite incarceration on islands outside its jurisdiction and judicial and media oversight) to effectively prevent unauthorized arrivals by sea since 2013.

03 Jun 2015 description
report IRIN

CISARUA, 3 June 2015 (IRIN) - The plight of thousands of Rohingya asylum-seekers fleeing persecution in Myanmar and stranded at sea has focused the world’s attention on the obligations of governments in the region towards those in need of protection.

09 Apr 2014 description
report IRIN

JAKARTA/MAKASSAR, 9 April 2014 (IRIN) - Australia’s military-led operation to prevent boats carrying asylum seekers from reaching its shores has been hailed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a success, with over 100 days elapsing since the last boat reached its target.

20 Dec 2010 description

- CWS helping children gain a sense of normalcy after Mount Merapi eruption in Indonesia

- Preparing and praying for peace after January referendum in South Sudan

- Don't give up on the DREAM Act, says CWS

- CWS Best Gifts – a great way to give this holiday season


15 Oct 2010 description

This report illustrates the multidimensional activities carried out by the Migration Health Division throughout the world in 2008-2009. Key achievements in three main programmatic areas are presented: Migration Health Assessments and Travel Health Assistance; Health Promotion and Assistance for Migrants and Migration Health Assistance for Crisis-Affected Populations.

18 Nov 2009 description
report AlertNet

Written by: Olesya Dmitracova

LONDON (AlertNet) - For decades experts have been debating how humanitarian aid money donated by governments can be stretched further and provide better assistance to survivors of wars and natural disasters.

These questions are becoming increasingly important as climate change causes more frequent droughts and floods and as the global recession puts aid funding under pressure.

Here are some of the problems and possible solutions, based on interviews with experts and recent reports on humanitarian aid.


There are …

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.

04 Oct 2009 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are 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. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

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.

09 Jul 2008 description

DEC unveils new 'continuous improvement' tool at AGM

Transparency and learning from experience 'at the heart of the new method'

The Disasters Emergency Committee - the national fundraising mechanism for UK humanitarian aid agencies - this week unveils a new system for ensuring that both it and its members are accountable to the people who donate to its appeals and those who are intended to benefit from money it raises.

The new framework, prepared with the help of Ernst & Young, is the key element of the DEC's commitment to public accountability and …

09 Jul 2008 description

Key Achievements against the 3 DEC priorities for 2007/08

Priority 1

Maximise income for appeals

The DEC launched 2 appeals this year Darfur & Chad Crisis

In May 2007, the DEC appealed to the UK public for their help with what the United Nations described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

05 Feb 2008 description



The rains continue to add to the already devastating flood situation in Mozambique and eastern parts of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. UMCOR is at work with Action by Churches Together and the Mozambique Annual Conference to address the immediate humanitarian concerns.

UMCOR is providing seeds and necessary mosquito nets as the threat of malaria outbreaks arises.

25 Apr 2007 description

By Linda Beher

STAMFORD, CT, April 24, 2007-Economically vulnerable Sri Lankans who are still finding their footing after the 2004 tsunami are among those to receive aid worth millions of dollars. The action was among several approved April 24 by the board of United Methodist Committee on Relief meeting in Stamford, Conn., and adding to more than $7.6 million.

The aid bolsters a "challenging, complex and often dangerous environment," the Sri Lanka request stated in part. Total granted to the Sri Lanka project was $4,715,395. UMCOR board president Bishop Edward W.

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 …

31 Oct 2006 description


Nias, a small island off the coast of Indonesia, was nearly leveled by the tsunami in Dec. 2004 and a second major earthquake in March 2005. UMCOR is bringing health and restoration to Nias by helping to reconstruct a health clinic in the Gomo district in the southern part of the island.

The clinic was founded by a Methodist doctor from Nias. It has always served people who are geographically isolated and face extreme poverty.

29 Sep 2006 description

Beneficiaries Who Learn to Run Successful Businesses Don't Go Hungry

By Henry Weil, ACF Editor

In Indonesia, Action Against Hunger cured starvation by teaching accounting. No, we didn't expect our students to become CPAs. Instead, by recording and analyzing expenses and income from beneficiaries' livelihoods, we showed them how to discover costs that could be lowered as well as aspects of their businesses that were more profitable than others and worth expanding.

Regional conflict has sent rural villagers fleeing to safety in cities.

31 Aug 2006 description



On 27 May, an earthquake measuring 5.9 on Richter scale struck Yogyakarta Province. The epicentre was approximately 37.2 km south of Yogyakarta at a depth of 33 kilometres. The most affected districts were Bantul and Kulonprogo south of Yogyakarta. The death toll stands at 5,778. The number of injuries stands at 37,912. 205,888 homes have been completely destroyed.

18 Aug 2006 description

A message from the ACT Coordinating Office