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24 Apr 2014 description

Insurgents and other armed groups are often seen as inherently predatory and hostile to aid workers, attacking staff, extorting money and looting goods and equipment, denying access and expelling aid organisations from areas under their control. Yet in-depth analysis of armed groups has been largely neglected in the literature on humanitarian principles and aid worker security, and aid agencies often lack the information they need to successfully engage with these actors to gain access to populations under their control.

28 Feb 2014 description

The response to climate change is often presented as an issue beyond politics, to be guided only by science and technical considerations. However, many of the places that need the most urgent international support for adaptation and resilience are suffering from conflict or have underlying political tensions which make future conflict a real threat. Yet discussions of conflict are usually absent from the plans to support resilience to climate change even in these conflict prone areas.

15 Oct 2013 description

The Sudanese people of the Nuba Mountains region in Southern Kordofan state and of Blue Nile state are no strangers to war. Over the past two years, they have again suffered regular, indiscriminate aerial bombardment and gunfire. People have been forced to hide in caves, with limited access to food, water and health care. Over 1.4 million people have been displaced by the current conflict. The majority – an estimated 1 million – are in the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement - North (SPLM-N)-controlled areas of Southern Kordofan and neighbouring Blue Nile state.

31 Jul 2013 description

The humanitarian situation in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile is dire, and getting worse. After renewed conflict in June 2011, humanitarian organisations have struggled to effectively engage with armed non-state actors and with the Government of Sudan (GoS) in pursuit of humanitarian objectives.

14 Jun 2012 description

This Briefing Note examines the humanitarian situation in Sudan’s border states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, and finds the situation to be approaching crisis levels in some areas, with serious threats to the physical safety of civilians, restricted access for humanitarian organisations and escalating humanitarian needs.

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24 Aug 2011 description

To mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, this special issue of Disasters features a selection of the most relevant and original articles about refugee and displacement issues published by the journal over the past 35 years.

These articles provide a rich source of informed thinking on humanitarian responses to the needs of populations fleeing persecution, war and disaster, with much to contribute to our understanding of refugee and displacement crises past, present and future.

24 Aug 2011 description

Following the famine in Somalia, this virtual issue of Disasters brings together a number of seminal articles on previous famines in the Horn of Africa and elsewhere. The collection includes articles by world class scholars on early warning systems, targeting of emergency food aid, effectiveness of famine response, interface between war and famine, malnutrition, disease and mortality in times of famine and discussion of the definition of 'famine'. It is hoped that this rich literature, spanning almost 30 years, can be of help in informing the current response.

18 Jan 2011 description

The rapid expansion of Sudan's towns and cities confronts humanitarian and development agencies with new and complex challenges.

Over the past four decades the cities and towns of Sudan have experienced dramatic population growth.

18 Jan 2011 description

The rapid expansion of Sudan's towns and cities confronts humanitarian and development agencies with new and complex challenges.

Over the past four decades the cities and towns of Sudan have experienced dramatic population growth.

18 Jan 2011 description

The rapid expansion of Sudan's towns and cities confronts humanitarian and development agencies with new and complex challenges.

Over the past four decades the cities and towns of Sudan have experienced dramatic population growth.

18 Jan 2011 description

The rapid expansion of Sudan's towns and cities confronts humanitarian and development agencies with new and complex challenges.

Over the past four decades the cities and towns of Sudan have experienced dramatic population growth.

18 Jan 2011 description

The rapid expansion of Sudan's towns and cities confronts humanitarian and development agencies with new and complex challenges.

Over the past four decades the cities and towns of Sudan have experienced dramatic population growth.

26 Nov 2010 description

Key messages

- Five years after the formal end of the Sudanese civil war, poverty, vulnerability and insecurity remain serious problems in Juba, the Southern capital.

- Incorporating gender analysis within assessment frameworks and conflict analyses can contribute to a more informed understanding amongst aid actors of the underlying dynamics of vulnerability and insecurity in Juba, and the different impacts rapid urbanisation and long-term conflict and displacement are having on men and women.

- Where they exist, current approaches to gender within policy and programming …

14 Oct 2010 description

Thursday, October 14, 2010 8:32 AM by Sara Pavanello

A staggering 925 million people worldwide are currently undernourished, according to the 2010 edition of The State of Food Insecurity in the World, published by FAO earlier this month.

15 Jun 2010 description

For people affected by conflict, livelihoods and protection are intimately linked. People not only face threats to their safety and dignity through violence and displacement, but the destruction of livelihoods is frequently a direct or indirect consequence of war. In response, people are often faced with difficult choices between safety and dignity and economic survival.

20 May 2010 description

Case study - HPG Working Papers published by ODI, May 2010

Executive summary

This report presents the findings of a study carried out in November and December 2009 on the role of communitybased organisations and groups, as well as local institutions more generally, in addressing food security and threats to livelihoods. The overall aim was to examine ways in which to support food security and livelihoods in protracted crises such as Darfur, where conflict has been ongoing now for seven years.

25 Mar 2010 description

Executive Summary

The traditional image of life in tented, sprawling camps no longer tells the full refugee story. As the world urbanises, refugees too are increasingly moving to built up areas - including large towns and cities. Today, almost half of the world's 10.5 million refugees reside in urban areas, with only one-third in camps (UNHCR, 2009). Refugees move to the city in the hope of finding a sense of community, safety and economic independence. However, in reality, what many actually find is harassment, physical assault and poverty.