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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.

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.

02 Oct 2009 description

Ellen Martin, Celia Petty and James Acidri

HPG Working Paper

1. Introduction

1.1 Overview

This working paper is the third report in a threeyear study that has monitored changes in the livelihoods of a small group of conflict-affected households in northern Uganda since the beginnings of a peace process in 2006.

30 Apr 2009 description

The effects of climate change on the drylands of the Horn of Africa pose particular and difficult policy challenges. The arid climate together with the poverty faced by its inhabitants mean that the higher temperatures, intensifying rains and increasingly frequent extreme weather events that climate science projects for the region can only exacerbate the problems of development.

12 Nov 2008 description

Kevin Savage, Celia Petty and James Acidri

HPG Working Paper

1. Introduction

Some two million people, about 90% of the population of the three Acholi districts of Gulu, Kitgum and Pader, were forced into IDP camps during 20 years of brutal war in Northern Uganda. The conflict was characterised by extreme violence against the civilian population, including the abduction of tens of thousands of children and adults (Pham, Vinck and Stover, 2007).

31 Aug 2008 description

HPG Working Paper

Sarah Bailey

1. Introduction

Transparency International's definition of corruption, 'the abuse of entrusted power for private gain', encompasses not only fraud, embezzlement and contract kickbacks, but also a range of non-financial forms of corruption. Such corruption is particularly prevalent in emergency settings, where humanitarian interventions occur in the midst of a myriad of challenges: damaged infrastructure, weak or absent rule of law, insecurity, endemic corruption, immense needs and pressure to intervene rapidly.

20 Dec 2007 description

Susanne Jaspars, Sorcha O'Callaghan and Elizabeth Stites

HPG Working Paper

Chapter 1: Introduction

This project is the first research study specifically to analyse the linkages between livelihoods and protection in conflict, and to examine whether greater linkages in analysis and action can contribute to making people safer. This Working Paper is the first phase of a comprehensive collaborative research project between the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute and the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University.

30 Jun 2007 description

Abby Stoddard and Katherine Haver
Center on International Cooperation, New York University

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Adele Harmer

30 Apr 2007 description
  1. Introduction

    This report covers the first phase of the Humanitarian Policy Group's longitudinal study of 'Livelihoods in Crisis' in Northern Uganda.

31 Dec 2006 description

Executive summary

For nearly two decades, the international community ignored the situation in northern Uganda, with increasingly catastrophic consequences for the civilian population there. For the last two years, however, it has come under the international spotlight: in late 2003 the north found itself redesignated as one of the world's worst humanitarian crises, following a visit by the UN's Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Jan Egeland.

08 Feb 2005 description

Researched, written and published by the Humanitarian Policy Group at ODI

Paul Harvey