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31 Dec 2013 description

%he year 2012 marks the final year of PED’s 2008-2012 Strategic Plan for a Secure and Disaster-resilient Health Sector in the Americas. Four major strategic lines of action were included in this plan:

• Improving disaster preparedness capacity in the health sector

• Protecting health services from the risk of disasters

• Supporting countries to respond to disaster events in the health sector

• Forging stronger partnerships with national, regional and global partners

31 Dec 2013 description

Executive summary

The earthquake that occurred off the Sanriku coast of northern Japan on 11 March 2011 caused one of the most destructive tsunamis ever recorded. Aside from the devastating loss of human life and damage to physical infrastructure, 470,000 survivors were evacuated to shelters and as of December 2013, about 117,000 remain displaced in temporary accommodation.

31 Dec 2013 description
  1. Introduction

The Asia-Pacific region is by far the most disaster-prone region in the world. A multitude of meteorological and geological hazards have persistently ravaged the region causing, in many cases, devastation, catastrophe and regression to livelihoods, economies and development gains. These hazards can range from extreme weather conditions such as drought, ice, rain, snow, varying temperatures and wind, as well as earthquakes, floods, forest fires, hurricanes, mudslides and volcanic eruptions.

31 Dec 2013 description

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today issued a desperate appeal for governments across the world to end impunity for violence against journalists and media staff after posting 108 killings for 2013. Fifteen more lost their lives in accidents while on assignments. (Read in French/Spanish)

31 Dec 2013 description

This is the first edition of the Global Slavery Index. The Index estimates the number of people in modern slavery in 162 countries. The Index identified factors relevant to risk of slavery and provides a standardised measure of these factors that allows comparison country by country. The Index examines the strength of government responses for the 20 countries at the top and bottom of the Index ranking.


31 Dec 2013 description


Sometimes it‘s difficult to imagine that another natural disaster could ever happen again, leaving massive destruction in its wake like the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami or the earthquake in Haiti. But then with incredible force, typhoon Haiyan struck, creating a catastrophe of almost incomprehensible proportions.

31 Dec 2013 description

Progress assessment


Has taken reforms seriously. Improved results reporting, and has continued to be open and transparent. Impact level reporting and improving disbursement schedules remain a challenge. Committed to addressing outstanding areas of concern around value for money.
Baseline The CERF is a UN humanitarian fund which enables timely humanitarian assistance to reach those affected by natural disasters and protracted conflict.

The MAR highlighted several strengths:

31 Dec 2013 description
report Start Network

A number of Humanitarian Directors from some of the larger agencies started to meet informally, often in pubs, to talk about common interests and questions. These meetings came to be known by the group as ‘Useful Gatherings’. The need to meet was prompted in part by the UN changing its co-ordination of humanitarian assistance – which, it was felt, risked more fragmentation, and complexity for NGOs.

31 Dec 2013 description



Ten years ago, a group of 17 donors, including the European Commission, agreed on a set of 23 principles and best practices for what it implies to be a good humanitarian donor. Since then, 24 more donor governments have signed on. A core concept for the GHD principles is accountability;

31 Dec 2013 description

This report was developed as part of a research project, commissioned by the Cash Learning Partnership and undertaken by the Humanitarian Futures Programme, that explores what cash transfer programming might look like in the future (2020-2025), the implications for institutionalisation of cash by humanitarian actors, private sector, donors and Governments, and the priority areas for further research or future action in order for CTP to be ‘fit for the future’.

31 Dec 2013 description


Le Centre de crise : mission pour l’action humanitaire

31 Dec 2013 description

Without the respect of Human Rights, security and sustainable development are an illusion. SDC programmes in South Asia are engaging with a Human Rights Based Approach.

31 Dec 2013 description

Executive Summary

A core objective in IDSN’s advocacy for the elimination of caste discrimination is to influence policy makers and international institutions. In respect to parliamentary action, 2013 became one of the most productive years in IDSN’s history; the results constitute years of advocating for the human rights of Dalits and others affected by caste discrimination with EU and UN institutions.

31 Dec 2013 description

The Humanitarian Programme Cycle Reference Module establishes the overarching policy for the application of the cycle in humanitarian crises globally. It is meant primarily for managers of organizations that prepare for and respond to humanitarian crises. It provides an overview of what needs to be done, when and by whom, to enable managers to allocate staff and tasks, sequence decisions and planning, and identify priorities.