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Although subject to little discussion, the UN has increasingly paid private military and security companies (PMSCs) for a range of services in the areas of humanitarian affairs, peacebuilding and development. However, this practice has rarely translated into coherent policies or guidelines that could guide the UN in setting standards or ensuring responsible contracting procedures.
What is the relationship between a community’s resilience and its ability to cope with a disaster? How can one identify the strengths of a community? How can technology give voice to communities, fostering engagement and resilience in daily life and in responses to a disaster?
ABOUT THIS BOOKLET
This booklet was written to share knowledge gained from the experiences of people that have been involved in joint evaluations conducted by non‐governmental organizations(NGOs). It mainly profiles the work of NGOs involved in the Emergency Capacity Building Project (ECB), which has a goal to improve the speed, quality and effectiveness with which the humanitarian community saves lives, improves the welfare, and protects the rights of women, men and children affected by emergencies.
S1. This report examined central evaluations of DFID’s work published from 2006 to 2010. This included:
- 41 reports of the International Development Committee (IDC)
- Two Development Assistance Committee (DAC) peer reviews
- 10 National Audit Office (NAO) reports
- 63 reports of evaluations from DFID’s Evaluation Department (EVD)
S2. These evaluations consisted of various types:
In fiscal year (FY) 2011, the United States Government (USG) provided $2.1 billion in assistance, or 1.9 million metric tons (MT), to a total of more than 53 million beneficiaries in 82 countries.
Overview of U.S. Government Food Aid
Armed nonstate actors, be they insurgents, vigilantes, or criminal groups, are a common challenge in many African countries. Despite being illegal and clandestine, such groups often develop a mutual dependency with communities and civilians for security or economic relations. This has broadened strategies to manage these threats.
The Protection Capacity Standby Project (ProCap) and the Gender Capacity Standby Project (GenCap) are inter-agency resources to strengthen the humanitarian system’s capacity in protection and gender. The projects maintain rosters of senior experts deployed to countries in emergencies. The ProCap project has also developed a protection training for members of other surge capacity mechanisms. Both projects were initially designed as temporary stop-gap measures.
From Africa and Asia to Latin America and the Near East, there are 925 million people in the world who do not get enough food to lead a normal, active life.
Download a PDF of our Hunger Map, that you can print out. The map provides invaluable information that helps school teachers and children learn more about the biggest single risk to global health.
Link: WFP Hunger Map
Proveer asistencia humanitaria en medio de un conflicto siempre ha sido una tarea peligrosa y difícil. Sin embargo, en la última década las bajas de trabajadores de asistencia humanitaria se han triplicado, llegando a alcanzar más de cien muertos al año. Desde 2005, la mayoría de los ataques violentos a personal humanitario se ha concentrado en un número reducido de países, que constituyen los contextos de operaciones más difíciles e inestables. Los ataques en algunos de esos sitios se han hecho más letales y sofisticados, y el número de secuestros ha aumentado drásticamente.
This report provides information on the strategy documents that frame different donors’ and humanitarian agencies’ approaches to protection, and highlights the key focus of each document. Many definitions of humanitarian protection exist, with many donors supporting, and agencies undertaking, protection activities. These are mostly in situations of conflict, or as a result of natural disasters, such as an earthquake or famine.
In times of increasing economic pressure and a culture of 'doing more with less', the topic of staff resilience is more relevant than ever. It often seems that our understanding of resilience in relation to humanitarian workers lacks the depth and nuance it deserves, and is increasingly becoming divorced from an organisational context. We are pleased to now be able to offer this downloadable research on the topic free of charge.
Perspectives 3, issued by Security Management Initiative
SMI is part of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
Christina Wille & Larissa Fast
THE EFFECT OF TERRORISM ON AGENCIES’ ACCESS AND ACTIVITIES
Roads are vital in the stabilization and reconstruction of a conflict-affected country. These initiatives impact population groups and their relationship with one-another through infrastructure construction and maintenance, through processes of decision-making and participation, and most significantly through their outcomes. The impacts of roads sector initiatives are felt by large sections of the population and can have effects not only on those directly benefitting from the project but on economic growth, resource distribution, governance, and security.
This note aims to help teams understand and monitor the interaction between the roads sector and contexts of violent conflict. This understanding should help project teams adapt project design and monitoring and evaluation approaches with the purpose of addressing conflict-related challenges. Applying such understanding would help achieve greater development results, mitigate fallouts of ongoing conflicts, and avoid that projects inadvertently exacerbate social and economic factors that drive violent conflict in a country.
This helpdesk report identifies some of the key resources on gender and humanitarian action. The most widely relevant, rigorous and accessible resources have been selected. This selection is based on the author’s own review of the available literature and on recommendations from a number of gender experts and practitioners. Within their sections, the resources have been presented roughly in order of usefulness, with the most authoritative and widely-used resources presented first.
Anti-personnel (AP) mines, cluster munitions (CM) and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) affect civilians indiscriminately and remain an impediment to development long after the cessation of armed conflict. More than one-third of the world’s countries remain contaminated by these weapons.
Physical rehabilitation programmes help to restore the dignity of amputees and other disabled persons, not only by restoring them to an upright position but also by reintegrating them into their families and communities and enabling them to work and gain an education. This report describes the worldwide activities of the ICRC physical rehabilitation programme in 2011, working to help disabled people affected by conflict.
Evaluation Type: Thematic
Date Posted: 27/05/2011
Date Completed: 27/05/2011
The analysis and preparation of the report were undertaken by Lee Alexander Risby (as Principal Evaluation Officer in OPEV), and David Todd, consultant, under the supervision of Mr. Colin Kirk (as Director, OPEV), and Ms. Odile Keller (Division Manager, OPEV.2).