NEW YORK, 29 September 2005 - UNICEF's 'Progress for Children' report on immunization, released today, finds that children who are immunized against measles are more likely also to be immunized against other vaccine-preventable diseases - saving millions of children's lives each year.
The report uses measles mortality reduction as a measure in whether countries are meeting immunization goals. Measles is one of the deadliest killers among vaccine-preventable diseases.
LONDON (AlertNet) -Changing the food aid system to cut the amount of aid shipped from wealthy countries and increase the amount bought locally would not only be better for people on the receiving end but would save a huge amount of money for donors, according to a new report.
The initial pledges today for a proposed United Nations humanitarian emergency fund totalled $150 million out of the $500 million needed to reform emergency financing and the fund may be launched early next year, subject to General Assembly approval, UN emergency coordinator Jan Egeland said.
A week before meeting at United Nations Headquarters in the largest-ever summit of heads of State and government, world leaders today received a stark warning of the human costs of missing agreed global targets for lifting people out of extreme poverty, and an urgent plea for swift and dramatic changes in global aid, trade and security policies.
DPI/NGO Annual Conference
AM & PM Meetings
This paper focuses on the notion that "collaboration with CSOs (civil society organisations) constitutes one of the most (cost) effective and sustainable ways" of overcoming recognised deficencies in the AU's analytic and operational capacity. The aim is to critically examine the prospect of civil-society based research institutions making a meaningful contribution to African conflict prevention strategies.
Mortality data, properly collected, interpreted and used, have much to contribute to the appropriateness and effectiveness of humanitarian action in emergencies, and to advocacy on behalf of populations in crises. Most actors involved in relief will one day be confronted by such data, but the different ways in which this information can be collected, and their potential pitfalls, are not yet common knowledge among non-epidemiologists.
Many private voluntary organizations (PVOs)
are engaged in projects aimed at improving food security and household
nutrition worldwide. Increasingly they are being asked to monitor and evaluate
the impact of their interventions. USAID has developed a set of impact
indicators for household food consumption to help with the monitoring and
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
constituted an unprecedented promise by world leaders to address, as a
single package, peace, security, development, human rights and fundamental
freedoms. These Goals rage from halving extreme poverty to halting the
spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education - all by the
target date of 2015.
This progress report provides us the most comprehensive accounting to date on the world's development so far and the challenges to meet the MDGs, in each of the regions.
The document includes:
This paper critically examines attempts to conceptualise the use of military intervention on humanitarian grounds, with a focus on the "responsibility to protect" framework, and offers discussion of the way forward in light of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and the US-led "war on terror". It traces the history of the concept from its post-Cold War origins through to the UN World Summit of September 2005.
Food aid in kind was one of the earliest
aid instruments and accounted for over 20% of all official development
assistance in 1960s. Over the last 40 years, however, the absolute value
and relative importance has declined dramatically to less than 5% of total
This document is intended to reflect on C-SAFE's collective experience with exit strategies, improve our understanding, and provide guidance to NGO staff for developing effective exit strategies in the field.
Over 60 non-governmental organizations
gathered on September 25-26 for the North South Civil Society Conference
on Refugee Warehousing. Organized by a range of refugee and faith-based
groups, the conference drew civil society actors from over 15 countries
to learn from one another and to collaborate on strategies to help refugees
gain their basic rights. This report outlines the next steps and recommendations
and covers the following areas:
A. General Comments and Principal Goals
B. Advocacy Strategies and Methods
C. Additional Areas for Advocacy
In an effort to understand the dynamics of the relief operation for the South Asia Earthquake and Tsunami and gather data to inform future relief efforts, Fritz Institute conducted a study of NGOs and affected families in all the districts affected by the Tsunami in India and Sri Lanka. This report outlines the top line findings of the study. The NGO portion of the study included interviews with the relief coordinators of 226 NGOs in India and 150 NGOs in Sri Lanka.
The Guiding Principles seek to protect all internally displaced persons in internal conflict situations, natural disasters and other situations of forced displacement. The Handbook for applying the Guiding Principles explains how best to implement the Principles in the field, while the Annotations provide a deeper examination of the legal aspects of the Guiding Principles.
Gender equality is a human right, one of
the Millennium Development Goals and key to achieving the other seven.
The UN Millennium Project concluded that reproductive health is essential
to achieving the MDGs, including the goal of gender equality. Investments
in gender equality and reproductive health offer multiple rewards that
can accelerate social and economic progress, with lasting impact on future