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- UNHCR and IOM appeal to European leaders to tackle Mediterranean deaths
- Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock Remarks at Concern Worldwide 50th anniversary event: Conflict and Hunger How can we reach those furthest behind?
- The State of Food and Agriculture 2018 - Migration, Agriculture and Rural Development
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Jonatan A. Lassa
This edition of the inclusion of age & disability in humanitarian action training course was jointly developed by the Age and Disability consortium, a group of seven agencies working to promote age and disability inclusive humanitarian assistance: CBM, DisasterReady.org, Handicap International, HelpAge International, IFRC, Oxford Brookes University and RedR UK.
Understanding labour migration in the East African Community
Shaw R., Chan E., Lian F., Lu L., Shi P., Yang S., Chan G., Wong J.
Author: Rachel Landry
● Efforts to combat human smuggling and suppress humanitarian acts are in service of a larger agenda of securitising and deterring irregular migration.
● Both the UN Smuggling Protocol and the EU Facilitation Directive risk suppressing genuinely humanitarian acts of assistance.
● The EU Facilitation Directive is a tacit expansion of the UN Smuggling Protocol, giving states discretion to criminalise a broad range of acts of assistance to irregular migrants.
OCHA launches guidance on law governing humanitarian assistance in conflict
In armed conflicts across the world, millions of civilians need emergency assistance to survive, but all too often fighting parties prevent this relief from reaching them. Today OCHA launched the Oxford Guidance on the Law Relating to Humanitarian Relief Operations in Situations of Armed Conflict, a critical tool for actors concerned with helping civilians in conflict zones receive life-saving assistance, including food, medical supplies, shelter, water and sanitation.
Jeff Crisp, Katy Long
DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT QUEEN ELIZABETH HOUSE
This protocol outlines plans for conducting an evidence synthesis on the impact of food aid on pastoralist livelihoods. The distinctiveness of pastoralists – including factors related to the erosion of their livelihood strategies and the difficulty posed by identification of frequently mobile households – and their particular vulnerability to humanitarian crises suggest that the effects of humanitarian interventions targeting them are likely to differ from other populations.
- By 2050, reduced fruit and vegetable intake could cause twice as many deaths as under-nutrition - Three-quarters of all climate-related deaths due to changes in food production are estimated to occur in China and India
Climate change could kill more than 500,000 adults in 2050 worldwide due to changes in diets and bodyweight from reduced crop productivity. The research, published yesterday in The Lancet, is the strongest evidence yet that climate change could have damaging consequences for food production and health worldwide.
• Innovation is playing an increasingly transformative role across the humanitarian system. International organisations, NGOs, governments, business, military, and community-based organisations are drawing upon the language and methods of innovation to address the challenges and opportunities of a changing world.
A new research project led by the University of Oxford and the UK Government will help millions of people to have reliable access to water.
Announced by International Development Minister Baroness Northover, the seven year research project will receive a £15 million grant from the Department for International Development.
A changing and variable climate, increasing demand for water, crumbling infrastructure, unaffordable bills and water contamination have caused a chronic lack of safe, reliable and clean water in the developing world.
Elspeth Guild, Cathryn Costello, Madeline Garlick, Violeta Moreno-Lax, Minos Mouzourakis
New Study Underscores Disaster Prevention and Climate Action
MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Countries in Asia and the Pacific should ramp up preventive measures to avert disasters from floods, storms, droughts and heat waves, in addition to better measures in response to these events, says a new paper from Independent Evaluation at the Asian Development Bank.
The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) is a new survey-based index designed to measure the empowerment, agency, and inclusion of women in the agricultural sector. The WEAI was initially developed as a tool to reflect women’s empowerment that may result from the United States government’s Feed the Future Initiative, which commissioned the development of the WEAI. The WEAI can also be used more generally to assess the state of empowerment and gender parity in agriculture, to identify key areas in which empowerment needs to be strengthened, and to track progress over time.