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*by Sini Maria Heikkila, Humanitarian Policy Officer Tearfund and *
Denis Kongere, Regional Drought Policy and Campaigns Manager, Oxfam
We, UN and non-UN entities, re-affirm our determination to prevent future acts of sexual exploitation and abuse by our personnel.
We note the issuance of this Statement at the High-level Conference on Eliminating Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN and NGO Personnel on 4 December 2006 in New York, USA and welcome future endorsement of this Statement by others.
This policy-to-practice paper builds on the ‘Time to move on: National perspectives on transforming surge capacity’ report commissioned by four Charter4Change signatories CAFOD, Christian Aid, Islamic Relief and Tearfund as part of their work with the Start DEPP Transforming Surge Capacity Project, and written by Andy Featherstone –. It is intended to provide the humanitarian HR community with practical guidance relating to the implementation of the report’s main recommendations.
Introduction and purpose of the research
It is widely believed that the practice of INGOs recruiting national staff, particularly in support of humanitarian response, can undermine national NGO capacity, but there has been very limited analysis about the ways in which it affects local NGOs’ ability to respond to crises themselves or the impact that it has on their ability to retain high quality staff.
3rd January 2017
London, United Kingdom - As the global partnership for cash transfer programming in humanitarian aid, the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) takes issue with recent criticisms of cash transfers made by Nigel Evans MP and in the media.
· Research across four conflict-affected countries shows stigma is preventing survivors of sexual violence from accessing medical care and legal support.
· Aid agency Tearfund calls for greater investment in addressing the root causes of violence and stigma and building support networks for survivors of sexual violence.
Unless more is done to change attitudes and break taboos around sexual violence, survivors will continue to suffer alone without access to essential medical and support services, aid agency Tearfund said today.
Natural disasters, such as cyclones and floods, are a reality of living in the Pacific. The impact of such disasters can be significant and given the remoteness of some islands response from outside is often difficult or even impossible. That is why increasing the capacity of national and local authorities to manage and reduce the impact of disasters, as well as improve the preparedness and resilience of communities, is a priority for Pacific Island governments and the many humanitarian partners in the region.
Humanitarian partnerships between national and international organisations are a long-established means of responding to humanitarian need. As long ago as 1994 the NGO/Red Cross Code of Conduct emphasised the importance of working collaboratively with national organisations, and in 2007 the Principles of Partnership outlined best practice in humanitarian partnership working.
AID SECTOR MISSING OPPORTUNITY TO HELP PEOPLE HIT BY DISASTER, SAYS NEW REPORT
International organisations which help people recover from disasters such as floods, famines and earthquakes are missing opportunities to achieve more, according to a new report commissioned by ActionAid, Cafod, Christian Aid, Oxfam and Tearfund.
Introduction and summary of key recommendations
Hunger could be eradicated in the lifetime of our children, according to a new animation released by Tearfund today.
Set in the year 2050, the Hunger Museum animation takes viewers through an imaginary exhibition of how the world ended hunger, based on the concept of a family visiting a museum and finding out how hunger was eradicated. Starting with the G8 meeting in June 2013, it spells out the actions required between now and 2050.
The single most important thing governments can do to end global hunger is to support the millions of poor women farming tiny plots of land in developing countries, a new report by a group of international charities says today.
Humanitarian and development organisations are increasingly using remote management approaches to project implementation to reach vulnerable populations in conflict-affected regions experiencing medium- to high-insecurity, while safeguarding the security of organisational personnel. What may once have been perceived as temporary modes of operation have ceased to be so as remote management has become a (semi-)permanent approach to project implementation in many countries (e.g. Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Sudan).
Today is World Water Day.
Tearfund, working through and with the local church, has been assisting communities to gain access to water for more than 35 years. This is alongside increasing access to a basic toilets and promoting good hygiene practices.
There has been encouraging progress globally on access to water - with 2 billion people gaining access since 1990.
Today’s announcement that the number of people without access to safe water has halved is welcomed by Tearfund, a Christian relief and development agency serving people in more than 50 countries.
According to a report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF, this achievement is well in advance of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 2015 deadline. In 2010, 89 per cent of the world’s population - 6.1 billion people - used improved drinking water sources, exceeding the MDG 88 per cent original target.
Up to 750,000 people face death from hunger in East Africa. Millions more are at risk across the region in the worst food crisis of the 21st century. They will have to bear a legacy of poverty, suffering, and the loss of their livelihoods. Urgent action is needed right now.
But the truth is that this crisis was predicted – and preventable: we already have the knowledge to stop this kind of tragedy from unfolding; we know the steps that must be taken to prevent suffering on this scale.
G20 countries attending a key development meeting in South Africa today (Wed) must call for the urgent release of promised funds to stop more people from going hungry as food prices skyrocket once again, says the UK Hunger Alliance.
The coalition of international aid agencies says that money should be made available to countries most vulnerable to food insecurity in a new report entitled: Tackling the High Food Price Challenge.
A strong government response on emergency humanitarian aid, says Tearfund
15 June 2011
Tearfund welcomes today’s Government commitment to the findings in the Humanitarian Emergency Response Review in relation to UK aid and disasters. Its commitment to building resilience – being prepared for and reducing the risks of disasters – and the accountability towards the communities at risk are both especially significant, the Christian relief and development agency says.