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Development work has traditionally been centered on poverty reduction/ alleviation strategies, with attention on developing livelihood opportunities at the community level for the most disadvantaged. With climate change and the increasing frequency of natural hazards - including typhoons, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions - the progress of poverty alleviation strategies has been severely compromised.
Today, on the International Day of Peace, we share the stories of three inspiring peace activists and Cordaid colleagues: Flora, Nasima and Chol. They rise above difference and promote dialogue in Central Africa, Afghanistan and South Sudan.
Nasima Omari (31) defends the rights of Afghan women in New York, in Europe and in Kabul. But the real center of her struggle are the Afghan villages. “In rural parts, women can do almost nothing. A male dominated culture keeps them voiceless. It robs them of everything: their dignity, their income, their safety”, she says.
by Diana Quick
A shared statement by peacebuilding organizations
International Day of Peace, 21 September 2018
Twenty-one humanitarian and human rights organizations respond with dismay to the Dutch Parliament’s approval of the EU’s new asylum plans to offshore asylum protection. With a joint appeal, they ask the government for a humane asylum policy, in line with international law.
The new Hungarian parliament which will first assemble on 8 May is set to vote on draconian and regressive legislation which could arbitrarily restrict fundamental rights and freedoms of civil society. The proposed laws would further undermine and stigmatise organisations working to defend the human rights of migrants and refugees.
In Northern Uganda, Cordaid has built a water supply system that produces up to 80.000 litres a day and serves thousands of people. It’s just one of many things we have done recently to respond to the needs of refugees coming from South Sudan and the host communities that welcome them.
The last year has seen significant global challenges, including an unprecedented level of humanitarian need, rising inequality and exclusion, growing climate change impacts, and increasing threats to our shared security. Nevertheless, the international community has taken important steps in addressing these challenges by implementing the recent bold commitments to foster sustainable peace.
EU leaders must live up to their commitments to European values in responding to migration and stop copying xenophobic populist recipes, more than 160 NGOs said today in a joint statement. The organizations are calling for strong leadership to uphold the rights and values that have been the founding principles of the European Union for 60 years.
Sexual violence against women in South Sudan, especially inside IDP camps, has reached appalling proportions. We asked Josephine Chandiru Drama from STEWARDWOMEN, what is needed to stop the suffering. She came with 10 measures that can change the lives of women in South Sudan. And others who are stuck in camps around the world.
70% of displaced women are raped
Trump’s executive order to stop funding abortion services will negatively impact a whole range of family planning services for millions of women. “Quality sexual healthcare and family planning help prevent unwanted pregnancies. Trump undermines this. His decision will lead to more unsafe practices”, say Cordaid health experts Christina de Vries and Geertje van Mensvoort.
To the Members of the European Parliament,
The Afghanistan donor conference that took place on October 4 and 5 2016 brought together representatives from 75 countries and 26 international organizations. €13.6 billion was pledged – amongst other priorities – to “end violence and a political process towards lasting peace and reconciliation.”
Joint NGO statement ahead of the European Council of 28-29 June 2016 NGOs strongly condemn new EU policies to contain migration
At the upcoming European Council, European Union (EU) leaders will discuss the European Commission’s Communication on a new Partnership Framework with third countries. The Communication proposes an approach which aims to leverage existing EU and Member States' external cooperation instruments and tools in order to stem migration to Europe.
Thousands of refugees are stranded at the Greek-Macedonian border town Idomeni. Our Caritas colleague Rino Pistone called the situation on the ground "a humanitarian disaster."
As more and more countries are closing their borders or only sparsely let refugees go through, thousands of men, women and children from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and other countries are crammed together on the Greek-Macedonian border.
4 mar 2016 by Sietse Blom
Global humanitarian needs are reaching critical levels. The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), to be held in Istanbul the 23rd-24th of May 2016, will provide a platform for the United Nations, governments and humanitarian organisations to discuss new venues for humanitarian assistance. Like elsewhere in the world, preparation meetings for the Summit in Europe and the Netherlands are well underway.
By Amnesty International and civil society coalition partners, 9 February 2016, Index number: IOR 10/3415/2016
2015 was a year of milestones: from the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals to the new Climate Agreement in Paris. Yet, it also was a year of hardships: the earthquake in Nepal and the immense refugee crisis led to unprecedented suffering. In this Annual Overview, we line up the five most striking events for Cordaid.
1 . Sustainable Development Goals
Staff and volunteers of Caritas Greece and Cordaid have distributed sleeping bags and mats among refugees on Lesbos.
The distribution took place near the village of Moira, where more than thousand refugees stay in an improvised camp.
Cordaid CEO Simone Filippini, who assisted in the hand out of mats, said she was “grateful to be able to reach out to the refugees even if the relief offered pales in comparison to the needs of the refugees stranded on the island awaiting permission to embark on the ferries to Athens.”
The news about refugees at the borders of Europe dominates the news. Cordaid's efforts to provide aid to refugees and displaced people span from Greece and Serbia to Northern Iraq, South Sudan and other conflict-affected regions. There are more refugees and internally displaced people than ever before. Nearly 60 million people have had to risk their lives and flee their homes from natural and man-made disasters. As part of the global Caritas network, Cordaid provides aid to the world’s most vulnerable people.
In only two weeks’ time, Cordaid People in Need has collected 300.000 euros for aid to refugees.
This is an unprecedented amount in such a short time and twice as much as what we would generally raise, after a call for help to our supporters.
Cordaid at this moment provides aid to refugees in Greece. In the capital Athens, for example, 300 refugees receive a daily meal and two social workers offer psychosocial support.
The economic crisis in Greece and the influx of refugees to the Greek shores are a constant source of media attention. While the Greek state is bankrupt, there are no public funds available for asylum services. At the same time, the crisis pushes more and more Greeks below the poverty line. This situation is also affecting the tourism in Greece, one of the main economic sectors in the country. Cordaid’s sister organization Caritas Hellas has initiated an emergency aid program to support the refugees as well as Greek families severely affected by the economic crisis.