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The number of countries experiencing armed conflict today is greater than at any time in the past 30 years. This comes at devastating human cost. In this decade alone, more than half a million civilians have been killed in Syria, the protracted conflict in Yemen has left more than 20 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, and violence in Myanmar in 2017 drove more than 600,000 people into Bangladesh in just three months. The UN Secretary General has said that atrocity crimes are being committed ‘at a scale and ferocity not seen in years’.
Greece and its EU partners are failing pregnant women, unaccompanied children, victims of torture or sexual violence and other vulnerable people who seek protection in Europe. These people are being put at risk by flawed processes and chronic understaffing in EU ‘hotspot’ camps on the Greek islands. They do not receive adequate support from the authorities that are legally responsible for protecting them and are being abandoned in overcrowded camps in squalid conditions.
Camps are places of refuge for people fleeing conflict and disaster, but they can be dangerous, especially for women and girls. In their first months, many camps rely on communal sanitation facilities – a quick and cost-effective way of meeting immediate needs and minimizing public health risks until a better solution can be developed.
This lessons-learned paper is an initiative of the Global WASH Cluster Technical Learning Project, led by ACF1 -UK. The Project has identified water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) response to floods as a priority for technical learning in the sector. Flood emergencies are predicted to increase significantly because of climate change. A number of agencies have experience in responding to rural floods and this provides an opportunity to capture and harness good practices and lessons learned to inform future WASH responses.
Sani Tweaks: Guide to best practices in humanitarian response sanitation
Research has shown that humanitarian agencies are failing to properly consult the users of the latrines they build, leading many people – especially women and girls – to stop using those latrines as they find them inaccessible, unsuitable and/or unsafe.
To address this, the Oxfam WASH team has developed a series of communications tools that seek to promote best practices in sanitation, and ultimately to provide universal guidance for the benefit of the sector.
International Rescue Committee, Oxfam, Save the Children, Norwegian Refugee Council and Danish Refugee Council welcome the affirmation of the Global Compact on Refugees today. The Compact has the potential to provide better protection and care for refugees and development benefits to hosting communities.
With the UN General Assembly vote in New York, an overwhelming majority of UN Member States affirmed a pact of international solidarity and cooperation for refugee protection and host community development.
Oxfam welcomes today’s adoption of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) as an historic moment. Governments have finally recognized in a formal way that migrants too have fundamental human rights that countries must observe in all their policies and practices. This is a significant achievement.
For the first time, countries have collectively acknowledged that millions of people are having to leave their homes and countries because of climate change, environmental degradation and disasters and that they all have the right to life-saving assistance and access to safe pathways.
The Greek government and its European Union partners should urgently ensure that all asylum seekers on the Aegean islands are transferred to suitable accommodation on the mainland or relocated to other EU countries as winter approaches, 20 human rights and other organizations said today.
A global humanitarian catastrophe can still be averted if governments make climate action a priority, said Oxfam today ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland from 2 – 14th December.
- La diarrea, provocada por la falta de saneamiento, higiene y agua potable, causa el 40% de las muertes infantiles en una emergencia.
- Casi la mitad de ellas se evitarían solo con lavarse las manos con agua y jabón La organización ha desarrollado proyectos innovadores como los “tiger toilets” o el “Urine-tricity” para dar respuesta a la falta de saneamiento y agua potable en contextos de emergencia.
By Corrie Sissons and Daniel Pasquini
Climate change and ongoing conflicts have made Pre-Crisis Market Analysis (PCMA) an essential feature of Oxfam’s humanitarian work. Corrie Sissons and Daniel Pasquini share how PCMA exercises have helped Oxfam to respond effectively in two very different contexts.
70 civil wars. 68.5 million people displaced. 730 million in extreme poverty. One person driven from their home every two seconds. For too many people around the world, life is characterized by unimaginable hardship, vulnerability and insecurity. Humanitarian crises are hard for everyone, though particularly difficult for women and girls. They face increased risk of violence, exhausting workloads to ensure their families survive and lack full control over decisions that affect the trajectories of their lives.
Oxfam’s ambition is to achieve greater sustainability and governance of water and sanitation services, especially for the poorest, most marginalized and most vulnerable people. To do this, we need to change the way we programme: from designing the intervention to establishing the monitoring system, we need to focus on outcomes. This framework provides ideas for what sustainable outcomes can look like, even in contexts affected by conflict and fragility, and how we can measure our progress towards achieving them.
Oxfam publishes second progress report for “Ten-point action plan” to improve safeguarding
Policies and procedures to guide expectations of people’s behavior and how safeguarding is prevented and managed. It will be how people act, behave and treat each other – our culture – which will ensure the people who work with us and for us ensure unacceptable behaviours are called out, that people feel safe to report their concerns and trust that Oxfam will support them.
Annual report reveals positive response to appeal for survivors of abuse to come forward Oxfam’s “first duty” is to ensure its life-saving and life-changing work is carried out in an environment where those it serves are protected from abuse, Mark Goldring, Oxfam GB Chief Executive, said today.
His statement is made in Oxfam’s 2017-18 annual report, which shows how Oxfam GB directly helped 14 million people over the last 12 months, more than at any time in its 76-year history.
Oxfam publie aujourd’hui le deuxième rapport d’avancement de son** « Plan d’action en dix points »** visant la prévention du harcèlement, de l’exploitation et des abus sexuels ainsi que le soutien aux victimes.
In 2017, the number of people in the world suffering from hunger has increased for the third year in a row, according to the United Nations, to 821 million people. After years of progress, conflict has contributed to global hunger numbers rising to levels last seen a decade ago.
EU plans for ‘controlled centers’ for asylum seekers mean more innocent people – including children – will be forced to live in de-facto detention centers, Oxfam said today. The plans, to be discussed at an informal EU summit in Salzburg this week, will not help the EU to better manage migration, but they will create needless suffering.