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28 Jul 2015 description

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre recently released their annual Global Estimates of People Displaced by Disasters, which reports that almost 20 million people were newly displaced by sudden-onset disasters in 100 countries in 2014. Since 2008, an average of 26.4 million people have been displaced by disasters every year—equivalent to one person every second.

07 Feb 2014 description

IOM-Brookings report on durable solutions to displacement in Haiti

Haiti - The results of a study produced by IOM and the Brookings Institution entitled: “Supporting durable solutions to urban, post-disaster displacement: Challenges and opportunities in Haiti” are being presented today at IOM’s Headquarters in Geneva.

14 Mar 2011 description

Elizabeth Ferris, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy

As news grows of casualties from Japan's devastating 8.9 earthquake and concern mounts at the effects of damaged nuclear reactors, the international humanitarian system is swinging into action. It is an amazing thing to watch international relief unfold on the UN's central clearinghouse for information.

11 Mar 2011 description

March 11, 2011 -

As humanitarian agencies begin to grapple with the scope of the massive earthquake that has hit Japan and continue to struggle helping the displaced people of Haiti and Pakistan after natural disasters there, and as political turmoil unfolds in North Africa, there is now a need more than ever for protection in the humanitarian world. I've always been a strong advocate of protection, so this recent call for increased action should make me confident.

10 Nov 2010 description

Elizabeth Ferris, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy

National Council of Churches Assembly

November 10, 2010 -

Disasters, whether triggered by natural hazards or human behavior or by the interaction between the two, affect millions of people for long periods of time. Often the effects last for decades after the disaster has long disappeared from our headlines and evening news.

03 Nov 2010 description

This presentation was conducted at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Thank you for the opportunity to speak today about natural disasters and human rights with a particular focus on international responses to Haiti and Pakistan.

09 Sep 2010 description

Haiti, Natural Disasters, Human Rights, Internal Displacement

Elizabeth Ferris, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy

National Council of Churches' Working Group on Haiti

September 09, 2010 - In a presentation to the National Council of Churches' working group on Haiti, Elizabeth Ferris outlines why the recovery and reconstruction efforts since the January 2010 earthquake have been disapointing, and points out what needs to be done to improve the situation moving forward.

Thanks for the opportunity to be with you today to talk about your efforts to support recovery and …

26 Aug 2010 description

By Elizabeth Ferris

Comparisons between the response to the Haitian earthquake and to Pakistan's floods are perhaps inevitable, as these major tragedies occurred within seven months of each other. Much of the commentary has focused on possible reasons for the disproportionate donor response to the two disasters.