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09 Jun 2018 description

Humanitarian crises are increasingly affecting urban areas either directly, through civil conflict, hazards such as flooding or earthquakes, urban violence or outbreaks of disease, or indirectly, through hosting people fleeing these threats. The humanitarian sector has been slow to understand how the challenges and opportunities of working in urban spaces necessitate changes in how they operate. For agencies used to working in rural contexts, the dynamism of the city, with its reliance on markets, complex systems and intricate logistics, can be a daunting challenge.

08 May 2018 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

New Report Looks at Past Disasters to Prepare for the Future

Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery: Are we prepared for the next Pompeii?

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2018 — The great disasters of the past – like the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD or the hurricane that devastated Santo Domingo in 1930 – can provide valuable lessons to help governments and institutions increase the resilience of communities in the face of modern challenges, such as climate change and rapid urbanization.

12 Feb 2018 description

The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team is part of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the international emergency response system for sudden-onset emergencies. UNDAC was created in 1993. It is designed to help the United Nations and governments of disaster-affected countries during the first phase of a sudden-onset emergency. UNDAC, as a tool of OCHA, also assists in the coordination of incoming international relief at national level and/or at the site of the emergency.

12 Feb 2018 description

By Denis McClean

KUALA LUMPUR, 12 February 2018 - Just five months after the September earthquakes which completely destroyed 60,000 homes, more than 30,000 have been rebuilt by affected families provided with cash and technical assistance from the Mexican authorities.

In a first for Mexico, the authorities restored hope to affected communities across seven states, by issuing a total of 170,000 debit cards which allowed each family to draw up to US$8,000 to rebuild or repair their homes, in the first such experiment by the Mexican government.

16 Jan 2018 description
report AlterPresse

P-au-P, 12 janv. 2018 [AlterPresse] --- A l’occasion du 8e anniversaire du tremblement de terre du 12 janvier 2010, une exposition a eu lieu, le vendredi 12 janvier 2018, au Champs de Mars, principale place publique de la zone métropolitaine de Port-au-Prince, pour sensibiliser les Haïtiennes et Haïtiens sur les risques sismiques, observe l’agence en ligne AlterPresse.

32 tableaux publicitaires repartis en 4 thématiques ont été présentés à cette exposition tenue non loin du Kiosque Occide Jeanty.

12 Jan 2018 description

The materials contained in this supplementary document complement those found in the existing IRP Guidance Note on Recovery – Health. The discussions and case studies contained herein portray an expanded and oftentimes fresh perspective on many of the issues found in the original guidance note on several new and emerging issues for which there exist best practices and lessons learned.

05 Sep 2017 description
report AlterPresse

Par Jean Elie Paul

P-au-P, 05 sept. 2017 [AlterPresse] --- Aucune leçon réelle ne semble être tirée des mauvaises pratiques de construction sur le territoire national en Haïti, notamment dans les zones affectées par le terrible tremblement de terre du 12 janvier 2010, qui a occasionné environ 300 mille morts et d’énormes dégâts.

« Ni l’État, ni la société n’ont rien appris de ce qui s’est passé », critique Reyneld Sanon, le secrétaire exécutif de la Koperativ ayisyen pou lὸjman altènatif (Kayla), dans une interview accordée à l’agence en ligne AlterPresse.

24 Jul 2017 description

Summary

The present report is submitted pursuant to Economic and Social Council resolution 2016/28 and highlights the main findings of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti following its visits to Washington, D.C., in March 2017, during which members met with the international financial institutions and regional actors, and to Haiti, in May 2017, during which members interacted with a number of senior government and legislative officials, representatives of the United Nations system and private sector and civil society actors.

15 Jun 2017 description
report Huffington Post

Francoise Jacob, Stefan Kohler

Are we creating the perfect conditions for a dramatic disaster to happen?

Torrential rainfall, extreme flooding and massive landslides have claimed more than 200 lives in Sri Lanka over the past few days. Property and livelihoods were destroyed or damaged, with devastating consequences for more than half a million people. Cyclone Mora formed while leaving the shores of the island.

22 May 2017 description
report Finn Church Aid

Seven years ago an earthquake destroyed homes and schools in Haiti. It was the starting point of Finn Church Aid’s largest humanitarian operation up to then; an operation that allowed thousands of children to return to school and continue their education. What will be the legacy of that work?

03 Mar 2017 description

By Denis McClean

GENEVA, 3 March, 2017 - The Americas region meets next week to discuss the best way forward to reduce disaster losses as a new Post Disaster Needs Analysis (PDNA) demonstrates the full impact of the devastation wrought on Haiti by Hurricane Matthew in October last year.

06 Feb 2017 description

-Le Plan de Réponse Humanitaire 2017-2018 vise à sauver des vies tout en renforçant la résilience de la population et des institutions nationales face aux crises et aux catastrophes naturelles, et en ouvrant la voie vers le développement durable

06 Feb 2017 description

The Humanitarian Response Plan 2017-2018 aims to save lives while strengthening the resilience of the population and national institutions in the face of crises and natural disasters, and by paving the way towards sustainable development