In 2017 the world faced a series of devastating humanitarian emergencies, not least here in the UK - making it one of the most demanding years for the British Red Cross since WWII. Here’s a look back at 2017 in numbers
9m – people in the UK reported as always or often lonely
200 – tonnes of donated clothes, blankets, toiletries and essential items by members of the public following the Grenfell Tower Fire
24.1m – people facing food shortages in East Africa (across Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and South Sudan)
New publication launched: Local Humanitarian Action in Practice – Case Studies and Reflections of Local Humanitarian Actors
By Matthew Carter • Oct 23, 2017
On the steep hillsides near the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, a ramshackle collection of camps and settlements have sprung up.
Conditions here are extremely harsh – almost everyone is sheltering under plastic sheeting – with heavy rain and mud spreading sewage and washing homes away.
Over half a million people have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh since August 2017, the majority of them women and young girls.
With peak hunger season approaching in Southern Africa, many rural communities are once again feeling the strain.
In rural Zimbabwe alone, it’s forecast that 1.1 million will be food insecure between January and March 2018.
But one community is bucking the trend, having reaped the rewards of a Red Cross community resilience project.
A nutritious bowl of porridge is something the pupils at Mabhiza School enjoy every morning – but just six months ago this wasn’t possible.
By Matthew Carter
The Caribbean is beginning to pick up the pieces after the recent hurricanes. David Dalgado, on the British Virgin Islands, explains what the Red Cross is doing to help.
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Title: Consultant- Community Engagement and Accountability (CEA) Learning Review
Location: Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur Districts of Kathmandu Valley
Contract Value: Approximately £18k
Time Frame: July – September 2018
British Red Cross (BRC) is seeking consultant(s) to review the Community Engagement and Accountability (CEA) activities that the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) has implemented, with support from British Red Cross over the last four years.
Title: Consultant, Multi-Purpose Cash Programme Evaluation
Contract Length: 40 days
Location: Home base and Beirut, Lebanon
Time Frame: July to September
This consultancy is to design and facilitate an evaluation of the Lebanese Red Cross’s (LRC) Multi-purpose Cash Programme (MCAP) for the period from December 2015 to April 2018. The programme supports both Syrian refugees and host Lebanese Communities as part of the ongoing Syrian crisis response.
Title: Consultant- Evaluation of the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) role in supporting the Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS)
Contract Length: 45 days
Location: Yangon and Sitwe, Rakhine and TBC (research visit)
Time Frame: July – October 2018
British Red Cross (BRC) is seeking consultants to undertake a study of the learnings drawn from the acute protracted crises resulting from internal violence and displacement in the state of Rakhine.