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This page of ReliefWeb is a dedicated resource page for Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other civil society groups active in humanitarian contexts. Within it, you'll find articles, programming guides, and e-learning tools aimed at helping NGOs and community-based organizations strategically engage with the humanitarian action and the humanitarian architecture more broadly.

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10 Oct 2018 description

Between May 2016 and September 2017, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster, with technical support from the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), developed and delivered a 2 stage project in 5 different countries targeted at supporting opportunities for women’s equal and meaningful participation in camp governance structures.

26 Sep 2018 description


The Centre for Institutional Disaster Preparedness (CREPD, by its Spanish acronym) aims to support the components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement by strengthening capacity building in disaster preparedness among National Societies. The aim is to develop methodologies, tools, learning techniques and harmonization processes considering the National Societies’ expertise and best practices and under the coordination of the IFRC Regional Office for the Americas.

18 Sep 2018 description

With 90% funding from the Regional Development and Protection Programme, Action Against Hunger has been implementing a 17-months project titled “Creating Job Opportunities for Young Adults” in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The 10,806,000 DKK (Danish Krones) project was implemented in Zakho District of Dohuk Governorate. It aims to “improve the economic situation of vulnerable host communities, Internally Displaced Persons, and refugee families through the creation of new businesses.

14 Sep 2018 description

Executive summary

Tackling the problems of poverty, vulnerability and exclusion that persist in parts of the world that continue to be affected by violence or political insecurity is difficult for several reasons. For one, because of the complexity of the prevailing social, economic and political systems, solutions to chronic problems are far from obvious.
One response to this aspect of the challenge is adaptive programme design and management.

06 Sep 2018 description
report ALNAP

Would you like to better understand the context you’re operating in, but aren’t sure where to start?

‘What’s Missing? Adding Context to the Urban Response Toolbox’ is a new study from ALNAP, part of a broader research initiative exploring how humanitarian response can be more effective in complex urban areas. This resources sets out 8 simple steps, on how you can begin using context tools in humanitarian response, by drawing key findings from the study.

05 Sep 2018 description
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The Basic Needs Assessment (BNA) is a multi-sector needs assessment approach that can be applied in both sudden onset and protracted emergencies, but that – in the present edition – has been piloted only in two protracted crises, namely in Borno State (North-East Nigeria) and in Fafan zone (Somali region of Ethiopia). The approach took inspiration from ECHO’s Basic Needs Framework for Integrated Response.

04 Sep 2018 description
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INEE Minimum Standards

The INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery is the only global tool that articulates the minimum level of educational quality and access in emergencies through to recovery and development. The aim of the INEE Minimum Standards is to:

01 Aug 2018 description

Executive Summary

Korean Red Cross, Samsung and (in Myanmar) Cartier Philanthropy funded this three-year program in four geographically defined projects, two in Indonesia and two in Myanmar’s dry zone. This water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) program benefits, at different levels, more than 70,000 rural and semi-urban people in 48 communities including 20 schools.

06 Jul 2018 description
report All In Diary


Humanitarian needs are changing, with increasing numbers of people forcibly displaced by violence and conflict while natural disasters continue to cause many people to need emergency aid. This 6th edition of All In Diary aims to provide renewed guidance on key areas such as ‘conflict and fragility’, reflect trends towards e.g ‘cash-based assistance’, and reference latest resources.

Changes are also afoot at All In Diary. Here is a message from the Co-founders.

05 Jul 2018 description


Define what market support programming in humanitarian contexts is and what it can look like in practice.

Enable humanitarian practitioners to consider market support interventions from the outset by highlighting the potential benefits of market support programming alongside or independently of other programme activities.


Technical specialists across sectors Project/programme managers Donors Business development specialists Proposal writers


05 Jul 2018 description



In The Gambia, political turmoil following the presidential elections in December 2016 led to an estimated 150,000 internally displaced people (IDP).1 A number of families in communities where ChildFund operates hosted IDPs, taking in an average of six IDPs for almost one month. The additional people strained household resources, prompting ChildFund to plan an emergency response to protect the welfare of children in affected families.