In Goma the NRC team implemented a field assessment of an urban IDP population whose needs are largely unmet and rarely studied, whose size is heavily underestimated, and whose relationship with governance structures is often limited. Specific vulnerabilities are found based on family composition and location in the city, as well as more widespread difficulties in Goma with basic services, quality housing, and economic opportunities. Lack of government engagement is also highlighted as a key weakness in supporting durable solutions for IDPs in the city.
Lian Bradley (05.01.2016)
Evaluation - Accelerated Education Programme in Western Cote d’Ivoire
This evaluation highlights some relevant issues that NRC will recommend to be addressed by the education community in Cote d’Ivoire. In addition, there are global lessons learnt for NRC’s education team which could be applied to other contexts.
Lian Bradley (08.01.2016)
Evaluation of NRC's shelter programme in Ethiopia
The evaluation sought to examine all shelter projects implemented by NRC between 2011 and 2014 and was undertaken by NRC staff from the regional Horn of Africa office.
This document represents the executive summary of the full report (forthcoming). The study was commissioned by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) to assess issues relating to the housing, land and property (HLP) rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and conflict-affected communities in eastern Ukraine. The assessment covers government controlled areas (GCA), non-government controlled areas (NGCA) and frontline communities along the contact line between GCA and NGCA.
Tatiana Stepykina (28.12.2015)
“We were afraid that we would have to spend the cold winter there” says Victoria Tsyban after her house in Popasna, Eastern Ukraine was destroyed by shelling.
This toolkit has been independently commissioned by Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) as part of the workplan of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). Its purpose is to outline a range of counterterrorism measures and their links to humanitarian action and share practical examples and methods employed by organisations to address the impacts of these measures, especially with respect to risk management procedures.
Winterization and preparedness
Over 400 IDP families living in caravans and 1,000 families living in substandard or damaged homes are being targeted with winterization assistance and NFI support is being prepared for the most vulnerable 1,000 families living in makeshift shelters or tents.
The El Niño climactic event is contributing to one of the worst droughts in 30 years in the Horn of Africa. 10.2 million Ethiopians are in desperate need of humanitarian food assistance. “It is a disaster in the making. The longer it takes for humanitarian assistance to reach people in need, the larger becomes the impact of the drought”, said Geir Olav Lisle, Deputy Secretary General at the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
Les ONG internationales ACTED, DRC, CICR, IRC, MDM ET NRC intervenant au Mali dans le cercle de Menaka fidèles à leur mission humanitaire, ont mis en place une équipe pluridisciplinaire pour évaluer les effets du conflit intercommunautaire opposant les Doshaq et peulhs sur les populations déplacées et celles d’accueil dans le cercle de menaka.
This report presents the findings of the community baseline undertaken by the Consortium ‘Building Resilient Communities in Somalia’ (BRCiS) between August and October 2014. The aim of the Consortium is to enhance resilience to shocks and recurrent hazards in highly vulnerable communities of South and Central Somalia for an initial period of four years.
Colombianos víctimas del conflicto armado que residen en Panamá se unen por la defensa de sus derechos de atención y reparación desde el exterior con el apoyo de NRC.
El Consejo Noruego para Refugiados – NRC y la Cruz Roja apoyaron el fortalecimiento de la población víctima del conflicto armado colombiano en Panamá a través de la conformación de un grupo interlocutor válido frente a la Unidad de Víctimas en Colombia y el Consulado de ese país en Panamá.
Le mois de décembre 2015 marque le troisième anniversaire de l’entrée en vigueur de la Convention de Kampala1 une Convention novatrice qui oblige les gouvernements africains à protéger les droits des personnes forcées de fuir leurs maisons en raison de conflits armés, de violence, de violations des droits humains et de catastrophes naturelles.2 Parce qu’elle définit les responsabilités des Etats, la Convention est un jalon important pour la protection de près de douze millions de personnes déplacées internes (PDI) à travers le continent.
Kampala Convention: Tool to protect
The Kampala Convention is the most powerful tool available to protect the internally displaced in Africa. African governments have a duty to ratify the convention which they have signed five years ago.
Intensified attacks and fighting in Azaz district in northern Syria this week have left thousands of civilians with nowhere safe to flee as they are caught in the crossfire.
Many families are currently fleeing for safety in already highly overcrowded areas by the Turkish border. Refugees caught at the Jordanian border have also more than doubled over the last month.
Over the last month and a half thousands were displaced from Idleb, Homs, Aleppo and Latakia, and most of the aid agencies are now unable to reach them.
Heavy fighting in eastern parts of DR Congo blocks people from accessing emergency relief. “The repeated rounds of fighting have severe consequences for the civilians”, said Mickael Amar, Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council.
“The warring groups must cease the attacks on civilians and provide immediate access for humanitarian organizations to provide the necessary support to people in need”, Amar added.
Today, Afghans constitute the largest group of asylum seekers to Norway. While many young Afghan men cross the Storskog border in Finnmark, women are fleeing inside their homeland, Afghanistan. ”I lost two of my childhood friends in suicide bombings. And one day, when I was going to the gym, a bomb exploded in the street", Farshid says.
He entered Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) meet him on the Greek Island of Chios.
”You cannot feel safe there”, he says referring to his hometown, Kabul.