Governments, UN agencies and aid organisations must unlock extra funds to help protect local humanitarian workers from death and injury when serving in conflict zones, Christian Aid has said.
The charity is urging global donors to give grassroots organisations the means to reduce security threats facing staff who risk their lives in humanitarian service within their own countries and communities. This call comes ahead of the United Nations’ annual World Humanitarian Day, this Sunday.
We, the undersigned humanitarian and human rights organisations, strongly condemn the major attacks that hit a fish market and the entrance to Yemen's largest hospital, Al Thawra, in Hodeidah on 2 August, which reportedly killed over 40 civilians, including children. Hospitals are protected under International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and parties to the conflict are obliged to do everything possible to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, as the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande, emphasised in her condemnation of the attack.
Christian Aid has called for peace and an end to violence in Zimbabwe as post-electoral violence remains a critical concern in Harare.
Clashes arose between supporters of opposition party, MDC Alliance, and military forces after parliamentary results gave victory to the ruling Zanu-PF party, formerly led by Robert Mugabe. These resulted in three people being shot dead by the army and a number of people beaten and harassed.
Dear Foreign Secretary,
We are writing to welcome you in your new role as Foreign Secretary and urge you to make the crisis in Yemen your immediate priority. We welcome the regular engagement we have had with your officials and ministerial team and hope we can continue to work together constructively to address the deteriorating situation.
In the week of South Sudan’s seventh anniversary of independence, Christian Aid’s Senior Adviser on South Sudan, Natalia Chan, explores prospects for peace in the young country.
As South Sudan marks another independence anniversary this week, many South Sudanese will wonder what it all really means. Since 2013, their country has collapsed into multiple conflicts over resources, power and identity.
Securing long-term peace in South Sudan requires much more than deals between political leaders, according to a new study of the deeply troubled young country whose seventh anniversary of independence falls today.
As the world waits to see whether the latest peace agreement will help halt South Sudan's decline, the new report argues that work towards such national-level political agreements must be complemented by local and regional peacebuilding and owned by the people of South Sudan.
Working with rural households to improve their access to met service-generated climate information has highlighted the prevalent use of traditional weather forecasting, which still remains one of the main accessible and trusted sources of weather and climate information in rural communities in Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.
This learning paper examines how the concept of resilience has impacted on the way the BRACED programme in Ethiopia (CIARE) and Burkina Faso (Zaman Lebidi) has been conceived in terms of organisational structure, learning and research and in turn, on how working in consortia and a focus on organisational learning has supported or challenged the task of building resilience.
The 2017 Grand Bargain signatory reports on Workstream 2 evidence some encouraging progress on meeting the 6 localisation commitments to provide more support and funding tools for national and local responders. But it is slow and much of the progress is in the initial first steps. 4 signatories did not report anything on this workstream.
Signatories of the Grand Bargain, the pact signed two years ago at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, meet in New York today to make progress on improving the humanitarian system.
Christian Aid was in attendance to co-present a joint analysis by members of the Charter for Change network: CAFOD, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Christian Aid, NEAR and OXFAM, on the need for more radical measures to empower national and local actors - who have a closer and deeper understanding of communities in need - to take a leadership role in humanitarian response
by Diana Quick
ChildFund Alliance, together with 23 other civil society organizations, wrote an open letter regarding the situation of children in Yemen to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, ahead of the publication of this year’s Children and Armed Conflict Annual Report.
With funding from the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), Christian Aid has launched a project to strengthen disaster preparedness in Nigeria - with a focus on flooding - by improving early warning and early response systems in Benue, Kaduna and Plateau States.
Over 40,000 people are set to benefit directly from Christian Aid's two-year project, "Improved Early Warning and Early Response (EW-ER) to Strengthen Disaster Preparedness in Nigeria's Middle Belt (E4E)."
Monsieur le Président,
Paris, 4 June 2018.
Subject: Paris Humanitarian Conference on Yemen
Dear President Macron,
We welcome French efforts to address the ongoing armed conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and your announcement during Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to Paris on 10 April that France would host an international humanitarian conference on Yemen in Paris in June.
In response to the horrific killing of 21-year-old Razan al-Najjar, Christian Aid's Head of Middle East Policy, William Bell, said:
“Christian Aid is deeply saddened by the senseless and unjust killing on Friday of volunteer medic Razan al-Najjar, from our partner organisation the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS). Razan was shot by Israeli Forces as she provided vital medical assistance to injured protesters in Gaza.
Christian Aid condemns the recent human rights violations in Nicaragua and welcomes the preliminary findings of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The commission recently conducted preliminary investigations after large scale protests were held by Nicaraguans in several regions of the country. The Commission found evidence of torture, arbitrary arrests and censorship of the press. The report also confirmed 76 deaths, more than 800 injured and 538 arrests.
This statement is supported by: CAFOD, Christian Aid, Global One, Islamic Relief Worldwide, The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities, Muslim Charities Forum, The Lutheran World Federation, The Salvation Army International, World Evangelical Alliance, and World Vision
The new Hungarian parliament which will first assemble on 8 May is set to vote on draconian and regressive legislation which could arbitrarily restrict fundamental rights and freedoms of civil society. The proposed laws would further undermine and stigmatise organisations working to defend the human rights of migrants and refugees.
As national and international NGOs operating in Kachin and northern Shan, Myanmar, we are deeply troubled by yet further escalation of armed conflict, including clashes directly impacting civilians throughout April and continuing into May, that has displaced and re-displaced thousands more civilians. Urgent action is required to save lives and meet widespread and growing humanitarian needs.