New Zealand’s aid workers have added their voice to a global declaration rebuking world leaders for failing to act on the deepening refugee crisis, at a major UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants in New York.
Heads of State and Government Representatives are meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York to look at how to deal with the greatest displacement crisis since the end of the Second World War.
Governments must integrate work across frameworks if global policy won’t, say Zenaida Delica-Willison and JC Gaillard.
Disasters are a serious challenge everywhere. All communities need resilient and sustainable development, and that cannot be achieved without thinking through Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies. But many years of discussion and work on DRR have been side-lined by policy makers since climate change emerged as a global priority.
For Syrians, this Saturday marks three years of conflict. Three years in which 9 million people have become displaced, 2.5 million have become refugees and over 100,000 Syrians have been killed. The numbers are overwhelming but one fact is simple - Syrians continue to need our help.
Written by Alex Jacobs
The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was one of the worst natural disasters in human history — and also a tragedy where the international aid community could have done much better.
Posted by CID sourced from Scoop
As the war in Syria deepens and people continue to flee across borders, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has pledged NZ$100,000 towards supporting refugees in Lebanon. Donations continue to be accepted from the public.
The funds will contribute to a third phase of support by the international Caritas network to refugees from Syria, regardless of race or religion, and their Lebanese hosts – often strained beyond their capacity to give.
In 2011 the worst drought for 60 years across the Horn of Africa destroyed crops and left people and livestock dead. Across Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti, millions of people needed immediate assistance. In response, the New Zealand Government provided a package of assistance totalling almost $6 million to the World Food Programme, the International Committee of the Red Cross and four New Zealand non-government organisations. This funding enabled agencies to deliver food, water and integrated assistance programmes to the people most in need.
14 March 2012 -- The NDRF (New Zealand NGO Disaster Relief Forum) welcomes the New Zealand Government’s decision to donate $1 million to the looming food crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa where funds are urgently needed to avert a large-scale humanitarian disaster.
The NZ Government has responded promptly to the global appeal for funds for the region. The decision to provide early funding to this impending crisis is very welcome indeed.
9 March 2012 -- The Council for International Development has released a comprehensive ‘Brief to the incoming Government’ which details 28 specific actions it is urging the Government to act on in the short and medium term relating to international aid and development.
“This document outlines for the Government, other political parties and New Zealanders the key development challenges we need to tackle if we want to make the world a better place for ourselves and others”, said Dr Wren Green, Director, Council for International Development.
International access to conflict zones and government-controlled refugee camps in Sri Lanka is urgent and essential says Council for International Development (CID) executive director David Culverhouse.
"It is worrying that fighting has forced the Red Cross and other international agencies to withdraw from the conflict area. It is also of concern that BBC journalists who reported human rights abuses in camps set up by the government to house refugees fleeing the conflict have been deported.
The expulsion of international NGOs from the Darfur region of Sudan will leave hundreds of thousands of people without essential services and raise the risk of further atrocities says Council for International Development executive director David Culverhouse.
The Sudanese government has expelled 13 development agencies in what is seen as a tit for tat move after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The international outcry over the plight of the estimated 250,000 - 500,000 civilians caught up in the heavy fighting in northern Sri Lanka is shared by New Zealand international development groups.
"Along with the threat of being killed in the crossfire they face life-threatening deprivations following the Sri Lankan government's refusal to allow humanitarian NGOs access to the Vanni region," says New Zealand Council for International Development (CID) Executive Director David Culverhouse.
"Reports we have had from our members indicate people in this region have …
The New Zealand Council for International Development (CID) is very concerned at the Sri Lankan government's request for NGOs to leave the Vanni district and strongly supports the Australian Council for International Development's Executive Director Paul O'Callaghan recent comments in the media.
"Reports from our members indicate internally displaced people in the Vanni are already traumatized and in desperate need of food, medicines, sanitation facilities and shelter," states CID's Executive Director David Culverhouse."
"NGOs are there to assist …
"While immediate humanitarian assistance to the people Burma is the first priority, the impact of the cyclone shows that sustainable development and poverty alleviation is dependent on institutional change in that country," says David Culverhouse, executive director of the Council for International Development.
"Relief efforts are being hampered by the regime's refusal to quickly expedite visas for international aid workers and customs procedures for aid in kind.
Reports coming in from the Solomon Islands indicate that emergency supplies in the country are insufficient to meet the immediate needs of the people following yesterday's massive earthquake and tsunami says the Council for International Development (CID) Executive Director Rae Julian.
"We're hearing that people are in need of water, food and tents"
New Zealand-based Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are rapidly assessing needs, but this is being made difficult due to poor communications.
"It is important that all international responses are based on …
"There are at least ten New Zealand NGOs currently accepting donations for the victims of the earthquake in Pakistan, and it is important that the public gets in behind them with their support," according to Rae Julian, the Executive Director of the Council for International Development.
"There is still time to apply for the government 1:1 subsidy for funds raised for tsunami relief. Anyone who has raised money can apply up till the 14 March. Contact the Council for International Development (CID) if you need any assistance," urged Rae Julian, Executive Director of CID.