During July – October 2010 the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) International undertook a deployment to Dadaab Refugee Camps (northern Kenya) with the objective of increasing awareness and strengthening practice of humanitarian accountability. This deployment was jointly hosted by CARE and UNHCR with contributions from HAP, CARE, Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Save the Children, UNHCR and in-kind contributions from Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and Film Aid International (FAI).
An interagency quality and accountability review with special consideration for protection against sexual exploitation and abuse
A collaboration between the In-Country Network on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and the Joint Deployment of Joint Standards Initiative (The Sphere Project, HAP International and People In Aid)
Section 1: Introduction
1.1 Joint Deployment to Kenya
The HAP membership and its Secretariat have released the annual review of the "year that was", the 2011 Humanitarian Accountability Report. This year's report was published in conjunction with the 2011 HAP Secretariat Report.
The Joint Standards' Initiative deployment to the Horn of Africa that began at the end of October 2011 concluded on 31 January 2012.
The Joint Standards' Initiative is an expression of the will to achieve greater coherence between the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) International, the Sphere Project and People In Aid. It builds on previous experiences of collaboration in Haiti, Myanmar and Pakistan.
An estimated 12 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in East Africa .
Aid agencies in Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya have reported high rates of acute malnutrition as well as large numbers of livestock deaths and other indicators of livelihood distress.
Numerous factors, including drought, the protracted conflict in Somalia, rising food prices, seasonal floods and localised resource conflicts are contributing to a deepening crisis.
Nearly 11 million people are reported to be in need of humanitarian assistance in East Africa. Aid agencies in Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya have reported alarming rates of acute malnutrition, large numbers of livestock deaths, and other indicators of livelihood distress.
HAP International’s Roving Team has recently returned from Dadaab and Kakuma after completing a three-week follow-up visit. Last year the Roving Team undertook a three-month mission to Dadaab which is the world’s largest refugee camp complex. There are two parallel operations running concurrently in Dadaab, the protracted refugee crisis, which has been ongoing since 1991 and unabated arrival of new refugees from Somalia.
This article has been written to mark the World Refugee Day on June 20th and join hands with the UNHCR campaign “One is too Many”. The purpose of the article is to remind us of the trials and tribulations faced by the people affected by disasters and their difficult but courageous fight for their right to live in dignity.
HAP has collaborated with FilmAid International to showcase the voices of beneficiaries and their perception on humanitarian accountability in a short 7 minute documentary.
Why don't disaster survivors who have been sexually exploited or abused by aid workers complain? Because keeping quiet is normal.
HAP International releases report into Sexual Exploitation and Abuse entitled, 'To complain or not to complain: still the question.'
No one really likes to complain but we do. In a given day we might complain if our food is overcooked in a restaurant, or if our 12 o'clock train doesn't appear until 12.35.