As part of the ‘Strengthening Accountability in Chad’ project,
Ground Truth Solutions (GTS) is responsible for gathering the views, perceptions, and priorities of affected people on the implementation of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2017 - 2019. This project is a collaboration between Ground Truth Solutions and the CHS Alliance and is funded by the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
As part of the Strengthening Accountability in Chad’ project, Ground Truth Solutions (GTS) is responsible for gathering the views, perceptions, and priorities of affected people on the implementation of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2017 - 2019. This project is a collaboration between Ground Truth Solutions and CHS Alliance and is funded by the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
Chad's Humanitarian Response Plan for 2017-2019 sets out three strategic objectives:
• To save and preserve the lives and dignity of affected populations
Anyone who has worked in a humanitarian context knows how intricate it is to fully understand the complexity of affected people's needs. Who are the most vulnerable people? What do they need most urgently? This is why Islamic Relief Worldwide turned to ‘intersectionality’, a theory that enables them to analyse and address the intersection of various social disadvantages that result in inequitable access to social services and accumulated vulnerability.
Since Islamic Relief's certification against the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) in 2017, their colleagues in Syria have invested significant resources to embed the CHS into their policies and operations at the field level. Spearheading the application of the Nine Commitments of the CHS, the Monitoring and Evaluation Team undertakes a whole series of activities throughout the project cycle.
Workshops to facilitate understanding
Workers of supplier asking for food as a condition to install wells
In August last year, as they were installing a series of deep tube-wells in the district of Jessore, Southwest Bangladesh, to reduce the vulnerabilities of water-logged victims, Islamic Relief's team received a complaint from district representatives on behalf of the community. They complained that the workers from the local supplier were demanding meals and other benefits, such as firewood, homestead vegetables or electricity in exchange for the installation of the wells.
At the time this report was written, 697 commitments had been made towards the Agenda for Humanity transformation 4A “Reinforce, do not replace, national and local systems.”
Due to the Syria crisis, Lebanon is hosting since 2011 the largest per capita refugee population in the world. Over one million Syrian refugees, trying to escape the crisis happening in their homeland, have taken shelter in Lebanon, mostly in informal settlements in the Bekaa Valley. Being forced to live in an informal settlement outside of one’s own country with few resources is a tough burden. It’s even harder without knowing where to go for health care.
South Sudan has a sporadic and inconsistent phone network inaccessible in many parts of the country. Radios and televisions are rare. Villages are spread out and isolated. The ability to share messages with the population of South Sudan is severely hindered by the lack of infrastructure and difficult terrain. This context creates a challenging situation for Medair as it works to not only provide services but to also encourage change and build resilience at the household level.
The nutrition crisis in South Sudan is severe. An estimated 5.3 million people, 48% of the country’s population, are severely food insecure. Those most affected are children under the age of five and Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLWs). Renk, located in the north of South Sudan, has high Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rates: 27.1% in the camp community and 32.2% in the host community.
Medair's nutrition team
In June last year Medair, one of our member organisations, averted a deadly cholera outbreak in South Sudan by timely response that addressed the needs of communities.
Medair in South Sudan
Medair has been present in Renk since 2011, providing integrated health, nutrition, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services. Although Medair works in several communities around Renk through Integrated Community Case Management and Care Groups, the projects are focused on three IDP/returnee settlements; Abayok, Payuer, and Wonthow.
In their paper, entitled 'Engaging with people affected by armed conflicts and other situations of violence', the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) urge donors to make engagement with and accountability to affected people a compliance issue.
The recent safeguarding breaches have, justifiably, upset our sector and the public at large. They have brought quality and accountability to people affected by crisis back into the spotlight. They have also reminded us how vital it is to apply existing standards and use all available tools.
AidEx spoke to the executive director of the CHS Alliance, Judith Greenwood about her thoughts on AidEx 2017’s conference theme of ‘Aid and Development Effectiveness: Results Through Transparency and Accountability.’
What does transparency and accountability within the context of aid and development mean to you?
As the Rohingya crisis unfolds and threatens to become the next major humanitarian disaster, our sector is once again put to the test to provide timely, relevant and high quality response. Aid agencies are in a difficult position because they have limited access to Rakhine State, the main affected area, to relieve the suffering of the Rohingya people, and can mostly help from abroad. In this challenging situation, how can humanitarian organisations respond effectively?
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