The IASC Gender Handbook for Humanitarian Action provides practical guidance for humanitarian workers to mainstream gender equality into humanitarian action across sectors. It also aims to place protection at the centre of humanitarian action, with an age, gender and diversity approach as the core element of fair and equal protection. In practical terms, this means identifying the distinct protection risks of women, men, boys, girls and LGBTI persons due to gender roles, throughout all stages of the crisis.
For Immediate Release
Washington, DC - As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson prepares to testify on the administration’s budget, a leading group of humanitarian, development and global health organizations are releasing new data that shows just how devastating these proposed cuts to the United States’ foreign aid budget would be to millions of people in the poorest countries.
The analysis finds that under the proposed budget:
Ahead of the First Formal Consultations for the Global Compact on Refugees, 14 international NGOs and InterAction signed a statement in which they reflect on the Zero Draft of the Global Compact on Refugees, including their recommendations to ensure that the Compact leads to a better response to the large movement of refugees, greater equity across States, and support refugees to live in safety and dignity.
The Honorable Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State of the United States of America
Dear Secretary Tillerson,
As organizations that provide and advocate for life-saving assistance in Yemen, we write to urge your continued efforts to seek a permanent end to the Saudi-led coalition’s restrictions on humanitarian and commercial access to Yemen’s ports, particularly Hodeidah and Saleef. Furthermore, we urge you to redouble your efforts to mobilize political will and realize a political settlement to Yemen’s deadly conflict.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the leaders of 21 leading organizations involved in international humanitarian response sent a letter to the Trump Administration objecting “in the strongest terms” to the U.S. decision to withhold $65 million in planned U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
Today, famine threatens an estimated 20 million people across northern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. In these countries, the dangerous convergence of long-standing and recent resurgences of conflict, poor governance, limited freedom of movement, collapsing economies, rising food prices, and drought has resulted in staggering levels of food insecurity and shortages of clean water.
On behalf of our nearly 190 member organizations, InterAction signed on to the following statement in connection to the proposed International Affairs budget for Fiscal Year 2018.
New Analysis from Leading Humanitarian, Development and Global Health Organizations Calculates the Devastating Human Costs of Cuts to Foreign Assistance
Submitted by Florence Anam on Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:28pm
No arguments are more persuasive in influencing global HIV and AIDS policy and funding decisions than those of the children and families affected by the disease. After all, these individuals know best the challenges they face and the solutions most likely to work for them. But they must be empowered in order to effect real change.
If we are to end the epidemic as a public health threat by the year 2030, we must ensure that the voices of those affected by HIV and AIDS are heard.
An Open Letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres
As organizations working to protect the rights of children in armed conflict, we are dismayed by your reported decision to “freeze” any new additions of parties to conflict that commit grave violations of children’s rights to the annexes to your 2017 annual report to the United Nations Security Council on children and armed conflict. We urge you to reconsider, and issue an updated list with your report, including all perpetrators responsible for patterns of grave violations against children in 2016.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (May 22, 2017) — Save the Children, in addition to leading humanitarian, development, and global health organizations, is calling upon Congress to sustain and protect the International Affairs budget in Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 2018) as it did for Fiscal Year 2017.
When warfare takes place in cities, civilians experience direct and indirect harm, from physical violence and injury to disruption of vital services and destruction of infrastructure. In its new report, released in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), InterAction highlights the experiences of civilians caught in urban conflict and good practices for mitigating immediate and long-term harm caused by parties to conflict.
Terrorism, climate change, war and poverty are all high on the list of most significant threats to humanity. But their impact may be eclipsed by one threat that generally attracts far less attention. The next “Big One” may not refer to a bomb or natural disaster. Instead, a viral pandemic could potentially impact millions of lives across the world. The sudden spread of a deadly virus would create an urgent need for life-saving vaccines and treatments. Are we prepared to respond?
While progress is being made in the fight against hunger and food insecurity, almost 800 million people worldwide still suffer from hunger today.
Reducing hunger and food insecurity involves many pieces—smarter agriculture technologies, policy environments that enable sustainable growth in the agricultural sector, and more effective investments in agriculture, both public and private. One critical piece of this puzzle is data. It can inform and make all aspects of the fight to end hunger more effective.
Foreign Aid: Sustaining U.S. Investments Overseas
A persistent drought has left nearly 23 million people across the Horn of Africa without enough to eat. In South Sudan, hundreds of thousands are trying to survive famine. Nearly half the country—or 4.9 million people—are now going hungry. That number will grow when the “lean season” arrives in July, just before harvest and as food reserves have been exhausted.
The world’s last declared famine, which lasted from 2010 to 2012 in Somalia, resulted in 260,000 deaths.
by Kristin Myers
South Sudan is right now in the grip of a food crisis that threatens millions of lives. It’s a humanitarian emergency on an enormous scale — but how did it come to this? It’s hard to ignore the numbers: more than 50,000 killed, more than three million forced to flee their homes, and millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. It’s stunning to observe South Sudan’s decline from an American foreign-policy success story to a country on the verge of collapse, so soon after its 2011 independence — and largely out of the spotlight.