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01 Sep 2017 description

Evie Browne
17. 03. 2017


What are the gender norms in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia) at regional and national levels (similarities and differences between countries)? What are the baseline indicators of gender equality? Are there gendered sources of stability/resilience?

1. Overview

04 Aug 2017 description


Arrivals in the Mediterranean from 01 January until 30 June 2017 total 102,847 (Greece, Italy, Spain and Cyprus, including arrivals to the Canary Islands and by land to Spain). This compares to 231,075 for the same period in 2016. In the first half of the year, 9,286 persons arrived in Greece by sea (158,377 arrived during same period in 2016, a decrease by 94%).

12 Oct 2016 description

Protracted complex emergencies and natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

29 Jun 2016 description
  • Reference: 2016-164-EN

A new initiative from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support regions outside of Europe that are significantly affected by the refugee crisis has been welcomed by EU heads of state and governments meeting in Brussels today. Responding to a request by the European Council in March, EIB President Hoyer laid out how the EU Bank could step up its support and address the pressing needs of the regions with action to support growth, jobs vital infrastructure and social cohesion.

07 Jun 2016 description

Combined Monthly Europe Population Movement Operations Update

A. Major developments by country


The main route remains to be Southern Italy (especially Sicily) as first entry points from the North African coasts. In 2015, according to the UNHCR,153,842 arrivals arrived in Italy by boats mainly from North African countries. In 2016, 47,820 people have arrived in Italy by sea (UNHCR- 2 June 2016).


21 Apr 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Low public spending, ineffective social protection policies and programmes are hampering progress for children in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

GENEVA, 20 April 2016 — Children who are falling furthest behind in society benefit the most when countries invest in more effective social protection, according to a new UNICEF Report launched today.

30 Jun 2004 description

Spanish Red Cross’ Psychosocial Response Teams for Emergency

By Dori Moreno Sánchez, Health and Relief Department, Relief and Emergency Response Plan,
Spanish Red Cross

Spanish Red Cross Psychosocial Support following the 11 March terrorist attack in Madrid

Since 1996 Spanish Red Cross has been creating Immediate Response Teams (ERIES) specialized in psychosocial support and setting them up all over the country.

30 Sep 2003 description

Researched, written and published by the Humanitarian Policy Group at ODI
James Darcy
Charles-Antoine Hofmann

31 Mar 2003 description

Summary of research1

The public health importance of infant feeding in emergencies has been highlighted in countries such as Iraq and Bosnia where feeding infants with breastmilk substitute is common practice. Although there are few epidemiological studies on the impact of emergencies on infant feeding, many anecdotal reports of adverse health outcomes exist. The displacement of such populations has created new dilemmas for aid workers on how best to assess and support feeding practice.

During the 1999 Kosovo Crisis an opportunity arose to research humanitarian …

31 Mar 2003 description

Summary of published papers1,2

Field Exchange has previously run articles on the need to address the mental health of war affected populations and to consider the possible link between mental health, economic well being and future food security. The importance of mental health care during and following conflict appears to be increasingly recognised by humanitarian agencies.