Security Incidents and Access Constraints
Central African Republic
Threats and violence affecting emergency care
22 December 2018: In Mogadishu, al Shabaab militants detonated a VBIED near the presidential palace while police and medics were responding to an earlier, politically-motivated suicide blast. No further details specified. Source: IOL
Middle-East and North Africa
Occupied Palestinian Territories
Stronger, coherent and gender responsive policies needed to reintegrate those returning from violent extremism
There is an even wider chasm between on-the-ground realities and global policies, where the fate of women and children is concerned. Programming must help them earn livelihoods, which can prevent them from being pressured into joining or rejoining extremist groups.
At the end of December 2018, 21 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Syria Regional Response Plan (3RP) required US$24.93 billion to assist 97.9 million people in urgent need of humanitarian support. The requirements remained unchanged as of the end of November 2018. The plans are funded at $14.58 billion which amounts to 58.5 per cent of financial requirements for 2018. Notably, the percentage of total funding contributed through humanitarian response plans carried out by the UN with partners in 2018 is estimated at 62.9%.
Children continue to pay a high price in today’s global conflicts. The recruitment and use of children remains a hallmark of war and the UN Secretary-General’s 2018 annual report, released in June, listed 56 non-state armed groups and seven state armed forces for recruiting and using child soldiers in 2017.
These 10 crises and trends will help shape our coverage in 2019. Here’s why they have our attention and should demand yours.
Read more on IRIN.
The 2019 Early Warning Forecast, a publication of Lutheran World Relief and IMA World Health
January: Pushing for access in Syria
Despite enormous challenges, OCHA and other humanitarian organizations continued to press for access in war-torn Syria, reaching an average of more than 5 million people in need each month in 2018. Syria continued to face protection and access challenges in areas such as Idlib, eastern Ghouta and southern Syria. More than 1.5 million people were newly displaced in 2018 as the crisis entered its eighth year.
NEW YORK, le 28 décembre 2018 – Des millions d’enfants vivant dans des pays touchés par des conflits armés voient leur avenir menacé tandis que les parties belligérantes continuent de bafouer leurs droits et que les dirigeants du monde échouent à leur demander des comptes, a déclaré l’UNICEF aujourd’hui.
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,
Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid1 , and in particular Article 2, Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof,
Having regard to Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union ('Overseas Association Decision')2 , and in particular Article 79 thereof,
We look at some of the catastrophes and outrages that caused millions of children to have their education disrupted this year.
One in four of the world’s school-age children - over 500 million - lives in countries affected by humanitarian crises such as conflicts, natural disasters and disease outbreaks.
Widespread violations against children in conflict continue in shocking year-on-year trend
NEW YORK, 28 December 2018 – The futures of millions of children living in countries affected by armed conflict are at risk, as warring parties continue to commit grave violations against children, and world leaders fail to hold perpetrators accountable – UNICEF said today.
This publication highlights a set of 24 UNFPA good practices on South-South cooperation (SSC) in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, gender equality, youth empowerment, and population data for development. It includes SSC case studies on family planning, maternal and child health, midwifery, obstetric fistula, HIV and AIDS, SRH in humanitarian setting, population data and population ageing. It demonstrates the successes and commitment of UNFPA and its partners in promoting South-South partnerships for the achievement of the SDGs.
Hundreds of people have fled across the border to Kenya following violence between ethnic groups in Moyale town from 13-15 December. At least 34 people were killed and 161 people injured in the fighting. Humanitarian needs are reported.
Read more on Ethiopia.
Threats and violence affecting emergency care
15 November 2018: In Randfontein city, West Rand district, Gauteng province, emergency workers staged a sit-in at the premises of the West Rand District Municipality over serious financial woes, putting a fleet of emergency vehicles, several fire engines and community safety vehicles under lockdown. Source: News 24
The IRC’s Watchlist 2019 highlights the countries we believe are at greatest risk of experiencing the worst humanitarian crises over the coming year.
World Humanitarian Data and Trends presents global- and country-level data-and-trend analysis about humanitarian crises and assistance. Its purpose is to consolidate this information and present it in an accessible way, providing policymakers, researchers and humanitarian practitioners with an evidence base to support humanitarian policy decisions and provide context for operational decisions.
Launch of the Global Humanitarian Overview 2019 and the World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2018
Global trends and challenges
More than 1 per cent of people across the planet right now are caught up in major humanitarian crises. The international humanitarian system is more effective than ever at meeting their needs – but global trends including poverty, population growth and climate change are leaving more people than ever vulnerable to the devastating impacts of conflicts and disasters.