Iveagh House, Dublin, Ireland, 23 March 2018
I am delighted to be in Dublin today. Ireland has always been a champion of principled humanitarian action, and has been a great support to my office, OCHA, for many years.
And I am honoured to be delivering a talk in the series of Casement lectures. I have always been a bit conflicted about my allegiances: I am 5/8 Irish, and we spent our honeymoon here. But I am also British and worked for more than 30 years for Her Majesty’s Government.
International humanitarian agencies and donors have made a series of global commitments to local actors as part of the localization agenda, including to increase their access to greater direct funding by 2020. This briefing paper reviews 2015 national financial data for Bangladesh and Uganda to better understand how to target international investments in localization. It presents key findings from Oxfam-commissioned research on which factors affect local actors’ ability to access international humanitarian funding.
Aujourd’hui s’ouvre la 4e Conférence nationale humanitaire à laquelle plus de 500 acteurs de l’aide humanitaire participent, sur l’invitation du ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères. L’occasion pour le ministre de dévoiler la nouvelle stratégie humanitaire de la France. Un programme bienvenu pour Coordination SUD mais mis à l’épreuve des nombreux défis des ONG sur le terrain.
Les crises humanitaires s’aggravent et se prolongent
The Start Fund is a multi-donor pooled rapid-response fund that initiates disbursement of humanitarian finance within 72 hours. It is collectively owned and managed by the Start Network members, a group of 42 national and international aid agencies from five continents. The fund was officially launched on 1st April 2014 and has an annual disbursement of approximately £11 million (GBP).
Funding required: $23.18 B
Funding received: $936.6 M
Funding percentage: 3.8%
People in need: 128.8 M
People to receive aid: 93.6 M Countries affected: 35
(Abuja, 15 March 2018): The United Nations, through the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund, has allocated US$9 million to provide life-saving aid to some 60,000 children, women and men recently displaced by ongoing hostilities in Borno State, including $2 million in support of the UN Humanitarian Air Service for frontline responders in north-east Nigeria.
HM Government welcomes the Independent Commission for Aid Impact’s learning review of the UK aid response to global health threats and its recommendations.
New technologies such as blockchain (as used in e.g. Bitcoin) are here to disrupt all industries, and are now aiming at development cooperation. Before Christmas, the Danish development agency Danida even launched ‘Hack the Future of Development Aid’, a report exploring the potential of blockchain technology to disrupt foreign aid.
Investing in the security of our partner countries is in the EU’s and our partners’ interests. We all face common challenges of terrorism, conflicts and extremism.” - Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, July 2016
What percentage of aid reaches the intended recipient country? Our methodology tool can be used to calculate this, but more aid data transparency is needed.
Total Appeal Target: $2,983,403.
7th March 2018
ACT Alliance has the privileged position of being a network of local, national and international actors committed to partnerships amongst each other. This commitment enables international and global members of ACT to enhance the capacity of local and national actors, through resources, training and/or other support, allowing for first response in the beginning of a crisis or disaster to come directly from the community itself.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 5 March 2018
Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen. It is a pleasure to be here at the annual DIHAD conference.
Today, I will focus on how we can do better in humanitarian and development action with available resources, and how can we scale up innovative programming modalities, partnerships and financing models to not only meet humanitarian needs more effectively, but also to reduce them over time?
The ICRC Guidelines for screening potential private donors and partners are based on existing institutional documents, namely the Ethical Principles Guiding ICRC's Partnerships with the Private Sector and the Movement Policy for Corporate Sector Partnerships. This document clarifies how the ICRC’s Ethical principles and the Movement policy should be applied.
This document is an abridged, public version of the Guidelines, aimed at providing an overview of the general process and principles used by the ICRC.
The document outlines:
A point of reference in a challenging world: OCHA, ICRC, EU Red Cross office and VOICE joint messages at the occasion of the ten years of the Consensus
The European Consensus shows EU's commitment to fundamental humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence creating a common and unbiased framework to deliver humanitarian aid.
Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks to the General Assembly meeting on the Secretary-General’s report on peacebuilding and sustaining peace, in New York today:
Jim Woodsome and Michael Pisa
This paper will present evidence on how cash transfers empowers conflict affected populations. The evidence is based on two projects implemented by DCA in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in Uganda. Furthermore, the paper present evidence on how the two projects successfully linked cash and protection. 14, 520 beneficiaries (80% females) including 26 vendors benefited from the projects.
Now in its 5th year, the Australasian Aid Conference held at the Australian National University in Canberra on February 12-14, was more robust and urgent than ever. With record attendance, 34 parallel sessions, three plenaries, and a keynote address, the AAC, organised by the Development Policy Centre in partnership with The Asia Foundation, has evolved into the go-to event for rigorous debate and learning on development cooperation policy and practice in the Indo-Pacific region. Here are five highlights from this year’s conference.
2017 has been a fundamental year for the Start Network, with the endorsement of its new strategy for the future by the Member Assembly in November. The Start Network has been mandated by its members to design a network of networks. The vision strives for a future where NGOs are able to respond to humanitarian needs all around the world as they emerge without funding priorities being defined by media headlines or political will.