This briefing considers how ‘aspirational yet attainable targets’ could be defined for new post-2015 goals.
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As EU governments debate how to increase the volume of low-carbon fuels in the energy mix, they must ensure that adding more biofuels does not worsen hunger in poor countries. While modelling research indicates that rising demand for biofuels can increase global food prices, existing evidence does not allow us to state categorically that biofuels projects worsen local food security in developing countries.
Drawn from over 500 interviews with aid workers, members of armed groups (including the Taliban, Al-Shabaab and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North) and others, this policy brief highlights key lessons from a two-year research project on humanitarian negotiations with armed non-state actors in Afghanistan, Somalia and Sudan.
The lack of attention to, and misunderstanding of, gender inequality prevent the effective reduction of disaster risks. This problem should be addressed in the successor agreement to the Hyogo Framework for Action – the ‘HFA2’.
Intended primarily for field staff involved in programme design and evaluation, this ALNAP Lessons Paper will help humanitarian organisations to start establishing criteria for engagement in situations of urban violence and to improve humanitarian responses which specifically address the effects of violence.
This policy brief discusses some of the motivations behind renewed interests in Global Value Chains and the opportunities that this may present for South Asian countries, as well as some of the expectations that should be managed.
This paper provides an overview of the large number of initiatives that have been implemented to assist developing countries manage their response to climate change, both through information provision and policy-relevant analysis.
HPG Briefing Paper number 54
Regional organisations are increasingly engaged with a wide variety of humanitarian issues, and international organisations are hopeful that they may help to share the work involved in responding to disasters, mediating conflicts and undertaking peacekeeping operations. There have been a number of prominent examples where they have done so.
There is an urgent need for a stronger scientific evidence base to inform health interventions in humanitarian crises. To address this problem, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Wellcome Trust commissioned a project to review the quality and depth of the available evidence, identify gaps and weaknesses and make recommendations for future work.
Mark Pelling, Reid Basher, Joern Birkmann, Susan Cutter, Bina Desai, SHM Fakhruddin, Ferruccio Ferrugini, Tom Mitchell, Tony Oliver-Smith, John Rees, Kuniyoshi Takeuchi
Prepared by experts associated with the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme for the Seventh Session of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, New York, 6-10 January 2014, this brief looks at disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. It summarises them in terms of increasing disaster impacts, underlying risk factors, the disaster risk process and risk management, linkages with climate change, and targets and indicators.