The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has recently completed an independent review of its Members responses to the ongoing crisis in Syria. The report covers crucial areas of humanitarian action including agency strategy, needs assessment and approach, implementation and monitoring, and coordination and accountability. Lack of access has made it difficult to complete evaluations and this report represents an important opportunity to review what has happened and what improvements can be made both now and in the future.
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Syrian children climb over fences during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Yayladagi refugee camp in Hatay province on the Turkish-Syrian border March 30, 2012.
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Source: FlickrThis conference will outline the scope of the education crisis among Syrian refugees and identify innovative solutions; in doing so they will consider the experiences of the most heavily affected countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt in addition Syria itself.
Jerome Oberreit, Secretary General, Médecins Sans Frontières
Jerome Oberreit, Secretary General of Médecins Sans Frontières. Geneva, October 2012.
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Source: http://www.msf.org/secretary-generalThe second Humanitarian Policy Group annual lecture will be delivered by Jérôme Oberreit, theSecretary General of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Mr Oberreit will speak to the topic: "Failure to respond: the challenges of today's humanitarian action in violent environments". We invite the general public to listen live online. This is an invitation only event.
Why is Syria a seemingly impossible environment to operate in? What approaches are working – and what innovative ways of working can be explored? Have humanitarian agencies failed the test in Syria? These questions were explored in this event, which launched the 59th issue of Humanitarian Exchange on the conflict in Syria.
In Sudan, humanitarian organisations heavily depend on UNHAS, partly funded by ECHO, to reach isolated places such as the conflict-ravaged Darfur region.
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Source: FlickrAs aid agencies move into increasingly complex and volatile environments, humanitarian organisations are struggling to strike a balance between ‘staying’ in insecure areas, and ‘staying safe’. Although attacks on aid workers are on the rise, the delivery of aid in war-torn countries continues to grow in reach and quantity, alongside the amount and array of organisations involved in aid delivery. Join HPG for the launch of Paradoxes of presence, risk management and aid culture in challenging environments.
A Thai resort worker talks on her mobile
A Thai resort worker talks on her mobile phone while standing in front of a destroyed bungalow in Khao Lak, 29 December 2004.
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Source: Getty ImagesThe British Red Cross, in partnership with the Humanitarian Policy Group, invite you to the launch of the World Disasters Report 2013: technology and humanitarian action. A balanced perspective between optimism and caution regarding the use of technology within humanitarian action.
How do rising global actors define humanitarian assistance? What implications might this definition have on the safeguarding of humanitarian principles? Is there a need to change the way humanitarian actors coordinate, communicate and engage?
The Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM) at Tsinghua University are partnering to offer the second Advanced Course on Crisis, Recovery and Transitions.
Members of the coalition of rebel forces in Darfur, Sudan
Fanga Suk: Members of the coalition of rebel forces (SLA Minni Minawi, SLA Abdul Wahid and LJM) who control Fanga Suk village, in East Jebel Marra (West Darfur), 88 kilometres West Tawilla.
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This event will examine the role of humanitarian negotiations with state and non-state armed groups in Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Jonglei State. Interviews with armed groups, the results of field research and practical experience in humanitarian engagement, with armed groups will be shared with the audience as speakers discuss whether these negotiations contributed to a stronger and more effective humanitarian response in the region.
North Kordofan livestock brought and traded
Scenes from Al Nnuhoud Livestock Market, North Kordofan where livestock is brought and traded from places nearby.
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Livestock is one of Darfur’s main economic assets, making a major contribution to Sudan’s national livestock and meat exports. During ten years of conflict, Darfur's livestock trade has been badly affected. Contracting volumes of livestock brought to market and a loss of competitiveness as trading costs soar, has left the regional and national economy struggling as well as many Sudanese people who make a living in the sector.