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2015 Theme: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability: The Humanitarian Aid and Development Perspectives Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai, supported by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Est., the United Nations, the UAE Red Crescent Authority, International Humanitarian City, Dubai Cares and the Organisation of Islamic Conference. INDEX will host the 12th Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition – DIHAD – 2015. This unique event will take place from the 24 – 26 March 2015 at the Dubai International Convention &…
ALNAP are hosting their next webinar at 10am, on Tuesday 25 November titled 'From the Municipality Up: Engaging Local Governments in Urban Humanitarian Response' (http://www.alnap.org/event/750).  We'd like to get you on board! Complex as they are in their makrets and communities, cties are also intricate in their levels/structures of governance. As centres of politics and commerce, as well as home for tens of thousands, national, regional and local/municpial government structures all have a role. Recently, humanitarians have taken steps to engage National Disaster Management Authorities (NDMAs) (see http://www.alnap.org/ndma). But what about local government? This webinar will present the experiences of…
Summary of Findings Military situation in Kobani has become worse with ISIS advances towards the town. The situation around the border is tense, and conflict has spilt onto the Turkish side on a number of occasions. Almost the entire civilian population of Kobani region has crossed the border into Turkey. Many of the displaced have moved to other cities (Urfa, Gaziantep, Birecik etc.), though a large population remain in the border-town of Suruc. Needs remain considerable in Suruc, and burden upon host community is increasingly difficult to manage. Local authorities (Suruc/Urfa Health Department, and municipalities of Suruc, Urfa, Diyabekir etc.)…
In the run up to the 2015 ALNAP Conference on 'Working Together', ALNAP and the authors of the Missed Opportunities report on strengthening national and partnership-based humanitarian responses are collaborating to launch a Community of Practice on Partnerships and Local Capacity in Emergencies. We are delighted to invite people to join this Community of Practice (CoP) who have a special interest or practical role working on these issues: • You may be working at the field level to deliver humanitarian programmes in a national or local organisation or government agency.• Or you may work for an international NGO working with…
As the boundaries of the humanitarian sector expand to respond to evolving and rapidly changing needs, partnership brokers are becoming an increasingly critical part of the humanitarian enterprise. The 2006 Tsunami Evaluation Coalition concluded that working in partnerships with local players is key to building resilience to disasters and delivering rapid, effective emergency response. A multi-agency publication on partnerships with national non-governmental organisations in humanitarian response argues that partnerships help to strengthen the relevance and appropriateness of humanitarian responses and improve the overall effectiveness of assistance by enhancing accountability to disaster-affected people[1]. The humanitarian system is under considerable pressure to radically…
Effective leadership requires not only the right people in the right place, but also an environment that enables leaders to lead. This is particularly relevant for Humanitarian Coordinators, who lack formal authority over their 'followers', and therefore rely heavily on a conducive environment in order to deliver on their mandate.[1] In the past six years significant progress has been made in improving the performance of Coordinators. It is now time to broaden our focus to the environment where these leaders are placed: the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and, more broadly, the UN system. Strengthening Humanitarian Coordinators: we've come a long…
This article questions whether the humanitarian cluster system’s mechanisms for strategic thinking really allow plans to be adapted as situations change, with a particular focus on the Shelter Cluster during the Haiti earthquake response Using strategy documents, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service and minutes of the Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) of the Haiti Shelter Cluster (the coordination structure for shelter agencies), we ask whether different decisions could have been made in early 2010. The article seeks to determine whether more questions could have been asked about the assumptions underpinning the response; learn from…
Inter-Cluster Coordination (ICC) requires clusters to work together to identify and reduce gaps and duplication, establish joint priorities and address cross-cutting issues in order to improve humanitarian response.[1] Information sharing is a first step, but ICC groups can also establish joint assessments and indicators, align training opportunities, set priorities, make recommendations to Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) and develop proposals for the Central Emergency Response Fund and other funding pools and engage in other activities. In a recent evaluation of global cluster performance, ICC was judged to be 'ineffective in most cases and there is little integration of cross-cutting issues'.[2] Coordination…
The world of science and technology has a lot to offer those affected by or responding to the risk of disasters. But producing and using knowledge about disaster risk is far from a straightforward process. At-risk people and communities, humanitarian and development agencies and those with formal scientific and technological training are all producers and users of disaster risk knowledge – but with different ideas about what is useful or important information. The challenge is in bringing together this wealth of local and scientific knowledge to enable communities to become more resilient in the face of disasters. One crucial way…
Twenty years ago in the first week of April, an ODI colleague and I were in Brussels to launch a new network for relief workers (what later became the Humanitarian Practice Network). It was there we learnt that ten Belgian paratroopers forming part of the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping force in Rwanda had been killed trying to protect the Rwandan Prime Minister. The Prime Minister had also been killed. This came just one day after the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi had both been killed when their aircraft crashed on its approach to Kigali. It later emerged that the plane…
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