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Challenges to principled humanitarian action: Perspectives from four countries.

Handicap International
July 2016

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The purpose of this paper is to contribute to an increased understanding of the perceived and actual challenges humanitarians face in operational contexts as they apply the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. A snapshot is provided of four case studies; Colombia, Nepal, northern Syria and South Sudan. Through a combination of field research, headquarters interviews, desk research, and a webinar, views and observations are presented from the humanitarian community. These observations provide a glimpse into the challenges faced by principled humanitarians. As a result the paper puts forward seven recommendations intended to assist humanitarians and states to sharpen tools and strengthen approaches when implementing principled humanitarian protection and assistance. An addendum to this study provides perspectives from selected members of the donor community. This research was conducted through interviews with state representatives in Geneva, aiming to understand how donors perceive their responsibilities in upholding the humanitarian principles and the Good Humanitarian Donorship Principles. This final chapter highlights challenges faced by states while supporting principled humanitarian action, particularly in conflict zones. On the basis of this research, additional recommendations for both states and humanitarians are proposed to strengthen the adherence to the humanitarian principles

State of the world’s emergencies : a briefing for new UK parliamentarians

July 2015

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“The briefing is designed to give incoming members of parliament a rapid overview of some of the world’s most fragile situations and highlight actions which key influencers can take to ensure the UK government most effectively delivers on its moral and political responsibilities. Beginning with summaries of key issues we face as agencies working in humanitarian crisis and conflict settings, the briefing then focuses on short summaries of 10 fragile situations and emergencies”

Note: the information is accurate to the middle of April 2015

Disability and extreme poverty : recommendations from practitioners in Bangladesh

April 2015

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This paper presents shared lessons from experts and organisations working on disability-inclusive poverty reduction in Bangladesh. It gives an overview of the situation of persons with disabilities in extreme poverty in Bangladesh, highlighting disability-specific challenges, and the gaps in institutional capacity to deal with these issues. Recommendations are provided on the need to identify persons with disabilities more clearly, introduce disability-focus to mainstream poverty reduction efforts, adopt measures to overcome disability specific challenges, and strengthen institutional capacity to work on disability issues

Workshop on the needs of persons with disabilities throughout disaster management cycle

January 2015

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This webpage contains the contents of the workshop on needs of persons with disabilities throughout disaster management cycle organised by the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The main page contains an overview of the workshops and provides links to a number of detailed presentations and related workshop information 

"Workshop on needs of persons with disabilities throughout disaster management cycle"
12-13 Jan 2015
Riga, Latvia

Agenda 2030 : sustainable development goals (SDGs)


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An easy read introduction to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)​ which were adopted in September 2015 at the United Nations General Assembly

Alternative report to the UN Committee on the rights of persons with disabilities

November 2014

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An alternative report by the European Disability Forum on the implementation of the CRPD in the EU. The report highlights where possible, areas for improvement or potential gaps in the implementation of the CRPD in the European context and emphasises that the CRPD in its current state was inadequate for its purpose of eradicating the boundaries to equality for all

Shortcut to the frontline : supporting local NGOs on climate change in Bangladesh an INTRAC/PRIP Trust research report

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January 2010

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"This research project aims to understand the role of local (non-centralised Bangladeshi) NGOs in climate change work: their current situation, outlook and future prospects. It is a snapshot of how different NGOs in south-western Bangladesh approach the issue: small and large ones; ones that are well-connected internationally and those who are well-rooted in their ‘base’ communities; ones that deliver services to the stricken and those who fight for systemic changes. South-western Bangladesh is a region that is already under threat from climate change-resembling dangers such as cyclones and flooding, and much NGO activity is concentrated there"
Occasional Papers Series No 50

The Observatoire : how civil society engagement turned around the national response to HIV in Senegal


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"This policy briefing illustrates how civil society organisations play an instrumental role in scaling up effective national HIV responses. The briefing provides a case study that demonstrates how Alliance Nationale Contre le SIDA (an Alliance linking organisation) contributed to the response in Senegal. The briefing also demonstrates how NGOs can work successfully with governments, the Global Fund and other national and international stakeholders"

Tackling social exclusion in health and education : case studies from Asia

July 2006

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This paper draws together some of the lessons from a study to identify ways of tackling social exclusion through promising practices in health and education in the Asia region. It uncovers some of the processes through which ethnic minorities, disadvantaged castes, the ultra-poor, women and migrants have been excluded; outlines the ways in which projects have identified social exclusion and found ways to realign incentives for greater inclusion; and seeks to draw programmatic lessons for the design and implementation of more effective responses

Synergies through linkages : who benefits from linking finance and business development services?


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This paper examines how finance and business development services (BDS) can be linked. It demonstrates how synergies can be created for the three main groups: micro and small enterprises, financial institutions, and BDS providers. It highlights that the linkage must be context dependent with case studies provided. This would be useful for practitioners, development agencies and governments interested in linking finance and BDS

Global Fund update for NGOs and civil society

June 2002

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An update of the work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, designed to keep NGOs and civil society abreast of Fund's grant-giving trends, issues and statistics. It summarises the results of the first round of funding, and provides information about the second; presents articles on the experiences of NGOs with Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs); and provides a report on the contrubtions made to the Global Fund, and the need to increase these

Global directory of early childhood development projects in Africa supported by the World Bank


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This directory features World Bank lending and non-lending programs that target children in the 0-8 age group. It describes Early Childhood Development (ECD) projects and project components and includes economic and sector work and capacity building initiatves. It aims to comprehensively document the World Bank's early years intervention programs and to provide lessons for future ECD projects. ECD programs in Africa are characterised by a high degree of community involvement and civil society participation, including NGOs. Implementation strategies combine key government sectors and programs at central, regional and district levels, and work with non-traditional implementers of World Bank projects such as international and national NGOs and foundations

Pathways to partnerships : toolkit


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Building in-depth relationships and meaningful networks is crucial to an effective response to HIV and AIDS. Partnerships generate greater NGOs mobilisation, NGOs capacity building and favour the sharing of lessons learned. This publication, which draws on Alliance's experience and has been extensively field tested, discusses what developing partnerships entails, how to develop a partnership plan, how to build effective partnership and how to monitor and share lessons about partnerships. Includes activities and exercises for workshops. The toolkit is suitable for use with NGOs and community groups with varied levels of experience in building partnerships and it is designed to be used flexibly by facilitators

A guide to sector-wide approaches for health development : concepts, issues and working arrangements


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Introduces and explains the concept of sector-wide approaches, which involves a partnership between governments and all donors working in the health sector, whereby goals are jointly set, coherent sector-wide strategies are mutually agreed, funding is allocated in line with goals and strategies, and actions and responsibilities are collective, though ownership belongs to the government. The approach also calls for the concentration of funding on interventions of proven effectiveness, and the use of national systems for financial management, monitoring, and the procurement of goods and services. Although experience with the approach is limited, the author cites convincing evidence of its potential to overcome many long-standing problems in the provision of development aid. The strategy also responds to growing recognition that, when attempting to achieve sustained improvements in health, sector-wide approaches offer a better prospect of success than the piecemeal pursuit of separately financed projects. With this potential in mind, the author sets out a framework for understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the approach, the way it works in practice, the problems that are likely to arise, and procedures and mechanisms for overcoming these problems. Topics discussed range from the specific circumstances where sector-wide approaches are most appropriate, through ways of ensuring that investments reduce poverty and inequities, to the types of formal agreements needed to minimize misunderstandings. [Publisher's abstract, amended]

UN webcast archives


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The UN webcast archives features broadcasting of General Assembly meetings on a range of key issues in international development and peace keeping topics. This would be useful for anyone with an interest in organisational policy or international organisations. It features, for example, meetings on the UN convention for the rights of persons with disabilities

D+C|magazine for development and cooperation

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InWent specialises in human resources and organisational development in international cooperation. D+C investigates and discusses a wide range of issues relating to development and cooperation, including the role of NGOs and international organisations, government interventions, international economics, governance, health, conflicts, emergencies and poverty.The magazine is aimed at policy makers, intergovenrmental organisations and NGOs.
Eur2.20 (single issue)
Eur24.00 (Germany annual subscription)
Eur27.00 (elsewhere)
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