Archive for the ‘Humanitarian’ Category

Localization, Inclusion and Integrated Approach on Disaster Risk Reduction

June 23, 2017

Written by Nanette Salvador-Antequisa

Nanette is the Executive Director of EcoWEB, a non-governmental organisation based in the Philippines. Here she comments on discussions and lessons learned from the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) held in Cancun on 24-26 May.

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From Identifying a problem to Implementing a Solution: Putting the Charter4Change Commitment to Stop Undermining National Capacity into Practice

April 25, 2017

Written by Anne Street, Head of Humanitarian Policy, CAFOD

A couple of years ago when a small group of INGOs were discussing with several National NGO directors what INGOs should do differently in order to ensure more localized humanitarian response there were 3 things the national NGO leaders were adamant about:  one was communications:  asking us to commit to change the way we communicated about our work with our supporters and the public to ensure that we didn’t ignore their central role in humanitarian response;  secondly  and subsequently very well trailed through WHS and the Grand Bargain, ensuring that more funding went directly to national NGOs;  and thirdly addressing the way INGOs undermine national NGO capacity by recruiting their staff in the immediate aftermath of a sudden on-set emergency or during the first 6 months of a conflict.

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How the Charter4Change is strengthening national and local humanitarian organisations

August 18, 2016
CAFOD partners delivering aid in the Philippines

CAFOD partners delivering aid in the Philippines

By Anne Street, Head of Humanitarian Policy at CAFOD.

 

In June of this year the Start Network officially endorsed the Charter4Change, an initiative signed up to by 29 INGOs, including nine Start members. The Charter4Change is an exciting step towards which aims to make a reality the recent World Humanitarian Summit’s aspirations to strengthen the role of national and local organisations in humanitarian preparedness and response work.

The Charter is a series of eight commitments – also endorsed by more than 125 national/southern based organisations – which pledges its signatories to change the way they work with and relate to national actors. This includes passing 20% of humanitarian funds directly to national actors, including our partners in project design and decision making, introducing our partners directly to our funders and ensuring that we highlight their work and role in our communications.

World Humanitarian Summit: CAFOD analysis of outcomes and next steps

May 26, 2016

By Anne Street, Head of Humanitarian Policy at CAFOD

Earlier this week, the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit took place in Istanbul. Representatives from the across the aid sector – donors, UN agencies, the Red Cross, NGOs, private sector, academics and high-profile aid bodies – were all in attendance, alongside faith-based organisations including CAFOD and other Caritas agencies.

One of the real positive outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit was the success of the localisation agenda. This is something CAFOD have been working on for a number of years, advocating for local actors – who are first on the scene when there is a natural disaster or emergency – to receive a much greater share of worldwide humanitarian spending.

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Changing the way we respond

August 27, 2015

Written by: Anne Street, Head of Humanitarian Policy

A CAFOD initiative to ReShape Humanitarian Aid

This year has been a year of Summits, from the Third Financing for Development Conference in Addis last month to the upcoming Climate Conference in Paris later this year.

The World Humanitarian Summit will take place in May 2016 in Istanbul. Consultations have been held across the world to try to inform changes to the Humanitarian System.

The World Humanitarian Summit will take place in May 2016 in Istanbul. Consultations have been held across the world to try to inform changes to the Humanitarian System.

The Humanitarian Community is also preparing for our very own global conference, the World Humanitarian Summit, which will take place in Istanbul in May 2016. In preparation a host of regional consultations have been held across the World, engaging with those affected by and responding to the many disasters we have witnessed over the past decades.

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