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Monday, April 24, 2017 - 00:00 by Paula Gil Baizan


Delays in releasing donor funds allocated to supporting Syrian refugees through cash-programmes have sparked a ‘who is to blame’ debate for hindering progress.  Some blame UN agencies for blocking reforms by focusing on increasing their...

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Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 15:47 by Julian Srodecki

At the end of last year I posted a blog wondering whether the Grand Bargain (What is the Grand Bargain?) would be over by Christmas.  I am pleased to report that is not the case. In January I was part of some key meetings with...

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Friday, December 2, 2016 - 03:54 by Julian Srodecki

As the year draws to a close it is natural to look back and reflect on what went well and what could have gone better. The Grand Bargain on Humanitarian Financing was undoubtedly a highlight of the World Humanitarian Summit in May.  A document was signed by most of the humanitarian world’s donors and UN agencies.  Several NGOs like World Vision also signed...

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Friday, October 14, 2016 - 10:08 by Rachel Criswell

Google the recent meetings on forced migration and you will find highly mixed opinions on the outcomes. They were significant by virtue of the meetings taking place and language supporting the overall rights and protection of children on the move was welcomed. On the other hand, there was disappointment at the lack of commitment to concrete targets, timelines and insufficient provision for certain populations (eg. detention of children).  Ultimately, the value of these...

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Monday, September 19, 2016 - 12:23 by Rachel Criswell

"Are they really refugees? Or people who just wanted a better life?" I was asked this question while cheering on the first-ever Olympic refugee team in my local coffee shop. The answer here was clear, because the protection status of each refugee Olympian was published in their biographies for the games (IOC, 2016).  But variant of this question, regarding the...

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Friday, August 12, 2016 - 03:53 by Elika Dadsetan

When children in emergencies are asked what they need most, it’s education. In Putting Children at the Heart of the World Humanitarian Summit, a report for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), children identified and consistently prioritised their education and protection in all types of emergencies - including conflict, protracted...

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Monday, July 18, 2016 - 04:33 by Rachel Criswell

I had the privilege of being the vice-rapporteur (i.e. assistant reporter) for the 600 person UNHCR annual partners’ consultation in June 2016.  The event featured the voices of 30 youth (ages 18-25), all of whom came from a background of forced displacement themselves or from a refugee hosting community.  These delegates now run their own NGOs or initiatives to meet needs in forcibly-displaced communities.

One speaker who caught my attention was Maria Alessi...

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Friday, May 20, 2016 - 06:04 by Elika Dadsetan

Millions of students around the world are being denied education. This should evoke outrage. However, there is also reason for optimism. Using innovative approaches, which increasingly requires adapting to evolving technology, we can expand access to education for students in emergency and crisis situations. These new approaches not only create new opportunities for learning, but also facilitate safer environments for all involved.

As we...

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Monday, May 16, 2016 - 22:51 by Thabani Maphosa

Cash transfers are one of the most significant innovations in humanitarian assistance in recent memory. They offer greater dignity, choice and flexibility for disaster-affected peoples and an opportunity for us to become better humanitarians. Cash transfers provide a platform for humanitarians to reflect by   asking, ‘Are we doing the right things, for the right reasons?’ The ‘right reasons’ must be centred on improving our ability to meet the needs and aspirations...

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Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 04:37 by Ian Ridley

Despite the changing contexts and challenges of humanitarian action in the 22 years that I have been working in the sector, one thing that has remained constant is the devastating impact natural disasters and conflict have on children.  Tens of millions of children are affected by disasters today, with more than 30 million living in conflict affected areas. These children are often robbed of their childhood, their rights are violated on a daily basis, they experience...

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