Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 06:25 by
By Johan Eldebo, Southern Africa Regional Security Director, World Vision International
One may ask what participating at a UN conference in Geneva has in common with conducting rapid context analysis in a remote province in the DRC.
In most ways, it is not a lot.
Yet I think there is one element that they share, from the perspective of a visiting participant...
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 14:18 by
By Kathryn Taetzsch
Global Director, Cash-Based Programming
World Vision International
It should not matter what logo, flag or funding source someone represents when they look into the eyes of a mother who has lost a child because of war, or a father who cannot feed his family because the rain did not fall this season, or a child who has only ever known a constant hunger twinge in their stomach...
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 11:57 by Tennille Bergin
By Kathryn Taetzsch, Global Director, Humanitarian Partnerships & Cash Based Programming, World Vision International
A customer care hotline
You’re entitled to receive a service. You don’t. You call the customer care hotline you were helpfully provided with. How are you feeling at this stage? Angry? Let down? Frustrated? You’ve called the hotline, and you’re put on hold. You finally reach a human and explain your issue....
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 04:04 by
Written by Maya Assaf Horstmeier, Associate Director for Conflict Sensitivity
Over 530 million children today are living in contexts affected by conflicts and disasters. Beside causing loss of lives, physical devastation, and forced displacement, conflict permeates every facet of a child’s life. It robs them of their friends, families, and communities and affects every aspect of their well-being. The long-term psychosocial and health impact of witnessing...
Monday, September 25, 2017 - 07:15 by
In the past one and a half years, as a communicator and storyteller for World Vision, I have been deployed to emergencies, including floods, cyclones, and landslides. I have met many affected by natural hazards. But this was my first experience in a protracted crisis, something new and different. When I was intimated about my deployment to the Myanmar-Bangladesh refugee crisis, my mind burst with multiple thoughts. My family was concerned, but respected my decision to go. My...
Monday, August 14, 2017 - 23:03 by
All too often humanitarian workers witness the worst that mankind can offer. More than 30 years ago I encountered a grass-roofed church torched by warring factions in the Sudan civil conflict. Inside, the imprisoned remains from over 100 women and children. This was the turning point in my career and I made the commitment to dedicate my life to humanitarian work.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 07:58 by
It is a very exciting time to be a humanitarian. Last year awoke a sense of innovation and change that has permeated every area of our work. Working to transform the sector by working better with local actors, mainstreaming between development and humanitarian, exploring ways of working with the private sector, identifying innovative models of financing. Cash transfers and other market interventions are usually part of the conversation.
The call for more cash comes...
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 00:17 by
During the World Humanitarian Summit 2016 the Grand Bargain (GB) was signed with great fanfare. A promise was made to make humanitarian aid money go further by being more efficient and effective. The GB promises many practical benefits to implementing organisations of all types, such as improved needs assessment, simplified reporting, more multiyear funding and reduced earmarking. But one year on many people are asking if this is working and what progress...
Monday, June 5, 2017 - 07:02 by Nina Nepesova
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 02:48 by
Cash programming is being used by operational agencies and donors to revolutionise the entire humanitarian sector. Cash has opened issues regarding accountability and choice, and made us rethink the levels of trust we have in those we serve and the levels of control we impose in return.
We continue to pivot the cash programming model, constantly looking for improvements, but we are still missing something. Even the cash evolution is not enough to truly put people at...