Emergencies &amp; Conflict http://www.actionaid.org/tags/429/9 en Promoting localised, women-led approaches to humanitarian responses – A Briefing Note http://www.actionaid.org/publications/promoting-localised-women-led-approaches-humanitarian-responses-briefing-note <div class="field field-publication-cover-image"> <a href="/publications/promoting-localised-women-led-approaches-humanitarian-responses-briefing-note" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right imagecache-linked imagecache-image_heading_right_linked"><img src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_heading_right/humanitarian_responses_localisation_-_1june2017.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right" width="240" height="340" /></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-author"> ActionAid </div> <div class="field field-publication-full"> <a href="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/humanitarian_responses_localisation_-_1june2017.pdf"><img alt="application/pdf icon" src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png" /><span>humanitarian_responses_localisation_-_1june2017.pdf</span></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-date-published"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2017-06-01T00:00:00+01:00">Thursday, June 1, 2017</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-publication-overview"> <p>Briefing note outlining why <strong>ActionAid is committed to devolving humanitarian response from international to national and local levels, and why we and support women to take on leadership</strong> roles in humanitarian responses.</p><p>For ActionAid, localisation encompasses shifting the power from North to South, international to local and from a male-dominated system to one where women play a more central role. ActionAid advocates for greater attention to women’s rights in emergencies and a more localised response that facilitates shifts in power, resources and gender relations to ‘build back better’ in ways that go beyond material improvements or technical solutions.</p> </div> Emergencies & Conflict Womens Rights International Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:11:36 +0000 Rob Safar 709064 at http://www.actionaid.org Promoting community and women’s leadership in building resilience: Lessons from the Ready for Anything project http://www.actionaid.org/publications/lessons-ready-anything-project <div class="field field-publication-cover-image"> <a href="/publications/lessons-ready-anything-project" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right imagecache-linked imagecache-image_heading_right_linked"><img src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_heading_right/lessons_from_ready_for_anything.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right" width="240" height="340" /></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-author"> ActionAid </div> <div class="field field-publication-full"> <a href="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/lessons_from_ready_for_anything.pdf"><img alt="application/pdf icon" src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png" /><span>lessons_from_ready_for_anything.pdf</span></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-date-published"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2017-06-16T00:00:00+01:00">Friday, June 16, 2017</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-publication-overview"> <p>This is a summary publication of the main lessons learned from ActionAid flagship project <em>Ready for Anything</em> that was implemented from July 2013 to December 2016. The project promoted a holistic approach to building community resilience in rural communities in Afghanistan, Malawi, Myanmar and Nepal. It aimed to equip women in the target communities with the skills, knowledge and confidence to lead community resilience building. Women and families were supported to adapt farming practices to tackle climate change, using a Climate Resilient Sustainable Agriculture approach. Communities were also supported to diversify their livelihoods and implement Disaster Risk Reduction strategies. At policy level, the project aimed to influence government institutions to adopt policies and practices which support community resilience.</p><p>The lessons presented here are the outcome of an independent evaluation of the <em>Ready for Anything</em> project. This evaluation revealed a few important strengths of the project, including:</p><ul><li>A community-led and holistic approach to resilience building increased the project’s impact</li><li>Empowering women is a critical investment to build their resilience and challenge gender norms</li><li>Working through strong partners and structures contributed to the effectiveness of the project</li><li>A design that promoted flexibility to explore a multitude of approaches in different contexts</li></ul><p>This lessons learned document is intended to guide ActionAid programming, fundraising and policy staff in most effective resilience building approaches. It is also hoped that the wider sector will use these findings in designing and implementing resilience building programmes.</p> </div> Emergencies & Conflict Womens Rights International Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:42:00 +0000 Rob Safar 702322 at http://www.actionaid.org The wrong model for resilience: How G7-backed drought insurance failed Malawi, and what we must learn from it http://www.actionaid.org/publications/wrong-model-resilience-how-g7-backed-drought-insurance-failed-malawi-and-what-we-must-l <div class="field field-publication-cover-image"> <a href="/publications/wrong-model-resilience-how-g7-backed-drought-insurance-failed-malawi-and-what-we-must-l" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right imagecache-linked imagecache-image_heading_right_linked"><img src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_heading_right/the_wrong_model_for_resilience_final_180517.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right" width="240" height="340" /></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-author"> Jonathan Reeves, ActionAid UK </div> <div class="field field-publication-full"> <a href="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/the_wrong_model_for_resilience_final_230517.pdf"><img alt="application/pdf icon" src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png" /><span>the_wrong_model_for_resilience_final_230517.pdf</span></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-date-published"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2017-05-24T00:00:00+01:00">Wednesday, May 24, 2017</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-publication-overview"> <p>The G7-backed African Risk Capacity (ARC) drought insurance policy was an <strong>experiment that failed Malawi</strong>, and <strong>in particular its women</strong>, in the face of a drought that need not have become a disaster. The insurance, for which Malawi paid US$5 million(m), failed to deliver on its promise of timely assistance, which 6.7m food-insecure Malawians so sorely needed, due to <strong>major defects in the model, data and process</strong> used to determine a pay-out. After the declaration of a national emergency in April 2016, uproar at ARC’s decision that no pay-out was warranted was eventually followed by agreement in November to pay Malawi $8m. But this payment, made only in January 2017, was <strong>too little, too late</strong> and effectively represented an economic loss to Malawi. In the meantime, the Government was left pursuing conventional means of raising money to buy food for its hungry citizens, with the total drought response costs estimated at $395m.</p><p>This technical failure has brought home to Malawian policymakers and stakeholders the more fundamental <strong>poor value for money</strong> of the drought insurance model so strongly promoted by the G7, the World Bank and other powerful development actors, and how their scarce resources could better be spent. <strong>Not one of the government officials with key roles in climate risk management or other expert national stakeholders we spoke to would choose to renew the insurance policy</strong>. Instead, they would use the money for no-regrets adaptation and resilience-building options that are proven to work but severely under- resourced. They would invest in making their <strong>social protection</strong> system more integrated, scalable, adaptive and universal; or supporting more <strong>climate-resilient, sustainable agriculture</strong> and more <strong>irrigation</strong>; or adequately resourcing <strong>decentralised disaster risk reduction</strong> (DRR) and enhancing the network of <strong>weather stations</strong>; or saving at least some of the money each year in a <strong>contingency fund</strong> for disasters.</p><p>The women farmers we spoke to additionally called for more <strong>inclusive extension services</strong> and more <strong>training in how to run their popular village savings and loans schemes</strong> (VSLs) and potentially grow them into cooperatives. They were unfamiliar with insurance and wary of financial institutions. They were already using a form of risk management through the emergency fund in their VSLs, but needed support to expand this.</p> </div> Africa Malawi Emergencies & Conflict International Wed, 24 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000 Rob Safar 700260 at http://www.actionaid.org Woman leader of disaster risk reduction insists, “It’s time to go beyond caring!” http://www.actionaid.org/2017/05/woman-leader-disaster-risk-reduction-insists-its-time-go-beyond-caring <div class="field field-image-nid"> <div class="buildmode-embedded_image"> <div class="node node-type-image clear-block"> <div class="nd-region-middle-wrapper nd-no-sidebars" ><div class="nd-region-middle"><div class="field field-image-file"> <a href="/2017/05/woman-leader-disaster-risk-reduction-insists-its-time-go-beyond-caring" class="imagecache imagecache-thumb_large imagecache-linked imagecache-thumb_large_linked"><img src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/thumb_large/image/154155scr.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-thumb_large" width="140" height="140" /></a> </div> </div></div> </div> <!-- /node --> </div> <!-- /buildmode --> </div> <div class="field field-body"> <p><em>Laily Begum is a grassroots woman leader from Bangladesh. Married and a mother of three, she has been leading her community to build disaster resilience against the frequent tidal surges, cyclones and floods that they experience. </em></p><p><strong>All of the women in my community have a story to share.</strong> We have seen impacts of natural disasters to which we are so vulnerable. We have seen harvests, livestock, and houses destroyed, and even people are swept away. I used to see this as an act of God, not really aware about the work we could do to reduce our vulnerability.</p><p>I got married at the age of fifteen when I was a student in the ninth grade. Since the day I was married, my task was to take care of my husband, our three children, and our extended family. It was a life of getting up early to start chores, long before the rest of the family was awake. <strong>Like most of the women I know, I was responsible for almost all housekeeping activities</strong> – such as cleaning, cooking, collecting water and firewood, and looking after children. I never really realised how much unpaid care work I was doing in comparison to my husband.</p><p>When I started to participate in community women’s groups supported by ActionAid, I realised the inequality in my household, and women’s disadvantaged position in Bangladesh. The idea of ‘time poverty’ was eye opening to me. Because <strong>women are so busy with unpaid care work, work that often goes unnoticed</strong>, we have less time to relax, socialise, earn money, become economically independent, or work with the community. In particular, having to do so much unpaid care work is one of the main reasons that <strong>women find it hard to lead or participate in activities which will make themselves and their community more resilient</strong>. Working on disaster risk reduction (DRR) takes time, self-confidence, and sometimes economic inputs or education which women might not have access to.</p><p><img src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_content_medium/image/photo_1_6.jpg" alt="File 37465" title="" class="ibimage ibimage_right" width="240" height="256" />This week <strong>I’m in Cancun, Mexico, at the 2017 Global Platform on DRR</strong>, where more than 5000 government and non-governmental stakeholders are discussing the implementation of the 2015-2030 Sendai Framework for DRR. I have travelled to Mexico to champion women’s participation and leadership in building resilient communities. At the same time, I will be asking for recognition and support for women to overcome barriers to step up as leaders in DRR, especially when it comes to our unpaid care burden. Alongside another grassroots leader from Vanuatu, I will be speaking at side events, working sessions, and ignite stages to share my personal perspectives and experience.</p><p>Through working with ActionAid, my life has changed. I was inspired to contribute to my community. First I worked at an informal school for children, and then became more involved with volunteering in my community. My family began to see that there were benefits from my work in the community so they allowed me to prioritise this instead of my unpaid care work. I am now respected by other women as well as the men in my community. I coordinate twelve women’s groups in my region and have worked for many positive changes in my community, from advocating for the construction of twelve ponds and eight kilometres of canals to better irrigate our land, to preventing violence against women and stopping many child marriages. <strong>As a community we have become stronger and more resilient by empowering women to lead on DRR</strong>.</p><p>---</p><p><em>Farah Kabir is the Country Director of ActionAid Bangladesh. Through collaborating with women leaders like Laily, ActionAid Bangladesh has made real changes to community attitudes around unpaid care work, resulting in improvements for disaster resilience both for individuals and communities. Farah is also attending the Global Platform for DRR this week.</em></p><p>Working alongside women like Laily gives me the conviction that <strong>communities can become stronger and more resilient</strong>. Empowering women to participate in and lead this process is vital to its success. But speaking to Laily also makes it clear that there remain many barriers which can still prevent women from taking up this leadership. The 2017 Global Platform on DRR marks an important moment to ensure that women are empowered to lead and participate in building their own and their community’s resilience.</p><p>ActionAid have launched a paper, <a href="http://www.actionaid.org/publications/beyond-caring"><em>Beyond Caring: Enabling women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction by breaking down the barrier of unpaid care work</em></a>, that makes seven recommendations to ensure that unpaid care work is recognised in the context of disasters and DRR. It also recommends service provisions that help to reduce the burden of unpaid care work, and that support redistribution of unpaid care work within the household and community. It aims for developing the capacity of grassroots women to participate in and lead DRR.</p><p>ActionAid is also releasing <a href="http://www.actionaid.org/publications/beyond-caring">five case studies</a> of women around the world who have turned around their lives, like Laily, and began leading DRR activities, resulting in positive impacts for their community.</p><p>We must make sure that promoting women’s leadership in DRR is not just rhetoric. <strong>It is imperative to invest in women as first responders</strong> in order to achieve the SDGs and the Sendai Framework agenda by 2030. If we fail to do so, the goal of leaving no one behind will never be accomplished. Addressing the unpaid care burden is one of the most important ways to start.</p> </div> http://www.actionaid.org/2017/05/woman-leader-disaster-risk-reduction-insists-its-time-go-beyond-caring#comments Bangladesh Asia disaster risk reduction Emergencies & Conflict Womens Rights International Wed, 24 May 2017 09:41:22 +0000 farah.kabir 700662 at http://www.actionaid.org Beyond caring: Enabling women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction by breaking down the barrier of unpaid care work http://www.actionaid.org/publications/beyond-caring <div class="field field-publication-cover-image"> <a href="/publications/beyond-caring" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right imagecache-linked imagecache-image_heading_right_linked"><img src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_heading_right/2017_womens_leadership_in_drr_and_barrier_of_unpaid_care.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right" width="240" height="340" /></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-author"> Tessa Bolton, Jessica Hartog and Melissa Bungcaras (ActionAid International) </div> <div class="field field-publication-full"> <a href="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/2017_womens_leadership_in_drr_and_barrier_of_unpaid_care.pdf"><img alt="application/pdf icon" src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png" /><span>2017_womens_leadership_in_drr_and_barrier_of_unpaid_care.pdf</span></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-date-published"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2017-05-22T00:00:00+01:00">Monday, May 22, 2017</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-publication-overview"> <p>Women are crucial and necessary leaders in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and humanitarian response. However, a key challenge to realising women’s leadership of and participation in DRR is recognising and reducing the burden of unpaid care work, and understanding the barrier that this places on women’s ability to engage as leaders and decision-makers. Released at the 2017 Global Platform for DRR in Cancun, Mexico, this ActionAid publication draws on our work around the world to understand how unpaid care work impacts women’s leadership in DRR, and how all stakeholders should empower women and communities to redress the balance and overcome the barrier of unpaid care work, enabling them to lead on DRR.</p><p>Seven specific recommendations are directed at governments, international bodies, and civil society. The recommendations advocate for unpaid care work to be recognised in the context of disasters and DRR, for service provision that helps to reduce the burden of unpaid care work, and for women to be supported to redistribute unpaid care work across their household and community, with the aim of empowering women to participate in and lead DRR.</p><p>To supplement the report, five Case Studies have been compiled to showcase how women around the world have overcome the burden of unpaid care work to lead resilience:</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/case_study_1_-_bangladesh_0.pdf">Case Study 1</a>: A tale of two women overcoming unpaid care work and leading preparedness: Rekha Begum and Most Shirin Akhter, Bangladesh</li><li><a href="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/case_study_2_-_ghana_0.pdf">Case Study 2</a>: Sensitisation redresses unpaid care burdens to reduce disasters: Boapoka Naab, Ghana</li><li><a href="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/case_study_3_-_malawi.pdf">Case Study 3</a>: Working alongside men to break down the barrier of unpaid care work and build resilience: Evelesi Zulu, Malawi</li><li><a href="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/case_study_4_-_zimbabwe.pdf">Case Study 4</a>: One woman’s confident advocacy inspires water resilience and reduces unpaid care burden: Constance Mushayi, Zimbabwe</li><li><a href="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/case_study_5_-_malawi.pdf">Case Study 5</a>: Women’s economic empowerment changing unpaid care norms and boosting resilience: Florence Nkhonjera, Malawi</li></ul> </div> disaster risk reduction unpaid care work Emergencies & Conflict Womens Rights International Mon, 22 May 2017 07:00:00 +0000 Rob Safar 700266 at http://www.actionaid.org How can Humanitarian Organisations Encourage More Women in Surge? http://www.actionaid.org/publications/how-can-humanitarian-organisations-encourage-more-women-surge <div class="field field-publication-cover-image"> <a href="/publications/how-can-humanitarian-organisations-encourage-more-women-surge" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right imagecache-linked imagecache-image_heading_right_linked"><img src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_heading_right/action_aid_aw_v4_-_final.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right" width="240" height="340" /></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-author"> ActionAid </div> <div class="field field-publication-full"> <a href="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/action_aid_aw_v4_-_final.pdf"><img alt="application/pdf icon" src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png" /><span>action_aid_aw_v4_-_final.pdf</span></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-date-published"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2017-05-04T00:00:00+01:00">Thursday, May 4, 2017</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-publication-overview"> <p>Surge capacity is defined as the ability to scale-up (and down) resources smoothly and quickly, including getting the right people to the right places doing the right things in the shortest amount of time possible. The majority of humanitarian responses rely heavily on good surge practice and having people quickly in place to meet the immediate needs of affected populations. This paper asserts that the ‘right people’ means a gender balance in our surge practice and therefore more women in surge roles. Women make up half the population, and are disproportionately affected by disasters. In order to meet the needs of women affected by disasters, we must ensure that women are equally represented in humanitarian response teams.</p><p>As humanitarian agencies, we have a duty of care to surge practitioners and therefore must address the specific support needs of women on surge rosters if we are to ensure their ongoing and increasing participation in surge and emergency response.</p> </div> Emergencies & Conflict Womens Rights International Thu, 04 May 2017 09:43:10 +0000 Rob Safar 699081 at http://www.actionaid.org Women's Leadership in Resilience http://www.actionaid.org/publications/womens-leadership-resilience <div class="field field-publication-cover-image"> <a href="/publications/womens-leadership-resilience" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right imagecache-linked imagecache-image_heading_right_linked"><img src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_heading_right/2017_womens_leadership_in_resilience.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right" width="240" height="340" /></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-author"> ActionAid </div> <div class="field field-publication-full"> <a href="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/2017_womens_leadership_in_resilience.pdf"><img alt="application/pdf icon" src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png" /><span>2017_womens_leadership_in_resilience.pdf</span></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-date-published"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2017-03-23T00:00:00+00:00">Thursday, March 23, 2017</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-publication-overview"> <p>ActionAid is working with poor communities across the world to support them in building their resilience to disasters, climate change and other shocks and stresses. This work is of ever-growing importance, not only because of changing weather patterns and rising temperatures increasing the likelihood of disasters, but also because of growing risks related to violent conflict, human and livestock epidemics, environmental degradation and political and economic crises.</p><p>The shape and nature of our resilience programmes varies from country to country, depending on the local context, but generally includes a combination of approaches such as disaster risk reduction, climate resilient sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, humanitarian response and recovery, and promoting accountable and inclusive governance. What sets us apart is our focus on women’s rights and leadership in resilience-building.</p><p>This publication includes case studies that demonstrate the courage and skills of women who have taken up leadership roles in different resilience-building initiatives in eight countries across Africa and Asia. The stories illustrate the personal changes women have&nbsp; experienced, from being confined to their domestic responsibilities to participating in community decision-making processes and earning an income from different livelihood activities. They show the transformative change that women can bring about individually, or when they organise as a group. Such as in Vietnam, where women have demanded local authorities recognise and protect their right to forest land, and led the design and implementation of sustainable forest-based livelihoods. Or in Malawi, where women have decided to transition to agro-ecological farming practices, demonstrating its success and encouraging the larger community to follow suit.</p> </div> Emergencies & Conflict Womens Rights International Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:57:23 +0000 Rob Safar 696189 at http://www.actionaid.org Refugee crisis 2015-2016: Standing by the side of the displaced http://www.actionaid.org/publications/refugee-crisis-2015-2016-standing-side-displaced <div class="field field-publication-cover-image"> <a href="/publications/refugee-crisis-2015-2016-standing-side-displaced" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right imagecache-linked imagecache-image_heading_right_linked"><img src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_heading_right/refugees_report_2015-2016_eng_spreads_low.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right" width="240" height="340" /></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-author"> ActionAid Greece </div> <div class="field field-publication-full"> <a href="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/refugees_report_2015-2016_eng_spreads_low.pdf"><img alt="application/pdf icon" src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png" /><span>refugees_report_2015-2016_eng_spreads_low.pdf</span></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-date-published"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2017-01-19T00:00:00+00:00">Thursday, January 19, 2017</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-publication-overview"> <p>The year 2015 was tainted by the biggest refugee crisis faced by humanity after World War II. To date, 1,362,807 refugees and immigrants have crossed the Aegean Sea in dinghies in an attempt to get to Europe, hoping for a better life.</p><p>Greece has experienced the biggest number of arrivals. From January 2015 to this date 1,028,508 persons have arrived in total, with Lesvos, just 8 nautical miles from Turkey and a resident population of 85,000, receiving in 2015 alone 504,407 refugees and immigrants. The Mediterranean turned into a watery grave, where 8,425 persons, amongst whom hundreds of children, lost their lives in shipwrecks and capsized boats.</p><p>On a global scale, in 2015 “the nation of the displaced”, i.e. people who are forced to leave their homes, exceeded for the first time 60 million people, rising to 65.3 million.</p><p>In March 2016, the closed borders, aiming to prevent the further movement of people towards Europe, the EU – Turkey agreement and other policies left more than 60,000 people stranded in Greece. They now stay in camps, detention centres, abandoned buildings and makeshift camps all over Greece.</p><p>ActionAid has been responding to the refugee crisis since September 2015. More specifically:</p><ul><li>82,000 refugees received information in their own language from our interpreters and cultural mediators.</li><li>12,778 women visited the Day Centres</li><li>10,749 dignity kits with essential items were distributed to women refugees.</li><li>11,205 winter core relief items were distributed to refugees.</li><li>3,803 psychosocial support sessions were provided to refugees by ActionAid’s psychologists and social workers.</li><li>3,841 cases, including 2,929 vulnerable ones, were referred to other organizations and agencies.</li><li>2,096 women participated in our empowerment activities at the Day Centres.</li></ul><p><strong>&gt; <a href="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/refugees_report_2015-2016_eng_spreads_low.pdf">Download the report in English</a> or visit actionaid.gr for the <a href="http://www.actionaid.gr/enhmerwsou/nea/prosfugiki-krisi-2015-2016-sto-pleuro-ton-ektopismenon/">original report in Greek</a>.</strong></p> </div> <div class="field field-publication-pages"> 16 </div> IDPs/Refugee/s Emergencies & Conflict International Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:01:34 +0000 Rob Safar 691575 at http://www.actionaid.org Separated: The challenges of relocation and family reunification for refugees arriving in Greece http://www.actionaid.org/publications/separated-challenges-relocation-and-family-reunification-refugees-arriving-greece <div class="field field-publication-cover-image"> <a href="/publications/separated-challenges-relocation-and-family-reunification-refugees-arriving-greece" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right imagecache-linked imagecache-image_heading_right_linked"><img src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_heading_right/aa_relocation_reunification_report_eng.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right" width="240" height="340" /></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-author"> ActionAid Hellas </div> <div class="field field-publication-full"> <a href="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/aa_relocation_reunification_report_eng.pdf"><img alt="application/pdf icon" src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png" /><span>aa_relocation_reunification_report_eng.pdf</span></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-date-published"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2017-01-04T00:00:00+00:00">Wednesday, January 4, 2017</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-publication-overview"> <p>Around 50,000 people who have fled conflict and hardship now find themselves stranded in Greece. They are living in a legal limbo that is exacerbating the stress and suffering many are already experiencing after leaving their homes and livelihoods under horrendous circumstances.</p><p>Legal analysis and qualitative interviews carried out by ActionAid show that the EU and Greece are failing to meet their obligations to protect and promote the human and refugee rights of the people arriving in Greece, in particular their rights to family life and family reunification. ActionAid has also found that the narrow definition of “family” used by the EU means that often parents cannot be reunited with their adult children. Siblings over 18 years of age are not provided with an opportunity to reunite, and family ties across generations are broken as asylum-seekers find themselves in different countries. This causes stress and grief amongst people who are already suffering the loss of their normal life as they have travelled across the world. It also breaks family ties and networks that are essential not only to the asylum-seekers themselves, but also to the societies in which they will eventually integrate.</p><p>ActionAid’s research has also found that those arriving in Greece are not always informed properly of what their rights to apply for family reunification and relocation are. Once applications are lodged, the process for dealing with them is lengthy and the applicants are often left in the dark as to what their fate will be, adding to their stress and anxiety.</p><p>ActionAid recommends that:</p><ul><li>The EU and Greece meet their existing obligations to respect family rights and family reunification.</li><li>The EU broadens the definition of what constitutes “family” for family reunification purposes.</li><li>Asylum-seekers are promptly and correctly informed of their rights and how their applications are progressing, and that the EU and the Greek authorities ensure that the Greek Asylum Offce is better resourced to do this.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&gt; Read the original report <a href="http://www.actionaid.gr/media/1367115/Relocation_Report_AA_GR_FINAL_spreads.pdf">in Greek</a> or <a href="http://www.alianzaporlasolidaridad.org/en/noticias/alianza-por-la-solidaridad-y-action-aid-denuncian-el-limbo-legal-de-50-000-personas-refugiadas-en-grecia">in Spanish</a>.</p> </div> Greece Europe refugees Emergencies & Conflict International Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:11:52 +0000 Rob Safar 689476 at http://www.actionaid.org Climate Change Knows No Borders http://www.actionaid.org/publications/climate-change-knows-no-borders <div class="field field-publication-cover-image"> <a href="/publications/climate-change-knows-no-borders" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right imagecache-linked imagecache-image_heading_right_linked"><img src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_heading_right/climate_change_migration_in_south_asia_online_0.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right" width="240" height="340" /></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-author"> ActionAid </div> <div class="field field-publication-full"> <a href="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/climate_change_migration_in_south_asia_web_version.pdf"><img alt="application/pdf icon" src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png" /><span>climate_change_migration_in_south_asia_web_version.pdf</span></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-date-published"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2016-12-08T00:00:00+00:00">Thursday, December 8, 2016</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-publication-overview"> <h2>An analysis of climate induced migration, protection gaps and need for solidarity in South Asia</h2><p>Climate change is having devastating impacts on communities’ lives, livelihoods and food security across South Asia. Its consequences are so severe that it is increasingly contributing to migration, and this incidence is likely to escalate much more in the years to come as climate change impacts become more serious.</p><p>Migration has always taken place in South Asia, for long before climate change became an issue. “Push factors” include conflict, poverty, land access and ethnicity, while there are also many “pull factors” such as development, livelihoods, seasonal labour, kinship and access to health or services. However because of this background of migration, South Asian countries are slow to recognise the role of climate change as an additional push factor, and the level to which it is driving migration. Climate change is thus still largely invisible in the migration discourse in South Asia.</p><p>This study looks at climate change and its impacts on migration in South Asia, and particularly in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The South Asia region is particularly vulnerable to climate change events. Droughts, heat waves, cyclones, rising sea levels, heavy rainfall, landslides and floods strike, are often felt by two or more neighbouring countries in the region, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report (IPCC AR5) anticipates that these are likely to be felt more severely in future. Unfortunately, in the face of climate change, political issues governing trans-boundary rivers such as the Ganga, Brahmaputra and the Indus, creates regional tensions over who controls the water, and further exacerbates downstream communities’ vulnerability to drought or flood.</p> </div> Climate Change Emergencies & Conflict International Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:34:49 +0000 Rob Safar 686317 at http://www.actionaid.org