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Emergencies and disaster preparedness

Keeping the Faith: The Role of Faith Leaders in the Ebola Response (2015)

Keeping the Faith: The Role of Faith Leaders in the Ebola Response is an inter-agency research commissioned by Christian Aid, CAFOD, Tearfund and Islamic Relief, and carried out in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The findings of this research highlight the significant contribution faith leaders had in halting the spread of Ebola, by promoting social mobilisation, behaviour change and by conducting modified religious practices compatible with the control and prevention of Ebola.

In the run-up to the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, this research adds further evidence of the importance of a locally-led humanitarian response to emergencies and resilience.

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Humanitarian briefing paper - Nepal earthquake (2015)

This humanitarian briefing paper highlights Christian Aid’s main recommendations for international donors, governments, the UN and INGOs in response to the Nepal earthquake.

The aftermath of the earthquake is a clear indicator of the need for greater investments in DRR and disaster preparedness in Nepal and other disaster-prone countries. 

This disaster must further push the humanitarian sector to give local communities and organisations a central role in relief and recovery, and finally move towards a more efficient locally owned response.

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Ebola in Sierra Leone: moving towards sustainable recovery (2015)

Nearly a year from the onset of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, the country is now moving towards the recovery phase.

This brief provides an overview of the urgent issues that Christian Aid has identified as priorities at this stage of the epidemic, as well as potential long-term strategies to finance the Sierra Leone health system.

Some valuable lessons can be drawn from the Ebola response in West Africa to help reform the humanitarian system.

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Sierra Leone and Strengthening Health Systems Parliamentary briefing paper (2014)

This briefing was discussed during a Parliamentary debate held on 11 December 2014 on the topics of strengthening health systems in developing countries and development and recovery in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

In the context of the Ebola outbreak, the briefing explores the possibility of strengthening the health system in Sierra Leone by reducing the tax incentives granted to British mining companies operating in Sierra Leone and increasing the health budget.

The briefing recognises the role the UK should play in making sure that British based corporations pay a fair amount of taxes in Sierra Leone and therefore contribute to promoting the health of the country's people.

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Unrealised Potential?: The crucial role of faith leaders in the Ebola response (2015)

This interagency policy brief, realised by Christian Aid, CAFOD and Tearfund, examines the crucial role played by faith leaders in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. As trusted and respected members of their community, faith leaders have played a hugely significant role in preventing the Ebola outbreak spreading even further by disseminating key messages and mobilising their communities to do the same.

The briefing makes recommendations to policy makers in the UK, EU and UN agencies to make sure that lessons learned are applied to prevent future outbreaks occurring in the affected countries. Future programmes centred on Ebola prevention must ensure faith leaders are involved as a pivotal part of the focus.

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Putting People at the Centre: ACT Alliance position paper for the World Humanitarian Summit (2015)

The Humanitarian Policy and Practice Advisory Group of the ACT Alliance has published this position paper setting out the ACT Alliance’s priorities for the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit.

The paper is intended to inform WHS-related advocacy by ACT national forums and ACT member agencies, and to influence decision-makers to take on board the Alliance’s concerns in the Summit outcomes.

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Making the World Humanitarian Summit worth the climb (2014)

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) will take place in Istanbul in April 2016. The aim of the process is to create the momentum and political will to make the humanitarian sector fit for current and future humanitarian disasters.

Christian Aid is contributing to the debate and preparation process with this paper. It outlines Christian Aid’s policy recommendations and the goals the Summit must achieve in order to shape a more effective humanitarian sector that is more oriented towards local capacities and responses.

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Humanitarian briefing paper - Ebola crisis (2014)

The recent outbreak of Ebola poses an enormous threat to the people of Sierra Leone, Liberia and West Africa and to development in the poorest countries of the region, as well as being a danger to the wider world.

This briefing outlines the global health crisis posed by the Ebola outbreak in the region, its impact and the action needed to curtail the growing crisis.

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Missed again: Typhoon Haiyan response (2014) 

Humanitarian partnerships between national and international organisations are a long-established means of responding to humanitarian need. Despite this, the sector is still structured in a way that impedes these partnerships.

With its focus on national actors, this study focuses on the vexed question of humanitarian partnership and seeks to provide evidence, in real time, of how far partnership working happened in the response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and its effectiveness.

The research builds on the findings of the 2013 report: Missed opportunities: the case for strengthening national and local partnership-based humanitarian responses.  It makes recommendations for action to strengthen partnerships between the national and international humanitarian systems in the Philippines and more broadly in humanitarian responses in the future.  

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Humanitarian briefing paper - Iraq (2014)

This briefing paper looks at the causes and context of the crisis in Iraq, the acute humanitarian need and ways to overcome the crisis in the immediate and longer term.

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Humanitarian briefing paper - Gaza (2014)

In this briefing paper, Christian Aid outlines its position on the Gaza crisis, and why it believes that although the scale of destruction and suffering is unprecedented, the current crisis should not be a surprise to anyone as it is the result of decades of political failure and continuous Palestinian displacement.

It sets out the action now needed to address humanitarian needs and resolve the crisis.

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Humanitarian briefing paper - South Sudan (2014)

This humanitarian briefing paper looks at the causes and context of the crisis in South Sudan, the acute humanitarian need and ways to overcome the crisis in the immediate and longer term.

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Typhoon Haiyan Emergency - Philippines (2013)

Efforts are underway to reach affected areas, including the worst-hit provinces of Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Iloilo, and Capiz, which have been without electricity and communication lines for days. Before the typhoon, most if not all of these provinces were categorised as the poorest in the country.

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Missed opportunities (2013)

In this report, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Cafod, Tearfund and Action Aid detail the strengths and weaknesses of humanitarian partnerships.

They challenge the humanitarian sector to shape up and learn from the evidence that partnerships could improve the standard of aid across the sector.

But that requires the international community to pay more than lip service to the huge importance of vulnerable countries' own national and local organisations, which are the first on the scene to help people in the wake of catastrophes.

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Building the future of humanitarian aid (2012)

Many more people will survive and recover from emergencies such as earthquakes, floods and famines if international aid agencies boost local organisations’ ability to respond.

One of the best ways to reduce the suffering and devastation caused by disasters in poor countries is to strengthen local people’s ability to prevent them in the first place – and respond quickly if the worst does happen.

But that requires the international community to pay more than lip-service to the huge importance of vulnerable countries owe national and local organisations, which are the first on the scene to help people in the wake of catastrophes.

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West Africa food crisis (2012 briefing paper)

Almost 12 million people are facing a food and livelihoods crisis in the Sahel, as a result of drought-reduced crop yields, high cereal prices, a lack of migrant labour work, and displacement due to regional insecurity.

Immediate action and coordination by donors, INGOs and the UN is needed, to raise the US$724m needed to prevent the food crisis. Without an effective response now, millions could face severe hunger and past improvements to resilience could be wiped out.

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Partnering for resilience (2011) 

A selection of case studies from Asia, Africa and central America demonstrating the impact of successful disaster risk reduction partnerships between government, scientific and technical institutions and civil society.

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East Africa food crisis (2011 briefing paper)

East Africa is in the midst of its worst food crisis for 20 years caused by a lethal combination of drought, high food and fuel prices, and – in the case of Somalia – conflict. Critical aid is helping millions of vulnerable pastoralist and farming communities across Kenya and Ethiopia but a funding gap of about US$1bn remains for this work. The region continues to face serious risk of a humanitarian catastrophe.

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Saving Lives Together (2010)

Our report reviews the current implementation of the Saving Lives Together Framework, a UN initiative designed to strengthen and improve security collaboration between humanitarian actors in the field.

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Don't be scared, be prepared (2005)

This paper, released for the one-year anniversary of the Boxing Day tsunami, examines the way to reduce the human cost of disaster – from building earthquake resistant homes and cyclone shelters to basic training in emergency preparedness.

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