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New Reports on Durable Solutions; Displacement; Humanitarian Assistance; and Others

Durable Solutions: Perspectives of Somali Refugees Living in Kenyan and Ethiopian Camps and Selected Communities of Return.
Produced by the Danish Refugee Council and the Norwegian Refugee Council.

More than a quarter of the Somali population have fled their country since civil war broke out in 1991. Millions remain in displacement in the region. What are their perspectives on the future? Do they believe in eventual return to Somalia? These are among the themes explored in the report ‘Durable Solutions’.

Civil war and armed conflict in Somalia has caused large-scale internal and external displacement. More than every fourth Somali is today living in displacement – the majority has moved to a safer area within the country, but large numbers have fled to another country.
(Source: ReliefWeb).

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Internal displacement in South Sudan: Out of crisis, an opportunity?
By The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.
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South Sudan: A comprehensive response to internal displacement is crucial.
By The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.
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Humanitarian Needs Assessment and Engagement Strategy In Kandahar province, Afghanistan (January 2013).
By the Danish Refugee Council.
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Somalia Common Humanitarian Fund CHF – Annual Report 2012,
Produced by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
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Mid-Year Review of the Emergency Humanitarian Response Plan for Kenya 2013.
Produced by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.[Download Full Report]

Central African Republic Common Humanitarian Fund – Annual Report 2012
Produced by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
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Livelihoods at the limit: Reducing the risk of disasters and adapting to climate change.
Produced by Save the Children.
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Central African Republic: abandoned to its fate?
Produced by Médecins Sans Frontières.
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Trafficking in Human Beings for the Purpose of Organ Removal in the OSCE Region: Analysis and Findings.
Produced by the OSCE.
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See Also: OSCE – New report sheds light on trafficking for organ removal in OSCE region.

Final Report:  Cost and benefit analysis project on immigration regulation
Higher Education Better Regulation Group. 11 July 2013.
Produced by the Higher Education Better Regulation Group.
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See Also: EIN – Higher Education Better Regulation Group releases comprehensive study on the cost of the student visa regime.

Gaza in 2020: UNRWA Operational Response – May 2013.
REPORT from UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
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The Arab Spring and Economic Transition: Two Years on.
Source: Foreign & Commonwealth Office via Inside Government (UK).
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New Thematic Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance

2013 Humanitarian Accountability Report (HAP, June 2013) [text] [ebook]

Annual Report 2012 (ICRC, June 2013) [access]
– PDF file includes both Volumes I and II of the report.  See also an interactive map and audiovisual media related to the report.

A History of the Humanitarian System: Western Origins and Foundations, HPG Working Paper (ODI, June 2013) [text]

How to Manage Refugee Helplines (UNHCR, June 2013) [text]

“Humanitarian Assistance and the Conundrum of Consent: A Legal Perspective,” Amsterdam Law Forum, vol. 5, no. 2 (2013) [open access text]

Improving Impact: Do Accountability Mechanisms Deliver Results? (Christian Aid et al., April 2013) [text]

Setting Standards for the Aid Industry (IRIN, June 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Education; Humanitarian Assistance; and Urban Refugees

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Thematic Publications on Education

Publications:

“Overcoming Barriers to Education for Refugees with Disabilities,” Migration Australia Journal, vol. 3 (forthcoming, 2013) [eprint via SSRN]

“Peace Education and its Discontents: An Evaluation of Youth, Violence, and School-based Peace Programs in Northern Uganda,” Pursuit, vol. 4, no. 2 (2013) [full-text]

“Psychosocial Well-being within Refugee Education in Cairo,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 38 (June 2013) [full-text]

The Role and Status of Refugee Teachers, Information Brief (Commonwealth Secretariat, 2013) [text]
– Info. about the book this brief describes is available here.

Uncounted and Unacknowledged: Syria’s Refugee University Students and Academics in Jordan (Jadaliyya, May 2013) [text]

UNHCR to Expand Higher Education Opportunities for the Forcibly Displaced (UNHCR, April 2013) [text]

Forthcoming:

Global Education Magazine [info]
– Special issue will honor World Refugee Day.

New Thematic Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

Accompanying the Families of Missing Persons: A Practical Handbook (ICRC, June 2013) [text]

Evaluation of Humanitarian Action: Pilot Guide (ALNAP, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Helping Local Aid Workers Build Meaningful Careers (IRIN, May 2013) [text]

Humanitarian Intervention in Violence-hit Slums: From Whether to How (IRIN, May 2013) [text]

“Losing Principles in the Search for Coherence? A Field-Based Viewpoint on the EU and Humanitarian Aid,” Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (May 2013) [full-text]

Which Technology to Use for Disaster Management? (IRIN, May 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Urban Refugees

“A Critical Analysis of Kenya’s Forced Encampment Policy for Urban Refugees,” Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol. 3, no. 1 (May 2013) [full-text]
– Scroll to p. 46.

“Exploring Primary School Teachers’ Attitudes towards Urban Refugee Education in Nairobi, Kenya,” Journal of Human Security Studies, vol. 2, no. 1 (Winter 2013) [full-text]
– Scroll to p. 48.

Hong Kong Should Uphold the Right to Work for Urban Refugees (Refugee Work Rights, May 2013) [text]

Seeking Safety in the City (IRIN, May 2013) [text]

Working with Urban Refugees: A Handbook (JRS, May 2013) [text]

You Don’t Have to Go Home, but You Can’t Stay Here: The Impact of a Camp-centric International Refugee Regime on Urban Refugees, Thesis (American University in Cairo, April 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Humanitarian Assistance and Statelessness

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Thematic Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

Access Denied: Dilemmas of Cross Line and Cross Border Humanitarian Engagement, Online, 13 June 2013 [access]
– Info. and background materials for this event are available here.

Helpdesk Research Report: The Impact of Integrated Missions on Humanitarian Operations (Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Making the Right Choices in Emergencies (IRIN, June 2013) [text]

Older Persons in Emergency Situations: A Case Study of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (WHO, 2013) [text]

“On the Politics of our Humanitarian Present,” Environment & Planning D: Society and Space (forthcoming) [preprint]

Paradoxes of Presence: Risk Management and Aid Culture in Challenging Environments (ODI, March 2013) [text]

Sharing Space: Adapting Military Approaches to Geospatial Analysis for Humanitarian Response and the Documentation of Human Rights Abuses (Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, June 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Thematic Publications on Statelessness

The Women’s Refugee Commission and the Statelessness Programme at Tilburg University have launched a report entitled “Our Motherland, Our Country: Gender Discrimination and Statelessness in the Middle East and North Africa.”  The study focuses on Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco and Egypt.  Follow this link to access the report, two short films, a photo essay, and a related blog post.

In addition, two recent papers prepared by the Statelessness Programme’s MENA Nationality and Statelessness Research Project are available via SSRN:
– The Stateless Syrians (May 2013) [text]
– The Stateless Tebu of Libya? (May 2013) [text]

Finally, read the stories of stateless women in Lebanon on the Huffington Post.

“Interview with UNHCR’s Statelessness Regional Protection Officer, Inge Sturkenboom,” ENS Newsletter, no. 3 (May 2013) [text]

Poor Judgement, Bad Judgment (ENS Blog, May 2013) [text]
– Comment on UK Court of Appeal decision in B2 v The Secretary of State for the Home Department.

Protection against Statelessness: Trends and Regulations in Europe (EUDO Citizenship Observatory, May 2013) [text]

Proving Statelessness: Evidential Issues for Refused Asylum Seekers (ENS Blog, June 2013) [text]

The Rohingya: Bargaining with Human Lives (Open Democracy, June 2013) [text]

 

 

Australia: New photo exhibition celebrates 150 years of humanitarian action – ICRC

Australia: New photo exhibition celebrates 150 years of humanitarian action

26-06-2013 News Release 13/114

Canberra (ICRC) – A special photographic exhibition marking 150 years of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement will open today at the High Court of Australia.

“150 years of humanitarian action: the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from 1863 to 2013,” a moving compilation of 40 historic and contemporary images from the ICRC’s photographers in the field, will remain on display until 27 July. The exhibition spans the Spanish-American War of 1898, and the two world wars of the twentieth century, through to the recent conflicts in Sierra Leone, Sudan, Afghanistan and Syria, among others.

“Through the lens of ICRC photographers past and present, the collection charts the changing nature of war and the evolving challenges faced by the ICRC since its founding in 1863,” said Leonard Blazeby, who heads the organization’s mission in Australia. “The photos offer an insight into humanitarian action with themes such as war surgery and health care, family reunion and assistance for detainees.”

As the founding component of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the ICRC works to provide humanitarian help for people adversely affected by armed conflict and other violence, and to promote the laws that protect victims of war.

“The ICRC is one of the Australian government’s most highly valued and effective partners in humanitarian action,” said Richard Rowe, senior legal adviser at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. “This exhibition is an inspiring reminder of the vital contribution generations of members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have made in delivering humanitarian assistance to, and strengthening the protection of, vulnerable people in armed conflict and other situations of humanitarian concern around the world.”

Today, the ICRC performs humanitarian tasks in 92 countries worldwide, and has a workforce of almost 13,000 individuals of 146 different nationalities.For further information, please contact:Andrea Lunt ICRC Canberra, tel: +61 2 6273 2968 or +61 418 485 120

Full article via Australia: New photo exhibition celebrates 150 years of humanitarian action – ICRC.

Re-blog: A multitude of meanings in a mutual past

A multitude of meanings in a mutual past

By Eleanor Davey
29 April 2013

Rarely does a research project answer one of its key questions halfway through. This time, however, two years into work on the history of humanitarian action and after an event on the experience of the Middle East and North Africa, we have resolved our enquiry into whether there is ‘a common regional understanding of the meaning, origins and composition of humanitarian action’. The answer is no.

Of course, no one expected anything else, but the opportunity to consider the richness of this history – the wealth of the region’s traditions around the care for others, the depth of experience and expertise, and the variety of practice – made the point once again.

At the event, held in Amman, Jordan, concepts and moments of humanitarian action were discussed, from the nineteenth century to the present day, from Turkey to Yemen, from colonial governance to postcolonial government, international organisations and independent actors.

Motivation was a prominent theme. What inspires those who offer assistance to others at times of need? Is it important to understand their motives or is it the gesture that matters? This question was raised by Tom Woerner-Powell, whose research on El Amir Abdelkader, the Algerian leader and scholar, considers the legacy of Abdelkader’s humane treatment of prisoners of war in the 1830s and his work in protecting civilians from mass violence in the 1860s. His research certainly shows the significance of ‘humanitarian’ ideas outside of and prior to the foundations of the system as we know it.

Read the full article at:  A multitude of meanings in a mutual past

New Thematic Publications on Humanitarian Assistance; Children; and Rwandan Refugees

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

A Call for Evidence-based Decision-making in Humanitarian Response (ALNAP Forum, April 2013) [text]

Hugo Slim: Legal and Ethical to Pursue Cross-Border Humanitarian Aid (Global Observatory, April 2013) [access]

“Humanitarian Workers Unprepared for Decades of Conflict, Warns UNHCR,” The Guardian, 30 April 2013 [text]

“Improving Humanitarian Coordination: Common Challenges and Lessons Learned from the Cluster Approach,” Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (April 2013) [full-text]

*International Legal Frameworks for Humanitarian Action: Topic Guide (Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, March 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Many Meanings of Humanitarianism (Debating Development, March 2013) [text]

*updated

New Publications on Children

Childhood under Fire: The Impact of Two Years of Conflict in Syria (Save the Children, March 2013) [text]

Children on the Move (IOM, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Fractured Childhoods: The Separation of Families by Immigration Detention (Bail for Immigration Detainees, April 2013) [text via Migrants’ Rights Network]

“The Kids before Khadr: Haitian Refugee Children on Guantanamo [A Comment on Richard J. Wilson’s Omar Khadr: Domestic and International Litigation Strategies for a Child in Armed Conflict Held at Guantanamo],” Santa Clara Journal of International Law, vol. 11, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

Mortality among Populations of Southern and Central Somalia Affected by Severe Food Insecurity and Famine during 2010-2012 (FEWS Net, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
– “Half of deaths were children under five.”

World Report on Child Labour: Economic Vulnerability, Social Protection and the Fight against Child Labour (ILO, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Publications on Rwandan Refugees

A Cessation of Choice for Rwandan Refugees (Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Dec. 2012) [text]

Contesting Refugee Status Cessation: The Rwandan Case (Oxford Human Rights Hub, March 2013) [text]

“From Urban Catastrophe to ‘Model’ City? Politics, Security and Development in Postconflict Kigali,” Urban Studies, vol. 50, no. 15 (forthcoming 2013) [eprint via LSE Research Online]

Hutu Refugees Fear Forced Return to Rwanda (AP’s The Big Story, April 2013) [text]

“Longing for Home: Pre-genocide and Post-genocide Refugees in Rwanda,” African Journal on Conflict Resolution, vol. 12, no. 3 (2012) [full-text]
– Scroll to p. 77.

Ministerial Meeting Reviews Timeline for Solving Rwandan Refugee Situation (UNHCR, April 2013) [text]
– Read also speech given by South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs, and news report on the DRC’s position.

Nakivale Refugee Settlement (Lived Possibilities Blog, April 2013) [text]

Political Survival as a Motive in Decision-Making: The UNHCR and the Rwandan Refugee Crisis, Undergraduate Thesis (Univ. of Maryland, March 2013) [text]

“Recommendations of the International Conference on Rwandan Refugees, held in Brussels, Belgium, on 19 and 20 April, 2013,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 37 (May 2013) [full-text]

“Rwandan Refugees – Is It Safe toCome Home?,” Panel at ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting, Washington, DC, 23-27 April 2013 [info]
– Scroll to p. 68; see also a brief overview of the panel discussion in FRLAN, no. 37 (May 2013).