Opinion: It's time to rethink pandemic preparedness COVID-19 has unmasked shortcomings across the globe by elevating issues that previously lived in silos or underneath the surface. As the pandemic continues to expose vulnerabilities on national and global scales, people everywhere are asking, “Why weren’t we prepared for this?” Read more... Q&A: The impact of COVID-19 on
The schools where children can't wash their hands or use a toilet Hand-washing remains the first line of defense against COVID-19, yet new research reveals that 2 in 5 schools worldwide lacked basic hand-washing facilities prior to the outbreak. As children, young people, and teachers in many parts of the world prepare to go back
The COVID-19 crisis unfolds at a time when the number of acutely food-insecure people in the world has already risen over the past four years, largely due to conflict, climate change and economic downturn. According to the latest Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC 2020), in 2019 almost 135 million people across 55 countries experienced
COOPI launched a “Food security and livelihood assessment” activity that will be carried out in 9 countries: Democratic Republic of Congo (RD Congo), Niger, Mali, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Iraq, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala over a period of 3 months. Full report available here.
IASC Proposals to Address the Inconsistency in Unlocking and Disbursing Funds to NGOs in COVID-19 Response
At the request of the IASC Principals, the Results Group 5 on Humanitarian Financing set up a subgroup of NGOs and UN agencies to identify concrete proposals to address the inconsistency in unlocking and disbursing funds to NGOs in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic response. The proposals below, which serve as a basis for
As Canadian organizations respond to the impacts of COVID-19 around the world, they are reporting a ‘crisis within a crisis’. Alongside the pandemic, fragile health systems, incomplete data and untrustworthy information threaten to reverse critical gains made in global health and rights. How will the development sector respond to this challenge? Between March and June
In this one-off podcast, Tara Arthur, GISF’s Projects and Membership Officer (Americas) speaks to Heather Hughes, GISF’s Deputy Director. Since February, Heather has been leading GISF’s activities on COVID-19. During this short release, Tara and Heather discuss some of the challenges the humanitarian security risk management community is facing and has faced in the COVID-19
The Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) is the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) initiative to address the risks and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the most vulnerable people in countries affected by humanitarian crises or at high risk of facing a humanitarian disaster. It aggregates relevant COVID-19 appeals from FAO, IOM, UNDP, UNFPA, UN-Habitat, UNHCR,
The COVID 19 global Pandemic is a public health, economic and social crisis. Local and national civil society will play a critical role in supporting their governments to respond. During this difficult time ensuring accountability to affected populations and prevention of and protection from sexual exploitation and abuse, while receiving assistance, is crucial. Available here.
The Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) holds us to account for the quality and accountability of our work. How can we ensure that we continue to prioritise safeguarding and protection from sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (PSEAH) in the current context? Available here.