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Initiating inter-religious dialogue

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08 Nov 2013

The Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) has assessed international policies such as the Millennium Development Goals and concluded that they cannot be met with economic growth as the driver of development. Instead, it promotes political leadership and commitment to sustainable approaches. However, aid budgets are in decline, and in many parts of the […]

Ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria impacting neighbouring countries

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08 Nov 2013

The civil war in Syria has been raging for three years, causing a severe humanitarian crisis. According to the UN, more than 4 million people have been displaced within the country and more than 2 million refugees have found their way to Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and countries further afield. The death toll rose by […]

Burundi: Radio Ivyizigiro brings hope to people living with HIV

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01 Nov 2013

When Aline was first diagnosed with HIV, she was ashamed and frightened. Now she provides support and advice to others and takes part in a radio show for people living with HIV that encourages people to talk openly about the virus. Radio Ivyizigiro means Radio Hope – and hope is exactly what it provided for […]

Flash floods in Romania

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31 Oct 2013

Torrential rains swept eastern Romania in mid-September, wreaking devastation in towns and rural areas of the Moldova province. Thousands of villagers fled as floodwaters rose and spread. Housing, bridges, roads and other infrastructure were destroyed. Farmers lost standing crops, farm buildings and livestock, and many had their soil washed away, incurring debts for the agriculturally […]

The Gaping Gap of Adaptation in Africa

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17 Oct 2013

Africa is a ‘vulnerability hot spot’ for the impacts of climate change – with adaptation challenges growing substantially even if emissions are reduced drastically. This was one of the findings in a report, which has been launched in Gaborone, Botswana, in the occasion of the Fifth session of the African ministerial conference states that Africa […]

Floods in Cambodia

Flood-affected victims attend a distribution event organised by ACT Alliance as part of its âflood response projectâ.  
In October September 2013, Cambodia experienced severe seasonal flooding for the second year in a row.  The poor were hit hardest as they lost much of their assets: small subsistence farmers lost the important rice harvest which should have secured their food security in the months to come and agriculture day labours had few if any job opportunities. Furthermore, rice prices increased significantly which greatly impact the poorest households who already spend most of their disposal income on food and especially rice.
Part of the âflood response projectâ involves the distribution of unconditional cash grants (UCG), and Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) packages at village level to beneficiaries badly affected by the floods.  The cash grants are in Riels equivalent to USD20, while the WASH packages contain detergent, water purification tablets, and a 30L plastic water container. This particular distribution event will help 246 households from 4 different villages, and was conducted by Ponleu Kumar (PK), ACTâs local NGO partner.  Conor Wall | © ACT Alliance | Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia | December 2013.
08 Oct 2013

Typhoons and unusually heavy rains caused severe flooding in Cambodia for the second year in a row. The Mekong and other major rivers broke their banks, ruining standing crops and washing away people’s houses and belongings. More than 1.7 million people were affected. One hundred and thirty four people lost their lives, 119,000 were displaced […]

Drought in Namibia and Angola

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08 Oct 2013

In 2013, a national drought emergency was declared in Namibia, with roughly 37 per cent of the population considered at high risk. In the Okarukoro area of north-eastern Namibia, for example, there has been no rain for three years. Okarukoro is normally arid and the Himba people living there have, for generations, been relying on […]

Indonesia: fighting for resilience

ACT member YEU works on mapping vulnerability with community members and giving disaster preparedness training in case of a future emergency.
08 Sep 2013

Climate change, coupled with urbanisation, rapid population growth and environmental degradation, is creating greater risks of disasters. How these are dealt with is largely defined by the frameworks for governmental and local disaster risk reduction (DRR) management and mechanisms. ACT members in Indonesia have been involved in the consultations on the second Hyogo Framework for […]

Flood victims in Russia

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08 Sep 2013

In August 2013, around the Amur River in the far east of Russia, water levels rose by more than 7.5m, causing severe flooding in 190 villages. Twentyfour thousand people were evacuated and 9,500 houses were damaged. In total, 98,000 people were affected by water damage to their homes and farmlands. One of our members in […]

The displaced in the Central African Republic

A Sudanese refugee boy carrying water in Treguine refugee camp on the World Water Day March 22, 2012.
08 Aug 2013

Violence in the Central African Republic since March 2013 has left millions of people in need of emergency assistance and remains a major hindrance to relief efforts. We have long advocated for security and humanitarian access, and are supporting refugees who are spilling into the neighbouring countries of Chad and the Democratic Republic of the […]

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