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The Gaping Gap of Adaptation in Africa

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

The skeletal remains of a cow lie where the animal fell.
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

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 […]

Upholding the rights of indigenous women

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08 Jul 2013

Around 40 per cent of the Guatemalan population is indigenous – mainly Mayan. They suffered most of the 200,000 killings in the 1980s civil war. In 2013, the ACT Guatemala Forum, made up of eight members, commissioned a study about violence against indigenous women, to raise awareness both socially and politically. The study found that […]

DRC refugees in Uganda

08 Jul 2013

The presence of uncontrolled armed groups in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has led to severe insecurity and displacement of people. The terror these groups have unleashed has included sexual violence, killings, arbitrary executions and other gross human rights violations. Tens of thousands of refugees have fled to Uganda to […]

ACT Alliance awards best work to mitigate the effects of climate change

Photo: Elisabeth Gouel/ACT
22 May 2013

The ACT Alliance Climate Change Award for 2013 was given May 21st to RDRS Bangladesh for best practice in its project, alleviating poverty through disaster risk reduction, which has been implemented in North West part of Bangladesh. Speaking at the award ceremony at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, John Nduna, ACT’s General Secretary said:  “As […]

Governments must accelerate efforts to eradicate violence against women

A woman in a camp in rebel-held territory in the eastern Congo. Families displaced by fighting between rebel Tutsi General Laurent Nkunda and the Congolese military took refuge in this camp they established in the shadow of a United Nations base in the village of Kiwanja. The town was the site of a November 2008 massacre of some 150 people conducted in the wake of armed clashes.
Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT
06 Mar 2013

Alarming statistics illustrate the enormous obstacles that remain in the way of eliminating epidemic levels of violence against women and girls. The United Nations indicates that as many as 7 in 10 women in the world report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetimes. In response to these numbers – and to commemorate […]

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