The Last Consultation… Closing the input stage of the World Humanitarian Summit

Gareth Price-Jones, CARE’s Senior Humanitarian Policy Coordinator

Gareth Price-Jones, CARE’s Senior Humanitarian Policy Coordinator

By Gareth Price-Jones, CARE’s Senior Humanitarian Policy Coordinator
I’ve been privileged to join the final World Humanitarian Summit Regional Consultation in South and Central Asia this week in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and all in all it has been a mixed bag.

As my colleague Barbara Jackson reported from the Europe Consultation, the process can be problematic, and this time we’ve again had our share of contributors who have a set line they want to get included, whether or not it contributes to the discussion at hand (Full disclosure: ours concerns the criticality of an integrated approach to gender in response).… Read the rest

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Modern Agricultural Practices to empower farmers

CARE food security advisor, Kabir Ekramul

CARE food security advisor, Kabir Ekramul

Kabir Ekramul is a food security advisor for CARE. He has worked in many parts of the world on food security. In this blog he talks about ways that Nepal can progress and rebuild after the devastating earthquake by using modern agricultural practices and empowering farmers to reach their full potential.Read the rest

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Celebration or sadness? South Sudan marks four years of Independence

 “We need to think of our future and not be stuck in the past”

On July 9 2011, South Sudan became the world’s newest country. After decades of war, the break from Sudan was celebrated across the country. From tiny villages to the new capital Juba, expectations were high.

Four years on, the country remains mired in a brutal conflict that has displaced more than two million of its people and leaving more than 7 million South Sudanese food insecure.… Read the rest

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Notes from the Field: CARE In the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (Update)

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CARE and our local partners have been supporting displaced families in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) who have been forced to flee from violence. Urgent funding is needed to support the humanitarian response for refugees and displaced persons in Iraq and the broader region.

Debbie Santalesa is a senior program manager with CARE Canada’s humanitarian assistance and emergency team.… Read the rest

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A patient community

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As a secretary, Ramatou carefully writes down all the amounts that are gathered during the group’s weekly sessions. Photo: Therese Leine Sogard / CARE

Seated in a circle around a savings box on a sand floor in the village of Hamdallaye in Niger, 24 women have found their way out of poverty – together.Read the rest

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The Grass under Fighting Elephants

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Aimee Ansari, CARE Country Director in South Sudan

By Aimee Ansari, CARE Country Director in South Sudan

“The leaders of our country can learn a lot from us.  Bring them here – we can teach them how to make peace,” a tribal leader told me.  He heads the peace committee in Twic East county, Jonglei state, an initiative supported by CARE and funded by the Dutch government, where local communities in South Sudan are able to build skills in conflict resolution and peace building.… Read the rest

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Forced to Flee

by Jessie Thomson, humanitarian director for CARE Canada

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) recently released its annual global trends report related to refugees and forcibly displaced people worldwide. With this in mind, we sat down with Jacqueline Wright, CARE Canada’s vice president of international programs and Jessie Thomson, CARE Canada’s humanitarian director to hear their thoughts and to share their experiences on this important issue.Read the rest

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“If not for your help, all hope is lost.”

With few options, Syrian refugees require assistance as they await return to destroyed homes

By Mary Kate MacIsaac, Regional Syria Response Communications Coordinator
Gaziantep, Turkey

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Nabi Ibrahim (centre) with granddaughter, Marwa, 6, and wife, Alifa, (right), with relatives outside the store front where they settled after fleeing Kobane last fall. Three families, a total of 19 people, live in the small space.

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Nepal earthquake: The loss of much more than just a home

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CARE volunteers unload corrugated iron sheeting from tractors that brought them up the winding road from the town of Gorkha below. The sheeting along with bamboo poles will be given to households in and around Barpak village to help them construct temporary shelters before the monsoon. © CARE / Lucy Beck

Earthquakes, perhaps more than any other type of disaster, are a shelter disaster.… Read the rest

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Searching for Normal

Khaled, 18, a Syrian refugee from Dara/a, and avid footballer, speaks with Blake Selzer, CARE Senior Regional Advocacy Coordinator, prior to the launch of CARE's recreational field built in cooperation with UNHCR and funded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in village six of Azraq refugee camp in Jordan.  (Credit: Mary Kate MacIsaac/CARE)

Khaled, 18, a Syrian refugee from Dara/a, and avid footballer, speaks with Blake Selzer, CARE Senior Regional Advocacy Coordinator, prior to the launch of CARE’s recreational field built in cooperation with UNHCR and funded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in village six of Azraq refugee camp in Jordan. (Credit: Mary Kate MacIsaac/CARE)

Blake A.… Read the rest

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