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"Do you think one minute of silence is enough, or should it be a bit more for Mandela"
There was a time where “Coke was good for you” (HT Brian Gray)
This post first appeared on Views from the Center
At a recent book launch, I was on a panel on which we were asked whether we can show that aid is a good use of public money, if the problems it aims to tackle are complex. I replied with a half-remembered statistic, which (now that I have had a chance to look at the numbers) turns out to have been right. It was this:
If you add up all the aid that all OECD countries have given since they started counting it in 1960, and then assume that the only thing that this aid has achieved was the eradication of smallpox, then the whole thing would still be a bargain, costing less than half what the UK National Health Service spends on average to save a life.
Here are the numbers. According to the OECD, total aid since 1960 has been about $2.6 trillion in cash terms, which works out at about $4.7 trillion in 2013 prices (that is, taking account of inflation).
The story of the eradication of smallpox is told in one of the chapters of the CGD book, Millions Saved. As is documented there, though the eradication of smallpox was mainly financed by the affected countries, the effort succeeded because of the contribution of foreign aid (though I acknowledge that no one can say for certain what would have happened in the absence of aid).
These days most of us do not remember how terrible smallpox was: it has killed more people in history than all wars put together. Since the last death from smallpox in 1978, somewhere between 60 million and 120 million premature deaths have been averted by its eradication.
If you divide the total amount of money we have spent on all aid from all donors to all developing countries put together by the minimum number of deaths averted only by the eradication of smallpox you get:
$4,700,000 million in aid / 60 million deaths averted = $78,300 per death from smallpox averted
The UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) uses a cost-effectiveness threshold of roughly £100,000 per death averted. A treatment which costs less than £100K (or $160K in USD) to avert a death is regarded as good value for money. Some British newspapers – including papers which are hostile to foreign aid – argue that these cost-effectiveness thresholds are too low. The Daily Mail, which calls NICE a “rationing body”, says that we should be willing to spend more that this to prolong life or improve its quality. Perhaps we should: the threshold used in America is far higher, and in other public policy contexts we use much higher figures than this for the value of a human life.
So even if we make the absurdly conservative assumption that the only thing achieved by the totality of all foreign aid has been the eradication of smallpox, and that this saved only 60 million lives (which is the lower end of the range), then the cost per death averted has been less than half the cost which we say is good value for money to avert a death in the UK National Health Service, a threshold that is often regarded as too low. Unless you want to argue that we should value a British life at more than twice the life of an African, then we can conclude that foreign aid has been, on average, good value for money.
(The smallpox programme itself – which cost about $1.5 billion – was ridiculously good value for money, at just $25 per death averted.)
Of course, the eradication of smallpox is not in reality the only success to which foreign aid has contributed. As well as ending deaths by smallpox, aid has contributed to reductions in deaths caused by malaria, diarrhoea, and diseases, together averting about 10 million deaths a year (roughly equivalent in deaths averted to eradicating smallpox six times over). The Green Revolution in agriculture may have averted a billion deaths from hunger. Millions of children have gone school, and families been given access to clean drinking water and electricity. Farmers have been given access to irrigation, seeds and fertilizers, and entrepreneurs have been given small loans. Governments have been helped to collect tax and organise elections. Millions more women have access to family planning. And there is evidence – including this award-winning paper – that aid has, on average, helped to increase economic growth and rising incomes. But it turns out we don’t need to include any of those benefits in our calculation to know that aid has been good value for money.
This is not a call for complacency. Some aid programmes fail, and some of those failures are avoidable. We can continue to improve the value for money of aid, and we have an obligation both to taxpayers and to the people we are trying to help to do so. We should be conscious of the opportunity costs of using aid in the way we do, rather than in some other way which might help people more. I am proud to work for an organisation which devotes quite a bit of time and effort to finding positive ways to help to make aid better, as well as arguing for other policy changes to accelerate development. The conversation about how to improve aid is important: but please let’s start with the recognition that aid is already fantastically good value for money.
only 30% [of EU citizens] see education as a priority [for development] ... There is still a lot of awareness raising we need to be doing in the education sector. (says Global Partnership for Education staff member)I'm trying to keep the snark to a minimum these days but this was too tempting. Personally I think it is appalling that the EU public doesn't see improving the welfare of economists and consultants as the top continent-wide priority, and there is a lot of awareness raising to be done to help citizens appreciate just how under-appreciated economists are.
More constructively, call me crazy but maybe just maybe it should be developing country citizens who are setting the development priorities rather than EU citizens?
And finally, "raising awareness" is actually already on the development #bannedlist so just stop it. If you want to sell or market your product or idea that is fine, but would you ever say that Coca-Cola are sensitizing people or raising awareness about their great taste? Exactly. What you are talking about is advertising or marketing. And to go out on a bit of a limb - isn't it possible that the very language of "sensitization" and "awareness raising" actually helps to reinforce the unhelpful narrative of expert foreigners with all the answers showing up to tell the ignorant locals what is what - and thereby contributing to the general lack of attention paid to the opinions of the poor? Wooooah, I might have betrayed a bit of exposure to SOASian critical theory there. But language matters. "if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought ... Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." Mr. Orwell, 1946
Recently my husband, my daughter and I moved. To a new city, a new apartment. And there is something about this new apartment, or maybe just the cold outside the door, that makes me want to decorate for the holidays. I want lights in the window. And a wreath on the door.
So far none of those things have happened.
I have been so busy trying to keep up with SHONA that my head is spinning and I simply collapse into bed at the end of the night. The ladies have been working for months now, to keep our shelves full this holiday season. And I have been working to keep your orders going out the door, and new stuff coming in.
I have to admit that sometimes, especially around the holidays, I am tempted to imagine that my home wasn't strewn with packing boxes and colorful cloth. Instead maybe I could just have that tasteful wreath on the door. And maybe I could have those silent nights, those ones where all is calm...
And then I think of the SHONA Congo ladies. Or I hear one of their voices.
And I pack another order. Because this is the busy season, and it matters to the ladies.
A few days ago, Argentine and Mapendo returned home. Almost exactly a year ago, they fled their homes and their country. And now they return.
Argentine returned carrying her daughter Rachel in her arms. Rachel was born in Burundi. She was born a refugee and now she returns to a home she has never seen.
Mapendo returned with her son, Jonathan. But she also returned with a new baby waiting to be born. She is 6 months pregnant. Hopefully that baby will never know life in a refugee camp. The baby is the reason Mapendo and Argentine came back to Congo. The health care at the camp where she was living was very poor, and she wanted to go back to Congo where she knew she could find a doctor...and fruits and vegetables to eat. Those are scarce in the camps. So when the peace deal was signed a month ago, and the rebels started disarming, Mapendo began to count the days. Praying that the peace would last.
Who knows if the peace will last? Mapendo and Argentine return to a country that is still far from stable. And they return to look for new homes. The places where they had been living were long ago occupied by someone else. But their loved ones are still there, eager to have them back.
And their workshop? The one they built with their own money, on their own land...it is still standing. With table and chairs inside.
I think of that workshop, how silent and empty it has stood all these months. And then I picture it in a few months, full of packing boxes and colorful cloths. And the whir of sewing machines and the songs of praise.
And I turn back to the project at hand. Unpacking a new box of stock that has just arrived and then packing an order for a customer. Sending joy and hope in both directions. Happy holidays to you all!
Thank you all for keeping us busy this holiday season. Your purchases mean so much.
I promise I would still love to pack your order!
We just got in our last shipment before the holidays!
Now is the time to order!! www.shonacongo.com
**And for those of you wondering about the other 2 SHONA Congo ladies, Riziki and Solange are still in the refugee camps in Burundi. Solange is recovering well from her operation, and Riziki is expecting a baby this month. They are both still sewing. They will return to Congo in a few months if all goes well.
Buy something that matters today! Support the work of handicapped women in Congo. www.shonacongo.com
For the last decade, we have talked a lot of talk about new development partnerships; but have we walked the walk?
The Center for Global Development’s Commitment to Development Index, now in its eleventh year, gauges whether wealthy countries are pursuing development-friendly policies–not just on aid but on many other things which matter for development. We recently announced the 2013 results here. After 11 years of calculating the index we can ask the question: have the policies of rich countries got better over time? The answer: Yes, but less than you would think. Scores in environment have improved the most, from an average of 4.1 to 5.5. Aid, finance, and technology have also improved slightly while security, migration, and trade have trended down.
If we were measuring rhetoric, all our indicators would be in good shape. There has been a lot of talk about “policy coherence” (horrible phrase) over the years. In 2002 the Monterrey Consensus called for “a new partnership between developed and developing countries” and for “enhancing the coherence and consistency of the international monetary, financial and trading systems.” Similar aspirations for better policies were repeated at the Gleneagles G-8 summit in 2005 and the Busan High Level Forum in 2011. The club of rich countries, the OECD, approved in 2012 an entire Development Strategy devoted to improving their policies.
But rhetoric is not the same as reality. In 2005, even as the G-8 leaders were committing themselves in Gleneagles to reducing trade barriers for developing countries, their representatives at a WTO meeting in Geneva were blocking an end to export subsidies which undermine developing country farmers.
The Commitment to Development uses data rather than communiques to assess the policies of affluent countries. We distil hundreds of quantitative indicators of policies into seven components: aid, trade, finance, migration, environment, security, and technology transfer. We calculate scores for 27 high-income countries on each of these seven components, and then add them up into an overall rating.
Reasonable people can disagree about the relative importance of the different indicators but you would expect to see some improvement in them overall if affluent countries were living up to their promises to pursue more development-friendly policies.
We sometimes change the way we calculate the index, in the light of new data or new thinking about how the policies of rich countries affect the developing world. Whenever we make a technical change, we recalculate the index as best we can for past years using today’s definition of the index, so that changes in the published scores over time reflect changes in policies rather than our meddling with the definitions.
We have added up the scores for the 21 OECD countries which have been in the CDI since it began in 2003, suitably weighted, to see whether they have collectively lived up to their promises to improve their policies. Here are the results:
Chart 1: Commitment to Development Index 2003-2013
As you can see, overall, the Commitment to Development Index has improved only very slightly over 11 years. Chart 2 below shows how individual components have changed over time. As you can see, policies on environment and aid have improved a little, while policies on security are now noticeably worse overall than in 2003. On trade, finance, technology, and migration there has been very little change over the last ten years.
Chart 2: Changes in individual CDI components over time 2003-2013
We discussed the environment scores in our last blog post: the main driver of the improvements was the agreement to reduce the emission of ozone-depleting gases. The improvement in the aid component is entirely driven by an increase in aid volumes: aid from these countries has increased from 0.22% to 0.31% of GNI on average. This increase in the quantity of aid has unfortunately been offset in the scores by a reduction in its quality, at least according to our indicators. The modest improvement in the finance component reflects greater participation in international agreements to prevent bribery and corruption (such as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the Kimberley Process).
The marked fall in security scores reflects two trends in the policies of wealthy countries with negative consequences for the developing worlds. First, arms sales to poor and undemocratic countries have increased over time, with Sweden and France heading the wall of shame. Second, contributions to UN peacekeeping operations and budgets have decreased. The reduction in migration reflects a reduction in the number of refugees accepted by the 21 countries.
It is hard not to conclude that there is a noticeable discrepancy between the rhetoric of wealthy nations and their behavior. According to the Commitment to Development Index, compiled from hundreds of different indicators, there has been no significant improvement overall in the policies of rich countries over the 11 years we have been collecting and publishing the data. Perhaps the post-2015 framework should set more explicit goals for wealthy countries, and use a framework like the CDI to track progress. In our next blog post, we’ll look at the good news, which is that there are plenty of opportunities for wealthy countries to make their policies more development-friendly by learning from each other.
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Six years ago today Scott, Scott Will, and I were sitting at our table in Bundibugyo. The rest of the team had evacuated to Kampala a few days earlier, after the Ebola epidemic broke out, but we three stayed having already been exposed, to work. It was night, and my phone rang. I went out under the bougainvillea on the side porch to get better reception because I couldn't believe the message. Dr. Jonah had died. A tragic and sorrowful day in the history of Bundibugyo, and in our lives. Today I was sitting in the NICU at Kijabe when my phone rang. Melen and her daughter Biira were visiting Jonah's grave at Bundibugyo Hospital, and called me from there. The years have softened the deep ache of that night, the disbelief, the shock, the heart-rending numbing wonder of what God was doing. The years have shown us some redemption as a half dozen young people are following in Dr. Jonah's footsteps, the seed in the ground is now beginning to bear fruit. But we still miss him, and no amount of redemption in this life completely erases the truth of that loss. So for us, the season of Advent always begins with that beautiful sorrow, the mourning of a life laid down for the Kingdom, the longing for the no-more-tears of a New Heavens and a New Earth.
December is also a season of goodbyes and transitions. Once again many of our colleagues are taking their annual leaves, migrating back to families upcountry or overseas. School is out for the next month; Acacia baked her last batch of cookies (our first batch of Christmas baking) before her departure yesterday to spend Christmas with her family. No decorations up in our house yet, though. Just trying to survive.
With all the goodbyes, I am particularly thankful for the visitors who have come to fill the gaps. Tonight we celebrated their kindness with some pizza. Drs. Keith and Lesley (left) are helping on Paeds, Dr. Sagar (left) in ortho, and Drs. Bruce and Rick (right) in medicine.
'Tis a season of beauty in all the sorrows, and a hospital is a privileged place to spend Advent. One of the devotions this week pointed to the God of the IMPOSSIBLE who brought a baby into a virgin womb, who redeems the world through suffering and glory. Here is a tribute to some impossibles. First, Pauline and her twin girls Malin and Erin. They were 27-week twins, and it seemed to take forever for them to get off oxygen and be big enough for discharge. But here they are today after a half a week at home, with mom transformed by civilian clothes and a huge smile:
Or dear Patrick, now improving with increments of strength and tone nearly every day, sweet and hopeful. I remember his tears when he couldn't breathe or move, and so I delight in his smile now:
The aptly named Emmanuel is still battling those odds of impossibility, waiting for his miracle. Pray for him. He arrived last week jaundiced and vomiting with a severe hepatitis and failing liver. While getting a CT in Nairobi he "complicated" and was rushed to nearby Kenyatta National Hospital in coma. Overnight his parents watched other children die, and by morning they decided to escape by taxi, trailing his disconnected oxygen and holding his IV bag. I moved him up to our ICU today with a heavy heart. A few hours later, I was examining him and called his name, and his eyelids fluttered open. His pregnant mother burst into tears at this little sign of hope. Emmanuel, God with Us, needs God to show up tangibly and heal him.
And I may be in trouble for posting this photo, but this dear patient is closer to my heart than all the others combined and caused a fair amount of tears and angst this week. My nephew Micah was admitted to the ICU in NC with a severe asthma exacerbation and respiratory infection. We had all hoped he had outgrown this after some scary episodes as a baby. I think for many missionaries, it is very very hard to miss supporting family in crisis because we are many thousands of miles away. I'm thankful for cell phones. But it's just not quite the same. Micah has a precious gift of loving others, spontaneity, joy, a mean basketball shot and a passion for bacon and videos. I'm so relieved he is well enough to be discharged today. A season of cough and danger, and of healing.
OK a few more signs of the season. Inexplicably, the maternity ward had EMPTY beds this week. This does not usually happen. My only explanation is that 9 months ago Kenya was in the throes of election anxiety, anticipating chaos, people traveling back to home areas, and, who would have thought, taking a pause on baby-making??
And the season of college apps draws to a close as Julia submitted her final one tonight. Prayers appreciated for her on Saturday as she takes the SAT one more time, quite late due to a clerical error which invalidated her registration earlier this Fall.
Advent at RVA means AP study. RVA runs on a year round schedule which goes from early September to mid-July. So when AP's roll around in May, RVA students have had two months of vacation that most schools have not. Hence the habit of teachers to assign large loads of independent work over those two holidays. Here are the station kids in BC Calc working on their problem sets together at our house.
This is our December of beautiful sorrows, mourning, hope, remembering, working, hosting, studying. Waiting. Trusting that love will break through. And I truly do hope that we will get out Christmas decorations soon!
It has been some time since my last post. For a good reason, I have been extremely busy. It is now a little more than 3 month that I am in Jordan. A wonderful time.
It starts with the signboard above. The word "Welcome" is the whole essence of Jordan. Very welcoming, very friendly and very warm people. Smiley people. And yet, Jordan, as many other countries, has its problems too. In particular now with the influx of Syrian refugees in big number. Prices increase, jobs are getting scarce mainly at laborer level. And yet, the "easy going" but very efficient way is hiding it a bit.
Amman is a bustling town.
I am living in the older part which is "Jebel Amman". This is where the city was built first, originally on 7 hills. I was told that today the city spreads over 19 hills. I have to check that. But the fact is that the roads are going up and down all the time in the city. And I can see that daily when I move around with taxis.
A very good way to move in town. The distance from my home to the office is around 9 kilometers and the fare is about 2 dollars for this trip. The taxis have meters and the amount varies according to the travel time. And when I see a taxi driver stopping for me and he smokes, I say: "Oh, you smoke" and then the driver wants to get rid of the cigarette and I say: "No, I will smoke with you". Because Jordan is a smoker's paradise. Everybody, well almost everybody smokes, men and women. In my residential area is Rainbow Street with dozens of cafes. Where one relaxes drinking a coffee or a tea and smokes, cigarettes and Shisha, the water-pipe.
I will talk in future more about Amman, a very pleasant city.
But Jordan has a lot to offer. Also on this I will dwell longer in the future.
Petra, the historic site with its churches built into the mountain is on my agenda for a visit.
And recently, I had the chance to go to the Dead Sea.
I did stick my finger in the water and licked it. It is indeed very, (very, very) salty.
I am enjoying my stay in Jordan very much even though the work is harsh. You will read more about it. End of this month I am going home for a break and to renew my passport which is about to expire (and does not have empty pages anymore) and next year I will come back to Jordan.
Greg Smith is blogging at Ndoronomics.com - sharp analysis on macroeconomics in Ghana and elsewhere. Self-recommending.
Lots of new books are slated for publication in December 2013. You can view the titles on my Pinterest page. While you're there, check out the Nov. 2013, New Legal Texts, Open Access Books, and Reference Books boards as well!
FY 2014 Funding Opportunity Announcement for NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees from Syria in Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 27 December 2013.
For Africans in Israel, Time for Justice (Forward, Nov. 2013) [text via ASSAF]
"How do you Rank Refugees? In Jordan, Aid Workers Wrestle with a Deeply Troubling Question: What Makes an Asylum Seeker from Syria Needier than One from Sudan?," The Atlantic, 22 Nov. 2013 [text]
- See also related comment from RSDWatch.
Information Note on Syrian Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Europe (ECRE/ELENA, Nov. 2013) [access]
Israel Must Issue Birth Certificates without Discrimination (RI Blog, Nov. 2013) [text]
Survey on the Livelihoods of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (Oxfam, Nov. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
Anti-African Racism in Israel [access]
- Compiled by journalist David Sheen; see also his new short film, "Israel's New Racism: The Persecution of African Migrants in the Holy Land," produced with Max Blumenthal.
Tagged Events & Opportunities, Publications and Web Sites/Tools.
Researching Country of Origin Information, Vienna/Online, Feb.-March 2014 [info]
- The e-training portion will take place from 17 February 2014-17 March 2014; the concluding face-to-face meeting in Vienna is scheduled for 20 March 2014. Apply by 31 January 2014.
"Asking for Too Much? The Role of Corroborating Evidence in Asylum Proceedings in the United States & United Kingdom," Fordham International Law Journal, vol. 36, no. 6 (2013) [abstract]
NGOs Working on Country of Origin Information in Europe: A Mapping Exercise (Asylum Research Consultancy & Dutch Council for Refugees, Oct. 2013) [text via ECOI Blog]
Recognising Victims of Torture in National Asylum Procedures A Comparative Overview of Early Identification of Victims and their Access to Medico-legal Reports in Asylum-receiving Countries (IRCT, Nov. 2013) [text]
- Investigates in part "how widely medico-legal reports (MLRs) are acknowledged as a relevant evidential tool within the national asylum procedure."
Researching and Using Country of Origin Information in RAIO Adjudications: Training Module (USCIS, updated May 2013 [text]
- Note: RAIO = Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations Directorate.
Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.
Concrete Actions to Better Address Migration Flows and Prevent Loss of Life in the Mediterranean (European Commission, Dec. 2013) [access]
- Follow link for video.
"Europe Sending Armies to Stop Immigrants," IPS, 3 Dec. 2013 [text]
"The Europeanization of Asylum Policy: An Assessment of the EU Impact on Asylum Applications and Recognitions," Journal of European Public Policy, vol. 20, no. 5 (2013) [preprint via author site]
From the 2013 Syrian Refugee Conference to the 1938 Conference of Evian: How Far Have We Come? (Compas Blog, Nov. 2013) [text]
"Protection under the European Convention on Human Rights: Oasis for Asylum Seekers in Europe?," Jurisprudence, vol. 20, no. 3 (2013) [full-text]
Regional Variations in Attitudes Towards Refugees: Evidence from Great Britain, Discussion Paper, no. 26/13 (Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration, 2013) [text]
Receiving country overviews:
Overviews of the asylum systems in Greece, Italy, and the Slovak Republic were added to the European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL) in November. Access all overviews here.
Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.
In the recent years, I had the opportunity to help highlighting the work young people do, throwing the spotlight on their projects and success stories, their struggles and challenges. I firmly believe that putting young people on a platform, enabling them to bring their message, automatically empowers them, their causes and youth in general. It not only gives the individual a well-deserved chance to show their project, but each of those projects reminds the world that young people *are* the...
Full post on www.theroadtothehorizon.org
The latest issue of the Journal of Refugee Studies (JRS) has been published. The theme is "Forced Displacement, Refugees and ICTs: Transformations of Place, Power and Social Ties." Contents for vol. 26, no 4 (Dec. 2013) include the following:
Eight book reviews are also included.
Syria Evaluation Portal for Coordinated Accountability and Lessons Learning (CALL) [access]
- "The aim of the Portal is to optimise collective learning around the Syria crisis in order to improve international emergency response. The Portal will provide a single platform that brings together a broad range of relevant information, data, discussion and analysis of interest to different stakeholders - including those involved in operations, learning and evaluation and humanitarian policy."
Ambivalent Hospitality: Coping Strategies and Local Responses to Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (Fafo, Nov. 2013) [text]
*Back from the Field: Iraq & Jordan (Refugees International, Dec. 2013) [text]
Rupture, Remembrance, Resiliency: The Impact of Displacement on Syrian Women Refugees in Turkey (Syrian Research & Evaluation Organization, Dec. 2013) [text]
Seeking Safety in Algeria: Syrian Refugee Women’s Resilience (openDemocracy, Dec. 2013) [text]
Seven Facts of Syria's Displacement Crisis (OUPBlog, Dec. 2013) [text]
What a Difference Six Months Make (RI Blog, Dec. 2013) [text]
"What Europe Must Do for Syrian Refugees," IPS, 6 Dec. 2013 [text]
- Op-ed by António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and Anders Danielsson, General Director at the Swedish Migration Board.
"Where Are Syria's Refugees Going?," The Economist, 2 Dec. 2013 [text]
Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.
Civitas, Polis, and Urbs: Reimagining the Refugee Camp as the City, Working Paper, no. 96 (RSC, Nov. 2013) [text]
Finding the Urban Crisis Tipping Point (IRIN, Nov. 2013) [text]
Hidden and in Need: Urban Displacement in Southern Mali (Refugees International, Nov. 2013) [text]
Thailand: Marginalization in the Metropolis (JRS USA, Nov. 2013) [text]
Thinking Outside the Camp: Urban Profiling & Assessment (JIPS, Oct. 2013) [access]
- NGO side panel during UNHCR’s Executive Committee meetings. Follow link for JIPS presentation.
Cash Programming in Urban Areas: What's New?, ALNAP Webinar, 21 Nov. 2013 [access]
- The four previous webinars in this series can be accessed here.
Good Practices for Urban Refugees is now on Facebook and Twitter.
Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.
CFP: Forced Migration Review [info]
- Articles sought for a theme issue on "Afghanistan’s Displaced People: 2014 and Beyond." The submission deadline is 3 February 2014.
Analysis: How Bangladesh Aid Restrictions Impact Rohingyas (IRIN, Nov. 2013) [text]
Failure of the Immediate Response to Typhoon Haiyan (UpFront Blog, Nov. 2013) [text]
Pakistan: New Refugee Law Should Meet Global Standards (HRW, Nov. 2013) [text]
Typhoon Haiyan’s Aftermath: Testing Resilience in Complex Emergencies, Commentaries, no. 211/2013 (RSIS, Nov. 2013) [text]
Image credit: WikipediaUNHCR Monitoring Visit to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea: 23 to 25 October 2013 (UNHCR Canberra, Nov. 2013) [text]
UNHCR Monitoring Visit to the Republic of Nauru: 7 to 9 October 2013 (UNHCR Canberra, Nov. 2013) [text]
- Note: See also related press releases for these two reports from UNHCR HQ and UNHCR Canberra.
Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.
Children and Young People in Search of Safety in the UK, London, 12 February 2014 [info]
- Register by 6 December 2013 for early bird rate.
"Criminal Alien or Humanitarian Refugee? The Social Agency of Migrant Youth," Children's Legal Rights Journal, vol. 33, no. 1 (Spring 2013) [free full-text]
'Future Citizens of the World'? The Contested Futures of Independent Young Migrants in Europe, Working Paper, no. 97 (Refugee Studies Centre, Nov. 2013) [text]
Mental Health/Psychosocial and Child Protection Assessment for Syrian Refugee Adolescents in Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan (Unicef & International Medical Corps, July 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
Protection Risks for Children as a Result of Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) (Unicef, Nov. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
Settling or Surviving? Unaccompanied Young Adults Aged 18-25 Years (Centre for Multicultural Youth, Oct. 2013) [text via BroCAP]
Stand with Me: Ending the War on Syria’s Children (World Vision, Nov. 2013) [text]
Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.
November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, as established by GA Resolution 54/134. The day also officially launches the annually-held "16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence" campaign, which ends on Human Rights Day, December 10th.
You can locate resources that have been referenced on this blog relating to "violence against women," "sexual violence," and "gender-based persecution" by following the links and browsing accordingly.
Tagged Events & Opportunities, Publications and Web Sites/Tools.