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Accelerating Localisation Through Partnerships

February 1, 2019

his research was commissioned by the Accelerating Localisation through Partnerships programme – a multiagency consortium programme funded by the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) over two years (2017-2019) – to establish what operational elements of partnerships between local, national and international NGOs are most likely to foster localisation of humanitarian action.The research was underpinned by a mixed methods approach using qualitative and quantitative data collection approaches. In-depth consultations were conducted in three locations in four countries: Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria and South Sudan. Sampling was such that a wide diversity of local and national NGOs were invited to participate in the in-depth discussions to ensure different areas of thematic, geographic and other focuses were represented. In total, more than 350 NGOs were consulted for this research; 85% of which were local or national NGOs.

A Safe Haven? Britain's role in protecting people on the move

April 13, 2016

Across Europe, people who have fled human rights violations, conflict, violence and hardship are living in inhumane conditions, and thousands have drowned trying to reach the continent. While the UK government has been a leader in providing assistance to countries hosting large numbers of refugees, it has fallen short of its moral responsibility to provide safe routes to protection for people seeking refuge in the UK, and has failed to advocate for an approach that protects the rights of all people on the move. This briefing, published by Oxfam GB in partnership with 12 other agencies, provides an overview of what the UK should do to deliver on its responsibility to respond to global displacement.

Delivering Sustainable Development: A principled approach to public-private finance

April 9, 2015

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) will require significant financing. Governments across the world are increasingly looking at ways of working with the private sector in order to meet financing needs. They will need to find ways of maximizing the contribution of these actors. This will depend on ensuring that activities undertaken conform to high standards of sustainable development, including ensuring social and environmental justice.This discussion paper provides initial ideas for how to do this by proposing a set of principles to assist governments in applying best practice, international standards and learning more systematically to help ensure the best outcomes for sustainable development.

Missed Again: Making space for partnership in the typhoon Haiyan response

December 8, 2014

This study is the second output of a research project commissioned by five UK-based international humanitarian non-government organisations (INGOs) - ActionAid, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam GB and Tearfund. The report builds on findings from the 2013 report and provides evidence to demonstrate the extent to which partnership working took place in response to typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and its effectiveness. The report details identified challenges and recommends actions to strengthen national and international humanitarian system partnerships, both in the Philippines, and more broadly during future humanitarian responses.The project is part of an ongoing effort to build the future of humanitarian assistance.The research process involved: in-country research; focus group discussions and key interviews with UN agencies, INGOs, NGOs, government representatives, donor agencies and community members; and a review of relevant documentation.This report follows the original publication ‘Missed opportunities: The case for strengthening national and local partnership-based humanitarian responses'.

From Crisis to Catastrophe: South Sudan's man-made crisis - and how the world must act now to prevent catastrophe in 2015

October 1, 2014

More than two million people are facing severe food insecurity in South Sudan. Famine has been narrowly avoided in 2014. As the dry season begins, the brutal conflict that provoked this disaster is about to get worse. Without an end to the fighting - and unless more aid can be delivered to those who need it - famine remains a serious threat in 2015. By committing to more vigorous diplomacy and swift action, the world has the chance to prevent that.This joint briefing note published by Oxfam and 35 other agencies sets out the steps humanitarian agencies, parties to the conflict, the Government of South Sudan, the UN Security Council, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the international community must take to prevent a worse situation in 2015.

Do the Deal: The G7 must act now to cancel poor country debts

March 8, 2011

The poorest countries in the world pay $100 million dollars a day to their rich country creditors, more than they spend on health. Along with increasing aid and reforming trade, debt cancellation is an essential step towards ending poverty. As the G7 Finance Ministers convene in London for their first meeting of 2005 they must act to cancel debt as the first step towards making poverty history.

A Joint Submission to the World Bank and IMF Review of HIPC and Debt Sustainability

August 1, 2002

In this paper, a series of agencies propose that the World Bank and IMF and their shareholders radically overhaul the way in which debt relief is calculated and provided. The over-arching objective of debt relief must be to help mobilise the finances needed to achieve the MDGs. If HIPC countries are to meet these targets the principle of a 100% debt cancellation option needs to be agreed. Similarly, a broad set of economic and human development objectives must be applied when deciding what level of debt repayments a country can afford to make.