Advocacy Project - A Voice for the Voiceless | - Home Blog:: Blacklight Helping Africa manufacture its own emergency and disaster relief supplies | Global development Aid agency workers provide buckets for water to thousands of displaced people who have settled in makeshift houses in Lira, Uganda. Photograph: Ton Koene/Alamy In the current humanitarian emergencies in South Sudan, Somalia, Niger and Kenya, the strong likelihood is that tarpaulins – one of the most basic relief items – will have come from China. Tarpaulin production is concentrated in Asia (80%), where India and China are the main manufacturers, and the US (18%). Distant manufacturers mean long lead times for supplies to arrive and great expense – even if they are flown in from pre-positioned stocks in, say, Dubai or Europe. Given that Africa has more than its fair share of emergencies, some wonder why more African firms are not manufacturing emergency supplies, from tarpaulins to blankets to mosquito nets. This was precisely what motivated David Dickie to set up Advance Aid, in 2006, after a career in publishing and advertising.
Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami | CARE International United Kingdom | Defending Dignity, Fighting Poverty Friday, 11 March 2011 13:28 Houses are swept by water and fire following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City. Reuters - courtesy Trust.orgA massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan this morning. It unleashed a major tsunami which has caused major damage in the country. CARE staff in the Tokyo office felt the tremor, but no one was hurt. CARE Japan is currently responding, sending relief items such as food, water and sanitary items. Reaching the affected areas is currently difficult. CARE will drive from Tokyo to the city of Kamaishi in Iwate prefecture on Thursday evening. In the Philippines, CARE’s partner organisation assisted with the evacuation of 5 villages on the coast. At the time of the earthquakes CARE offices in Asia were on high alert and ensured that staff were informed of the tsunami warnings. Donate to the CARE rapid response fund now.
lawanddevelopment.org - exploring the links between law and economic development REST API - Fedora 3.5 Documentation Skip to end of metadataGo to start of metadata Introduction The Fedora REST API exposes a subset of the Fedora Access and Management APIs as a RESTful (Representational State Transfer) Web Service. For examples of how to use the REST API programmatically, please refer to the TestRESTAPI test class ( Ensure DC, RELS-EXT and RELS-INT are versionable if using Managed Content Icon Due to an outstanding bug FCREPO-849, if you use Managed Content for DC, RELS-EXT or RELS-INT then please make sure these datastreams are versionable (the default setting for versionable is "true", so if you haven't specified this datastream property then you are safe). 2xx Responses only please The HTTP Response portion of each method description listed below indicates the response on success. POST Replacement Removal of .xml shortcut URL-Encoding API-A Methods findObjects
European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid The core humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence underpin the day-to-day operations of humanitarian organisations. Humanitarian principles can lay the foundations for the trust and acceptance that enable NGOs, the Red Cross/Red Crescent and UN agencies to operate. Commentary from NGOs and others in recent years, however, has repeatedly highlighted the increased politicisation of humanitarian aid. The Caritas Europa report Bridging the Gap between Policy and Practice, published in October 2011, examines some of the practical consequences of this trend for the delivery of humanitarian aid, notably within the framework of the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid, which all European Union (EU) Member States have agreed to. The report identifies inconsistencies between the policy and practice of Member States in the delivery of principled humanitarian aid, and makes recommendations to address this. The European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid
Japan Emergency Appeal : Save the Children UK Unpredictable and extreme weather, such as droughts and floods, rising pollution levels, poor access to sanitation and other public services, combined with global economic instability, are undermining children’s healthy development and reinforcing the poverty cycle. This policy brief examines children’s relationship with their environment in three ways: it looks at the impact of shocks, particularly environmental shocks; the effects of food insecurity on children’s lives; and children’s relationship to the environment in which they live. It uses data from four countries (Peru, Ethiopia, India and Vietnam) to demonstrate children’s vulnerability as a result of environmental insecurity, and to highlight children’s hopes and concerns for the future. Download After the Millennium Development Goals
Official, IGO & NGO Resources - Development Studies - Guides at Emory University - Main Library (Woodruff) Directories/Lists Directory of Development Organizations lists almost 54,000 organizations involved in development. For easier referencing, the directory has been divided into 6 geographical sections: Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and Oceania. For each of the regions contacts have been annotated by the following 9 categories: (1) international organizations; (2) government institutions; (3) private sector support organizations (including fairtrade); (4) finance institutions; (5) training and research centres; (6) civil society organizations; (7) development consulting firms (including references to job opportunities and vacancy announcements); (8) information providers (development newsletters/journals); and, (9) grantmakers. Some Other Guides to Development Related Agencies: Canadian International Development Agency USAID@United Nations General Assembly, 9/2010, President Obama Selected International Agencies Topics e.g.
What are SOPAC, Locum, and Insurge? | The Social OPAC What is SOPAC? SOPAC (Social Online Public Access Catalog) is a module for the Drupal CMS that provides true integration of your library catalog system with the power of the Drupal content management system while allowing users to tag, rate, and review your holdings. User input is then incorporated into the discovery index so that SOPAC becomes a truly community-driven catalog system. Other features include: Faceted browsingAjax-empowered interface with native jQuery support100% customizable interface via the Drupal template systemAbility to remove search limitersSaved searchesIntegrated renewals, holds placement, and fine paymentAbility to customize the user experience via the administrative control panelAbility to create custom functionality via a Drupal sub-module Because SOPAC depends on Locum to connect to your integrated library system, it has the potential to work with any ILS. What is Locum? Locum is a PHP software library that does two things: What is Insurge? How do I get it?
Extreme Weather Whenever an episode of extreme weather – heatwave, flood, drought, etc – hits the headlines, someone somewhere is sure to point the finger of blame at human-induced climate change. Such claims are normally slapped down with the much-aired mantra: "You cannot blame a single episode of bad weather on global warming." But with the on-going record high temperatures affecting large parts of the US, there seems to be a noticeable reduction in such caveats and notes of caution. This week, scientists have been queuing up, it seems, to explain how the wildfires in Colorado, the heatwave across the eastern seaboard, and the "super derecho" are all indicative of "what global warming looks like". "In the future you would expect larger, longer more intense heat waves and we've seen that in the last few summers," Derek Arndt of NOAA Climate Monitoring told the Associated Press." So, can we now say, or not, that specific extreme weather events are caused, or at least exacerbated, by global warming?
Shelter | Aid Workers Network This page focuses on where to find in-depth information (web sites, books, journal articles and other publications) on shelter options during a crisis situation. This page was authored by a volunteer from the AWN community. Updates and new pages are welcomed! On this page: Transitional settlement for displaced populationsSphere standards on shelter UNHCR Handbook for EmergenciesEngineering in Emergencies ODI Good Practice Review 6 UN Guidelines for 'Shelter after Disaster'USAID Field Operations GuidePlastic Sheeting - use and procurementFamily Tents - a Guide Transitional Settlement for Displaced Populations A comprehensive manual on all aspects of shelter and settlement for displaced people is at www.shelterlibrary.org (or www.shelterproject.org - click on 'transitional settlement: displaced populations'). Shelter Centre are a leading NGO dealing with emergency shelter. Sphere Minimum Standards The Sphere Project, revised edition. UNHCR Handbook for Emergencies 'Engineering in Emergencies'