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Kenya: Introducing digital cash in Dadaab – the world's biggest refugee settlement

19/05/2016
What is your assessment of the 'bamba chakula' project so far?I am very satisfied with it. It is something that the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) has been supporting for many years. People receiving...

Humanitarian accountability: Rhetoric vs. reality

18/05/2016
Zoom out from space and take a picture with a satellite. Now walk on the ground and measure the physical distance between two items in that satellite image and compare the results. That’s called ‘ground-truthing.’ This technique is used in the most...

EU humanitarian aid reaches survivors after Ecuador’s earthquake

04/05/2016
Less than 48 hours after the disaster, two humanitarian experts from the European Commission's Humanitarian  Aid  and  Civil  Protection department (ECHO) office in Quito, Ecuador’s capital, were surveying damages and the population’s needs in the...

A warm reception at Azraq camp, Jordan

02/05/2016
In the middle of the rugged, rocky expanse of the Jordanian desert, row upon row of white shelters stretch across the landscape. This is Azraq camp, hosting refugees from Syria. It is run by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Jordanian...

Providing emergency support to Ecuador's earthquake survivors

28/04/2016
As the EU’s civil protection convoy makes its way from the capital Quito to the regions worst affected by the devastating earthquake which hit Ecuador on Saturday 16 April, survivors line up the roads in the scorching sun, asking for water or food...

Helping Syrian families with the 'Cash for work' programme

27/04/2016
People in Need’s 'Cash for work' programme in Syria is intended to directly support those people who have lost their sources of livelihood due to the war.People in Need distributes the appropriate tools to the participants of the programme who are...

Enhancing construction skills to help Nepali earthquake victims ‘build back better’

22/04/2016
Bhagwati Tamang was busy making mortar and working with stone when we first arrived in Majimtar in Dhading, a central district located approximately 50 kilometres northwest of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu. It was amongst the areas worst hit by...

Calling in Cambodia’s first voice-based early warning system

20/04/2016
The phone rings. The screen indicates the call comes from 1294, the voice-based 'early warning system' that Ms. Chonn, a resident of Cambodia’s Pursat Province and a mother of six, signed up to a few weeks ago.When Ms. Chonn answers the phone, a...

Water brings dignity to refugee girls in Cameroon

18/04/2016
When the only place to go to the toilet is out in the open, fear of contracting diseases and embarrassment at being watched become part of girls' daily lives.“I sometimes went for days without going to the toilet because I felt so uncomfortable,”...

Putting children at the heart of the World Humanitarian Summit: Laal Bibi’s story

14/04/2016
It was July last year, and there was talk of a possible flood affecting our village – like it had happened the year before and one before that. There was an air of fear and uncertainty in the village. One sunny day, around 11:00 in the morning,...

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