Latest news from the field
Lifelong learning in a refugee camp
"Our challenge is to guarantee the right to education, lifelong learning and wellbeing of more than 370.000 refugee children”, says education in emergencies expert, Henry Renna Gallano. He is one of 20 NORCAP deployees currently working in the Bangladesh refugee camps.
Bangladesh refugee crisis poised for massive health epidemic
“The crisis facing 800,000 refugees in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazaar today is alarming, but we’re on the brink of a large-scale health catastrophe if the situation isn’t turned around,” warned Benedicte Giæver, Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council’s expert deployment roster, NORCAP.
Preparedness key to tackling El Niño
The last El Niño phenomenon brought droughts and floods that increased humanitarian needs around the world. NORCAP experts have worked in some of the hardest hit areas, putting preparedness in the priority seat, to increase national and regional ability to cope with future events.
Addressing broken promises: education for all
Around the world, millions of children and youth are deprived of the right to education. Every day, NORCAP experts work hard to support our partners to reach the global goal of education for all by 2030. Meet four of our deployees who have dedicated their lives to fighting for children’s right to education.
Building a city in a matter of days
Close to 800, 000 refugees in Bangladesh need shelter urgently. Our NORCAP experts are involved in constructing what might become one of the world's largest refugee camps.
Learning about Norwegian elections
What can the Norwegian parliamentary elections learn from countries with far less experience in democratic election processes? Election observers from seven countries gave their recommendations to Norway after the parliamentary elections earlier this month.
Uganda: Inadequate response for women and girls
Ahead of the ‘Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees’ on June 22-23, NORCAP experts stress the urgent need for more funding to Uganda’s refugee situation. The humanitarian response particularly fails to address the needs of women and girls.
Using satellite technology for humanitarian relief
With the assistance of satellite technology, NORCAP deployees to UNOSAT in Geneva develop new tools and initiatives in disaster risk reduction and climate services.
Discussing challenges in election observation
Social media, accusations of fake news, and nations trying to influence elections in other nations are crucial challenges for election observers to handle on future missions, says Emanuele Giaufret, Head of Division, Democracy and Electoral Observation in the European External Action Service. Giaufret is in Oslo for the EU focal point meeting for election observation, organised by NORDEM.
"Not just paying lip service to humanitarian ideals"
“We can see exciting new developments in Myanmar, both economically and politically. However, there are further humanitarian needs and human rights violations, including in Rakhine State, that should be addressed to ensure all people in Myanmar enjoy peaceful coexistence and prospects for prosperity,” says Ingvill Tveite, NORCAP deployee in Myanmar.
"Communication is key to protection"
“The most important thing is to make sure people get information about what, when and where. That takes a way a lot of frustration”, says NORCAP protection expert, Helene Ruud. She recently finished her first mission to the World Food Programme, in Haiti.
Fear of increased emergency in Mocoa
The upcoming rainy season in Mocoa, Colombia, could increase the vulnerability of women and girls in the area, fears GenCap adviser, Devanna de la Puente. Heavy rains and mudslides resulted in over 300 deaths in Mocoa earlier this month. Women and children are in particular need of help and attention.
Prize-winning humanitarian architecture
Architecture students from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design have won a prestigious award in the competition “Place and Displacement: A marketplace in a refugee settlement”. NORCAP experts and teachers Tone Selmer-Olsen and Håvard Breivik are impressed with their students.
How accurate climate information save lives
NORCAP work hard to help people most affected by climate changes. Meet five of our climate experts explaining why it is important to understand the need for accurate climate information and what they do about it.
Yemen: An extreme situation for women
Since the war in Yemen started two years ago, women have been pushed to the margins of political influence in the country. GenCap Advisor Deborah Clifton says the situation has gone from bad to worse.
"If we give up, they might give up"
"It is us, who are outsiders, who need to engage and encourage," says Jeffrey Mapendere, a NORCAP mediation expert deplyed to Juba.
Confronting statelessness with statistics
People who have no official nationality are often denied their most basic rights. Understanding the scale, causes and consequences of statelessness is vital to addressing the issue.
Fighting a double crisis
“People in north eastern Nigeria is battling one of the most severe humanitarian crises of today. Most of the food production has collapsed completely, and the conflict with Boko Haram makes it impossible for people to return home and pick up their lives”, says NORCAP expert, Virginia M. Moncrieff.
76 million to improved crisis response
NORCAP has signed a three-year framework agreement with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “It is important to ensure quick and efficient access to competent and experienced personnel when a crisis hits, the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, says.
Why cash matters
Want to know more about the use of cash in humanitarian work? NORCAP cash expert, Jacqueline Frize, currently working in Jordan, gives you the basics.
Greece: Frustration mounts as temperatures fall
Snow and freezing temperatures have made it impossible for refugees in Greece to continue living in tents. NORCAP experts are alarmed and urge the EU to accelerate the relocation process.
Everybody needs to act
Attending this year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Morocco, we highlighted how climate services is a crucial tool to reaching the goals established in last year’s Paris agreement. But for it to succeed, everyone must pull together.
NORDEM joins NORCAP
As of 2017, NORDEM, the Norwegian Resource Bank for Democracy and Human rights, will join NORCAP.
New partnerships to advance safety of journalists
In December NORCAP and UNESCO hosted a roundtable event with Norwegian and Scandinavian media enterprises, journalists’ unions, academia and international media development NGOs to discuss how to improve journalists’ safety and press freedom, especially in times of crisis or conflict.