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Five green NORCAP initiatives from 2020
NORCAP has continued to expand work on clean energy and climate issues this year, knowing how vital this is to both present and future livelihoods. Here are five green highlights from 2020.
Gender-based violence beyond the crises
As seen with the covid-19 pandemic, gender-based violence is often exacerbated by crises. But in order to combat violence towards women and girls, we need to address the underlying causes that were already in place before emergency struck, writes Delphine Brun, senior GenCap adviser at OCHA Cameroon.
Nobel Peace Prize to WFP: "Giving people emergency food is only the beginning"
“We must work to make people less dependent on food aid and more self-sufficient”, says Helen Kape Peters in NORCAP. Helen, who herself has experienced food insecurity as a refugee, believes this is one of the most important issues facing Nobel Peace Prize winner World Food Programme (WFP), and partners such as NORCAP, in the coming years.
Teachers and peace promotion in Mali
Despite the various challenges they face, teachers are showing an incredible dedication to their profession, writes Leandro Salazar-Lievano, our education expert deployed to UNHCR Mali.
Greening humanitarian operations – one solar panel at the time
NRC South Sudan is replacing their old diesel generators with renewable energy assisted by NORCAP. They encourage the humanitarian sector to follow their example.
Election observation during the pandemic
Political analyst and NORCAP expert Øyvind H. Seim was supposed to be in Myanmar for the general elections this fall. But with the Covid-19 travel restrictions, election observers have to find new solutions.
New report: EmPowering Africa's most vulnerable
"This report shows that change can happen", says Secretary General of NRC, Jan Egeland, about the new report on the opportunities for solar power in Africa by NORCAP and Boston Consulting Group.
Colombia's long road to peace
The country’s 2016 peace agreement promised an end to 50 years of civil war, but a change of government and the humanitarian crisis in neighbouring Venezuela threaten to undermine its provisions. NORCAP supports the UN in the region in providing a comprehensive response to help the parties navigate the complex crisis.
Immediate Covid-19 support to partners
Adapting current assistance to ensure continued support to vulnerable communities, along with taking care of staff and experts have been NORCAP’s main priorities in the Covid-19 response.
NORCAP Annual Report 2019
NORCAP solves challenges in the humanitarian, development and peace-building sectors in order to better protect vulnerable people’s lives and rights. We build partnerships, promote more effective ways of working and provide skilled experts to develop capacity.
Providing dignity on a daily basis
When he started his mission in 2015, Patric Mansour was faced with one of the largest refugee influxes to Europe in modern times. Four years on, refugees and migrants are still crossing the Mediterranean for safety in Greece and Mansour believes it is high time for Europe to take responsibility.
From business statistics to statistics on forced displacement
In August 2019, NORCAP-deployee Marte Claussen took a break from her job at Statistics Norway to work on statistics linked to refugees and internally displaced people, at the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS).
Long-term solutions for the Rohingya response
Two years after the people of the Rohingya minority fled Myanmar, 900.000 refugees are trying to rebuild their lives in neighbouring Bangladesh. NORCAP experts support the humanitarian response and our projects target some of the most critical gaps in the assistance.
CashCap: Connecting global discussions to communities in need
The use of cash and vouchers in humanitarian and development contexts has been steadily increasing in the last five years. CashCap is an active contributor to this trend, promoting cash in global and regional discussions as well as in the field . Three CashCap experts explain why working on all three levels is essential.
Implementing 1325: Challenges and opportunities
While supporting the implementation process of the UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in the OSCE-area, it became clear to Ewa Sapiezynska what challenges she had to address in order to achieve change.
How local radio boosts climate change adaptation
In the Horn of Africa, local radio stations provide updates on entertainment, sports and health, so why not weather and climate too?
Handing over weapons: M.I.L.F. combatants commit to peace in the Bangsamoro
The ceremonial presentation of over 1,000 decommissioned M.I.L.F. combatants and their weapons marked a new milestone in the Bangsamoro’s historical peace process. Experts from NORDEM continue to play key roles in the operation.
Documentation opens doors for Kenya's stateless Shona community
Ending statelessness by 2024 is an ambitious goal, but NORCAP expert Sadiq Boateng is closing the gap with efforts to recognise Kenya’s stateless Shona people.
Too much of a good thing? Observers both impressed and concerned by amount of trust in Norwegian elections
Election practitioners from five countries were impressed with the professionalism, transparency and trust in Norwegian local elections, but warn that too much trust can be risky.
Calling for a durable and inclusive response two years after the Rohingya mass exodus
In the days following August 25, 2017, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees fled their homes in Myanmar for Bangladesh. In the two years since, continued efforts to protect the Rohingya community from climate hazards in overcrowded camps have resulted in a prolonged emergency response. Now, affected communities must be included to secure durable solutions.
Urgent action needed in Greece to save lives before winter sets in
“Ten thousand asylum seekers are now living in cramped conditions in a camp that was designed for 3,500 people. With no proper accommodation or even sleeping bags to face the fast approaching winter, the safety of these desperate people is now at risk”, says Benedicte Giæver, Executive Director of NORCAP.