Latest news from the field
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.
Fighting Ebola in DRC: Convincing people is key
NORCAP experts working with the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo believe their most important task is to convince the communities of the severity of the epidemic.
Protecting people from gender-based violence
NORCAP experts warn that a long-term approach is needed to address gender-based violence in Mozambique. Three months after Cyclone Idai, humanitarian agencies are scaling down efforts in the affected areas, but the work is far from over.
NORDEM expert ensures safer elections in Madagascar
Safer and quicker handling of voting lists and election results are contributing to calmer elections in Madagascar, thanks to a NORDEM deployee.
Statement on outcome from the international conference on “Ending Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Humanitarian Crises”
Statement by Benedicte Giæver, Executive Director NORCAP, in reaction to the outcome from the international conference on ending sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian crises.
Improved support for sexually abused children
Children and adolescent survivors of sexual violence and abuse often need specific help and support in an emergency. Meet the NORCAP experts, Megan Lind and Irene Quizon, who work on the Child and Adolescent Survivor Initiative - established to strengthen the support provided to those most vulnerable.
NORCAP Statement in relation to the international conference to end sexual violence in humanitarian crises
Statement by Executive Director of NORCAP Benedicte Giæver ahead of the international conference: “Ending Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Humanitarian Crises” which takes place in Oslo, Norway, 23-24 May:
Gender-based violence (GBV) threatens lives, destroys families and harms entire communities. NORCAP works to ensure that survivors get the help they need and that long-term actions to prevent GBV are prioritised in humanitarian, peace and development efforts.
Gearing up for Idai
NORCAP sends the first four experts to support UN agencies in the cyclone Idai response this week. The tropical storm recently hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, leaving more than 750 people dead, more than 140,000 people displaced, and devastated large parts of the three countries.
Increased resilience through climate information services
Due to a combination of exposure and low adaptive capacity, Africa is very vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Meet three of our experts working in Africa to minimise the gap between providers and end-users of climate information.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights and NORDEM reach anniversary milestone
This week marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 2018 is also the 25-year anniversary of the establishment of the Norwegian Resource Bank for Democracy and Human Rights, NORDEM. Though separated by 45 years, the link between the declaration's vision and NORDEM's work is close.
Greek winter may claim refugee lives if Europe does not act now
Unless Europe urgently steps up its support to tens of thousands of refugees in Greece, harsh winter conditions may claim lives of vulnerable families living in squalid conditions.
Bosnia elections: the significance of NORDEM election observers
Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina will go to the polls to choose three presidents and members of the country’s lower legislative body on October 7th. With the very survival of the country and regional stability teetering at the brink, the presence of election observers such as NORDEM, has psychological and social importance, according to three experts on the Balkans and elections.
Messages for safe fishing in Senegal
Voice and text messages are widely used in Senegal to alert fishing communities about bad weather. One NORCAP expert is working to reach more people with the service, and provide them with a safer way to fish.
Scaling up in DRC
DRC’s conflict escalated and spread in 2017, creating one of the world’s largest displacement crisis. To reduce needs and vulnerabilities in the long run, the humanitarian response plan recommends stronger synergies between humanitarian and development work.
Challenges of a cross-border response
The response to the crisis in Syria is one of the most complex and challenging in the world. NORCAP has deployed experts to improve protection and strengthen coordination.
Collaborating to protect Rohingya refugees
More than 655,000 Rohingya fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and sought safety in neighbouring Bangladesh between late August and early November 2017. Despite concerted humanitarian efforts and a recent repatriation deal, their future is highly uncertain.
Making markets work in a crisis
Yemen has been shattered by three years of civil war, and eight million people are on the brink of famine. In a country devastated by conflict and economic collapse, cash assistance is the best option to reach more people in need.