Latest news from the field
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.
Climate theatre in the Nigerien countryside
Climate experts in the Sahel region use radio, mobile phones and theatre to reach vulnerable communities with lifesaving climate and weather information.
Empowering the first responders
In most countries, civil society organisations are the first to respond to a crisis. For the first time, NORCAP joins forces with the Civil Society Network in the Lake Chad basin and resident UN agencies, to build capacity and empower local organisations in crisis response. The project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On the frontline of Europe’s forgotten conflict
The conflict in eastern Ukraine has cost more than 10,000 lives. Unarmed internationalobservers monitor the ceasefire, but the parties to the conflict continue to disregard it.
We are failing DR Congo - again
The international community has failed to help and protect the people of DR Congo. 13.1 million people need humanitarian assistance, more than a double since 2014. Despite the situation getting worse, donors have reduced funding to the country.
Rohingya refugees bracing for another disaster
Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have nowhere to evacuate if a cyclone hits their overcrowded camps. The monsoon and cyclone season is fast approaching and aid workers are struggling to make improvements, but admit that it will not be enough.
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.