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The weather conversation that saves lives
The weather is equally beloved and dreaded as a topic of conversation. But the important conversations on weather – making sure people are warned about extremities and know what to do when they arrive – is still a challenge. NORCAP climate expert Collison Lore knows the urgency of getting people to talk about the weather – in the right way.
Rain gauges and radios - why climate information is crucial for communities in Niger
Climate change causes an increasing number of exceptional dry periods, heat waves or sudden, heavy rainfalls in many regions in Niger. Thus, farmers and smallholders depend on weather forecasts to be able to adapt and save their yields. The Niger national meteorological department (Niger MET) runs programmes to improve climate communication in rural areas – with the support of NORCAP.
“Climate change is a massive speed bump to the development of Africa”
NORCAP expert Romeo Nkurunziza has taken a substantial part in the recently released State of the Climate in Africa 2020 report, published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Now, he hopes the report will be a central document during the most important climate summit of the year, COP26 in Glasgow.
The Global Education Cluster and the EU are working with partners to strengthen rapid education responses
Every child has the right to develop their talents and competencies to unlock their potential, starting from early childhood and throughout their schooling and vocational training. This right does not cease in humanitarian emergencies.
Strengthening Protection of Children in the Maldives
The island paradise has been hard hit by the pandemic, resulting in a significant set-back for the important progress made to protect children, NORCAP expert Kate Halvorsen reports.
Greece: The important hidden impact
Having the right policies or procedures in place can have a life-changing impact on people’s lives. Read on to find out how NORCAP’s capacity building project contributes to improving conditions for refugees in Greece.
NORCAP expertise vital to Beirut urban response
NORCAP’s rapid support and coordination expertise ensured a critical and timely contribution to the urban response to the Beirut Port explosion, according to partner organisation UN-Habitat.
Meet two NORCAP experts working in the world's most neglected crises
Every year, NRC publishes the list of the ten most neglected displacement crises in the world, to shine the spotlight on these forgotten emergencies. How much do we know about the worlds most neglected crises? Meet two NORCAP experts working in Democratic Republic of Congo, and Cameroon and learn more about their experiences in the crises that never make the news.
Cameroon’s underfunded crisis hampers action for gender equality
When humanitarian crises don’t receive the level of funding allowing to meet distinct needs, attention to gender equality is far more likely to fall through the cracks, writes Delphine Brun, GenCap adviser to the humanitarian community in Cameroon.
A failure to address the vulnerability of men and boys
The patchy attention given to adolescent boys and men has not allowed for understanding the gendered impact that crisis has on them. We need to expand our vision of who persons of concern should be, writes Delphine Brun, senior GenCap adviser at United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Cameroon.
Pandemic prompts new initiatives for election observation
Covid-19 has affected democratic processes all over the world, making it more important than ever to ensure that elections are up to international standards. NORCAP’s experienced election observers usually travel around the world to observe elections, but many experts have had to work remotely or adjust their methodology to the new reality.
Women in power: Why the clean energy shift needs a female perspective
As part of NORCAP's Accelerator Program, our five female junior energy experts are pushing for a clean energy transition. To them, women are the most important pieces of the puzzle.
Beirut: Securing property and coordination
In the aftermath of the devastating Beirut explosion last year, Lebanon continues to struggle with a number of crises. Since the blast, NORCAP experts have supported the coordination of humanitarian efforts and securing housing, land and property rights in affected neighbourhoods.
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.
Building women's climate resilience
When droughts, floods and hurricanes strike, women are disproportionately affected. Four female NORCAP climate experts are working to counteract that, providing crucial climate information to women in rural communities in Africa.
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.
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.