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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 research shows devastating economic impact of Covid-19 on displaced
More than three quarters of displaced and conflict-affected people surveyed by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) have lost income since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The devastating economic impact is tipping many into a hunger, homelessness and education crisis, the organisation said in a report released today.
Middle East: Fear of Covid-19 triggers alarming rise in displaced children’s stress
PRESS RELEASE: Displaced children in the Middle East are reporting an alarming rise in stress levels triggered by fear of Covid-19, with an average increase of 45 per cent since the pandemic started.
Beirut explosion: Tens of thousands of new homeless face winter crisis
Tens of thousands of people made homeless by the explosion in Beirut on 4 August risk being left out in the rain and cold unless aid funding is stepped up immediately, the Norwegian Refugee Council warns.
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.
Joint INGO letter to USAID
An open letter from six INGOs in Yemen, calling for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to lift its suspension of humanitarian assistance to northern Yemen.
A record one million displaced by violence in Burkina Faso amid Covid-19
Armed violence has displaced one million people in Burkina Faso since the crisis began, resulting in some of the worst crimes including murders, kidnappings and bombings perpetrated against civilians, many of whom are children. The unprecedented levels of displacement occurred as the coronavirus pandemic worsens an already critical humanitarian crisis in the violence-stricken country.
Statement by the Secretary General on record number of attacks on aid workers
Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said:
Beirut Conference: “Funding must be immediately disbursed following pledges, and Lebanese need to be heard”
Norwegian Refugee Council’s Lebanon Country Director Carlo Gherardi’s reaction to the outcome of the aid conference co-organised by the UN and France for the explosion response in Beirut, 9 August 2020.
15,000 Ethiopian returnees receive emergency Covid-19 assistance at quarantine sites
Over 15,000 Ethiopian returnees, many of whom are vulnerable women and children languishing at quarantine sites, have received critical emergency assistance as the country continues to curb the spread of Covid-19. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is working alongside the Ethiopian government to provide hygiene kits and other essential items to returning migrants.
Wealthy nations leave millions behind with alarming funding disparities amid pandemic
Less than a quarter of this year’s $40 billion humanitarian aid appeal has been received to support 250 million vulnerable people, against the backdrop of an estimated $11 trillion coronavirus stimulus for wealthy nations.
Yemen: Hunger crisis accelerating under Covid-19
One in every four vulnerable families have lost all income and half have seen their incomes drop by over 50 per cent -- new NRC survey reveals.
Statement by Secretary General Jan Egeland following reports of a second airstrike on Yemeni civilians
NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland said:
Syria: aid agencies raise alarm over veto on cross-border aid
In a joint statement, the International Rescue Committee, World Vision International, Humanity and Inclusion, Norwegian Refugee Council, Mercy Corps, People in Need and CARE International raise the alarm over the veto on cross-border aid into Syria:
Vulnerable people across East Africa forcibly evicted during pandemic
Over 70,000 people, many of whom are internally displaced, were forcibly evicted from their homes in urban areas across East Africa even during the most prevalent months of the Covid-19 pandemic - a new report reveals.
Covid-19 and conflict causing chaos for people in eastern Ukraine
Thousands of people in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine are going hungry and lack access to basic services due to Covid-19 price hikes and movement restrictions. Ongoing shelling has also disrupted vital water supplies - meaning many vulnerable and elderly are without access to running water during the pandemic.
"80 million people displaced is a damning verdict on current global leadership"
Reactive statement by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council on newly released global displacement figures.
Congratulations to Norway on its election to the UN Security Council
Statement by Secretary General Jan Egeland on the election of Norway as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
Aid organisations condemn airstrike killing 13 civilians
Eight international non-governmental organisations working in Yemen strongly condemn the reprehensible attack that took place yesterday in the north of Yemen, killing 13 civilians – including four children.
Africa is home to nine of ten of the world’s most neglected crises
Cameroon, DR Congo and Burkina Faso are the most neglected displacement crises in the world, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council’s annual list launched today.
Reaction to the Yemen Pledging Conference
An international Yemen Donor Pledging Conference, which took place today, sought to raise USD 2.4 billion in aid. Responding to the pledges made, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland said:
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.
New resources to save lives and to reduce suffering of people affected by the Venezuelan crisis
Over 700 million euros raised today prove the commitment of governments and donors to respond to Venezuela’s refugee and migrant 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.
Armed conflict displaces 660,000 since UN call for global ceasefire
Armed conflict forced more than 660,000 people around the world to flee their homes between March 23 and May 15, leaving people more exposed to Covid-19, and is preventing global efforts to control the pandemic.
Joint statement on the suspension of activities in Ndélé, Central African Republic
Suspension of activities of humanitarian NGOs Norwegian Refugee Council, Première Urgence Internationale, Search For Common Ground and War Child in Bamingui Bangoran Prefecture, Central African Republic.
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.
Iraqi women denied their property by relatives, tribes and militias
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi women displaced by war remain unable to return to their homes because of systemic injustices that prevent them from proving or claiming ownership of their property.
Statement on the flooding in Somalia
Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Somalia Victor Moses said:
Reaction to UN’s updated Covid-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan
The UN’s updated Covid-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan, which launched today, calls for US $6.7 billion. Responding to the appeal, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland said:
DR Congo shelters 1 in 10 of the world's internally displaced people
Close to 1.7 million people fled violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2019, putting the country on top of the list of most newly internally displaced in Africa, and second globally after Syria.
More than 50 million people are displaced within their own country
Never before have so many people been displaced by conflict and violence as at the end of 2019. At the same time, there has been a sharp increase in the number of people displaced by disasters, compared with the previous year.
International Girls in ICT Day
Claudia Garcia is an ICT manager with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). She is based in Bogotá, and supports the technology requirements for Colombia, Ecuador and Central American countries where NRC is present. To mark International Girls in ICT Day, we talked to her about why more women and girls are needed in the ICT sector.
Review sanction regimes to facilitate Covid-19 response
Recent statements from US and EU authorities say the sanctions they impose do not target aid. NRC welcomes those statements but calls on states and multilateral bodies to now take concrete action to ensure that sanctions do not hinder the response to the Covid-19 pandemic in countries already suffering humanitarian crises.
Covid-19: On-the-record update on challenges facing displaced people in Somalia
Quote from the Norwegian Refugee Council's (NRC) Country Director in Somalia Victor Moses. "For countries like Somalia, Covid-19 isn’t just a health crisis, it’s an economic juggernaut. Even before the outbreak gathers speed, people are feeling the pinch of inflation, widespread job losses, and fear that measures to contain the spread of the virus will have an equal or even more detrimental impact on their survival than the pandemic itself."
Yemeni groups and INGOs renew call for pause in USAID suspension to fight Covid-19 in Yemen
Over two weeks since USAID suspended aid in northern Yemen, aid groups are renewing their call for the major donor to reconsider its decision, especially in light of the now confirmed threat of Covid-19 in the country.
Israel’s destruction of Palestinian property undermines efforts to curb Covid-19
Israel’s recent targeting of homes and even water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in the occupied West Bank violates international law and undermines efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
Covid-19 forces migrants and refugees back to crisis-ridden Venezuela
The coronavirus crisis is forcing hundreds of Venezuelan refugees and migrants to return home, as lockdown measures prevent them from earning a living. More could follow if the international community does not increase its funding to support the Colombian government’s pandemic response.
Release frozen Venezuelan funds for Covid-19 response
Venezuelan government and opposition leaders, and their respective backers, should agree to use frozen state assets located in banks around the world to protect the Venezuelan people against the spread of the coronavirus.
Just three ventilators to cope with Covid-19 in Central African Republic
Just three ventilators are available to help save the lives of people who contract coronavirus in Central African Republic, a country of almost five million people. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is calling on the international community to support countries, which are gravely unprepared to cope with the spread of the virus.
A new Sudan faces corona with little support
Sudan’s new government shows readiness to rebuild the country and aid agencies want to scale up, but both lack international support to act now.
Covid-19 restrictions preventing thousands from accessing lifesaving aid
New Covid-19 restrictions to reduce the movement of people globally are inadvertently preventing lifesaving aid from reaching displaced and refugee communities. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is currently unable to reach thousands of people, including 300,000 in the Middle East. It is calling on governments to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid in these challenging times.