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  • Risk of Relapse in Somalia | Charity & Security Network
    aid may end up becoming even worse in the coming months The current conditions in Somalia are an improvement over previous years but remain far from acceptable 50 000 children are severely malnourished 1 1 million are displaced and only 30 of the population has access to clean drinking water Despite these troubling numbers only 12 of Somalia s humanitarian funding needs have been met this year a shortfall of 822 million Without additional funding soon there is a very real risk that people still in need will not be reached and those already helped will fall back into crisis Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications The Latest News C SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism February 8 2016 New Budget Language Intended to Rein In Partner Vetting System January 21 2016 Over 100 Nonprofits Ask FATF

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/1225 (2016-02-16)
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  • New Portal for Humanitarian Negotiation Resources | Charity & Security Network
    about humanitarian negotiations The content is populated by expert practitioners to help share information for the purposes of i ensuring the provision of humanitarian assistance and protection to vulnerable populations ii preserving humanitarian space and iii promoting better respect for international law The portal s resource database contains articles reports and case studies on humanitarian engagement It also contains analysis from sector experts on emerging trends Users can also submit their own content to the database The portal is hosted by Conflict Dynamics International More information on their work in humanitarian negotiations can be found here Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications The Latest News C SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism February 8 2016 New Budget Language Intended to Rein In Partner Vetting System January 21 2016 Over 100 Nonprofits Ask FATF to Revise Recommendation 8

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/1219 (2016-02-16)
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  • Stand #WithSyria: Global Vigil for Syria 2014 | Charity & Security Network
    100 000 people and has displaced millions of women men and children The vigils seek to shed light on the conflict and spur concerted action from world leaders On March 13 several iconic buildings around the world will be illuminated to urge the international community to take action WithSyria was created to coordinate the global campaign The website provides resources including a listing of vigils and events planned and tools for creating your own vigil WithSyria includes a coalition of prominent organizations from around the world seeking 1 an end to the bloodshed in Syria 2 Unimpeded humanitarian aid to those impacted by the fighting and 3 A commitment from all side to inclusive peace talks Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications The Latest News C SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism February 8 2016 New Budget

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/1206 (2016-02-16)
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  • UN Security Council Votes for Humanitarian Aid across Syria (Fars News) | Charity & Security Network
    intention to take further steps if the resolution is not implemented Al Alam reported The foreign backed militants hold several areas in the country under siege leaving tens of thousands of people suffering from lack of food and medicine UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon welcomed the move but said the resolution should not have been necessary Humanitarian assistance is not something to be negotiated it is something to be allowed by virtue of international law he said Some 45 000 people are under siege in opposition controlled areas Ban added If this resolution is implemented quickly and in good faith at least some of the suffering can be eased Full story here Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications The Latest News C SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism February 8 2016 New Budget Language Intended to

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/USNC_Syria_Access (2016-02-16)
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  • Aiding Syria | Charity & Security Network
    news other reports out of Syria indicate that aid is being used by both sides of the conflict to reward its allies and punish the other side The message from the regime is clear says one humanitarian who runs programs in Damascus If you are with us we will assist you if you aren t we will besiege you and starve you As world leaders gather to discuss the fate of millions of Syrians under siege aid groups call on both sides to allow unfettered access to reach civilians in need The very least that these different fighters can provide is a pause to allow the humanitarians to get in and provide that emergency relief WFP s Syria Country Director Matthew Hollingworth said Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications The Latest News C SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/1172 (2016-02-16)
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  • UN/USAID Report: Somalia Famine Death Toll Higher Than Estimated, Inadequate Aid Among Factors | Charity & Security Network
    over 17 percent of children under the age of five During the main famine period between May and October 2011 there were more than 20 000 excess deaths per month in southern and central Somalia p 9 To put this in perspective the report notes that this rate of child deaths is two to three times the annual amount in all industrialised countries combined p 10 Constraints on Humanitarian Assistance as a Factor There is consensus that the humanitarian response to the famine was mostly late and insufficient the study concluded p 5 It lists the inadequate humanitarian response as one of the contributing factors to the high death rate saying these impacts should be viewed as the combined impact of drought reduced humanitarian assistance high food prices and civil strife in the affected regions all in the context of persisting and or worsening insecurity It then concludes that This evidence should be used to ensure such deficiencies never occur again in the future p 10 U S law prohibits the provision of any support to a terrorist group including incidental or accidental diversion of resources As an article on the study in the LA Times pointed out U S counterterrorism policy played a role in exacerbating the crisis It noted that al Shabaab was listed by the U S as terrorist organization in 2008 and that U S counter terrorism law imposes sanctions on any group found to be offering even indirect assistance to a terrorist group Some U S and international agencies halted aid deliveries to Shabab controlled areas fearing they could be charged with helping a designated terrorist group The U S drastically cut back its aid to Somalia also reducing it by 88 percent from 237 million in 2008 to 20 million in 2011 This included the U S government s suspension of funding to the UN World Food Program WFP in December 2009 despite the UN estimating over three million people were at risk of food shortages The U S refused to issue a General License for charities to provide aid in al Shabaab controlled areas of Somalia in early 2011 and only partially relaxed restrictions in August of that year after many deaths had already occurred Ken Menkhaus an expert on Somalia at Davidson College in North Carolina said the U S anti terror laws had a chilling effect on humanitarian organizations that were trying to respond to the crisis in Somalia Everyone wanted to get aid in But local aid diversion was endemic he said in a telephone interview to the Los Angeles Times Senait Gebregziabher Oxfam Somalia s director of operations told The Guardian the high number of deaths should have been averted Famines are not natural phenomena they are catastrophic political failures The world was too slow to respond to stark warnings of drought exacerbated by conflict in Somalia and people paid with their lives said Gebregziabher The positive impact of humanitarian response can have is noted in the improvements in

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Somalia_Famine_Deaths_Higher_Inadequate_Aid_Cited (2016-02-16)
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  • Foreign aid agencies seek access to Pakistan quake victims (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | Charity & Security Network
    province on September 24 and a similar magnitude earthquake struck four days later A senior official has put the death toll at 515 Full story here Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/agencies_seek_access_Pak_earthquake (2016-02-16)
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  • UN Officials and NGO Leader Urge Changes to Counterterrorism Measures that Harm Humanitarian Action | Charity & Security Network
    the report s findings outlining CTM impacts including halts or decrease in funding blocking of projects suspension of programs planning or program design not according to needs delays in project implementation increased administrative procedures for procurement or vetting and limitations on financial transactions Egeland cited the example of a food program for kindergarten students in Gaza that was discontinued because the headmaster was seen as leaning toward Hamas He asked when did a baby become a Hamas baby A baby is a baby Such actions Egeland argued are likely to anger and alienate people Overall he called the effects of CTMs toxic saying we need to detoxify it Egeland also called on civil society to be more proactive in forging a solution to the problem saying NGOs have not pushed back enough against counterproductive CTMs Laborde stressed that many of the negative impacts are unintended consequences of laws meant to protect public safety and governments did not know that when they translated through ministries of treasury and interior or homeland defense through a state department or donor down to the NGO it had totally counterproductive effects The speakers offered several ideas for moving forward Kang called for carve outs exceptions within the regime providing for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to people in need Laborde said CTMs must reconnect with international humanitarian law He also mentioned possible reform of UN Security Council Resolution 1373 the UN s primary anti terrorism measure and supported some form on intent standard Egeland urged NGOs to work together to make sure their resources are protected from going into the wrong hands All speakers urged a cooperative approach to reform Laborde said It will take some time but we can make this new legislation with international humanitarian law exemptions We should act together Otherwise it

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/UN_NGO_Urge_Counterterrorism_Reforms_Humanitarian_Access (2016-02-16)
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