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Throughout the year, VOICE produces and disseminates key documents reflecting on humanitarian aid issues at EU level and from a NGO perspective. They are addressed to decision makers within the European institutions, NGO networks and other stakeholders of the humanitarian community, as well as to the VOICE members. Most of these documents are  produced by the VOICE Secretariat with the support of VOICE members.

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  • VOICE out loud 28- Adressing protection needs in humanitarian action

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    Tags: Syrian crisis, Principles, Counter-terrorism, NGOs, IHL, Access

    In this edition of the VOICE out loud, VOICE members reflect on different aspects of protection in their humanitarian operations. We hear also from Mr. Walter Fuelleman, ICRC representant in Brussels, on how protection work is changing and what in the EU can support or hinder this.
  • VOICE out loud 27 Have we forgotten the Lake Chad Basin?

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    Tags: Principles, DRR, Resilience, NGOs, Access, Development

    This edition of the VOICE out loud explores the situation in the Lake Chad Basin. We have asked our members in ACTED, Accion contra el Hambre, COOPI, DRC, Concern Worldwide to share their experiences about this complex and proctracted crisis.
  • VOICE out loud 26 Exploring the humanitarian-development nexus

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    Tags: Consensus, NGOs, Cash, Development, nexus

    In this edition of the VOICE Out Loud we have asked our members to explore the opportunities and challenges of the humanitarian-development nexus.
  • VOICE out loud n.25 Moving forward with the agenda for humanity

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    Tags: Consensus, Principles, Resilience, NGOs, Cash, Grand Bargain, EU, WHS, Funding, LRRD, EU Trust Funds, MFF, EU Financial Regulation

    This new edition of VOICE out loud celebrates our 25th birthday focusing on moving forward and implementing the Agenda for Humanity. With reflections from the field in Nepal and in Central African Republic and contribution from our members in Sweden, Spain, UK, Belgium, this edition continues to celebrate the diversity of our network and its members's field experience and expertise.
  • VOICE Out Loud 24: How humanitarian NGOs work with the private sector

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    Tags: NGOs, Partnership, private sector

    In May of this year, governments, NGOs and international agencies came together at the World Humanitarian Summit to discuss the future of humanitarian aid worldwide. Also present, and involved in the process leading up to the Summit particularly around funding, were representatives from the private sector. Humanitarian NGOs and different private sector actors have worked together for years, but increasingly donors, including the EU, identify that there may be further potential benefits of private sector partnerships in times of ever-increasing humanitarian need. Such partnerships, though largely considered necessary, do not come without a challenge, particularly when applied in conflict settings where NGOs focus first on maintaining the humanitarian principles and standards. When NGOs seek to engage they must always carefully weigh the benefits and limits of the relationship with private sector actors.

    Starting off this edition of the VOICE out loud, Handicap International and Welthungerhilfe write about the benefits and risks of working with the private sector, and explain what systems and criteria they use to choose companies to work with. Several members give examples of their successful collaborations with the private sector in the field and at home. HelpAge writes about the conditions for successfully working with cash in emergency situations with help from business partners. Mercy Corps UK showcases how partnerships can vary in different country settings, giving examples from Greece and Syria. Finally, Polish Humanitarian Action writes about working with companies to raise funds for programmes in the field.

    In the view on the EU, Civil Society Europe presents outcomes from civil society reports that show evidence of shrinking civil society space in Europe. The section continues with an interview with Isabelle Brachet from the Action Aid EU office on the experience of development NGOs working on the role of the private sector in EU development policy and practice.

    The 'field focus' is written by Plan UK about continuing displacement from the Burundi crisis, the importance of protection for young people in a forgotten crisis, and the work Plan is doing in neighbouring Tanzania to address this.

    The VOICE @ work section highlights the networks' latest activities and publications, including roundtables and high-level meetings.
  • VOICE Out Loud 23: Humanitarian NGOs and the European 'refugee crisis'

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    Tags: EU, Refugees

    2015 was the year that put refugees and the movement of people back on the global and European agenda. Europe saw the biggest refugee flow since World War II, many crossing over from Turkey into Greece. They flee from ongoing armed conflicts and mass killings in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan and South Sudan. So long as these conflicts are not resolved there is no end in sight to the refugee flow. Following border closures throughout Europe, increasing numbers of refugees are finding themselves stuck in Greece, which is under pressure to cope. Humanitarian NGOs are trying to support the efforts of local civil society and authorities to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Greece and elsewhere, but in a difficult political environment, are concerned about the humanitarian principles and maintaining standards.

    Kicking off this issue, the Danish Refugee Council describe the difficulty of upholding humanitarian standards in the midst of this humanitarian crisis. Complementing the basic needs of people in open air refugee camps in Greece is a challenge which Secours Islamique France addresses in its article on needs assessment. The Doctors of the World International Network highlights the best and worst in the European crisis facing migrants. Looking at the humanitarian principles in the context of the Europe Refugee Response, the Norwegian Refugee Council compares operations before and after the EU-Turkey Deal. SOS Childrens Villages draws lessons from the Balkan Route with an eye on children’s protection in the European migration crisis.

    In a View from Turkey, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe explains how it uses partnerships to support refugee protection and assistance in South-Eastern Turkey.

    The View from the EU section contains an interview with Catherine Woollard, Secretary General of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles. She shares her views on the EU’s response to the refugee crisis, the key issues with the EU-Turkey deal, and the recently adopted Communication on Forced Displacement and Development. We also hear from CARE on the additional challenge that humanitarian financing poses in this EU refugee crisis.
  • VOL 22 - WHS and NGO advocacy

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    Tags: WHS

  • VOICE Out Loud 21: European Year for Development: what's in it for humanitarian aid?

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    Tags: EU, Refugees, WHS, Principles, DRR, Resilience, LRRD, NGOs, Quality, Development

    In this issue, VOICE members address the advantages and challenges of development and humanitarian working together, looking at DRR, Core Humanitarian Standard, displacement in urban settings. With consultations on the World Humanitarian Summit ongoing, 50 humanitarian NGOs made a statement on humanitarian principles, while civil society coalitions came together with priorities for implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reducation. We hear an update on the situation in Ukraine, and the views of the European Parliament standing rapporteur on humanitarian assistance, Mr. Guerrero-Salom MEP.
  • VOL 20 - Towards the World Humanitarian Summit: an inclusive process?

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    Tags: WHS

  • VOICE Out Loud 19: A closer look at EU humanitarian aid

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    Tags: EU, Funding, Consensus, Principles, DRR, Crisis Management

    This issue looks at the evolution of EU humanitarian aid, the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid's value especially in conflicts and complex crises, DRR and resilience programming, gender in humanitarian aid, and the EU's funding for humanitarian aid. The ICRC shares their views on key humanitarian challenges and we get an update on the situation in South Sudan.
  • VOICE Out Loud 18: Whose emergency is it anyway? The role of local actors

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  • VOICE Out Loud 17: Humanitarian donors: policy and practice

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  • VOICE Out Loud 16: Accountability

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    Tags: NGOs

    In the search for quality humanitarian aid, the word ‘accountability’ is often mentioned in the same breath as ‘effectiveness’ and ‘efficiency’. But what does it really mean? Through a variety of articles from VOICE members, this newsletter aims to broaden the perspective on this important topic.
  • VOICE Out Loud 15: Linking Relief Rehabilitation and Development (LRRD) - 20th anniversary edition

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    Tags: LRRD

    This edition of the VOICE Out Loud focusses on Linking Relief Rehabilitation and Development (LRRD). Published in 2012, it also celebrates VOICE's 20th anniversary and contains a short history of VOICE on page 5.
  • VOICE Out Loud 14: Partnerships for humanitarian aid

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  • VOICE Out Loud 13: Is independent humanitarian action a myth?

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  • VOICE Out Loud 12: Haiti: The NGO Perspective

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  • VOICE Out Loud 11: The humanitarian sector: perspectives on current trends and future challenges

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    Tags: EU, Principles, NGOs, Professional

    In this issue, different contributors look at the evolution and future of the humanitarian NGO sector, and the continuing relevance of professionalism and humanitarian principles. We hear about the instrumentalisation of aid in Afghanistan and the impact of the European External Action Service on humanitarian action.
  • VOICE Out Loud 10: Humanitarian Aid and Security

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    Tags: Security, Principles, NGOs, Access, Civ-Mil

    This edition looks at challenges of providing aid in insecure environments, including the perception of INGOs, the importance of security policies, working with the military and the space for INGOs, information management in insecure environments, and adherence to principles to enable assistance in Somalia.
  • VOICE Out Loud 9: Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

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    Tags: EU, Refugees, DRR, Climate

    In this issue our members explore the links between disaster risk reduction, climate change and displacement. We hear about the new European landscape for humanitarian aid and Pakistan's displacement crisis.
  • VOICE Out Loud 8: Humanitarian NGOs and EU diversity

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    Tags: EU, Funding, NGOs, Partnership

    This issue of VOICE Out Loud examines NGOs' perspectives on their national governments' policies and practices. Humanitarian aid professionsals from VOICE members in Spain, France, Ireland, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and Denmark discuss the impacts of their governments policies on their operational work as well as on their advocacy efforts.
  • VOICE Out Loud 7: Humanitarian Aid and Water

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    Tags: DRR, NGOs

    Many VOICE members are active in water programmes in Africa, Asia and Latin America. While prioritising the vital question of safe and reliable access to water, their perspectives and responses are varied. Humanitarian assistance also links with water with peacebuilding and conflict transformation as well as effective water management, community empowerment and better disaster preparedness.
  • VOICE Out Loud 6 - Focus on: Advocacy in the humanitarian field

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    Tags: EU, Security, DRR, Civ-Mil

    In this issue, members share their experiences doing advocacy on a variety of issues and ways, including reproductive health in crises, DRR, protection, with private security companies, civil military relations, Islamic relief and poverty reduction. The VOICE secretariat shares its perspective on the 'EU reform treaty' and we learn about the role of ICT in disaster prevention and response.
  • VOICE Out Loud 5 - Focus on: Vulnerability in Humanitarian Crisis

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    Tags: Refugees, Professional, Crisis Management

    This issue looks at vulnerability in humanitarian crises from a few angles, including assistance to IDPs, gender based violence in conflict, disability in emergencies and the needs of persons with trauma and psycho-social disabilities, indigenous persons' needs. IN the view on the EU, World Vision asks if the EU's evolving crisis capabilities are good news for those in crisis, and Mission East gives the picture from Afghanistan.
  • VOICE Out Loud 4 - Focus on: LRRD

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    Tags: Security, Funding, DRR, LRRD, Development

    This issue looks at linking relief rehabilitation and development from different and angles, including education, food aid, complex emergencies, communities, and disaster risk reduction. CARE asks if there is enough funding for humanitarian emergencies, and Premiere Urgence gives the field perspective from Iraq.