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Publications

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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  • Achieving True Early Action: A summary of Save the Children's learning from 3 pilot projects to mitigate slow onset food and nutrition crises (2014-2017)

    Members' publications

    Tags: DRR, Resilience, Crisis Management, Humanitarian

    In many countries, resilience and development gains continue to be undermined by recurrent, predictable slow onset food and nutrition crises. Despite early warning signs, the humanitarian community is slow to react, only after lives and livelihoods already have been lost. In an attempt to battle this problem, Save the Children UK has been investing in internal financial and technical resource toward early action. This means reacting to forecasts of a potential crisis before it has escalated to be defined as such.

    This document draws on the findings of an external evaluation and internal reviews and analysis to consolidate the learnings of three Early Warning projects. The report is aimed at NGOs, donors, and governments who would like to learn how we can better institutionalize early action responses in countries that are susceptible to slow onset crises.
  • NGO Statement to the Somalia Partnership Forum in Brussels

    Members' publications

    Tags: DRR, LRRD, Grand Bargain

  • NGOs Statement - Comprehensive Response to Drought in Afghanistan

    Members' publications

    Tags: Funding, DRR, LRRD, NGOs, nexus

  • VOICE out loud 27 Have we forgotten the Lake Chad Basin?

    VOICE OUT LOUD

    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.
  • Lessons Learned and Best Practices in Guatemala: Disaster Risk Reduction activities in Central America

    Members' publications

    Tags: DRR

    Disaster risk reduction (DRR) is understood as “the application of disaster risk reduction policies and strategies to prevent new disaster risk, reduce existing disaster risk and manage residual risk, contributing to the strengthening of resilience and reduction of disaster losses” (UNISDR).

    A new publication is the result of the joint cooperation of the Protestant organization Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, its Catholic counterpart Caritas Germany and the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany. It is based on the experiences gained from 2015 to 2017 in the project “Building resilience to disaster risk through emergency preparedness and disaster risk management in rural Maya communities in the Departments of Baja Verapaz, Quetzaltenango and Quiché, Guatemala”.
    The document compiles relevant information for DRR-projects in Central America in form of lessons learned and best practices, with the aim of benefiting projects to be designed in the coming years.
  • Building climate change resilience for WASH services with efficient Disaster risk Reduction strategies

    Tags: DRR, Climate

    This event, organised by the working group " Emergency, Reconstruction, Development" of the French Water Partnership, will remind that, in a cotext of climate change, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services are strongly impacted by natural disasters. This event will provide a state of play on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and present DRR practices implemented by humanitarian actors in the field of WASH.
  • Handicap International Policy Paper: Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction

    Members' publications

    Tags: DRR

    Since 2001, Handicap International has been supporting strategies that empower communities and local institutions to prepare for, reduce the impact of, and respond to disasters and, in the long-term, increase their resilience. Their objective and added-value is also to ensure that these strategies are inclusive, enabling the most at-risk groups, and especially people with disabilities, to become actors in risk reduction and to benefit from protection.
  • EU Member States’ policies and practice: Disaster Risk Reduction in humanitarian assistance and development cooperation

    Studies and Briefing papers

    Tags: EU, DRR, NGOs

    This study highlights DRR policies and programming of a selection of EU Member States and presents recommendations for the further elaboration of their policy work on Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • VOICE response to civil society consultation on new Resilience Communication

    Position paper

    Tags: EU, Security, DRR, Resilience, LRRD, Crisis Management

    In 2012 – 2013 VOICE engaged in the consultation organised by the European Commission when it developed its Resilience Communication as well as in the drafting of its Action Plan. Last year VOICE also contributed to the EU process leading to the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy, bringing forward a perspective from humanitarian NGOs.
    Today, the Global Strategy remains a political vision and the upcoming new Communication on Resilience, which will be developed under the leadership of the EEAS, is perceived as an essential step in its implementation.
    NGOs from the humanitarian and development sectors welcomed the civil society consultation that was organised on February 17th around the upcoming Communication on Resilience.
    This contribution is based on meetings held with members and key points raised by them, on VOICE positioning and contributions to the EU policies on resilience and the Global Strategy, as well on the outcomes of the three workshops held during the civil society consultation.
  • Hotter planet, humanitarian crisis

    Members' publications

    Tags: DRR, Resilience, NGOs, Crisis Management, Climate

    ActionAid launched a new report "Hotter Planet, Humanitarian Crisis", which found that over 400 million people have been affected by this year's El Nino weather event, as a result of record droughts in a year that has also seen record levels of CO2 and the planet's hottest ever year.

    The report calls on the international community and donor countries to provide more climate finance and close the $3.1 billion funding gap to deal with the current El Nino crisis. TCapacity building and adaptation strategies as well as better planning are needed to ensure such predictable crises can be prevented in the future. Collaboration between climate and humanitarian bodies must be strengthened.
  • VOICE DRR WG Input to the European Commission Staff Working Paper following the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

    Position paper

    Tags: EU, DRR, NGOs, DRR WG - minutes - agendas - docs

    This paper, based on the critical review of the SFDRR published by the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), aims at highlighting key priorities to be considered by the European Commission when developing its Staff Working Paper, following the adoption of the SFDRR, and ways the VOICE DRR Working Group can specifically contribute.
  • ECHO FPA DIPECHO2 presentation

    FPA Watch Group

    Tags: EU, DRR, FPA

  • Joint CSO statement on DRR for FFD

    Position paper

    Tags: DRR, LRRD, Development

    VOICE together with Civil society networks jointly made recommendations ahead of the Finance For Development Agreement; since it presents an opportunity for disaster risk reduction (DRR) funding to be institutionalised. We call on developed countries to commit to:
    1) Incorporate resilience building as a condition for providing OverseasDevelopment Assistance (ODA) to ensure that all new investments are risk informed, reduce risk, and are acceptable for those people who bear any new risk. e.g. through the introduction of resilience markers in funding applications.
    2) Allocate 5% of ODA as funding for DRR specific activities
    3) Provide a percentage (50%) of national DRR budgets directly to local governments for community-led DRR projects.
  • ENSURING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: THE NEED TO INVEST IN DISASTER RISK REDUCTION - JOINT CSO STATEMENT

    Position paper

    Tags: Funding, DRR

    The Finance for Development Agreement presents an opportunity for disaster risk reduction (DRR) funding to be institutionalised. As negotiations for the Agreement continue, the members of civil society in this statement call on developed countries to commit to:

    1) Incorporate resilience building as a condition for providing Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) to ensure that all new investments are risk informed, reduce risk, and are acceptable for those people who bear any new risk. e.g. through the introduction of resilience markers in funding applications.
    2) Allocate 5% of ODA as funding for DRR specific activities.
    3) Provide a percentage (50%) of national DRR budgets directly to local governments for community-led DRR projects.
  • VOICE Out Loud 21: European Year for Development: what's in it for humanitarian aid?

    VOICE OUT LOUD

    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.
  • Achieving Impact Where It Matters - A joint statement by the civil society coalitions on the implementation of the post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

    Position paper

    Tags: DRR, NGOs

    The Hyogo Framework for Action on Disaster Risk Reduction (HFA) has provided critical guidance to reduce disaster risk. Its implementation has, however, highlighted gaps in addressing the underlying risk factors and effectively safeguarding communities. In order to build on the successes of the HFA and address its shortcomings, the Post-2015 Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Framework must work to address reality at the local level. The new framework calls for actors to identify their roles in implementation. This Joint Statement outlines the commitments that governments should make and that civil society organizations (CSOs) will make to ensure that policies are translated into meaningful solutions at the local level.
  • Open Letter To Commissioner GEORGIEVA and Commissioner STYLIANIDES on the Post-2015 DRR Framework Agreement

    Position paper

    Tags: EU, DRR, NGOs, Development

    VOICE calls on the European Union to strengthen support for international cooperation and the role of civil society in disaster risk management.
  • VOICE Out Loud 19: A closer look at EU humanitarian aid

    VOICE OUT LOUD

    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.
  • The European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid: An NGO Perspective - Report

    Studies and Briefing papers

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

    This study commissioned by VOICE presents an analysis of how EU Member States and NGOs have engaged with the Consensus and how it has informed Member States' decision-making and policies. By presenting findings from the view of NGOs, the study seeks to contribute to an understanding of what NGOs consider the crucial elements of the Consensus, and of EU humanitarian aid more broadly.
  • DRR Publication vf - 1- points clés

    VOICE series on Disaster Risk Reduction

    Tags: DRR, Resilience, LRRD, NGOs, Development

    Une série de six brochures a été élaborée pour fournir des informations clés en vue de la session de la Plate-forme mondiale pour la réduction des risques de catastrophe. Dans cette première brochure, nous allons définir la notion de réduction des risques de catastrophe, notamment dans le domaine du développement, et expliquer pourquoi elle mérite une attention accrue aux niveaux local et international. Les autres brochures expliqueront comment appuyer la réduction des risques, en prenant en compte les facteurs réels de risques, en affectant des ressources plus adaptées, en établissant une coordination avec d’autres secteurs et des partenariats novateurs, ou à travers des cadres internationaux.
  • DRR Publication vf - 2 - risques

    VOICE series on Disaster Risk Reduction

    Tags: DRR, Resilience, LRRD, NGOs, Development

    Une série de six brochures a été élaborée pour fournir des informations clés en vue de la session de la Plate-forme mondiale pour la réduction des risques de catastrophe.
    Dans cette deuxième brochure, nous allons explorer la notion de risque et examiner pourquoi il est indispensable de réaliser de meilleures évaluations des risques afin de
    protéger les vies et les moyens d’existence contre les catastrophes.
  • DRR Publication vf - 3 - approche globale

    VOICE series on Disaster Risk Reduction

    Tags: DRR, Resilience, LRRD, NGOs, Development

    Cette brochure est la troisième d’une série de six fournissant une introduction aux discussions clés sur la réduction des risques de catastrophe. Dans cette brochure, nous allons explorer comment la réduction des risques de catastrophes s’intègre à d’autres problèmes de développements tels que l’adaptation au changement climatique, la réduction de la pauvreté, et la résilience; pourquoi une approche globale est importante; et comment la mener à bien.
  • DRR Publication vf - 4 - développement

    VOICE series on Disaster Risk Reduction

    Tags: DRR, Resilience, LRRD, NGOs, Development

    Cette brochure fait partie d’une série qui fournit une introduction aux thèmes clés de la réduction des risques de catastrophe. Ici nous regardons comment les cadres post-2015 maintenant en discussion peuvent contribue à améliorer la RRC dans le futur.
  • DRR Publication vf - 5 - financements

    VOICE series on Disaster Risk Reduction

    Tags: Funding, DRR, Resilience, LRRD, Development

    Cette brochure fait partie d’une série fournissant une introduction aux discussions clés sur la réduction des risques de catastrophe. Dans cette brochure, nous allons explorer comment financer la RRC et quelles approches adopter pour soutenir au mieux la réduction des risques.
  • DRR Publication vf - 6 Partenariat

    VOICE series on Disaster Risk Reduction

    Tags: DRR, Resilience, LRRD, Partnership, Development

    Cette brochure est la sixième d’une série de six fournissant une introduction aux discussions clés sur la réduction des risques de catastrophe. Dans cette brochure, nous allons explorer la nécessité d’établir des partenariats diversifiés en vue de mener des actions efficaces.