IHSA´s Humanitarian Blog Posts Selection

IHSA is pleased to present its weekly selection of humanitarian blog posts.

This week we emphasize forced migration, war and aid policy. Blogs on migration discuss the difficulties faced by asylum seekers in accessing legal advice in the UK, the ongoing persecution of Roma people in Italy, and the uncertain future of Ukrainians in Poland. On war, we highlight the need for international action on girls’ education in Afghanistan. We also selected an overview of insights into the now 2 year long Ethiopia-Tigray war. And a focus on the importance of remittances in responding to humanitarian crisis – and the risks created by anti-terrorist legislation. 

Blogs on climate change adaptation and DRR, highlight the
importance of considering social processes and including people with disabilities. And finally, a blog on the Pledge for Change to make aid more effective, through equitable partnerships, authentic storytelling, and influencing wider change.

We hope you find this week’s selection interesting, and we wish you a good week ahead! 
Our selection for the week: 31 Oct - 6 Nov
New Freedom of Information data indicates half of asylum applicants are unable to access legal aid representation
By: Jo Wilding - Via: Refugee Law Initiative
#Europe #migration, refugees and IDPs

Recent weeks and months have seen a lot of discussion about people arriving in the UK to claim asylum, the increasing backlog of cases awaiting decisions, and the appalling conditions in what should be a 24-hour processing centre for new arrivals in Kent. Much less is said about the crisis in access to legal advice for people caught up in the system, but for many in the sector, the situation has become untenable. Read more
Under Meloni, the plight of Italy’s Roma will only get worse
By: Jonathan Lee - Via: Al Jazeera
#Europe #migration, refugees and IDPs

As Meloni emboldens fascists in Italy, the EU must not ignore the victimisation of the Romani people, as it has done in the past. Read more
Living in Limbo: Displaced Ukrainians in Poland
By: Tamar Jacoby - Via: Migration Policy Institute
#Europe #migration, refugees and IDPs

Among the biggest unknowns are displaced Ukrainians’ plans for the future. Will this be just an interlude, a temporary stay abroad? Or might they be starting a new life in a country where they have no roots and few personal ties? Their legal permission to stay in Poland and other EU Member States was extended in October, but it remains temporary, due to expire in March 2024. Read more
How combatting illicit financial flows can prevent remittances from helping people during humanitarian crises: a closer look at Afghanistan
By: Mohamed Muse and Rodrigo Mena - Via: ISS Blog blISS
#Europe #migration, refugees and IDPs

Remittances are a lifeline for many people in low- and middle-income countries, playing a particularly important role during conflict-related humanitarian crises by helping those affected by conflict stay on their feet. However, laws countering money laundering and the financing of terrorism during such crises can prevent remittances from reaching those that need them. Using the case of Afghanistan, the authors discuss the links between remittances and such laws and propose a critical research agenda focused on remittances as an important part of humanitarian crisis responsesRead more
Ethiopia-Tigray war parties agree pause: expert insights into two years of devastating conflict
By: Julius Maina - Via: The Conversation
#Eastern Africa #conflict, peace building and security

Parties to the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region have agreed to end hostilities after two years. Here is a selection of previously published articles on its devastating consequences. Read more
Afghan girls need to be back in school. Here’s how to help.
By: Sana Tariq - Via: The New Humanitarian
#Southern Asia #conflict, peace building and security

‘International interlocutors must engage with the hardline ministers who are responsible for the closure.’ Read more
Reducing climate-related security risks and building peace through adaptation
By: Dr Farah Hegazi and Katongo Seyuba - Via: sipri
#Southern Asia #conflict, peace building and security

Adaptation aims to make people and societies less vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. By doing so, adaptation can decrease climate-related security risks, which stem from vulnerability. It can also contribute to building and sustaining peace. Typically, adaptation has taken a back seat to mitigation in terms of climate action, but as the effects of climate change intensify, the need for adaptation has become increasingly urgent. Read more
Maselina Iuta Fiso: "If we don't inform or teach those with dissabilities how to protect them from disaster we are leaving them behind"
Via: preventionWeb
#Oceania #disaster preparedness and response

Maselina leads advocacy campaigns with the Deaf Association of Samoa engaging stakeholders such as the Samoa Meteorological Office, Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the National Disaster Management Office to continue to ensure the prioritisation and voices of persons who are Deaf and hard of hearing in Samoa. Read more
Beyond the rhetoric – why INGOs need to change
By: Peter Walton - Via: DevPolicy blog
#Global #aid policy and practice

Since the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit and the inception of the Grand Bargain, there has been a lot of rhetoric and very little action by large donors and international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) around the commitments made, particularly localisation... Read more
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