Category Archives: Refugees

Practical guide for the distribution of non-food products in emergency situations

In emergency situations, it is common for chaos and disorganization to prevail. This is due to the necessity of the ones who are affected and deprived of basic needs for protection, survival and preservation of their dignity.

In accordance with the Humanitarian Charter, International Law and the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross/Red Crescent movements and NGOs; we must have and preserve minimum standards regarding housing, human settlements and non-food items. The focus is on keeping human rights: dignity, right to live, protection, security as well as the right to receive humanitarian assistance, as needed.

People affected by a disaster must have access to basic products that ensure they have the satisfaction of the basic human needs. Therefore, access to priority products such as clothes, blankets as well as means to prepare and consume food and items for personal hygiene to preserve health, privacy and dignity, must be ensured.

The distribution of non-food products is closely linked to and complemented with other camp’s sectors such as food, water, sanitation, health, nutrition and protection. A Skilled management of the distribution of non-food product is required to help strengthen the effort or the humanitarian aid carried out in other sectors associated with the emergency or disaster plan.

This guide is a communicative important instrument in the distribution of non-food products.  Through its different steps, it facilitates humanitarian actors their technical and ordered intervention, making their work easier for the benefit of those who receive humanitarian aid. At the same time this guide offers a sense of order, exposing clearly the procedure of distribution of non-food products.

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Monitoring Sexual Violence in Conflict

This paper provides a theoretical framework for the measurement of levels of Sexual Violence in any given conflict.

Sexual Violence in Conflict is a global phenomenon both historical and current. Its roots can be traced back to the beginning of history. The modern age produced famous cases such as the Rape of Nanjing in 1936 and the Balkan conflict in the nineties – and less well known cases such as the rape of

Italy, the forced repatriation and the application of the Non-Refouelement principle

Since the signing of the Schengen treaty, circulation of people across Europe became much easier. We are now free to move and live in any European Union country we choose, as the internal borders exist only on (the) maps. But what about the EU’s external borders? How are they protected and whose task is it to protect them?

Sharing special food products at family and community levels

Administration of Plumpy’Doz in a CMAM program, Bangladesh. All watching, one eating (Source: UNHCR  Bangladesh)

Administration of Plumpy’Doz in a CMAM program, Bangladesh

In a context where many western public opinions tend to be reluctant towards the way humanitarian aid is delivered, developing a better understanding of food aid diversion is essential to effectively and efficiently address the problem. If food aid diversion is quite documented at a macroscopic level, some specific aspects are less understood while, depending on the magnitude and severity of their recurrence, they can seriously impact nutrition programs’ effectiveness and credibility.

Protecting displaced communities

Solidarity Games

Stateless: what types of resources are available for them?

How to create a comic for an awareness campaign

Application for humanitarian figures