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?

An Reintegration Strategy for Ex-combatants in the Central African Republic

In 2012-2013, the Central African Republic was once again rocked by a paroxysm of violence. It is a cyclical phenomenon that has occurred eight times since independence. The response by the international community and the Central African Republic has always been the same; a national peace dialogue, ‘peace agreements’, disarmament and demobilisation followed by hasty elections. The results equally remain the same; 5-10 years after the peace building, another cycle of violence often happens.

Persons with disabilities in the workplace: an advocacy strategy


The overall objective of the Advocacy Intervention is to raise the awareness of the business owners, Human Resources Managers, and big companies in order to recognize the importance of hiring PWDs and thus contribute to poverty reduction and to improve their livelihood through integrating them in the workplace.

In this sense, the campaign will target businessmen, the government institutions, and government administrative sectors, law and policy decision makers and the human resources managers of the different companies who work in all different

Approach to child poverty reduction strategies in light of economic crisis: The case of Cyprus

The research paper ‘Mapping the multi-dimensional approach to child poverty reduction strategies in light of economic crisis: An initial examination of Cyprus’ was conceived following the aftermath of the economic meltdown in March-April 2013 in Cyprus, focusing on the lingering and increasing risk levels of poverty, and more specifically child poverty. The example of Cyprus was employed to illustrate a similar pattern of imposed financial measures in the Western world, often subsequent to the intervention of ‘Troika’. It draws a parallel with ‘economic rescue’ packages previously used in other EU countries, notably Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Italy and Greece and it reflects on criticisms of IMF policies imposed in so-called developing countries with stalling economies.

Comprehensive emergency plan for São Francisco Valley

The Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) is the key instrument for implementing disaster risk reduction, adopted by the Member States of the United Nations. Its overarching goal is to build resilience of nations and communities to disasters, by achieving substantive reduction of disaster losses by 2015 – in lives, and in the social, economic, and environmental assets of communities and countries.

The São Francisco Valley is gaining in importance in recent development plans that seek to overcome the lack of continuity characterizing former plans. The construction of the gigantic Sobradinho dam, finished in

Assessment of Vulnerabilities Faced to IDPs in QARGHA – Kabul

The research is aimed to explore and communicate the vulnerabilities faced to IDPs and their livelihood conditions from the QARGHA camp to the national and international actors. The findings and facts presented in the research thesis are a combination of both primary data and secondary information. The research thesis initially provides a general overview on internal displacement in the country. It mainly focus on the specific types of vulnerabilities faced to IDPs in QARHA camp in terms of access to basic humanitarian needs (food, employment, shelter, water, sanitation, health, and education). The lastly report provides concrete recommendations for improving livelihoods conditions of IDPs settled in QARGHA Camp.

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.

Emotional intelligence capacity building in developing leaders of social change organisations

The nature of emerging social change organizations is that they are adversity and change facing and adversity and change generating. Adversity in this context is an event that triggers a failure appraisal. This implies an on-going, if not chronic potential for of failure appraisal events. This is the recognition that the social change organisation leader is compelled to address a higher degree of emotional and task uncertainty significantly different from a leader entering an established corporate culture.

Consequently the leader needs emotional intelligence and problem solving capacities. The success of leader’s problem solving capacity is influenced by the quality

UN Security and its implementation in NGOs