Category Archives: Coordination

So, who is helping the Syrians?

Refugee Donation Drop Off Point - NewquayYou can’t turn on the TV, radio or open a newspaper at the moment without hearing about Syrian refugees and the ‘European Migrant Crisis’. But did you know that the Syrian conflict has been raging for more than 4 years? Or that less than 10% of Syrians who have fled the conflict have sought safety in Europe – while over 4 million Syrian refugees are registered in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and North Africa (UNHCR – 13th Sept ’15). Or that UNOCHA estimates there are 7.6m internally displaced people in Syria, and that 12.2m people are in need of humanitarian assistance? Or that the majority of the humanitarian response is being implemented by Syrians themselves?

We asked Eba Pasha, humanitarian health worker, to recall her experiences working on the World Health Organisation’s response to the Syrian crisisContinue reading

What can we learn from military planning processes?

Last week, Mo and Mia were at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, part of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. Don’t worry, we’re not planning on joining the army! Instead, we were there to support a multinational Peace Support Operation exercise, acting as humanitarian advisors to around 250 future commanders and staff officers of the Army, Navy and Air Force. Continue reading

Bringing aid organisations together in South Yorkshire

Graphic illustration of the initial SYIDN workshop by Paul Harrison

Graphic illustration of the initial SYIDN workshop by Paul Harrison

Aid Works is a member of the quickly growing South Yorkshire International Development Network (SYIDN), a coordination mechanism for local aid organisations. The network provides us with an opportunity to learn from each other, share events and news, and to give us a stronger, collective voice.

Aid Works hosted the most recent meeting, which featured an informative presentation from Rachel Cornish of the Evan Cornish Foundation. Continue reading