Agenda for Humanity came up with its first newsletter in March 2018. HAI is pleased that the first newsletter covered an article on HAI and two from its member organisations, namely AGUP and NEADS. The newsletter can be accessed here.
Localisation is a global debate triggered since the World Humanitarian Summit held in Istanbul, in May 2016. HAI is closely associated in this global process, and keeps advocating for a meaningful implementation of the commitments made in the Grand Bargain and Charter for Change. In India, localisation has to be defined differently, as India is no longer dependent upon external aid. In this advocacy paper, published by Forum for Indian Development Cooperation, HAI explains the practices of nationally registered international NGOs, which is not very helpful in strengthening the local and national NGOs. The paper can be read here.
The state of Assam experienced one of the worst floods in 2017, which impacted millions of across teh state. Total 141,000 hectares of cropland was affected. Animals were extensively affected (336,776 big, 194,325 small and 351,304 poultry).
HAI started responding to the situation from the early days of the disaster through its local members NEADS and AGUP in Golaghat and Barpeta districts respectively. In addition to providing lifesaving assistance during initial days, HAI continued supporting the most marginalised families with recovery and rehabilitation support. Families were provided with food. hygiene kit, restoration of toilets and other community infrastructure, livelihood support, agriculture revival support, etc.
Now the basic normalcy has been restored. However, there is still a lot to do to overcome the losses, and prepare the community to mitigate risks from future disasters. While we continue to rebuild resilient communities, we need your support to cover all the needy people. You may extend your support for any of the following activities:
- Livelihood restoration (piglets, goats, duck rearing or poultry): Rs 2,500 per family
- Agriculture revival (seeds, manures & irrigation support): Rs 3,000 per family
- Education kit for children: Rs 2,000
The second annual Charter4Change meeting was held on 10-11 October 2017 in The Hague having participation of signatories from the INGO community and endorsers from local and national settings. 34 staff representing 21 signatories attended this meeting, as well as 10 local endorsers. Three additional guests were also present on the first day, representing the Dutch and Belgian governments, and the IFRC. The Executive Director of Oxfam-Novib formally opened the meeting with a sentiment that was echoed by everyone else present in the room, and would set the tone for the next two days; ‘the building of local institutions in a sustainable way means different ways of working and financing’. The full report can be read here.
IRIN News published an article entitled, “Local aid agencies: still waiting for a bigger share of the funding cake. This article analyses the Grand Bargain process since the time of its adoption in the World Humanitarian Summit. The process aims at empowering the local organisations to be more efficient through better access to humanitarian funding. Is that really happening? Are the big INGOs willing to downsize themselves so that local organisations grow?
The report covers HAI perspectives too on the challenges for local organisations in the entire process. Please click here to read full article.