Factsheet on CARE’s Humanitarian Action
The Factsheet on CARE’s Humanitarian Action gives an account of CARE’s emergency response and recovery projects.
The CARE Emergency Pocketbook
The CARE Emergency Pocketbook is designed to provide practical guidelines and tools for staff who are responding to emergencies. It provides a step-by-step guide for what to do when an emergency first hits. It also contains CARE’s most important emergency management protocols, plus summary guidelines and tools for emergency programs and operations.
The NGOs and Humanitarian Reform Project
The NGOs and Humanitarian Reform Project aims to strengthen the effective engagement of local, national and international humanitarian NGOs in reformed humanitarian financing and coordination mechanisms at global and country levels. By supporting NGOs to better understand the reforms and highlighting where barriers exist to successful implementation of the reforms on the ground, the project will help improve international policies related to humanitarian reform and, improve the delivery of humanitarian aid and accountability to crisis-affected people. Six NGOs – ActionAid, CAFOD, CARE International UK, International Rescue Committee, Oxfam and Save the Children UK – together with the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) participate in this initiative.
Policy Framework for CARE International’s Relations with Military Forces
In the past decade international responses to complex emergencies have increasingly called on peacekeeping and military-led missions, alongside the more traditional and standardized military responses to natural disasters. The humanitarian and military actors have fundamentally different institutional thinking and cultures, and the two groups have different mandates, competencies objectives and modus operandi, which should not be confused.
Humanitarian principles constitute the core basis for CARE’s ability to work safely and effectively in conflict. While the threats confronting aid agencies are manifold, the safety and security of CARE’s staff, programmes and beneficiaries is contingent on CARE’s neutrality, impartiality and independence from military operations. Inappropriate interactions or the perception of blurred lines between humanitarian and military actors can undermine aid agencies‘ acceptance among local populations and parties to the conflict as well as increase the level of insecurity. The unintended negative consequences of associations between aid programmes and military forces can outweigh any short-term benefits.
Emergency-related documents and position papers on the website of Globale Verantwortung, the Austrian umbrella organisation of developmental and humanitarian NGOs.
Globale Verantwortung – Humanitäre Hilfe (German only)
Humanitarian Congress 2011
On October 21st Austria’s first Humanitarian Congress took place at the University of Vienna. More than 40 international experts from different fields were invited to the panel to share their experiences and discuss the development of humanitarian aid. CARE was represented by Andrea Wagner-Hager, National Director of CARE Austria, and Barbara Jackson, Humanitarian Director of CARE International.
More about the Congress (including mp3-files of the panels): Humanitarian Congress 2011