"my country is being tested by this hellstorm called Super Typhoon Haiyan, which has been described by experts as the strongest typhoon that has ever made landfall in the course of recorded human history. It was so strong that if there was a Category 6, it would have fallen squarely in that box. Up to this hour, we remain uncertain as to the full extent of the devastation, as information trickles in in an agonizingly slow manner because electricity lines and communication lines have been cut off and may take a while before these are restored. The initial assessment show that Haiyan left a wake of massive devastation that is unprecedented, unthinkable and horrific, affecting 2/3 of the Philippines, with about half a million people now rendered homeless, and with scenes reminiscent of the aftermath of a tsunami, with a vast wasteland of mud and debris and dead bodies."
"To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change, I dare you to get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of you armchair. I dare you to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels; to the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and the Andes to see communities confronting glacial floods, to the Arctic where communities grapple with the fast dwindling polar ice caps, to the large deltas of the Mekong, the Ganges, the Amazon, and the Nile where lives and livelihoods are drowned, to the hills of Central America that confronts similar monstrous hurricanes, to the vast savannas of Africa where climate change has likewise become a matter of life and death as food and water becomes scarce. Not to forget the massive hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern seaboard of North America. And if that is not enough, you may want to pay a visit to the Philippines right now."
Date: 21 November 2013
Time: 2pm to 3pm GMT
Food distributions to rural areas may have been the standard modus operandi in past decades, but today humanitarians are increasingly acting in urban areas and using a variety of distribution mechanisms. Humanitarians are using new technologies to implement cash and voucher programming and turning their expertise in these areas into advocacy and lessons sharing.
Please join us for this ALNAP/CaLP urban webinar which will present learnings from Oxfam and Concern’s experiences using cash and voucher programming in urban contexts. The webinar will be on Nov 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM GMT. Please register at
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Concern will present their experiences using cash in social protection and livelihood programming in Nairobi, as well as their advocacy efforts which resulted in government taking up CTP programming as well. Oxfam will present their experiences with cash in WASH programming in Gaza.
Discussion will focus around what is new in the world of cash programming in urban areas, what lessons are emerging and how are these new methods changing the way humanitarians work in urban areas.
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