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New research explores the opportunities and challenges of a migration-specific rapid response fund
The Migration Emergency Response Fund (MERF), funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), was established in January 2017. The MERF’s aim is to address the unpredictable nature of the mixed migration context across the Mediterranean and rapidly respond to new or emerging needs. It built on the Start Network’s experience of collaboratively responding to the needs of migrants and refugees through its two European Refugee Responses (ERR) in 2015-2016.
Interview with Manu Gupta and Varghese Antony
In June four humanitarian organisations from India joined the Start Network, and one of these is SEEDS. We spoke with Manu Gupta and Varghese Antony about their previous interactions with the Start Network and their motivations for joining.
Alert 417: Cyclone Harold in Vanuatu
Tropical Cyclone Harold, which slammed into Vanuatu’s northern provinces on 6 April 2020, proved to be almost as devastating. Hitting in the middle of a national state of emergency to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19, the response was even more challenging.
Strengths and challenges of coordinated humanitarian response
Coordination is one of the areas where the design of the Start Network’s ARC Replica pay-out in Senegal has been most ambitious.
Crisis dentro de una crisis: Satisfacer las necesidades de los migrantes y refugiados Venezolanos durante la pandemia del Covid-19
Solidarités International y Première Urgence Internationale están ayudando a mitigar los riesgos urgentes que enfrentan los refugiados y migrantes venezolanos en el norte y a lo largo de Santander, Colombia, debido a la crisis de COVID-19. La crisis está afectando particularmente la salud, la higiene y la seguridad alimentaria de esta población. A través del apoyo del Start Fund COVID-19, las dos ONGI y sus socios locales Fundación Entre Dos Tierras y Red Humanitaria, están uniendo fuerzas para satisfacer las necesidades críticas de alimentación e higiene de esta población vulnerable.
Guidance for Complaint and Feedback Mechanism for Mixed Migration Contexts Launched
Crisis within a crisis: Meeting the needs of Venezuelan migrants and refugees during the COVID-19 pandemic
Through the support of the Start Fund COVID-19, Solidarités International and Première Urgence Internationale and their local partners Fundación Entre Dos Tierras and Red Humanitaria, are joining forces to meet the critical food and hygiene needs of this vulnerable population.
COVID-19 is cutting off even more lifelines for people seeking safety
Increasingly restrictive border policies have created the most dangerous route in the world. The coronavirus pandemic has made it even worse. The Central Mediterranean Route runs from sub-saharan Africa through the deserts of Niger, to conflict-ridden Libya and across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy. It’s been named the most perilous migration route in the world by the Institute of Migration as people are forced into destitution by smugglers and risk dying while crossing the desert or drowning in the sea.