Report: Into the unknown: Listening to Syria’s displaced in the search for durable solutions
“We live in the unknown and head towards the unknown” – Internally displaced man in northeast Syria
Over 50 Syrian and international NGOs published a report calling for action by participants of the upcoming Brussels IV Conference on the Future of Syria and the Region to support people displaced in and from Syria in their search for an end to displacement. Research that was conducted to better understand the views and preferences of internally displaced people (IDPs) and refugees found that very few see themselves as holding a viable prospect for a durable solution – safe return and sustainable reintegration, local integration or resettlement –in the coming years.
The qualitative interviews showed a clear discrepancy between people’s preferred plans for the future and the options they considered open to them in the next 5 to 10 years. While a clear preference to return or move abroad if certain conditions were met was expressed my many, the only option that both IDPs and refugees widely considered available to them in the next 5 to 10 years was to stay where they are.
The report explores current barriers and makes recommendations for participants of the Brussels IV Conference:
- Inside Syria: improving conditions in areas of return, relocation and settlement, arguing that while the primary responsibility for the changes required to unlock durable solutions lie with the state authorities in Syria, coordinated action is needed across political, humanitarian, human rights, development and peace-building spheres to support people and influence change
- Outside Syria: responsibility-sharing at the heart of long-term hosting including appropriate development support, and solutions for those who cannot return including through resettlement
- Participatory planning for solutions, putting Syrians at the heart of coordinated efforts to support informed decision-making, self-reliance and inclusion
Research Review 2018
This year’s annual Research Review brings you updates on our global research activities in 2018 including trends over time, with a deep dive on how we design and implement research to improve the effectiveness of our humanitarian assistance.
For almost 40 years, Action Against Hunger has been at the forefront of the fight against hunger worldwide. Our organisation has an established reputation for evidence-based action, with a proven track record of providing high-quality technical and operational support, even in the most challenging contexts.
Research is critical to the organisation in assessing and improving the effectiveness, scalability, and sustainability of our actions; of learning how to respond better and faster to the needs and vulnerabilities of people affected by emergencies, especially in times of crisis; and of leveraging evidence-based advocacy to produce the change we want to see in the world.
Action Against Hunger’s Research Strategy for 2016–2020 outlines three priority workstreams for our organisation’s research activities. This focuses our expertise and capacity to address critical gaps in the evidence base where we expect to contribute to tangible improvements in policy and practice.
These research workstreams are:
Prevention of undernutrition: understanding and addressing the causes of hunger;
Treatment of undernutrition: managing and mitigating the consequences of undernutrition;
Effectiveness of humanitarian assistance and emergency response: encouraging preparedness, improving reactivity and a higher quality of response.
In 2017, Action Against Hunger published our first ever Research Review to provide an overview of the status of research conducted by our organisation. Not only did this report highlight the breadth of exciting research that we are leading globally but also its strong programmatic and operational links.
Our research is designed as an integral part of our operations and with the explicit aim of generating evidence that will inform programme design and implementation. By focusing on learning and improvement via our research activities, we aim to increase our impact – reaching higher numbers of vulnerable people with safer and more effective interventions than we could have done before.
In this year’s annual Research Review, we are bringing you updates on our global research activities in 2018 including trends over time, as well as casting a lens on the third workstream of our research strategy – how we design and implement research in humanitarian and emergency contexts to improve the effectiveness of our assistance programmes. Our aim for this year’s edition is to highlight where and how Action Against Hunger is leading research efforts in this challenging space, with examples of what we’ve done and what we’ve learned, particularly in those cases where the results of our research were contrary to the proposed hypothesis.
LEARNING REVIEW 2018
Action Against Hunger is committed to constantly learning and improving on how best to take on the fight against hunger. As highlighted in our international strategic plan for 2020, “we are always innovating, always seeking the next breakthrough. Radical, ingenious ideas are waiting to be discovered. There is always a better way.”
In Action Against Hunger we believe that better quality and more accountable programming requires stronger, easy-to-use evidence. This evidence should be accessible to all key stakeholders so that it can inform decision-making and improve the quality of our programme design and delivery. We believe it is essential to share and learn from what works and what does not. We can learn a lot from both our successes and our mistakes if we exchange what we have learnt and be open to learning from one another.
The annual Learning Review acts as a channel for Action Against Hunger staff to reflect on their work and share what they have learnt in order to help others improve their current practices. It is also a space to explore some of the hard discussions we face in our commitment to ending hunger. Approaches that have been tested and yield promising results or have brought up particular challenges, testimonies of impact, after action reviews and reflections, significant evaluation and research findings – all are part of the organisational learning that fits into the Learning Review.
Annual Report & Financials 2018
Read Action Against Hunger Canada’s 2018 Annual Report highlighting the interventions made possible by donors like you. Along with donors around the world and support from Global Affairs Canada, together, we provided support to over 21 million people in 2018.
Capturing the Change: Measuring the impact of considering gender inequality and gender-based violence in the fight against hunger
Since 2013, Action Against Hunger has been working to become a gender sensitive organization. This includes the development and implementation of a set of Gender Minimum Standards, the core requirements we hold all offices accountable to when it comes to considering and addressing gender issues in our work.
In 2017 we launched a two-year project funded by the US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM) looking at ways to mitigate and prevent gender-based violence (GBV) in our programs through focused GBV mainstreaming initiatives in three pilot countries – Bangladesh, South Sudan and Mauritania.
HOW DO WE CAPTURE THE CHANGE?
We started to wonder – are we improving the accountability of humanitarian nutrition organizations to mitigate and prevent GBV? What changes are felt and observed in the lives of the people we work with? What about our staff?
Action Against Hunger developed the Capturing the Change* methodology to better understand the intended and unintended changes as we work to enhance the accountability of nutrition organizations to mitigate and prevent GBV.
The following stories were collected to help us understand changes experienced as a result of trainings held in 2018.
Annual Report & Financials 2017
Read Action Against Hunger Canada’s 2017 Annual Report highlighting the interventions made possible by donors like you. Along with donors around the world and support from Global Affairs Canada, together, we provided support to over 20.2 million people in 2017.