UK Aid Match allows the UK public to have a say in how an element of the aid budget is spent. DFID will match fund, pound for pound, public donations to appeals made by selected not-for-profit organisations, enabling them to increase their poverty reduction and development work in DFID priority countries.
British people have a direct say in how an element of the aid budget is spent on NGO projectsUK Aid Match allows the UK public to have a say in how an element of the aid budget is spent. DFID will match fund, pound for pound, public donations to appeals made by selected not-for-profit organisations, enabling them to increase their poverty reduction and development work in DFID priority countries.
Hunger on a massive scale is looming across East Africa. If we don’t act now, it will get much worse. Drought and conflict have left 16 million people on the brink of starvation and in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment. People are already dying in South Sudan and Somalia. In Kenya, the government has declared a national emergency and Ethiopia is battling a new wave of drought following the strongest El Nino on record. Women, children and older people are suffering the most; more than 800,000 children under five are severely malnourished. Without immediate treatment, they are at risk of starving to death. DEC member charities are already delivering life-saving assistance in all affected countries. But, they need more money to help reduce the scale and severity of the crisis.
Cyclone Idai swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe leaving behind a trail of destruction, killing at least 960 people and leaving around 3 million in need of help. Strong winds and widespread flooding ripped apart roads, bridges, houses, schools and health facilities and submerged vast swathes of agricultural land. As flood levels recede, work to clear debris, reopen roads and reconnect electricity and water supplies is underway. Some people who fled their homes as flood waters rose are returning home but more than 230,000 remain displaced across three countries and are living in communal sites such as schools and churches. A growing number of cholera cases have been confirmed and there is a high risk of outbreaks of other waterborne diseases as supplying clean water remains a significant challenge. The aid effort is fully underway and DEC member charities are working closely with national partners to support government-led relief efforts. They are prioritising the delivery of clean water, building toilets and handwashing facilities to tackle the outbreak of cholera. They are also delivering emergency shelter materials and blankets, food such as pulses and maize flour, and urgent health assistance. Focusing on longer-term food security and rehabilitation of livelihoods is paramount and some members are already providing seeds and tools to communities.
Returnee, conflict affected and hosting communities in five Darfur States targeting 177,583 Households.
Almost 19 million people in Yemen – 70% of the population – are now in need of humanitarian assistance, including 10 million people who are in acute need. Malnutrition is widespread and water scarce. Despite the ongoing conflict DEC member charities are continuing to reach millions of people with lifesaving aid; food, water and sanitation, cash assistance and food vouchers
To improve the use of public resources to deliver services that benefit the poor and make the Government of Democratic Republic of Congo more accountable by making the national expenditure process more efficient, enhancing external and internal controls on the use of public funds, and supporting four (pre 2015) provinces in managing their funds more effectively. This will benefit Democratic Republic of Congo citizens as a whole, and in particular the provinces of Equateur, Kasai Oriental, Kinshasa and North Kivu.
On Friday 28 September, an earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, triggering a terrifying tsunami that reached 18 feet in height and left a trail of destruction in its wake. The true scale of the disaster is only now becoming clear. Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed and entire communities have been decimated. At least 2,100 people have died, thousands more are missing and 200,000 survivors are now in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, around a quarter of whom are children. DEC member charities and their Indonesian partners are working closely with national authorities to provide food, clean water, first aid and shelter, while helping survivors to cope with the trauma of the last few days. As the full scale of devastation unfolds, they are ready to do even more, and with your help, support devastated communities in rebuilding their lives.
To alleviate human suffering and create more resilient communities by mitigating the risk of crisis negatively impacting on communities in the long term, predicting crisis in advance and preparing communities; and effectively responding to crisis as and when they occur.
HIB-13-01 Livelihood Programme grant from CAFOD To contribute to the sustainable improvement of the livelihood of the target beneficiaries
HIB-13-03 Ethiopia HIV and AIDS Response Programme grant from CAFOD.
CEAS is the official social education and action department of the Peruvian Catholic Church founded in 1965 to support the dioceses of Peru in the social dimension of their mission. The main aim of this project is to strengthen the role of the Peruvian Catholic Church in defending people who are excluded and living in poverty, helping them to be heard by government authorities. CEAS ensures that Bishops, pastoral agents and church workers are aware of issues affecting the poor and that they work to implement the social doctrine of the church. The central themes of this project are conflict transformation and the protection of the environment, prison justice, human rights, social economy (‘Economia Solidaria’), catholic social teaching, citizen participation and transparency. In this project, CEAS puts emphasis on the defence of the common good and sustainable development practices. This project focuses on the link between social conflicts, climate change and Catholic Social Teaching on environmental issues, now with important arguments from Laudato Si.
This project aims to achieve improved livelihoods security for poor women, men and children from hazard-prone or marginalised rural communities in Gokwe North through an integrated approach that: increases the productivity and resilience of agricultural systems; strengthens engagement in markets and diversified income generation; strengthens adaptation to climate change; and increases the ability of local, pro-poor farm and producer groups to access services and influence development practices. Interventions will include a new irrigation scheme, Conservation Agriculture, Low Inputs Gardening, Disaster Risk reduction and Early Warning System, Livestock production latrines at the new irrigation scheme and gardens. all these activities will be done with adaptation to climate change in mind in order to achieve the objectives of the project.
HIB-13-05 Strategic Relations and Innovations Programme - CAFOD Grant To build and maintain strategic relationships with Church and other key stakeholders and fund innovative project activities to gain learning.
The civil, political and human rights of indigenous peoples are seriously threatened in Brazil. In 2013, there were 4,085 cases of violence against indigenous people, and 616 indigenous deaths from violence reported since 2003. In 2014, 23 cases were reported inciting violence against indigenous peoples in the national media. Several legislative proposals are proposed that threaten indigenous constitutional rights such as the PEC 215 which proposes to transfer authority for land demarcation to the executive, and Bill 1610 which proposes mining in indigenous lands. In 2014 the region of Rio Solimoes experienced serious violations of indigenous civil and political rights, including electoral coercion, denial of participation and autonomy in choosing representatives in spaces of social control, and 90 cases of misappropriation of benefits and personal ID cards. At local level, indigenous leaders, communities, and organisations fear reprisals and lack knowledge, capacity for dialogue and autonomy to lobby and advocate for their rights, and public agencies are slow and negligent in their role to implement, monitor and protect indigenous rights. General objective: To contribute to strengthening the capacities of indigenous leaders and organisations to defend and protect indigenous people’s civil and political constitutional rights. Specific objective: To strengthen the capacity of indigenous leaders and organisations in the region of Rio Solimões e Afluentes to participate in consultation and decision-making processes, influence public policy, and ensure the protection of indigenous civil, political and human rights. This will be achieved via three key activities: 1) political and juridical training of indigenous leaders and organisations; 2) advocacy of governmental agencies to implement public policies that defend indigenous political and civil rights; and 3) institutional strengthening of indigenous organisations in political negotiation, communication and public campaigning.
The project aims to increase sustainable access to improved water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) facilities in Kotido for rural disadvantaged communities. We will directly provide WASH services alongside investing in social mobilisation of communities to influence local government authorities on policy implementation, and strengthen water user groups to adopt correct use and maintenance of water points. The direct beneficiaries of the project are women and men in underserved villages including people with disabilities, women’s groups, school children, community water user associations and local leaders (through advocacy) in Kotido. The project contributes to four interrelated outputs as listed below: 1.Women and men have improved, equitable and sustainable access to safe water and sanitation 2.Women and men are reached with better information on good sanitation and hygiene practices 3.Communities, local authorities and leaders have better knowledge, skills and relationships to engage in participatory planning, management and delivery of WASH services 4.Communities and relevant stakeholders have better knowledge and skills for management of water resources and catchment areas The project will be implemented over three years (36 months) . The annual budgets for the project are; year one £ 78,403 , year two £ 119,429 and year three £ 127,822
On the issue of technical training and socio-economic enterprise, there is a high level of unemployment in Nicaragua, which generates an enormous social and political pressure in the country, where the largest percentage of the economically active population ( approximately 1.749 million inhabitants), is composed of young people between 15 and 25 years and that, according to several studies, they do not perform any permanent occupation as employment activity and / or production. This problem, coupled with inadequate funding for vocational training, faces a shortage and discontinuity of resources to meet the competitive demands of the global economy, poses a challenge to articulate policies and strategies consistent with scenarios as to where to coordinate public and private efforts, as well as programs and projects of international development cooperation that can provide training and entrepreneurial alternatives for this population group that is growing economically and socially marginalized in the country. One of the most important strategies for fighting poverty is education, training and job creation for the population. Traditionally the curricula of the country do not offer technical alternatives to the students training, which generates a lot of graduates that due to their precarious economic situation cannot go to college, the only possibility left to them is getting employment without qualification and in a worst case scenario, be unskilled work for EPZs, other industries or jobs where they perceive a very low salary, which implies a stagnation in their living conditions and greatly restricts their ability to improve their situation. Hence the interest in developing actions to help answer this problem and influence and improve technical education in urban and rural population with emphasis on women, through the provision of technical training workshops for people - especially women - of surrounding communities and neighborhoods of intervention centers. The project is aimed to develop sustainable means for women living in vulnerable suburban and rural areas to procure a better quality of life. Specifically it tries to help empower urban and rural women through training and access to sustainable socio-economic developments. It will target the rural community Lechecuagos in Leon and urban Ciudad Sandino in Managua and more directly women and girls. In total 360 people will be benefited direct and indirectly from the actions contemplated in the Project during three years. The project, with the support of Misereor, has been extended and aims to support young entrepreneurs.
The project aims to increase sustainable access to improved water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) facilities for rural disadvantaged communities in Moroto. It will directly provide WASH services alongside investing in social mobilisation of communities to influence local government authorities on policy implementation, and strengthen water user groups to adopt correct use and maintenance of water points. The direct beneficiaries of the project are women and men in underserved villages including people with disabilities, women’s groups, school children, community water user associations and local leaders (through advocacy) in Moroto District. The project contributes to four interrelated outputs as listed below: 1.Women and men have improved, equitable and sustainable access to safe water and sanitation 2.Women and men are reached with better information on good sanitation and hygiene practices 3.Communities, local authorities and leaders have better knowledge, skills and relationships to engage in participatory planning, management and delivery of WASH services 4.Communities and relevant stakeholders have better knowledge and skills for management of water resources and catchment areas The project will be implemented over three years (36 months) . The annual budgets for the project are; year one £ 62,530 , year two £ 126,382 and year three £ 116,164
The area of Espinar in Cuzco has been affected by increasing mining activity for the past 30 years. The presence of extractive activity has brought about social conflict and it has eroded confidence and capacity for dialogue between state actors, civil society and mining companies operating there. The work of DHSF in Espinar is a key component of the water programme in the Andes. Over the previous project’s cycle (2014-2016) DHSF developed a strong participatory water monitoring system and, with the support of Newcastle University, it began a water balance study of the Canipia river basin as well as a water inventory. This new project’s cycle (2016-2018) will continue to focus on strengthening grassroots organisations in Espinar, develop the capacity of community members to participate in water monitoring committees and produce other water quality studies. With the evidence collected, DHSF will seek to forge greater dialogue with local, regional and national government authorities to enhance water and environmental management in Espinar. One of the outcomes of this project consists of the formulation of two public policy proposals with the direct participation of community members and leaders. This new phase of the project will also focus on building greater alliances at regional, national and international levels on the issue of water and human rights in the context of extractive activity.
This project provides support for the joint programmatic activities of the Economic Justice Programme, in Brazil. This Economic Justice Programme aims to strengthen economic and social justice in Brazil by supporting the defence, widening and universalisation of access to social rights constitutionally guaranteed in the Social Security System, a crucial policy to tackle the situation of poverty and socioeconomic exclusion of a great proportion of the Brazilian population. Its specific objective and contribution is to strengthen the capacity and knowledge of key pastoral agents, social workers and community leaders for better access to social security, and to develop political advocacy actions with national social rights networks so as to contribute to the preservation of the social security system and the widening of access to social rights. The new phase of work will build on the learning, results and external evaluation from the previous programmatic phases. It incorporates the partners and programme’s accumulated experience in national advocacy, capacity strengthening of leaders, and mobilising national social networks and movements. The programme is implemented by CAFOD and four Brazilian partners experienced in education, campaigning and advocacy and with strong Church links.