In the period 2000 to 2019, there were 7,348 major recorded disaster events claiming 1.23 million lives, affecting 4.2 billion people (many on more than one occasion) resulting in approximately US$2.97 trillion in global economic losses.
This is a sharp increase over the previous twenty years. Between 1980 and 1999, 4,212 disasters were linked to natural hazards worldwide claiming approximately 1.19 million lives and affecting 3.25 billion people resulting in approximately US$1.63 trillion in economic losses.
Much of the difference is explained by a rise in climate-related disasters including extreme weather events: from 3,656 climate-related events (1980-1999) to 6,681 climate-related disasters in the period 2000-2019.
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+ Seminar: Tourism, COVID-19 and the adaptivity of South Pacific People
As part of their Development Studies Programme Seminar Series, Massey University is presenting preliminary finding from a survey and interviews conducted between June and September 2020 in tourism-dependent communities across Fiji, Samoa, Cook Islands, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.
The purpose of the research was to determine how Pacific people were reacting and adapting to the massive shutdown of tourism caused by COVID-19. In particular, the cessation of tourism activities in established tourism areas has created shifts in livelihood approaches, behaviours, and how people interact with and relate to their social, cultural and natural environment.
Oxfam's Jo Spratt did an analysis of political parties and their different policy approaches to aid and development (or if they even have an international development policy!)
Now we're post election but still don't know who our minister will be or the priorities of the new government, here is the summary again - here.
Quick reminder (we've removed those parties that didn't get in):
Labour:No policy found National:No policy found Act:Agree with the primary focus on the Pacific Greens: The most comprehensive policy (across a number of policy documents), with a commitment to rapidly increase aid to achieve the global target of 0.7 percent of GNI, and improve aid quality with a focus on inequality and poverty, and people who experience exclusion and discrimination, such as persons with disabilities, women and girls. Maori party:No policy found, but reference to supporting 'Pacific whanaunga'
+ Register for CID Annual Dinner (and AGM) @ The Beehive hosted by Hon. James Shaw
All staff, friends of CIDs and colleagues across sectors are warmly welcomed to come together for a pre-Xmas dinner and get together after a difficult year.
The dinner in parliament will be hosted by the Hon. James Shaw who will make a short keynote speech and present the Collaboration award.
The CID AGM and dinner event will be held in the Grand Hall at the Beehive on 5 November, starting after lunch and going into the evening.
There will also be a panel discussion on the latest member survey, the annual Photo Competition and Collaboration Award, and entertainment.
Please join us for this exciting pre-Xmas celebration after a difficult year.
+ Humanitarian Advisory Group - Humanitarian Horizons 2021-2024
Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG) is currently undertaking the design of their next 3-year research program, Humanitarian Horizons 2021-2024. The Humanitarian Horizons Research Program was first launched in 2017, supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and seeks to generate new evidence and create conversations for change across the sector.
Your perspectives and insights are invaluable. HAG is excited to invite you to help shape the next phase of their research by participating in thisshort survey.
This is your chance to offer your views on key emerging issues and trends that will shape the sector in the coming years.HAG wants to ensure that research through Humanitarian Horizons is valuable to you and your work, and answers the most pressing questions that you want answered.
+ Nominations: Annual Collaboration Award to be presented by Hon. James Shaw
Celebrate the creative and collaborative skills of the sector.
The impact of COVID has made this year particularly challenging, but many of these challenges have been mitigated through innovation, collaboration and the awesome creativity of the sector.
Please see the information below on the CID Collaboration Award, which will be presented by the Hon. James Shaw, and the CID Photo Competition for 2020. Winners will be announced at the Annual Dinner on 5 November.
CID Collaboration Award 2020 We want to hear from CID Members and Associate Members that have successfully worked together on a project with a mix of organisations and individuals – for example, each other, local entrepreneurs or partners, governments, funders, private sector, consultants, academics or researchers. Applications must be submitted by 23rd October, and will be judged on the following criteria:
The narrative - how compellingly you tell the project's story
The scope - who and how many people were reached
The impact - what is the likelihood of impact and sustainability
The collaboration - how the collaboration led to the successes or results of this project.
CID Photo Competition 2020 The broader theme of the 2020 CID Photo Competition is COVID related activities, with submissions to showcase partnership, collaboration and good development outcomes. The photo competition is once again sponsored by Fisher Print (thank you!). Further information is on the CID website at the link above. We are accepting submissions up until 23rd October and winners will also be announced at the CID Annual Dinner.
Submission are to be provided under three categories:
For Amateur Photographers:
Humanitarian Aid | Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
For NZ-based Professional Photographers:
Humanitarian and Development .
+ Rethinking Humanitarianism: A New Podcast Series
The New Humanitarian and the Center for Global Development has introduced a new podcast series 'Rethinking Humanitarianism' exploring the future of aid:
What does the “global reset” brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic mean for the aid industry?
How should we rethink the way the world responds to crises in this time of disruption?
As international aid reaches operational, financial, and ethical limits, what would it take to translate longstanding efforts at reform into meaningful and positive change?
This podcast series will tap into some of the deep soul-searching that has taken place in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic, as a basis for exploring limitations with the current aid model, sticking points that have prevented reform in the past, and bold visions for the future.
+ Climate Anxiety vs. Climate Action
A growing school of psychologists believe the trauma of the climate crisis is a key barrier to change, and believe the trauma that is a consequence of climate breakdown is also one of the biggest obstacles in the struggle to take action against rising greenhouse gas emissions. There is a growing sense that thistrauma needs a therapeutic responseto help people beyond paralysis and into action.
The Lancet recently published a piece titled 'Climate Anxiety in young people: a call to action'. This outlined how youth might be more likely than adults to experience ill-effects associated with climate anxiety. They are in a crucial point in their physical and psychological development, when enhanced vulnerability to the effects of stress and everyday anxiety elevate their risk of developing depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. Additionally, chronic stress during youth might result in permanent alterations in brain structure and the emergence of psychopathologies later in life.
+ COVID threatens vision of thousands in Palestine
Are you a passionate, well-organised, international development specialist, wanting to contribute to strengthening the sector and its impact from a New Zealand base?
Council for International Development (CID) is seeking a strategic player to join the small team and get things done.
With a focus on leadership as the sector adapts to COVID, we’re looking for someone who can engage strategically with members, design and help us deliver events, training and workshops to strengthen capacity and impact. We also want your leadership to expand networks across sectors, find new members and diversify funds.
Could the breadth of activities that come with this role be the change you are looking for?
If you are an international development specialist, preferably with public and private sector experience, can plan ahead and think methodically, are able to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders, are strategic, logical and confident in problem solving techniques, and thrive in a small constructive team, we want to hear from you.
Please send your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org outlining why you are interested in the role. Please apply before 5pm 27 October 2020.
As Covid-19 has swept the globe it has had acute impacts on women and girls, including rising rates of domestic violence and economic insecurity, especially for Indigenous women, other black and brown women, and those working in informal sectors.
Moderated by Jane Sloane, Senior Director for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality at The Asia Foundation, this webinar will feature a welcome from Sue McCabe, CEO of Philanthropy New Zealand, and the following expert panelists: Sarah Haacke Byrd, CEO of Women Moving Millions; Melanie Brown, Senior Program Officer for US Policy and Advocacy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Tuti B.Scott, Interim CEO of Tides Foundation USA; and Lucy Lee, Senior Associate for Volition Capital and Lotus Circle Bay Area convener. Learn more about the guest speakers.