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Responding to the current crisis in South Sudan is one of the world’s most challenging humanitarian operations. The country has been unstable since its independence from Sudan in 2011, with conflict— primarily between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLA-IO)—driving insecurity. The conflict escalated in December 2013 and spiked again in July 2016. These increases led directly to displacement and a rapid deterioration in the food security, health, and nutritional status of the affected populations. In February 2017, theGovernment of the Republic of South Sudan (GRSS) declared a famine in two counties in Unity State, based on an analysis conducted by the Integrated Phase Classification Technical Working Group (IPCTWG).

CHC is currently contracted by the System Enhancement for Transformative Health (SETH) project to support operational research in Western Kenya. The SETH project is designed as a partnership between Hellen Keller International (HKI) and Action Against Hunger (AAH). It covers 5 counties in Western Kenya (Busia, Bungoma, Kakamega, Trans-Nzoia, and West Pokot). The SETH project’s objective is to improve the quality, availability and access to Maternal, New-born and Child health and nutrition services (MNCHN).

January – December 2017. Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria This study considers the constraints on data collection and analysis in humanitarian emergencies and the effects this has on outcome recommendations. The reports uses four cases, Yemen, Somali , Nigeria and South Sudan, and suggests means of ensuring the independence and objectivity of data collection […]

The Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) is a rural resource management organisation which has helped develop resilient community conservancies – promoting peace, transforming people’s lives and conserving natural resources. The Centre for Humanitarian Change (CHC) has embarked on a four-year project with NRT with the aim of improving the water resource management capabilities of these conservancies.

This project has become increasingly significant as the drought in the region worsens and puts increased strain on the resources of these communities – who currently have unreliable water access. These issues are exacerbated by the low capacity in county government and the short-term, reactive outlook of NGOs.  There has been a failure of community management as well as they do not have the required management, technical or financial skills.

In March 2016, the Centre for Humanitarian Change (CHC) conducted the ‘Pastoralist Women and Water’ study as part of the REACH programme – a global research programme aiming to improve water security for the world’s poor. This study attempted to understand the ways in which women’s disempowerment contributes to water security risks.

It had been noted that women, despite being largely responsible for the burden of water collection, were often excluded from the decision-making process in regards to water supplies. The assumption therefore was that if women had a stronger voice in this process than the household’s water security would ultimately improve.


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