CANADEM has deployed professionals and humanitarian experts to assist in crisis situations all over the world, including Bolivia, Burma (Myanmar), Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gaza, Georgia, Ghana, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, Niger, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, Union of Comoros, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. In 2013, CANADEM will continue to assist our partners in humanitarian relief efforts.
In November, CANADEM deployed a Child Protection Officerwith UNICEF in Bohol, Philippines in response to the earthquake that struck the region in mid-October 2013.
The Child Protection Officer will work with UNICEF field staff and the Philippines Government to support the leadership and capacity of child protection coordination mechanisms, and ensuring effective and results-oriented processes. In addition to this the consultant will work to establish two-way communication channels between regional, national and sub-national levels to promote and strengthen a more standardized child protection response across all affected areas. This deployment was seconded through our DFATD-funded Stand-by Partnership Program: RAP-Fund.
CANADEM also deployed an Information Management Officer to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Manila, Philippines with travel to other parts of the country as a member of the Emergency Humanitarian Action team.
The Information Management Officer will work closely with the Technical Officer for Emergency and Humanitarian Action and the Health Cluster Coordinators to help coordinate information coming from teams supporting crisis response in the country. This data collection will feed into various situation reports, including generating output and outcome indicators adopted by the WHO Health CERF projects. This deployment was seconded through our DFATD-funded Stand-by Partnership Program: RAP-Fund.
A Child Protection Expert with UNICEF was deployed to Davao, Philippines under our CIDA-funded RAP Program in January. CANADEM’s Child Protection Expert's primary duty is to assist in response efforts and to provide support to the cluster lead.
In September, CANADEM deployed a Humanitarian Affairs Officer specializing in Communications with Affected Communities was deployed to Sittwe, Myanmar to work with UNOCHA under CANADEM’s Expert Mobilization service with support from DFID.
Our Humanitarian Affairs Expert is working to establish mechanisms, systems and strategies to enhance trust between humanitarian organizations working in Rakhine State and the communities and individuals that these organizations serve.
In November, CANADEM deployed an Emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Specialist to work with UNICEF’s Flood Response in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Duties include safeguarding and improving public health of the affected population by ensuring the access to safe drinking water, and promoting safe hygiene practices.
As well as ensuring the overall efficiency, effectiveness and delivery of results in accordance with UNICEF’s Core Commitment for Children in Emergencies (CCCs) and national and international humanitarian standards. This deployment was seconded through our DFATD-funded Stand-by Partnership Program: RAP-Fund.
Faced with two simultaneous emergencies during 2011 on the Somali and Sudanese borders, UNHCR in Ethiopia continues to respond through stabilization of the operations and to implement more sustainable activities.
In September, CANADEM deployed a Reporting Officer to work with UNHCR in Ethiopia. This deployment was seconded through our Expert Mobilization Service with support from DFID. Our Expert's main duties include review and analysis for currently planning and funding modalities, coordination and management of funding initiatives, and providing support to the monitoring and evaluation of multi-year initiatives..
Central African Republic
A March 2013 coup d’etat occurred in Central African Republic (CAR) adding to the series of political instabilities in the country. The security situation remains volatile and unpredictable, rendering humanitarian access challenging and limiting response in some parts of the country. General acts of violence are occurring against the civilian population of 4.6 million people, with 1.6 million identified as the most vulnerable. Basic services were destabilized or destroyed with a significant impact on people's access to essential and basic needs (access to clean water, basic necessities, access to primary health care and education). Grave violations against the civilian population continue, while the political and security situation remains fragile and unpredictable. Since December 2012, the crisis has led to massive displacement of populations throughout the country. The estimated number of internally displaced people is 206,000. Furthermore 54,987 people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries since the beginning of the crisis. More than 204,000 Central African refugees are hosted in the neighbouring countries of Chad, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) and South Sudan.
In October, CANADEM deployed an Emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Cluster Coordinator to work with UNICEF to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure an effective WASH response to the crisis in CAR. Duties include identifying key humanitarian partners, establishing and maintaining appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms, planning and strategy development, participatory and community based monitoring, emergency preparedness, advocacy and resource mobilization, and training and capacity building of national/local authorities and civil society. This deployment was seconded through our CIDA-funded Stand-by Partnership Program: RAP-Fund.
In September, a Humanitarian Affairs Officer specializing in Communications with Affected Communities was deployed to Sittwe, Myanmar to work with UNOCHA under CANADEM’s Expert Mobilization service with support from DFID. Our Humanitarian Affairs Expert is working to establish mechanisms, systems and strategies to enhance trust between humanitarian organizations working in Rakhine State and the communities and individuals that these organizations serve.”
In June, CANADEM deployed an Emergency Nutrition Cluster Coordinator to work with UNICEF to lead the Nutrition Cluster at the Country level in CAR. Duties include identifying key humanitarian partners, establishing and maintaining appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms, planning and strategy development, monitoring and reporting, advocacy and resource mobilization, and training and capacity building of national/local authorities and civil society. This deployment was seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program.
Democratic Republic of Congo
The continuing crisis in Central African Republic (CAR) has resulted in thousands of refugees fleeing into neighbouring countries. UNHCR and other humanitarian actors deployed at the onset of this new crisis, with emergency teams moving in to several localities in the Equator Province in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) bordering CAR to put in place protection and assistance activities. As of 30 March 2013, about 31,000 refugees have been pre-registered. Of this refugee population, about 60% are children under 18 years of age and 52% are women. The majority of the 31,000 are farmers and fishermen from rural areas. Civil servants and traders are also present, especially in Zongo and Gbadolite, where the urban population of Bangui found refuge.
In July, CANADEM deployed a Team Leader / Field Officer to work with UNHCR in Gbadolite, DRC to coordinate the emergency operations in Gbadolite and Zongo. Our Associate will work with local government counterparts, UN partners and persons of concern to conduct an effective needs assessment, then develop and implement a protection strategy. This deployment was seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program.
In July, CANADEM also deployed a Child Protection Officer to work with UNICEF in Kalemie, DRC to assess and support prevention and response activities to emergency situations in the Tanganyika District; to identify local partners to run intervention in emergency situations, and; to ensure partner technical capacities are sufficient to deliver efficient prevention and response programs (including sexual violence). This deployment was seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program.
The ongoing unrest in Syria has caused thousands of Syrians to flee into neighbouring countries. Canada continues to provide humanitarian assistance to the region. In May, CANADEM deployed an Information Management Specialist to work with UNICEF in Amman, Jordan, to assist UNICEF in its response to the influx of Syrians refugees to Jordan. This deployment was seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program. Read CIDA's News Release here.
Since the start of the unrest in Syria, and more particularly the start of an influx of Syrians in June 2011, the Government of Turkey formally declared and maintained an open border policy. The Turkish authorities’ emergency response since the outset of the influx has been of a consistently high standard, new arrivals being swiftly settled in camps specially set up by them with the Turkish Red Crescent Society. In February, CANADEM deployed an Emergency Specialist to work with UNICEF to prepare, update and coordinate the implementation of UNICEF Turkey’s response plan ensuring UNICEF’s readiness to scale-up further and respond to the worst case scenario as articulated in the inter-agency contingency plan in support of the Syrian refugees. This deployment was seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program.
The crisis in Syria has resulted in a refugee influx in Al-Qaim, Anbar governorate, Iraq, bordering Syria. In early December more than 8,000 refugees were sheltered in two camps which were being managed as a joint project by UNHCR and the MoDM (Ministry of Displacement and Migration). With the rate of influx it was expected that the number of refugees would soon reach 30,000. The Government of Iraq formally requested the World Food Program (WFP) Iraq to assist the refugees with the provision of food aid. In January, CANADEM deployed an Emergency Program Officer to work with WFP in Baghdad to help coordinate all elements of food delivery and distribution to the beneficiaries with the Implementing Partners. This deployment was seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program for three months, then through our Expert Mobilization service.
In March, CANADEM also deployed an Emergency WASH Sector Coordinator to Erbil to work with UNICEF. This deployment was seconded through out Expert Mobilization service with support from DFID.
As a result of erratic rainfall and crop production shortages in 2011, the food crisis in the Sahel region affected over 15 million people in Burkina Faso, North Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal. Furthermore, the conflict between the Malian military forces and the National Movement for Liberation of Azawad that erupted at the end of January 2012 has provoked the displacement of over 300,000 people within the country and across borders. In July, CANADEM deployed an Information Management Officer to work with UNHCR to ensure that the provincial Protection Cluster has a functional information management strategy and work plan to help support coordination with other UN agencies operating in the region. This deployment is seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program.
In February, CANADEM deployed a Humanitarian Affairs Officer to work with OCHA to assist in the establishment of OCHA presence and to set up humanitarian coordination mechanisms and tools to monitor response activities and identify gaps. This deployment is seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program.
In early January, CANADEM deployed a Food Security Cluster Co-ordinator to work with FAO and WFP in Bamako. This deployment is seconded through our CIDA-funded RAP Program. Our expert ensures that an adequate sectoral response is on time, consistent and effective in mobilizing all partners for a strategic and coordinated approach in the humanitarian crisis. They work closely with the Information Manager officer to collect, analyze and share essential information to stakeholders, ensure the implementation of needs assessments and analysis is completed, and correspond with governmental entities of all kinds.
CANADEM has had a Shelter Expert in Pakistan with UNHCR since November 2010. Initially deployed under our CIDA-funded RAP Program, his contract has been extended multiple times through our Expert Mobilization service, with the latest extension until the end of June 2013. Our Shelter Expert manages the day to day implementation modalities of UNHCR transitional shelter programme in Sindh and Balochistan, while advising the Head of the UNHCR office.