Ebola Round-Up November 2014 Key Dates:

November 2014
Ebola Round-Up
Key Dates:
24 Nov
Appeal for your Diaspora Stories
The Guardian is looking for stories of how
diaspora communities from Ebola-affected
countries are responding to the crisis. Click
here for more information.
27 Nov
Useful Resources
Visit our Ebola page for a whole host of
useful resources such as these:
19 Nov
NIDOS Business Forum
Learning from Europe:
PCD Training
Partnership Skills Share
Ebola Resources Toolbox
Contact us to book
Inside this issue:
Ebola Update
Post-2015 Update
and Members’
Southern Voices
Member Feature:
Vacancies and
Other News
Next newsletter:
1 December
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and articles to us by
22 November
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Ebola Appeals Launched
Appeals have been launched in Scotland to
help stop the spread of Ebola. The Disasters
Emergency Committee (DEC)’s Stop the
Spread is the first time in its history an
appeal has been launched for a disease
outbreak. Click here for more information or
watch a video of the Edinburgh launch.
SCIAF are also running an Ebola appeal,
using existing networks in West Africa to
support affected communities. Click here to
find out more.
NIDOS Ebola Page
NIDOS has set up an Ebola page to bring
you weekly updates, useful resources, and
quick facts. Click here to find out more or
contact Sarah if you have information or
resources to add to the page. To find out
more about some of our members’ work,
turn to page 8.
Online Networking Forum
Looking for others working in Ebola affected
areas? Want to ask a question or share a
resource? Join our Google Group. This is
open to NIDOS members and nonmembers.
Looking for country data? Quick facts about
Ebola? Or perhaps Ebola guidelines or the
latest research? Medbox has collated Ebola
country reports, data, guidelines, training
materials, research, and much more:
Ebola Funding Tracker
The Guardian has produced an interactive
funding tracker showing the amount of
funding pledged compared to the amount of
funding actually given.
Ebola and Global Handwashing Day
With the current Ebola crisis, this year’s
Global Handwashing Day on 15 October
was particularly poignant. Access useful
handwashing and Ebola resources here.
Aerial view of MSF's Ebola centre in Liberia
MSF have built their largest ever Ebola
centre in Monrovia, Liberia. The centre has
250 beds and has treated 1,343 people
since August. Watch the aerial tour here.
Ebola Appeal
Scottish Government Support
Scottish Government have donated
£500,000 and £300,000 worth of medical
equipment to the WHO to support the Ebola
response in Sierra Leone.
NIDOS news - November 2014
News from NIDOS
NIDOS AGM and Annual Conference
Our recent AGM and Annual Conference was a great
success, with speakers from Scottish Government,
DFID, and the European Centre for Development Policy
Management (ECDPM). Click here for a round up of the
day and photos.
The full AGM and Annual Conference Report will be
available in the next few weeks. Check our website for
more information.
New NIDOS Board
We are delighted to welcome Peter Kelly (Poverty
Alliance), Mark Chadwick (Mercy Corps) and Lexi
Parfitt (WWF) to our Board of Trustees after members
voted at the AGM. To find out more about our current
Board members, visit the NIDOS website.
Smith Commission Submission
NIDOS has submitted its members’ response to the
Smith Commission. The document gave five
recommendations for the process:
Recommendation A: Consider the international
development impact of any recommendations made
regarding further devolution of powers, recognising
that decisions taken by all government departments
have the potential to affect the world’s poorest people.
Recommendation B: Consider international
development and foreign affairs as separate powers,
recognising that international development decisions
must be determined by the needs of the world’s
poorest people.
Recommendation C: The Scottish Parliament and
Government’s current ability to pursue an international
development programme, and commit a budget to it,
should be formalised.
Recommendation D: The Smith Commission’s
recommendations should seek to empower the Scottish
and UK Parliaments to pursue a ‘policy coherence’
approach to international development across their
respective competencies, and embed mechanisms to
enhance cooperation between the Scottish and UK
Governments to achieve this.
Recommendation E: Consider how Scotland’s
contribution, as part of the UK, in policy areas including
international development and climate change, can be
represented in a more meaningful manner within
international forums.
To read the full NIDOS submission, find out more
about the Smith Commission, or for links to the political
parties responses, visit the NIDOS website.
Andrea Baertl, NIDOS
Members’ Effectiveness and
Fundraising Advisor
We are very sorry to announce
that Andrea will be leaving
NIDOS in November. She has
worked with us as the Members’
Effectiveness and Fundraising
Advisor for just over a year and done a fantastic job of
linking with members and supporting their work in
strengthening their organisations and in fundraising.
Andrea’s strong people skills and positivity has also
stood us in very good stead in her linking work with
Bond, OSCR, The Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland
and the Scottish Government. She has also brought a
lot to the NIDOS staff team and our work, and all the
team members will be sad to see her go. Unfortunately
for us Andrea’s partner has been offered a great job in
Peru but we are very glad for them and wish them both
all the best in the future. We hope they keep in touch
with us and that the beauty of Scotland will lure them
back for holidays!
We hope to have completed recruitment to this post by
the end of November/early December – details will be
provided soon.
Parliamentary News
Scottish Parliament
DEC Ebola Appeal
Sarah Boyak, MSP, led a motion supporting the DEC
Ebola appeal and welcomed support from the UK and
Scotland, including donations of medical equipment,
funding and support from humanitarian workers and
health professionals. Read the full motion here.
35 Years of Mercy Corps
A motion from Jim Eadie, MSP, celebrated the 35th
Anniversary of Mercy Corps. The motion also supported
“the Scottish Government’s continued spending on
international development and on the funding of nongovernmental organisations such as Mercy Corps”.
Read more here.
UK Parliament
Edinburgh MP Mark Lazarowicz (Labour) raised an
urgent question in UK Parliament last week on why the
UK Government has declined support for search and
rescue operations for refugees and migrants in the
Mediterranean. MPs can ask urgent questions if they
believe a a matter of public importance requires an
immediate answer from Government. Find out more.
NIDOS news - November 2014
Post-2015 Update
Aim Higher: Red flags for the Post-2015 process
Beyond 2015, the global civil society campaign on Post2015, have published a “Red Flags” document as part
of their call for the UN to aim higher in the Post-2015
process and to use the 17 goals of the UN’s Open
Working Group (OWG) as the floor, not the ceiling, of
the post-2015 negotiations. Beyond 2015 are asking
organisations to use the red flags where useful, so do
have a look and use the material if it fits in with some
of your existing work. The full document is available
UN General Assembly
Last month we reported on the UN General Assembly
(UNGA), which this year focused on Post-2015. But
what was actually said? Beyond 2015 have reviewed
references by UN Member States to the Post-2015
agenda; read their findings here.
Financing for Development
Bond’s Financing for Development working group met
for the first time last month. We’ll be representing
NIDOS at the meetings - look out for regular updates.
For those already involved in Financing for
Development, Beyond 2015 are looking for new
members for their working group. Contact Leo Williams.
Next Steps
The UN General Secretary’s Synthesis Report –
combining submissions from the various Post-2015
streams, including the OWG and International
Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development
Financing (ICESDF) – is expected by the end of
November. The next stage of negotiations will be
intergovernmental, with the UK participating as part of
the EU. The co-chairs of these global negotiations have
been announced as Kenya and Ireland. Kenya’s chair is
the Permanent Representative for Kenya, Macharia
Kamau, who was one of the facilitators of the OWG.
Mr. David Donoghue is the Permanent Representative
for Ireland.
Members’ News
Oxfam Research on Rising Inequality Gap
Oxfam published a report last week with new evidence
showing the gap between rich and poor growing wider
and undermining poverty eradication. Read Even it Up:
Time to end Extreme Inequality or watch this video
Climate Justice Fund Announced
NIDOS warmly welcomes the recent announcement of
awards from Scottish Government's Climate Justice
Fund. Click here to read more about the successful
EMMS Publish to IATI
Cathy Ratcliff, Director of International Programmes
at EMMS, talks to us about why they've published to
the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).
in our stride. We got help from both NIDOS and BOND.
Filling in the implementation plan was time-consuming,
and then we took a while to work out our staff roles:
that I would enter data, our Director of Finance would
verify it, our Communications Officer would publish it,
and we would meet quarterly to review. IATI was quick
to help us publish headline data in Hindi and Nepali
script. Now we have to start publishing various
programme documents. In September, we were lucky
to have BOND and NIDOS do a transparency
assessment of us, including a review of our publication
to IATI. The draft report has given us some really
useful recommendations.
Why did you want to publish to IATI?
We wanted to publish to IATI as part of our growing
professionalism, and out of a moral commitment to
being open about our work.
EMMS International is a Christian international
healthcare charity founded in 1841. In 2012, we
embarked on a growth strategy to increase the
healthcare benefits that we can bring to marginalized
and vulnerable people in Malawi, India, Nepal and
Scotland. That involves becoming more professional.
And that includes being more transparent and
As we went through the NIDOS Effectiveness Toolkit
process and then through our preparations to apply for
a DFID grant (which will start in 2015), we understood
that publishing to IATI is one way to be more
transparent and accountable.
How have you found IATI?
It took a while to get used to IATI, but now we take it
Why is IATI important?
We aid agencies have a big influence on the countries
where we work, and yet we are not directly and
democratically accountable to those countries’
populations. (Fortunately our partners are accountable
to their local and central governments.) It’s important
for democracy in the countries where we work that at
least people with access to the internet can see how
much money we’re giving for what project with which
partner in their country. It’s an important part of our
NIDOS news - November 2014
Funding Updates
DFID UK Aid Direct Now Open
DFID’s UK Aid Direct fund is now open for applications.
UK Aid Direct replaces DFID’s Global Poverty Action
Fund (GPAF). The first funding round is focusing on
finishing the job of the Health MDGs (MDGs 4, 5 & 6)
and welcomes applications with a specific focus on
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR),
though other health-related projects under these MDGs
are also possible. In the first round, £30 million of
funding will be available in two categories: Community
Partnership Grants of up to £250,000 for small
organisations and Impact Grants of between £250,000
and £4,000,000 for medium-sized organisations. The
programme aims to make the most of smaller charities’
grassroots knowledge, local contacts and specialist
expertise and will include guidance for those applying
for DFID funding for the first time. To learn more, click
here or turn to page 6 for details of Aid Direct
information webinars.
Deadline for applications: 21 November 2014
for women and combat human rights violations.
Deadline for applications: 31 December 2014
The Peace Support Fund
The Peace Support Fund aims to increase the likelihood
of sustainable peace in Mayanmar by supporting
initiatives which increase trust, confidence engagement
and participation with the peace process. The PSF
provides funding to projects which provide direct,
tangible support to the peace process or that seeks to
directly contribute to a reduction in inter-communal
conflict. To be eligible, projects must be driven by
demand or identified need, achievable in the timeframe, conflict sensitive and inclusive of women’s
interests. For application forms and more information,
click here.
The David and Elaine Potter Foundation
The Foundation’s main areas of interest are education,
civil society, and research. Grants are aimed at projects
that promote reason, human rights and education, and
that will improve understanding, governance and a
stronger civil society, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
Grants start from £5,000; for more information and to
apply, click here.
Scottish Government Small Grants Programme
A reminder that the Small Grants Programme deadline
is 12 noon, Wednesday 26th November. Click here
for more information or turn to page 6 for details of the
NIDOS Small Grants surgeries.
The Joffe Charitable Trust
Grants are available for between £5,000 and £40,000
Immana (Innovative Metrics and Methods for
per year for up to three years. The Trust will find
Agriculture and Nutrition Actions)
campaigns with realistic prospect of success in the
This new five-year research initiative funded by DFID
areas of human rights, corruption, and economic
aims to advance scientific understanding of the linkages systems that favour the poor in Anglophone Africa.
between agriculture and food systems, and health and Applicants must show a strategic purpose, strong
nutrition outcomes, to better inform policy and
leadership with a track record of success and the
programmatic actions in low- and middle-income
capacity to deliver. For more information on eligibility,
countries. Funding is available for 15-20 research grants and to apply, click here.
of up to £250,000. Researchers and institutions from
both developed and low- and middle-income countries
Ghana Research & Advocacy Programme (G-RAP)
are eligible to apply. To learn more, click here.
Funds are available for Ghana-based institutions
Deadline for concept memos: 21 November 2014
engaged in pro-poor public policy research and
DFID UK Aid Match Round 4
A reminder that dates for Round 4 of the UK Aid Match
programme will be announced shortly – look out for
announcements on the UK Government website and on
the NIDOS website. The UK Aid Match scheme matches
public donations to charity appeals for projects to
reduce poverty in developing countries. Slight changes
to the programme mean that projects may operate in
up to three countries (previously up to five countries).
To learn more, click here.
Evan Cornish Foundation
The Evan Cornish Foundation funds overseas projects in
the areas of education, elderly, health, human rights,
social and economic inequality, and prisons, with special
priority to projects that promote tolerance and equality
advocacy. They offer core support—as opposed to
project support—to strengthen the capacity of these
institutions. Funding targets institutions that can
contribute to the national policy dialogue with
government, parliament, district assemblies, donors,
and non-state actors. To learn more, click here.
10 Innovations in Global Philanthropy
New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) has produced a report,
10 innovations in global philanthropy: Concepts worth
spreading. The report highlights 10 exciting innovations
from around the world which are helping to grow
philanthropy both in scale and by ensuring resources
are being used effectively. The NPC has worked with
leading philanthropy experts to select those innovations
that can be replicated in the UK. To view the report,
click here.
NIDOS news - November 2014
Film Screening: A Dangerous Game
Director Anthony Baxter visits sites around the world
threatened by destructive golf resorts. He interviews
affected communities resisting these developments and
examines the enormous environmental impacts of these
schemes. Proceeds go to Friends of the Earth Scotland
and Greenpeace. For tickets, click here.
When: Tuesday 11 November 2014, 7:00pm
Where: Stereo, 22-28 Renfield Lane, Glasgow G2 6PH
Scotland: A Nation of Global Debt Justice
Sovereign debt expert Dr Mariana Williams, a leading
feminist economist and expert in a range of
development issues, will speak on the new debt crises
threatening the Global South. There will also be a
chance to discuss with Jubilee Scotland staff how
Scotland, post-referendum, can have a strong a distinct
voice on issues of global debt justice including vulture
funds, export policy and debt arbitration. Organised by
Jubilee Scotland and sponsored by Jean Urquhart MSP.
To learn more, click here.
When: Wednesday 12 November 2014, 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Scottish Parliament, Committee Room 2
(Fairfax-Somerville Room)
Lecture: ‘Saving Lives is Not Enough:
Strengthening Humanitarian Response through
Community Engagement in Health Systems’
Part of the IIHD’s Public Lecture Series 2014/15, Grand
Challenges in Global Health & Development. This
lecture will feature Allison Beattie, a health sector
specialist who has worked extensively with DFID, most
recently as Health Services Team Leader in DFID’s
Human Development Department.
When: Wednesday 26 November 2014, 3:15-4:30pm
Where: Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh Room
3090 or watch remotely by clicking here.
The Road to Paris: Climate Activist’s Assembly
Join Friends of the Earth Scotland and activists against
climate change and dirty energy from across Scotland
to develop an exciting year of climate activism. Come
and contribute your ideas on climate change for the
year ahead. To learn more and register, click here.
When: Saturday, 22 November 2014 7:30-9:30pm
Where: City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, Nicolson
Square EH8 9BX
Sunday’s Child Roadshow
EMMS International is running a church roadshow at
The Challenge of Hidden Hunger
five Scottish venues in support of the Sunday’s Child
Concern Worldwide and Glasgow Centre for
appeal to provide pain relief to cancer sufferers in
International Development are hosting a panel
Malawi. The roadshow is a special evening of live music
discussion to mark the launch of the 2014 Global
and inspirational stories supported by local musicians.
Hunger Index Report: The Challenge of Hidden Hunger. Dr. Cornelius Huwa will also speak about EMMS
Panel members will provide an insight into the
International’s work on providing compassionate
challenges presented by hidden hunger and tangible
healthcare. To learn more, click here.
solutions to the ‘broken’ food system of today. The
When: 28 November to 12 December 2014
discussion will be followed by a Q&A session as well as Where: Venues in Ayrshire, Kirkcaldy, Glasgow,
the opportunity to view Gareth Bentley’s photo essay
Aberdeen, and Edinburgh
highlighting the effects of chronic under-nutrition in
Zambia and sustainable solutions that have helped
Meet Me in St. Louis
transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest
Children of Songea Trust presents Meet Me in St Louis
people. To RSVP, email events.scotland(at)concern.net (1944), a classic and must-see Christmas film starring
When: Tuesday 18 November, 5:15pm
Judy Garland. All proceeds go to education and health
Where: Glasgow University, Yudowitz Lecture Theatre, projects to support vulnerable children in Tanzania.
Wolfson Medical School Building (C8 on campus map)
Tickets £12. To buy tickets, click here or contact Sharon
on 0131 243 2637.
Building a Movement
When: Monday 1 December 2014, doors open 7:30pm
Join Oxfam, Jubilee Scotland, WDM, SCIAF, Friends of
Where: Dominion Cinema, Edinburgh
the Earth Scotland, Christian Aid, Amnesty and People
and Planet for an afternoon of workshops and action
International Human Rights Day
planning, as local groups working on a range of
Amnesty International and John Finnie MSP, Convener
campaigns across Scotland come together to meet and of the Cross Party Group on Human Rights, will be
share their skills. Workshops include: building
hosting an event in the Scottish Parliament to mark
confidence in your campaigning, fundraising for local
International Human Rights Day. Speakers will reflect
groups and projects, using local press and social media on the state of human rights in Scotland and around the
to get your message out. For more information and
world, and how we move forward to address these
tickets, click here.
challenges at home and abroad. To learn more, click
When: Sunday 23 November 2014, 12:30-5pm
Where: City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, Nicolson
When: Wednesday 10 December 2014, 5:30pm
Square EH8 9BX
Where: Scottish Parliament
NIDOS news - November 2014
Training and Advice Surgeries
NIDOS Small Grants Surgeries
Is your organisation applying to the Scottish
Government’s Small Grants Programme? Would you like
some feedback or support on your application? If so,
you can book a session for a surgery with us! Bring a
draft of your application form, and send it to us two
days in advance so that we can give you feedback at
the meeting. There are several 1.5-hour time slots
available starting from 9:00. To register, email andrea
(at)nidos.org.uk and state your time preference.
When: Thursday 13 November 2014
Where: NIDOS offices at Thorn House, 5 Rose Street,
Edinburgh, EH2 2PR
Wednesday 10 December 2014 (Edinburgh)
Where: Aberdeen and Edinburgh—locations TBC
Capital Campaign Fundamentals
Presented by the Institute of Fundraising Scotland, this
one-day course will take you on a whistle stop tour
through the fundamentals of planning and developing a
capital campaign for your organisation, including:
developing capital projects, getting the campaign ready,
creating a compelling case for support, and working
with people. To learn more, click here.
When: Thursday 27 November 2014
Where: Edinburgh—location TBC
NIDOS Skills Share Session on Partnership
IIHD Distance Learning Courses
Given the success of our September skills share session, The Institute for International Health and Development
we are organising a new session on How to build and
(IIHD) are offering postgraduate distance learning
sustain strong partnerships to achieve greater impact,
modules in 2015.
covering issues such as: building relationships;
Psychosocial Interventions for Displaced Populations
clarifying responsibilities; endings and new beginnings; For people who have an interest in the psychosocial
common challenges; and reporting. Children of Songea wellbeing of children, youth and adults who are
and Bioclimate Research and Development will be
displaced through armed conflict, natural disaster or
presenting and sharing their approaches, experience,
other causes. Obtain a grounding in the main
and resources. This free session will give you some
approaches to providing mental health and psychosocial
practical insight into how other organisations establish
support and their underlying theoretical concepts as
and build on their partnership. The session is aimed at well as skills and knowledge in relation to the practice
small to medium sized organisations, although all are
of psychosocial interventions. To learn more, click here.
welcome to attend. To register please email Andrea(at) Proposal Writing
Are you keen to develop small-scale research in the
When: Thursday 27 November 2014, 6-8pm
area of global health and development? Acquire skills to
Where: NIDOS offices, Thorn House, 5 Rose Street,
conceptualise, plan, and write up a coherent and
Edinburgh, EH2 2PR
convincing research proposal. Develop a research
proposal that can be used as part of your academic
NIDOS Business Forum
studies, or in conjunction with your work in global
The next meeting of the NIDOS Business Forum will
health and development. To learn more, click here.
take place on 19 November. Contact Gillian(at)
When: Courses begin in February 2015
nidos.org.uk for more information.
When: 19 November (morning) - TBC
Renewable Energies for Developing Countries:
Where: Edinburgh
Environmental Necessity—Economic Opportunity
This online course will give a comprehensive overview
DFID Aid Direct Webinars
of clean, secure and sustainable technology options as
Webinars covering the eligibility criteria, the preparation a means to enable sustainable development in
of concept notes, and the key criteria used in the
developing countries. Open to those in the non-profit,
assessment of applications. To request a place, email
public and private sectors who wish to install renewable
[email protected] with your name,
energy systems in both urban and rural settings or
organisation and email address.
make their contribution to reducing carbon emissions
When: Two-week period from 3 November 2014.
through energy efficiency and use of sustainable energy
sources. Programme developed by Strathclyde
Introductory Certificate in Fundraising
University and CIFAL Scotland, conducted through UN
Presented by the Institute of Fundraising Scotland, this Institute for Training and Research platform offering
course will provide you with a basic understanding of
insights into the management of renewable energy
fundraising and the sector itself, the surrounding legal
projects from small scale, through to major projects.
framework and introduce you to some fundamental
Places are limited. To learn more, click here or contact
fundraising tools and techniques. Two dates in
Edinburgh and Aberdeen. To learn more, click here.
When: 19 January – 6 March 2015
When: Thursday 13 November 2014 (Aberdeen);
NIDOS news - November 2014
Southern Voices: Ahmad Hegazy
Ahmad Hegazy is the
Emergency Response
and Economic
Recovery Manager for
Mercy Corps in Gaza.
Ahmad spoke to us
about the ongoing
crisis in Gaza, and how
this summer‘s conflict
affected programmes
on the ground.
Shejai. I saw people and kids filling their bottles and
jerry-cans with drinking water. I talked to people who
returned to their destroyed homes. One man said,
“Without water, we could never leave the shelter and
return back to our homes. When these bladders were
installed, we could start rebuilding and re-settling our
lives again.” It is very difficult to see people living such
terrible tragedies.
People’s needs didn’t end with the ceasefire. What
happens now?
Absolutely, people’s needs are increasing. There are
shelter and housing problems, water problems, food
security problems, post-war unemployment and income
How has the recent period of conflict affected normal
generation problems. These must be addressed and
should have immediate and everlasting solutions,
Well, there’s no doubt that the last war severely
otherwise there is no chance to recover. When the
affected all of us. I don’t see normal life happening in
winter comes, the problem will be bigger, especially for
the near future. In addition to what we experienced
those sheltering in schools. Schools are not designed to
during the war, there are still huge problems and
accommodate people, especially in winter. Mercy Corps
dilemmas to be resolved. Day to day work was
significantly affected as we had to make radical changes long term plans include recovery and development
programmes, including large scale cash assistance
in programmes.
programmes such as cash for work, workforce
employment, and business subsidies to help make the
What challenges has the conflict created?
wheel of Gaza’s life run normally again. Mercy Corps is
Now, after the war, we are still experiencing trauma
implementing large scale psychosocial support
and shock. There are many unsolved problems and
there are no indicators for near future solutions. Shelter programmes. Current and future programmes are very
crucial and it’s vital they are built on for longer term
is a serious problem for people who were displaced impacts.
bombardments and shelling destroyed neighborhoods
totally. Food security problems reached a level we have
What are your hopes for Gaza?
never experienced before. Unemployment became
higher than before and many businesses and industries Countless hopes. I truly wish for my people to have a
normal life as other people in any part of this world. I
were directly affected. Reconstruction looks very
believe that Gazans have totally lost the sense of how
difficult and will take a lot of time. We have water
normal people should live in suitable living conditions. I
problems and shortages in many areas because of the
hope that this will no longer continue as we deserve
damage caused to the infrastructure.
better lives.
How did your day-to-day work change?
Find out more about Mercy Corps’ work in Gaza.
From day one, Mercy Corps teams started to respond.
We designed a framework that anticipates escalations
and responds appropriately to emerging needs. We
Photo: A child from the Middle Area of Gaza filling water
containers with fresh drinking water provided by Mercy Corps
started with cash voucher programmes to cover food
security problems for affected families, and we
purchased and packed locally more than 24,000 food
parcels and hygiene parcels. We distributed these to
internally displaced people (IDPs) who fled to shelter in
schools, private shelters and host communities. Over
210,000 people received assistance. We distributed over
30,000 hygiene kits and water bladders and filled these
on a daily basis in the 20 different areas that were
without water supply. We also received and delivered
medical supplies to hospitals and clinics.
What has affected you the most?
Honestly, there are many examples. I remember when I
visited the water bladders we installed in one of the
biggest destroyed neighborhoods in Gaza Strip – Al
© Mercy Corps
NIDOS news - November 2014
Members Feature: Ebola
Mary’s Meals: Adapting Development
Whilst the emergency humanitarian response
to Ebola is vital, so too are the ongoing
development projects that have been
supporting communities since before the outbreak.
Mary’s Meals is just one of our many members working
with partners to support development projects in West
Before Ebola, Mary’s Meals provided school meals to
more than 128,000 children across Liberia each day,
improving nutrition and school attendance. However, all
schools are temporarily closed, bringing a halt to the
Mary’s Meals has now launched an emergency response
to the Ebola outbreak by distributing food to more than
80,000 children in their homes and to patients with
Ebola. Meals are being distributed at three holding
centres in the townships of Tubmanburg, Robertsport
and Brewerville.
Find out more about Mary’s Meals work in Liberia here.
VSO: Supporting Sierra Leone’s Health
VSO have recently launched a battle on
misinformation about Ebola in Sierra Leone.
In partnership with Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health
and Sanitation, VSO hope to address the growing
misinformation about Ebola that has led to pregnant
feeling to afraid to accessing basic medical services.
Other projects in Sierra Leone have included providing
a Technical Assistant to the human resource
department of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to
help ensure Sierra Leone’s health system remains
functional and that health workers receive timely
Find out more about VSO’s work in Sierra Leone here.
Right: Infographic from Concern Worldwide showing
the wide reaching consequences of Ebola
MEMBERS: If you would like your organisation to
be profiled in NIDOS News contact:
[email protected] or call 0131 243 2680.
Remember, we can also advertise all members’
events and vacancies free of charge.
NIDOS news - November 2014
Other News and Useful Resources
Global Climate Tool
Do you work on climate change, climate resilience or
climate equity? Have a look at this handy tool from
the World Resources Institute - it allows you to
compare country data including emissions, level of
development, vulnerability to climate impacts,
mitigation potential, and benefits of action. http://
The Sustainable Development Goals: Will they
deliver climate compatible development for
vulnerable countries?
The Climate and Development Knowledge Network
have published a working paper discussing the
strength of the UN Open Working Group’s Sustainable
Development Goals in building climate compatible
development. Read the report online.
Climate Change Scholarships for Zambia
Scottish Government has announced two university
scholarships for students from Zambia to study
climate change. Read more online.
Understanding the Lobbying Act
OSCR Charity Guidelines
OSCR have published guidance to help charities meet
the requirements of electoral and charity law.
Download the guidance here.
Bond Briefing Document
Bond have published a briefing paper on the lobbying
Act, giving information about the Act, whether you
need to register or not and suggestions for good
internal practice. Download the briefing here.
Consultancies to Develop Support Packages on
Fundraising and MEL
NIDOS are looking for consultants to develop two
Packages of Support aimed at helping small to medium
international NGOs strengthen their good practice and
effectiveness. The Fundraising package will address key
elements and effectiveness essentials for successful
fundraising, and the MEL package will examine key
elements of good Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
throughout the project cycle. For more information,
including the full terms of reference, click here for
Fundraising package and here for the MEL package.
Contact Andrea Baertl at effectiveness(at)nidos.org.uk
for more information.
Deadline for submission: Friday 14 November, 5pm
Volunteer ICS Entrepreneur
Challenges Worldwide are looking for volunteer
International Citizen Service (ICS) Entrepreneurs to
work in Ghana, Uganda, or Zambia. This is an
opportunity for young people with an aptitude for
enterprise to contribute to a development project.
Entrepreneurs will share business skills and knowledge
with small and medium enterprises whilst working
alongside a local volunteer, and will gain training and
experience in financial management, sales and
marketing, and business planning and operations.
Applicants should have or be in the process of achieving
a business-related degree or equivalent experience. To
learn more, click here.
Mary’s Meals
Mary’s Meals are recruiting for several positions,
including Head of Incoming Resources, Fundraising
Officer, Head of International Communications, Head of
Fundraising Campaigns, Personal Assistant to Chief
Executive, and two Management Accountants.
To learn more about each role, click here.
Mission Aviation Fellowship
Mission Aviation Fellowship are recruiting for a range of
overseas roles to support their work providing vital
aviation, communications and logistics services in some
of the most challenging and remote locations in the
world. To learn more, click here.
SCIAF Outreach Team
SCIAF are building a new team to promote their work
across Scotland. Vacancies include an Outreach
Manager (Glasgow-based), Outreach Officers (homebased in North and South Scotland), a Data Assistant
(Glasgow-based), and an Individual Giving Officer
(Glasgow-based). To learn more, click here.
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