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An aerial view of the Za’atri Refugee Camp in Jordan. Photo: The US Department of State.

As the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference gets underway in London, the Dóchas Humanitarian Aid Working Group has produced a joint briefing statement. This briefing document from the Working Group, a coalition of experts from Dóchas member organisations, outlines key issues and required actions, relating to the Syrian humanitarian crisis.

The statement begins by outlining why humanitarian action in this area is so important:

‘On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the conflict in Syria, the situation for civilians is catastrophic. Such is the intensity of the violence inside Syria that, on average, 50 families have been uprooted every hour of every day since 2011: the total number of displaced Syrians now stands at over 11 million.’

To continue reading the statement click here: Supporting Syria and the Region, London 2016.

Background to the Working Group:
In 2004, Dóchas members created a Dóchas Working Group on Humanitarian Aid, to promote the sharing of information and experience among Irish NGOs. The Group brings together Irish organisations that are working in humanitarian crises across the world.

Current focus

  • Government Relationships: to facilitate dialogue, collaboration and action on humanitarian issues of mutual concern particularly Irish Aid but also with the EU where opportunities emerge.
  • Advocacy: to exploit opportunities for strategic and focussed lobbying and engagement with key stakeholders, in particular the Irish Government and the EU as well as other international institutions, as a force for positive influence in relation to humanitarian principles and practice.
  • Good practice, coordination and mutual learning: to utilise experience and expertise of members to build capacity, share learning and innovation, examine, understand and represent issues of common interest and concern and engage in learning and training events to improve policy and practice.
  • Awareness: improve understanding of humanitarian issues and support deeper engagement by the Irish public, member organisations and other stakeholders in such issues.

Click here to read the original article on the Dóchas website.