Country developments 2014
In Afghanistan, War Child Holland and War Child UK will integrate their programming, increasing effectiveness and operational efficiency. The programme will focus on the Kabul and Herat regions.
In Burundi, War Child’s partnership with IRC to implement a joint project promoting the well-being and improve the protection of children in conflict affected communities (funded by the EC) will complement the Conn@ct.Now programme and strengthen our community-based approach in four provinces. Fundraising will be intensified to diversify funding sources.
In Colombia, War Child will work on expanding into the country’s most conflict-affected departments such as Putumayo, Cauca and Chocó, and expand the use of War Child’s DEALS methodology in most projects. A reduction of staff in the Bogota office will allow us to employee new staff in these regions.
In DR Congo, War Child will work to further expand its operations in Kalehe and start-up a new project in the Fizi area. We will look for additional partnerships in-country and also strengthen links and cooperation with the Burundi programme, facilitated by War Child’s new Strategic Partnership for Protracted Crises with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The partnership will provide War Child with the opportunity to strengthen its community-based interventions and increase linkages with other actors in the region.
Occupied Palestinian territory
In the occupied Palestinian territory, War Child will continue its support to local organisations working with children in the areas most affected by the occupation and conflict. We will also continue implementing our joint project with Right To Play, funded by the Dutch Postcode Lottery.
War Child will continue to implement projects south of Beirut, in northern Lebanon, and in Palestinian refugee camps for Syrian refugees in response to the Syria crisis with funds from donors such as UNHCR and UNICEF. At the same time, we are exploring the possibilities to support children in Syria through local organisations. War Child will also work closely with War Child UK in the provision of support to Syrian children in Iraq and Jordan. In the Lebanon/Syria programme we will reach more than 100,000 children directly.
The conflict in South Sudan has forced us to review our plans for 2014 in areas particularly affected by recent conflict violence, such as Jonglei state. In 2014, War Child will start up a number of new projects and continue implementing on-going projects in partnership with other international actors, including War Child Canada, provided that the security situation allows.
In Sri Lanka, War Child will continue implementing its programme concentrated in the northern and eastern parts of the country. Additional funding from the European Commission will allow us to upscale our interventions.
In 2014, War Child will continue developing the e-Learning project in partnership with Ahfad University and UNICEF in Sudan. Our support to local partner organisations will be phased out, mainly due to accessibility constraints.
Budget constraints have led to the decision to phase out our operations in Thailand along the border with Myanmar. In 2014, we will focus on handing over our activities to other organisations where possible, and closing down the offices.
Although the implementation of our strategy for phasing out our operations in Uganda by 2016 has started, in 2014, we will continue implementing a number of projects focusing on conflict affected communities in the north. Our activities will include the continued implementation of two new DEALs modules (Risks of Alcohol Abuse, and Sexual and Reproductive Health), and the successful Building Skills; Changing Futures project, which combines life skills, vocational skills, business skills and apprenticeships.
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