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This brief presents findings from a ground-breaking study, conducted as part of the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in Conflict and Humanitarian Crises programme funded by the UK government, that explores the intersections between VAWG and efforts to secure peace and stability in conflict and post-conflict contexts.

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When it comes to Yemen, we are stuck in a waiting game, and expecting the worst. Two weeks ago, the UN announced that the country is on the brink of the world’s worst famine in 100 years, with 14 million civilians at risk of starvation.

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Co-authored by Ros MacVean, Safeguarding Coordinator, CARE International, and Howard Mollett, Senior Policy Advisor, CARE International UK: Today’s Summit on Safeguarding provides an important moment for international donors, UN agencies and humanitarian agencies working on the ground to outline their commitments on how to better protect both staff and members of the communities we aim to support from sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

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The narrative coming out of the European Union is that the private sector can provide the ‘solution’ to Europe’s concerns about migration. Is this about a more equitable partnership with African countries, or is it just self-interest and buying into populist fears?

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For the people we work with and for, the divisions and brick walls between humanitarian and development work do not make sense. So why does the sector keep this division as the norm, rather than the exception?

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This study, conducted as part of the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in Conflict and Humanitarian Crises programme funded by the UK government, explores how programmes and policies to prevent and respond to VAWG have been integrated and addressed within post-conflict state-building policy and programming; and how, in conflict-affected countries, VAWG is related to efforts to achieve peace and stability.

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I’ve just returned from Bangladesh where I’ve been working with CARE’s shelter team to build ‘mid-term shelters’ for refugees who have fled from Myanmar. With the camps now in place for a year, what are the challenges of shifting from short-term emergency response to longer-term support – and how can we make sure that families and communities are at the centre of the process?

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