Progress in implementation of the approach
The years 1992 to 1994 witnessed a rapid expansion in UNV's
humanitarian relief volunteers. The efforts of the UNV's Humanitarian Relief
Unit (HRU), established towards the end of 1991, are paying off the initially
intensive process innovation, advocacy and advertising, inter-agency networking,
and fund-raising. There is an increasing involvement in new activities in
support of UN-coordinated programmes, especially for complex protracted
emergencies. Working closely with the UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs
(DHA), UNV has become recognised as a prime source for readily available
experienced field relief workers and technical managers, who can accelerate the
transition to UNDP-supported sustainable human development.
The use of experienced field relief workers and managers as UNV
specialists, offering their services as unsalaried professionals, provides the
UN system and the international community with an opportunity to deliver vital
humanitarian services with dedication and selflessness, and to achieve greater
impact with limited resources.
Presently, some 500 UNV Specialists are serving in humanitarian
assistance programmes. This figure does not include approximately 200-500
Eritrean UNVs being planned under a new programme, nor many others under
discussion. Those serving in humanitarian programmes are in the following
Additional countries for which UNVs are currently being recruited
include Azerbaidjan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Donor country support has been crucial and in the past two years
UNV has mobilised contributions or pledges totalling US $ 20 million from
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden,
Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the USA. When added to other UN System
funds, the currently approved humanitarian assistance portfolio in UNV exceeds
US$30 million in funding. Even so, UNV still needs a further several million US
dollars to meet pipeline needs for its own projects, and for UNV assignments
with UN Agencies for which they have not themselves, or yet, obtained funding.
Refugees suffer, so does the
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