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    We Have No Choice: Safe Access to Firewood in DRC

    The Women's Refugee Commission and the World Food Programme conducted an assessment in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on access to cooking fuel. This report covers their findings and recommendations.

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    No Place to Go But Up: Urban Refugees in Johannesburg, South Africa

    As part of a year-long study on urban refugee livelihoods, the Women’s Refugee Commission undertook a field assessment trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, in March/April 2011. The assessment focused on refugees‘ economic coping strategies, associated protection risks and potential market opportunities. This study focused on Somali and Congolese refugees in the inner city and Zimbabwean refugees and poor South Africans in Alexander township.

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    Priority Reproductive Health Activities in Haiti 2011

    An inter-agency MISP assessment

    CARE, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Save the Children and Women’s Refugee Commission conducted an inter-agency MISP assessment in Haiti, four months following the 2010 earthquake. The purpose the assessment was to examine the extent of MISP implementation as a response to the January 12 earthquake in three areas that were severely impacted by the earthquake.

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    Cooking Fuel Saves Lives

    In complex emergencies, the humanitarian system tends to address issues of concern by focusing on individual sectors, such as health or food. However, the Women's Refugee Commission has found that when it comes to cooking fuel, an integrated approach is essential. Recognizing the cross-sectoral nature of cooking fuel, the Women's Refugee Commission and the InterAgency Standing Committee Task Force on Safe Access to Firewood and alternative Energy in Humanitarian Settings (SAFE task force) developed a framework outlining the key fuel-related challenges and solutions across eight sectors of humanitarian response. This comprehensive and holistic approach to all eight sectors is necessary to ensure that displaced women and their families have safe access to appropriate cooking fuel. Below is information on the camp coordination and camp management sector.

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    Refugee Survey Quarterly Refugee Women--Twenty Years On

    Dale Buscher, director of protection at the Women's Refugee Commission, has an article in Refugee Survey Quarterly (Vol. 29, No. 2). The edition is devoted to gender equality and refugee women. In the lead article, “Refugee Women: Twenty Years On,” Buscher describes progress made since UNHCR released its first Policy on Refugee Women in 1990, including in the areas of reproductive health and gender-based violence, and outlines issues that require further attention, such as the gap between knowledge and practice, and the protection risks women continue to face in camps.

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