On August 4, 2006, 17 Action Against Hunger | ACF International employees were killed in cold blood while assisting local populations in Sri Lanka—an unprecedented event in humanitarian affairs. After 18 months and three Sri Lankan investigations—proceedings wracked by inertia, inadequate guarantees of independence, and a lack of respect for international standards—ACF bitterly observes that these proceedings have proven ineffective and calls for an international investigation. This detailed advocacy report outlines our assessment.
Action Against Hunger’s international network produces a variety of published works from context analysis and regional assessments to community surveys and field reports.
Recent events indicate a rise in security threats to humanitarian workers, and nothing symbolizes this deterioration like the 2006 murder of Action Against Hunger | ACF International’s 17 employees in Sri Lanka—humanitarians whose civilian status offered them no protection. The international community must not tolerate such crimes and must address this shrinking of humanitarian space. This press dossier provides background on the events that have unfolded in Sri Lanka since the shocking assassinations of our staff.
This Action Against Hunger | ACF International positioning paper consolidates and clarifies ACF’s approach to water, sanitation, and hygiene through a comprehensive understanding of the UN's Human Right to Water (HRTW). This was undertaken to increase the impact and sustainability of ACF’s programs in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector, and to use the HRTW as an advocacy tool in the service of saving lives by combating hunger and disease amongst vulnerable groups.
The concept of the “Right to Water” has emerged over the past few years, emphasizing a human-centered approach to meeting basic needs among vulnerable populations. The concept's scope gathered momentum in 2002 when the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) adopted General Comment No. 15, which, for the first time, recognized the right to water as a fundamental human right.
This report documents the findings of Local Voices, a six month research project that provided HIV orphans, vulnerable children and their caretakers with the opportunity to voice the difficulties they face providing food, water and healthcare for their families. Through detailed interviews and discussions, the project carried out a dialogue with 20 families from four areas of Zambia.