Education for Crisis-Affected Youth, Literature Review

This publication was reviewed by INEE Adolescent and Youth Task Team and published in  the recent newsletter:

Education for Crisis-Affected Youth, Literature Review

This document reviews the field of education for youth in crisis using three categories: Secondary and

Tertiary Education; Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Livelihoods Training; and Life Skills, Peace Education and Recreational Activities. A review of the lessons learned in each category is presented, followed by a summary of lessons across all three categories.


The document is available here.   


States of fragility: stabilisation and its implications for humanitarian action

Quite often following a disaster, the media has to focus its attention on something new and the follow on and needs for stabilisation may be forgotten. This new theme issue has a particular focus on the aftermath of disasters in terms of stabilisation.

Disasters -new theme issue

States of fragility: stabilisation and its implications for humanitarian action

The international policy context and circumstances of humanitarian action have seen some significant changes over the past decade. Relief and development agencies are operating in an increasingly diverse array of war-affected and difficult contexts, and there is growing donor and national government interest and engagement in ‘stabilising’ countries affected by conflict and fragility.

This special issue of Disasters considers the implications of stabilisation for international humanitarian action. The diversity, evolution and wide geographical scope of these agendas is captured in case studies on Afghanistan, Colombia, Haiti, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste. The issue also includes an additional contribution analysing the historical antecedents of stabilisation, and an overarching editorial that captures key trends in approaches to stabilisation and associated challenges for humanitarian action.

Table of contents:

To launch this special issue, the Overseas Development Institute is holding an event series, Stabilisation, development and humanitarian action, which starts on 22 October 2010. To register to attend this event or to watch live online, visit the ODI website.

Disasters is published in association with Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. To submit an article or subscribe to the journal, visit the Wiley-Blackwell site.

Other recent HPG publications

All HPG publications and further information  available online at:

Learning about Haiti -free resources from UNICEF

On January 12, 2010, Haiti was rocked by an earthquake that registered over 7.0 on the Richter scale. It was the most powerful quake to strike Haiti in nearly 200 years and it resulted in destruction on an unimaginable scale. The epicenter of the quake was just ten miles from the densely populated city of Port-au-Prince.

With the dire circumstances in Haiti and the coverage by media outlets it is expected that  students or children will want to discuss Haiti, natural disasters, and ways they can take action.

UNICEF is a good source for such information and learning resources:

Classroom Resources

Haiti Country Information

Haiti LeMoyne

Updates, Stories, and Videos – To find regular updates, stories and videos on Haiti, please visit:

Information on UNICEF Supplies headed to Haiti

Discussing Natural Disasters

  • NASP (National Association of School Psychologists) – Resources

Of course donations will be the main way that people of Haiti will be supported, but students also need to learn about the bigger picture and understand some of the issues that are discussed in the media -otherwise they will be caught up in the sensational reporting of looters etc and will soon forget the people of Haiti.

Helping Haiti -what can we do?

As if the people of Haiti have not suffered enough from man made disasters, they get hit by one of the worst earthquakes in centuries. From a distance it is hard to find ways to help -but here are few ideas, some just help raise awareness, some by using networks and and some by giving a donation so that the experts in disater relief can exercise their muscles, quickly.

NEW YORK, USA, 13 January 2010 – Despite heavy damage to its own offices in Port-au-Prince, UNICEF is ready to provide immediate support to the victims of the unfolding humanitarian crisis following the earthquake that hit Haiti yesterday.

Donate now

"While relief efforts have begun, communications are extremely difficult and accurate information is still scarce," UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said in a statement this morning. "It is clear that the consequences are severe and many children are among the victims," she added. "Our hearts go out to the families whose lives have been so terribly impacted by this tragedy."

Listen to UNICEF spokesman Patrick McCormick on protecting Haiti's "most vulnerable" (external link, opens in a new window).

Veneman noted that UNICEF will deploy essential aid – including safe water, sanitation supplies, therapeutic foods, medical supplies and temporary shelter materials – as quickly as possible to assist with recovery efforts. "We will also be focusing on children who have become separated from their families to protect them from harm or exploitation," she said.

Forward this information to individuals/organisations who are helping on the ground in Haiti:
 In the face of the devastating earthquake <> in Haiti, we urge everyone to forward and distribute the following health materials in Haitian Creole and English to every relief worker, resident, and traveler already in or leaving for Haiti. 

 *Materials available in Haitian Creole:* 

 Here is a link to a pdf of the the Haitian Creole edition of _Where There is No Doctor_: 

 Link to a pdf of the Haitian Creole edition of Sanitation and Cleanliness booklet: 

 Hesperian expresses our deepest sympathies to those who have been directly and indirectly affected by this disaster. Natural disasters are made worse by our very human-made systems that impoverish people and deny their right to health. As we encourage you to donate to the relief effort, Hesperian recommends these organizations which have redoubled their work in Haiti to address this most recent catastrophe: 

 Haiti Action Network, Haiti Emergency Relief Fund 

 Partners in Health 

 Grassroots International, Earthquake Relief Fund for Haiti

 Also available as a printed book from 4 The World Resource Distributers
 Tel: 417-862-4448
 Fax: 417-863-9994 <> 

 Link to a pdf of the Haitian Creole edition of _Where Women Have No Doctor_:

 produced by our partners _SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) 

 Link to a pdf of a cholera fact sheet in English:

 All of the above and other health materials in English and Spanish can be downloaded here:

The Red Cross
If you are in America you can donate $10 to the Red Cross Haiti earthquake appeal via your cell phone by texting ‘HAITI’ to ‘90999′. You can also visit the Red Cross US site.

Yele Haiti
Also for Americans: donate $5 to Wyclef Jean’s charity Yele Haiti by texting ‘Yele’ to 501501.

The British Red Cross
You can visit the British Red Cross site to donate to their Haiti Earthquake appeal.

Oxfam have set up a Haiti earthquake page which includes information on the situation as it develops. You can also donate to the Haiti earthquake fund.

Google is helping:

In order to help the people of Haiti respond to this catastrophe, Google is donating $1 million to organizations on the ground that are rescuing those still trapped and providing clean water, food, medical care, shelter and support to those affected. We’d like to make it easy for anyone moved by the tragedy to respond as well, so we’ve included a link on our homepage to information, resources and ways you can help, including information on how to donate to organizations including: Direct Relief, Yele Haiti, Partners in Health, Red Cross, World Food Program, Mercy Corps, Save the Children, Lambi Fund, Doctors Without Borders, The International Rescue Committee.

FREE training guide -Post Conflict Educational Reconstruction and Development in Africa

You can find this free training guide and other resources from Inter – Agency Network for Education in Emergencies INEE

Professional Training Course Syllabi

Post Conflict Educational Reconstruction and Development in AfricaTraining Guide, Workbook, Presentations 1-11 and Presentations 12-22. 27 February – 5 March, 2009, Osaka International Centre of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with UNESCO and IIEP.

Mise en page 1

This Training Guide and accompanying PowerPoint presentations and workbook was designed as a resource to help facilitate the workshop ‘Educational reconstruction in post-conflict situations: access and inclusion.’ The Training Guide provides guidance and material for a workshop lasting up to six days.

The content has been divided into six themes:

1. Setting the stage
2. Rapid response
3. Access and inclusion
4. Quality issues in early post-conflict
5. Curriculum issues
6. Lessons learned

The materials are modular and have been designed so that sessions can be extracted and used in various combinations, or as stand-alone learning activities.

This course is built on the principles of a rights-based approach. As a result, the activities and sessions reflect this by being participatory and inter-active and they provide a ‘safe space’ for the analysis of situations which we regularly face when working in education in early reconstruction settings.