Why ageing of the African continent should be included in the Dutch Africa Strategy

If you look at the figures, there is only one conclusion: Africa is ageing rapidly and will be doing so till at least 2050. It is obvious that this will have consequences for the way…

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Investing in mental health

Why Dorcas considers mental well-being to be a priority Poverty, disaster and violence impact communities and countries worldwide and have a devastating impact on millions of people’s mental health and psychosocial well-being. Yet humanitarian assistance…

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Resilience of Older Persons in a Changing World

The Resilience and Contributions of Older Women A Dorcas inquiry on the situation of older persons in Eastern Ukraine shows that a relatively large number of older people stay at home even when they live…

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Older people left behind in Dutch foreign policy

Older people are left behind in Dutch foreign policy. They are not mentioned once in the policy note ‘Doen waar Nederland goed in is’ (Doing what the Netherlands does best), which the government shared with…

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6 months of aid in Ukraine – DRA partners support thousands with immediate relief, but millions remain in need

After 6 months of war in Ukraine, millions of Ukrainians remain in immediate need of support. Across the country, the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) has worked together with local partners as part of its Joint…

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New CEO of Dorcas Agnes Kroese: ‘I keep hope by looking people in the eyes’

As a small child, Agnes Kroese already wanted to ‘help people abroad’ and she ended up in South Sudan a few years ago. Since the beginning of this month, she is the new CEO of…

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Dorcas Ukraine contributes to evacuation information for Zaporizhya’s residents

Anatoliy Kurtev, secretary of the city council in Zaporizhya, has announced a new information campaign for Zaporizhya’s residents about the procedure for emergency situations. Dorcas is one of the partners in this new project. Dorcas,…

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Dorcas Mozambique and Start Network begin an emergency response project in Cabo Delgado

Cabo Delgado is a province severely affected by a complex humanitarian crisis with military tension, climate-induced problems and high levels of poverty. Recent attacks carried out by armed groups in Cabo Delgado have resulted in…

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Digitalising cash: using the 121 Platform to distribute cash in Beirut, Lebanon

People affected by crisis or exclusion have various needs depending on their personal situation. Cash and Voucher Assistance has become a key delivery modality for addressing humanitarian needs as it supports people’s independence and dignity…

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Emergency aid for Ukranian refugees in Romania shifts to long-term assistance

The flow of refugees from Ukraine to Romania seems to be decreasing, which has consequences for the assistance required. Dorcas Romania will now focus on long-term support for Ukrainian refugees, especially their psychosocial well-being and…

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REPORT: Older people particularly vulnerable in conflict situations

Dorcas published a report entitled ‘Falling through the cracks’, which concludes that, in Ukraine, older people are particularly vulnerable to suffering the consequences of the war with Russia. The researchers based their conclusion on previously…

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Dorcas Lebanon launches new project supporting Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises affected by Beirut blast

The Beirut blast on August 4 2020, was one of the largest explosions in history that pulverised the port, and damaged over half of Beirut. The explosion had a significant impact on the country which…

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World Refugee Day 2022

89.3 million forcibly displaced worldwide 69% originated from just 5 countries (including 2 countries where Dorcas is active; Syria and South Sudan) 83% hosted in low- and middle-income countries (Source: Global Trends Report UNHCR end…

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Resilience: Annual Report 2021

If there was any year in recent history where the importance of resilience was underlined, it was 2021. On a global scale! The COVID-19 pandemic continued to take its toll and surprised us time and…

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Agnes Kroese new CEO of Dorcas with effect from September

Agnes Kroese will become the new CEO of Dorcas with effect from 1 September 2022. In her role as Country Director South Sudan, she has been actively involved with Dorcas since 2019. Agnes has held…

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