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child-friendly spaces and schools


These are safe spaces and schools where communities create nurturing environments for children to access free and structured play, recreation, leisure and learning activities. Child-friendly spaces may provide health, nutrition and psychosocial support and other activities that restore a sense of normality and continuity. They are designed and oper [..]
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access


The word is used, firstly, in relation to the proportion of the population that can use a service or facility. Unrestricted access means that there are no practical, financial, physical, security-related, structural, institutional or cultural barriers to accessing services or facilities.
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accountability


There is no one sector-wide definition of accountability. The Sphere Project understands accountability as the responsible use by humanitarian agencies of the resources at their disposal. To achieve this, agencies need to
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age


Children
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disability


Disability results from the interaction between persons with physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments and barriers of attitude and the environment that prevent their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. People with disabilities are diverse; in any humanitarian response, their unique capacities, soc [..]
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disaster


A disaster is a serious disruption of the functioning of a community or a society involving widespread human, material, economic or environmental losses and impacts that exceeds the ability of the affected community or society to cope using its own resources and therefore requires urgent action. In the Handbook
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dignity


Dignity entails more than physical well-being. It implies the capacity to make one's own deliberate choices and consequently to be acknowledged as a free subject. It reflects the integrity of the person and is seen as the source from which all human rights derive (see also The right to life with dignity, Humanitarian Charter point 5
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early recovery


Early recovery is a multi-faceted process of recovery that begins in a humanitarian response setting. It is guided by development principles that seek to build on humanitarian programmes and encourages sustainable development opportunities. It aims to generate self-sustaining, nationally owned, resilient processes for post-crisis recovery. It encom [..]
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education in emergencies


This refers to quality learning opportunities for all ages (including adults) in situations of crisis. Education in emergencies provides physical, psychosocial and cognitive protection that can sustain and save lives (see also ineesite.org
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emergency


See Disaster
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