Humanitarian Response in Urban Areas
Croatian Baptist Aid is trying to raise awareness on the importance of responsibility and sensibility for those most vulnerable groups
Due to the oscillations in the economy there comes a deeper imbalance in the work market, and because of it the unemployment rate is growing. Prompted by the sudden changes in the economy lately, the government of Croatia issued a document complementary to the strategy of the European Union (Strategy to combat poverty and social exclusion 2014 – 2020). In that document the strategy is based on securing the conditions for achieving three main priorities: combat poverty and social exclusion, reducing social inequality, preventing new categories of poverty.
Recognizing the importance of the document and the strategy, Croatian Baptist Aid through its social programs, services and education of the population is trying to raise awareness on the importance of responsibility and sensibility for those most vulnerable groups.
It is estimated that half of the world’s population currently resides in urban areas, and this number is expected to rise to 5 billion by 2030. Rapid urbanization has led to increased density, overcrowding, and strain on local infrastructure and public services. This, in turn, has reduced the security of urban dwellers, and magnified their vulnerabilities to natural disaster and violent conflict.
With growing mass urbanization has come an unprecedented level of violence and crime in densely populated slums and shantytowns. Constant robberies, store devastations, and robbing the civilians is becoming a serious threat to the community as a whole. Growing urbanization also means increasing number of socially endangered and marginalized people. Despite numerous operational initiatives in both the humanitarian and development sectors, there remains a critical need to understand protection in urban settings and to assess current humanitarian interventions designed to address these challenges.
Urban settings require different approaches to delivering assistance and supporting populations compared to rural areas or refugee camps. There is growing recognition that humanitarian organizations must adapt to working in urban settings to better help people in the margins of society but to also help urban society in general. One of the priorities of Croatian Baptist Aid is creating a network of partnerships (governments, NGO's, etc.) in order to respond with combining efforts to the growing needs in the urban settings.
Croatian Baptist Aid is exploring new possibilities and new ways in which to support the socially most vulnerable, and how to raise awareness of the population about compassion and practical care for its fellow citizens. The goal is not just to respond to the current needs but also to foster recovery and incite personal development in order that everyone can have a healthier and safer life.
Croatian Baptist Aid secures necessary knowledge, skills and understanding for its workers to better and effectively answer the challenges of urban humanitarian crises. Our commitment to humanitarian development work in urban settings comes through long-term work and experience.
Together with partners across the world, organization Croatian Baptist Aid is exchanging experience and support. Within the network a lot of international partnerships were forged, as well as partnerships with local governments, social organizations, academic communities, as well as the private sector. Through good coordination with partners and long-term programs, Croatian Baptist Aid wants to help the recovery of urban settings, reduce social exclusiveness and help socially most vulnerable to be included into society again.