Annual Report 2018

Summary of impact

In the past twelve months, Crisis Action has coordinated coalitions that have helped:

Yemen

  • Convince the UN Human Rights Council to establish the first mechanism to investigate serious human rights violations in Yemen despite significant counter-lobbying.
  • Build a massive international coalition that convinced the Saudi/United Arab Emirates-led coalition to lift their blockade on Hodeidah port, enabling the delivery of almost half a million tonnes of desperately-needed aid for 22 million people.
  • Galvanise an international outcry against a proposed attack on Hodeidah port by driving media scrutiny of the assault and successfully put pressure on the US and UK to convince the UAE to stand down.

South Sudan

  • Secure a ceasefire in December that led to a 78% decrease in deaths when compared to the same period the year before.
  • Enable South Sudanese civil society and women's representatives to fully participate in the peace talks.
  • Pressure the EU to condemn and commit to preventing the financial corruption that fuels the war in South Sudan.
  • Build a virtual online platform on which women civil society leaders from South Sudan mobilised current and former Heads of State and other political leaders to shape international engagement on South Sudan.
  • Convince the UN Security Council to adopt an arms embargo on the conflict and a travel ban and asset freeze on two key military leaders after bringing a delegation of South Sudanese women to make the case for such action.

Syria

  • Resist efforts to end lifesaving cross-border aid by working to pass a UN Security Council resolution, which enabled almost three million people to receive vital supplies every month.
  • Secure funds from the Trump administration to fund the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism on crimes in Syria, despite their scepticism of most UN mechanisms.
  • Push the UN Security Council to pass a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria through behind-the-scenes advocacy and a high- profile creative stunt on the streets of New York.
  • Compel the EU to commit to withhold reconstruction money for Syria until a credible and inclusive political agreement to end the conflict is in place.

Myanmar

  • Build pressure on the EU to place sanctions - including an arms embargo - on Myanmar military figures, and subsequently to extend and deepen them.
  • Make it much harder for India to forcibly return 40,000 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar before it is safe to do so, by raising the profile of their plight through our first-ever major coalition action on the subcontinent.

Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Call on the new South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, to help defuse tensions in the DRC, which he did shortly thereafter by asking the Congolese President, Joseph Kabila, to allow a peaceful transition to a new leader.

Central African Republic

  • Secure a 10% increase in the number of UN peacekeepers to help avert mass atrocities, through coordinated NGO advocacy and highly- targeted media work.

Statement from Board Chair & Executive Director

Arnold Tsunga - Board Chair
Andrew Hudson - Executive Director

War, and civilian casualties caused by war, are on the rise. A decade ago, 80% of emergency aid was spent responding to natural disasters. Today, the same proportion goes to meet humanitarian needs caused by armed conflict. Warfare now costs the global economy an estimated $14.7 trillion - or 12% of the GDP of the entire planet - and drives 60% of life-threatening hunger. A full 85% of refugees in Europe are fleeing armed conflict.

Geopolitically, this year has been one of the most fractious in memory. International structures like NATO and the European Union look extremely vulnerable, while accepted norms like the Responsibility to Protect and International Humanitarian Law are in danger of falling by the wayside as even more basic concepts like human rights and democracy come under attack around the world.

The humanitarian crisis we find ourselves in will require collaboration, innovation and a shared vision for humanity that is firmly rooted in international law. That is where Crisis Action comes in.

From Syria to South Sudan, all conflicts are man-made and therefore have political solutions. In these challenging times, innovative and ambitious collaboration is essential, making Crisis Action's model of enabling global collective action more relevant than ever.

Despite a tough fundraising environment, Crisis Action remains in excellent financial health. The budget for 2017/18 was £3.3m and increased by 15%. Crisis Action has grown every year since inception and now, with 50 staff of 20 nationalities in 10 countries, we are becoming a truly global team.

In response to the difficult operating environment, Crisis Action has developed a bold three-year organisational strategy, which includes the following key elements:

  • Pushing back against the erosion of principles, by explicitly defending core human rights/humanitarian norms
  • Deepening our core partnerships with global NGOs
  • Amplifying new constituencies including the corporate sector, religious leaders, and social movements
  • Enhancing our expertise of the gendered dynamics of conflict
  • Scaling our impact geographically including increased engagement with China and Russia
  • Enhancing Crisis Action's culture by improving skills, innovation, and impact evaluation.

We are excited that Crisis Action's unique model of acting behind-the-scenes to build powerful networks is now being replicated in other sectors, including a soon-to-be launched organisation designed to address digital threats to the democratic ecosystem.

We are more grateful than ever to our vast network for enabling our work to continue, to evolve, and to champion the needs of the most vulnerable people in the world.

Arnold Tsunga signature
Andrew Hudson signature
A demonstration in Sana'a, Yemen, against the UAE/Saudi coalition forces
Supporters of the Shiite Yemeni Huthis demonstrate in the capital Sana'a against the coalition forces led by the UAE and Saudi Arabia in Red Sea port city of Hodeidah (Photo by Mohammed Huwais / Getty)

Yemen

By mid-2017, the conflict in Yemen had entered its third year and resulted in the world's largest humanitarian crisis, with over 22 million people in need of emergency assistance.

Western countries, including the US, France and the UK, were fuelling the conflict with arms sales and military support to the Saudi/UAE-led coalition. With the country on the verge of famine, and all parties continuing to commit violations of International Humanitarian Law against civilians, Crisis Action responded to partner requests to extend our emergency response to a global campaign. Our collective aims were to ensure tangible improvements in humanitarian access, an end to attacks on civilians, and to push parties to engage meaningfully in a revitalised, inclusive peace process.

Timeline 2017

  • June
    15
    UN Security Council issues strong statement on Yemen for first time in over a year
  • Aug
    30
    UN Humanitarian Coordinator says at least 10,000 people killed in the war in Yemen
  • Sept
    5
    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calls Yemen "an entirely man-made catastrophe"
  • Sept
    29
    UN Human Rights Council establishes group of experts on Yemen to investigate violations against civilians, following Crisis Action-led advocacy
  • Nov
    4
    Houthi rebels fire a missile at Riyadh; Saudis carry out airstrikes on Sana'a in response
  • Nov
    6
    Saudi/UAE-led coalition imposes a blockade on all entry points to Yemen, including Hodeidah Port
  • Dec
    4
    Former President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is killed by Houthis in Sana'a
  • Dec
    6
    US President Trump calls on Saudi Arabia to end Yemen blockade immediately
  • Dec
    19
    Crisis Action galvanises coalition of over 400 public figures to mark 1000 days of war
  • Dec
    20
    In the wake of this action, Saudi Arabia announces it will lift blockade of Yemen

Timeline 2018

  • Jan
    26
    UN Panel of Experts reports grave violations of International Humanitarian Law by all parties
  • Mar-Apr Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, visits UK, US and France; After a vote, US Senate fails to end US support for Saudi Arabia and UAE involvement in Yemen
  • June
    13
    Yemeni troops backed by Saudi/UAE-ledcoalition forces begin assault on port city of Hodeidah

Impact

Moves towards accountability

For attacks to cease and progress to be made towards peace, Crisis Action's partners judged that parties to the conflict in Yemen had to believe there would be a price to pay for their conduct. With the aim of deterring further violations and ensuring accountability, Crisis Action worked with partners to persuade the UN Human Rights Council to establish an inquiry into human rights abuses in Yemen.

In the run-up to a key meeting of the Council, Crisis Action helped coordinate a joint appeal by 67 NGOs from four continents, which was cited by the High Commissioner in his opening address. We also coordinated a series of activities in Paris in advance of the vote – including private advocacy, media work and a social media campaign with Avaaz – which French officials said helped shift their government's thinking. US and UK policymakers also told us that the joint initiatives raised the issue up senior policymakers' agendas.

At the meeting in September the Council established the first independent mechanism to investigate serious human rights violations in Yemen. The Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen was the first anti-impunity mechanism ever established on Yemen, and in spite of heavy counter-lobbying, was granted a very strong mandate.

Partners have told us they hope the existence of the Group of Experts will deter violations and enhance security of Yemeni groups. In particular, Abdulrasheed Al-Faqih, the director of one of our Yemeni partners, Mwatana Organisation for Human Rights, thanked us and said the move gave him the confidence to return from exile.

'Life Beneath Bombs and Behind Blockade' article in The New York Times

Lifting the blockade

The blockade on Hodeidah port, imposed by the Saudi/UAE-led coalition in November 2017, had a devastating impact on civilians because it prevented the vast majority of food, fuel and medical supplies from getting into the country, exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation, and affecting millions of people in need of assistance.

In response, Crisis Action coordinated a series of activities in the US, UK and France, including a joint letter by 19 NGOs to the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, calling for the blockade to be lifted, a similar letter by 25 NGOs to the UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, and a joint statement from 6 partners to President Macron. We organised meetings for partners with policymakers in the UK, US and France; secured and fed into an emergency debate in the UK Parliament with Andrew Mitchell MP, who also wrote an op-ed in the UK's most widely-read weekend paper; and supported a stunt by Oxfam and Save the Children in London.

I paint murals on the walls of Sana'a so that the innocent victims of Yemen's vicious war will not be forgotten. Crisis Action brought my work to the attention of the media – and now the whole world must face up to the horror happening in my city.

Haifa Subay

Yemeni street artist

Angelique Kidjo
Robert Pires
Peter Gabriel
#YemenCantWait

In mid-December, Crisis Action galvanized a remarkably diverse coalition of eminent voices who called upon President Trump, Prime Minister May, and President Macron to act urgently to halt the escalating famine and push for peace talks before the 1000th day of fighting. A powerful joint statement from over 430 public figures, including Nobel Peace Prize laureates, former foreign ministers, athletes, celebrities, faith leaders and business executives, and a digital campaign #YemenCantWait, were credited by officials in all three countries for pushing Yemen up the agenda and changing policymakers' calculations.

The day after the statement was released, the Saudi/UAE-led coalition announced they would lift their blockade, and shortly afterwards 400,000 tonnes of food aid was delivered. Senior figures told us that it was definitely external pressure on the Saudis – especially from the UK and US – that got the blockade lifted; and that the UK in particular prioritised Yemen because of civil society campaigning.

435 signatories

Moving Yemen from the backburner to the front page

Crisis Action has worked with NGO partners and other allies to elevate Yemen from what analysts called "the forgotten war" to the front pages and editorials of the world's leading media outlets. Through these efforts as well as coordinated NGO partner advocacy, Crisis Action has helped generate unprecedented political pressure on the UK, US and France to use their leverage with Saudi Arabia and the UAE to end the war.

In the past year, the UK has been readier to use its influence on Saudi Arabia both publicly and privately. One UK policymaker told us: "pressure in Parliament and in the media from NGOs […] is making us rethink our current relationship with Saudi Arabia." Meanwhile, French policymakers told us that NGO mobilisation supported by Crisis Action was instrumental in raising Yemen up policymakers' agendas.

A former US Ambassador to Yemen said of a piece by a Yemeni activist in the New York Times that we helped place: "Superb; that kind of real-life commentary has the ability to reach policymakers in the way others can't." An academic expert on Yemen told us that another op-ed supported by Crisis Action contained "all that needed to be said" on how to address many of the political challenges to resolving the conflict.

In November, Crisis Action supported a group of US NGOs to send a letter to Secretary of State Tillerson, UN Ambassador Haley, National Security Adviser McMaster and Defence Secretary Mattis calling on them to address the crisis in Yemen. The letter was covered by CNN, and in the wake of it, the State Department invited Crisis Action and our partners to meet monthly with the Deputy Secretary of State and the head of the US Agency for International Development, to exchange views on how to end the conflict and the humanitarian crisis. The Deputy Secretary of State has repeatedly thanked attendees for helping inform and maintain US government pressure on the Saudi/UAE-led coalition.

Warning against assault on Hodeidah

In June, as it appeared that the UAE and its allies would launch a long-planned attack on the key Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, through which over 70% of food and fuel is imported, Crisis Action worked to drive media scrutiny of the assault and put pressure on the US and UK to convince the UAE to stand down. With our partners, we drove widespread global coverage of the humanitarian implications of such an assault in top US, UK and French outlets.

Crisis Action is one of the most effective advocacy organizations in the humanitarian world. The work they do to educate and mobilize political leaders, the media and caring citizens about difficult and forgotten crises makes the difference. Millions of lives are being saved because of what they do.

Lise Grande

United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen

This unprecedented media scrutiny and pressure from western legislators on Saudi Arabia and the UAE caused the US to deny an Emirati request for American military support, and in mid-June only a limited assault took place, which itself was quickly paused. At the time of writing, a full-scale attack was still being withheld and Crisis Action was supporting partners to engage with the UN Special Envoy's efforts to negotiate a peaceful de-escalation.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen told Crisis Action that not only did this media offensive force the Saudis and the UAE to realise that they could not attack Hodeidah with impunity, but the pause for thought also provided space for the Special Envoy to negotiate for a formal ceasefire.

Radhya Al-Mutawakel

Mwatana Organisation for Human Rights

I come from a family that cultivated in me a political awareness at a very young age. My father, an academic, inspired me to dedicate my life to making a positive difference in the world.

When I first met my husband, Abdulrasheed, we bonded in the knowledge that after years of fighting, furthering human rights was the only way to achieving change. Today that focus is needed more than ever.

Yemen is now in a state of total collapse. On my shoulders I bear the weight of the stories that I have been told since the war began. We do everything possible to document and give voice to the victims and survivors of human rights violations in all parts of the country. One of my goals is to build a human rights memory that will provide the foundation for future justice and accountability for the people of Yemen.

Despite growing threats from the government and others who would prefer we remain quiet, we remain outspoken. With the help of Crisis Action, we have access to the most influential political decisionmakers in the world, driving pressure and action on the Yemeni crisis. With their help, I became the first Yemeni civil society representative ever to address the United Nations Security Council. Unlike other organisations, Crisis Action works to ensure that those of us with the lived experience of conflict take the front seat and lead the conversation.

Working with Crisis Action has allowed us to take great strides in a short period of time. I've never seen an organisation that is able to network and mobilise so effectively, and at the same time respect all its partners, from big multinationals to small organisations like ours.

As we continue to document violations being committed by all parties to the war in Yemen and campaign for an overdue peace, together we have demonstrated that information is the real power.

Working with Crisis Action has allowed us to take great strides in a short period of time. I've never seen an organisation that is able to network and mobilise so effectively, and at the same time respect all its partners, from big multinationals to small organisations like ours.

An illustration of Radhya Al-Mutawakel
Queue beside a barbed wire fence surrounding an UN protection of civilians camp near Juba

South Sudan

In July 2017, South Sudan marked another Independence Day with bloodshed. The country had been independent for six years, and at war for four of those, following the collapse of the 2015 power-sharing agreement between factions led by the President, Salva Kiir, and his then Vice President, Riek Machar.

The civil war had provoked a man-made famine and doubled the number of refugees to nearly 2 million. An estimated two thirds of women had suffered sexual violence and 1.8 million children had no access to education. Throughout the year, Crisis Action supported South Sudanese civil society to shape and sustain a renewed peace process that better reflected the experiences and desires of ordinary civilians.

Timeline 2017

  • June
    12
    Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) creates High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) to bolster 2015 peace agreement
  • Sept
    6
    US imposes sanctions on three government officials and three companies owned or controlled by former Vice President Machar
  • Sept
    20
    African Union Peace and Security Council (AU PSC) adopts resolution to apply punitive measures on South Sudan
  • Dec
    18-21
    First round of HLRF ends with signing of Cessation of Hostilities Agreement

Timeline 2018

  • Jan
    22-29
    AU Summit communiqué criticises parties for violations of ceasefire
  • Feb
    2
    EU imposes sanctions on three South Sudanese government officials and US imposes unilateral arms embargo against the country
  • Feb
    5-16
    Second round of the HLRF ends without agreement; however, all parties initial a clause for a gender quota of 35% at all levels of decision-making
  • Feb
    23
    Commission of Human Rights in South Sudan reports appalling level of violence against civilians, particularly sexual and gender-based violence
  • Mar
    21
    US imposes sanctions on 15 South Sudanese oil operators that are important sources of cash for the government
  • June
    20-21
    President Kiir and opposition leader, Riek Machar, meet for the first time in almost two years
  • June
    27
    Warring parties agree to a permanent ceasefire in the "Khartoum Declaration", brokered by Sudan's President Bashir
  • July
    13
    United Nations Security Council imposes an arms embargo on South Sudan

Impact

Enhancing civil society

Throughout the period covered by this report, Crisis Action worked tirelessly to support South Sudanese civil society, especially youth and women's groups, to contribute meaningfully and effectively to a new round of peace talks. This resulted in a major shift in the negotiation dynamics. In previous peace talks, civil society representatives were co-opted and divided by the rival parties. This time they were far more united, independent, and able to hold the parties to account.

In advance of the first round of talks – known as the High-Level Revitalization Forum - in December 2017, Crisis Action, South Sudan Law Society, Oxfam, Justice Africa and Norwegian People's Aid convened a diverse group of national civil society actors under a new umbrella – the South Sudan Civil Society Forum. This grouping recognised differences, but united behind common goals of securing a reformed and effective peace deal.

Crisis Action helped nineteen civil society coalitions produce a 'Civil Society Options Paper on the IGAD High-Level Revitalization Forum', which policymakers welcomed as not just offering broad statements of support for peace, but specific propositions that challenged the South Sudanese government position. In addition to the options paper, a communiqué was agreed setting out civil society's expectations for the talks.

The real guarantors of any lasting peace are the people. And this is precisely what makes the work of Crisis Action in supporting South Sudanese civil society truly invaluable. They ensure all parties to the peace talks focus on the ordinary citizens who are crying out for peace.

Hon. Ababu Namwamba

Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya

Better representation of women was a particularly important and unprecedented feature of civil society engagement in 2017-18. Thanks in part to Crisis Action's coordination and support, there were seven women delegates in the first round of the peace talks and the numbers continued to increase as women leaders, some of whom Crisis Action worked with and supported, pressed for more women's involvement.

Civil society actors also produced public displays of unity that gained political and public recognition, including a silent march through the streets of Juba by women with taped mouths, which was covered by Al Jazeera, Radio Tamazuj, the BBC and Voice of America; and a social media campaign under the hashtag #SouthSudanIsWatching, which was advertised on billboards in Juba, and amplified by major political figures, such as the African Union Chairperson, and the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Crisis Action has helped South Sudanese civil society become a powerful force, confronting those who are waging war and challenging us all to strain every sinew to end the fighting.

Ismail Wais

IGAD Special Envoy

Helping bring about Cessation of Hostilities

The collective efforts and new levels of coordination paid off: in December 2017, negotiators agreed a landmark Cessation of Hostilities agreement for South Sudan. The role of civil society in keeping the talks on track was widely acknowledged. One mediator said, "without civil society, [the peace talks] could have been spoiled by now." One of our partners told us, "during Christmas, we could actually hear the sounds of children playing outside."

In spite of numerous violations, the Cessation of Hostilities agreement resulted in a marked reduction in violence. In the first four months following the talks (the dry season, when fighting is usually fiercest), around 400 people were killed in armed conflict, compared with roughly 1800 people over the same period the year before: a 78% decrease in casualties.

In the current global context, aid workers and operations face ever-growing risks of attack. By bringing aid agencies together and supporting our efforts, Crisis Action play a vital role in helping civilians trapped in warzones receive more of the assistance and protection they need.

Ole Solvang

Director of Partnerships and Policy, Norwegian Refugee Council

Influencing EU sanctions

In parallel to the concerted work with civil society, Crisis Action facilitated targeted media work and private advocacy by NGO partners in Brussels and European capitals to influence the EU position on South Sudan, and in particular to shift French opposition to sanctions. A particularly timely intervention was the op-ed Crisis Action helped place in Le Monde by former Canadian Ambassador to South Sudan, Nick Coghlan, just before a high-level meeting in Brussels. A number of EU member state representatives said our work helped convince the French to change their position, and at the meeting the EU agreed to impose sanctions on three South Sudanese government officials responsible for violence against civilians.

South Sudan article in Le Monde Afrique

Building Global Solidarity with the Women of South Sudan

On Africa Day - 25th May 2018 - Crisis Action organised and partners the SawaSouthSudan Summit. Sawa means 'together' in Arabic, and this was the first-ever virtual summit uniting South Sudanese citizens and civil society leaders with other activists and leaders online. Participants included former Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; influential South Sudanese leader Madame Rebecca Garang; Australia's Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop; UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed; former Irish President and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson; and #BringBackOurGirls founder Oby Ezekwesili, among others.

The summit – expertly chaired by Kenyan media superstar Julie Gichuru – innovatively combined live studio debate, radio broadcast throughout South Sudan, and engagement with activists via Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter, reaching nearly 15 million people in 72 countries.

Participants called for the Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, to use his position as Chairperson of the African Union to lead new efforts for peace in South Sudan; for President Kiir and the opposition leader, Riek Machar, to meet face-to-face; and for regional leaders to engage with these two figures bilaterally. Within a month, all three of these demands had been met, and by the end of June 2018 all parties to the conflict were engaged in a peace process, giving hope that there is a chance for lasting peace.

Julie Gichuru, Winnie Byanyima, Mama Rebecca Garang and Emmily Koiti at the SawaSouthSudan Summit

Pushing for an arms embargo and targeted sanctions at the UN

Crisis Action coordinated a delegation of South Sudanese women civil society leaders to travel to New York to convince UN Security Council members to adopt a complete arms embargo on South Sudan as well as further targeted sanctions on individuals spoiling the peace process.

The delegation provided first-hand perspectives of the peace talks' progress, described the deteriorating humanitarian situation facing ordinary South Sudanese civilians, and made clear the severe risks posed by the international community's repeated empty threats against South Sudanese leaders.

In July, their calls were heard and the UN Security Council adopted an arms embargo on South Sudan and imposed a travel ban and asset freeze on two key military leaders.

South Sudanese have begun tilting the scales away from armed men determining the trajectory of the country towards the interests of the suffering masses and ordinary citizens. Crisis Action has been a critical part of that struggle, especially through mobilising new allies to work alongside us as we work towards peace.

Koiti Emmily

South Sudan Joint Monitoring & Evaluation Committee

Manasseh Mathiang

Artivist, Ana Taban co-founder

It pained me when I was forced to flee my home for the second time. I grew up a refugee and came back to South Sudan just weeks after we voted for independence in 2011. I started a marketing company and it began to grow. I was excited in the belief that I would have a role in developing South Sudan.

But growing violence smashed all hopes of building my dream.

When I fled for the second time, two years after my return, I made a promise that my children would not grow up in exile like I had, never experiencing what it means to be home. I have since been blessed with children, and it pains me that both were born so far from their land.

This is the spirit that drove us to establish Ana Taban: frustration, anger and the desire to play a role in ensuring South Sudan is a place our children can actually enjoy. We use art, social media, music and public events to wake South Sudanese up to their reality – and the reality that they can bring about change.

With so much strife and mistrust, there was a danger of civil society splintering. We wanted to ensure that we were united, that the people together could build peace.

Crisis Action, working with other organisations, helped make this happen: they supported us in creating the South Sudan Civil Society Forum and the #SouthSudanIsWatching campaign – to this day the campaign shows the leaders that the South Sudanese community is not asleep. We are watching everything they do.

At one of our street events, a lady said "you are the youth voice that we have been longing for. Keep on speaking on our behalf, keep on being courageous." I keep going back to her words and the belief that we can unite once again as a nation. That is what keeps me going.

Crisis Action, working with other organisations, supported us in creating the South Sudan Civil Society Forum and the #SouthSudanIsWatching campaign – to this day the campaign shows the leaders that the South Sudanese community is not asleep. We are watching everything they do.

An illustration of Manasseh Mathiang

Our work on gender

From South Sudan to Yemen, Myanmar to Syria, we have seen the different effects conflict has on males and females and how it affects the roles of different genders.

In 2017, Crisis Action committed to address gender concerns more strategically in our work. This includes tackling the different threats and challenges faced by people of different genders in the conflicts that we work on; combatting, preventing and ending impunity for sexual and gender-based violence; and campaigning for changes that will empower women and move towards greater gender equality.

Crisis Action has set a number of goals that aim to transform how conflict is understood and drive concrete policy change. Amongst other goals, we have committed to working with partner NGOs and allies to ensure greater representation and inclusion of women in all forums, especially peace-making processes. We have also committed to ensure that, through our campaigns, we will draw attention to the different experiences of women and men in war zones, with a particular focus on sexual and gender-based violence.

In January 2018, Crisis Action worked with South Sudanese partners to convene a women leaders' forum to formulate their positions for inclusion in the peace talks - and to strategise how they would engage the parties to adopt these asks.

Meeting in Uganda, they formed the South Sudan Women's Coalition for Peace. Their vision included a demand that women should occupy half of all positions in government; that term limits be imposed and separation of powers between the presidency, judiciary and parliament be enforced; that nobody suspected of war crimes could hold a position in the government; that no one gender may dominate the top jobs of all three branches of government; and that "no tribe or community" should hold more than 20% of all positions in government.

Many of the women we worked with were credited with securing gender-balanced language in the text of the agreement that emerged from the peace talks, including commitments that "women and girls are not excluded or disadvantaged in the implementation of any aspect of the revitalised agreement" and specific provisions that sexual violence would count as violations of the agreement.

Crucially, their demand for half of all positions in all government structures led to a substantial gender quota which was eventually negotiated down to 35% but formalised into the agreement, providing a hopeful vision of a more progressive and less unequal post-conflict nation.

An illustration of a woman with fist raised and clenched
Two Syrian sisters run across the rubble to embrace after finding each other alive following an air strike on besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta

Syria

In March 2018, the conflict in Syria entered its 8th year. Since the initial peaceful uprising in March 2011, 400,000 civilians have been killed and over 12 million people - more than half the entire population – displaced, resulting in the worst refugee crisis since World War 2.

The conflict has evolved even further into a global geopolitical crisis, pitting Russia and the West against each other, and drawing other countries in the region into its fraught orbit. Over the past year, Crisis Action has invested heavily in building and supporting coalitions to secure increased humanitarian access, prevent attacks on civilians, and push for an inclusive political dialogue towards peace.

Timeline 2017

  • July
    7
    US, Russia, and Jordan agree to foster a ceasefire in a limited area of southwestern Syria
  • Sept
    14-15
    Russia, Turkey and Iran meet in Astana and agree some de-escalation zones
  • Nov
    16
    Russia vetoes UN resolution renewing Joint Investigative Mechanism on chemical weapons
  • Dec
    14
    Eighth round of Geneva peace talks concludes without progress
  • Dec
    19
    UN renews resolution allowing cross-border aid following Crisis Action-led advocacy

Timeline 2018

  • Jan
    29-30
    US announces $350,000 funding for investigation mechanism on war crimes in Syria following NGO campaigning supported by Crisis Action
  • Jan
    31
    Russia-hosted peace talks in Sochi fail to make progress
  • Feb 18
    -
    Apr 14
    Military assault by Syrian regime on rebel-held Eastern Ghouta; more than 1700 killed by air and artillery strikes
  • Feb
    24
    After concerted NGO campaigning, UN Security Council adopts resolution 2401 calling for a ceasefire, but attacks continue
  • April
    7
    At least 40 people reportedly killed in a chemical attack in Douma
  • April
    14
    US, UK, and France launch strikes against targets in Syria in response to Douma attack
  • June
    19
    Iran, Russia, and Syria hold talks in Geneva on new constitutional committee for Syria

Impact

Defending cross-border aid

In October 2017, Russia began to challenge the need for ongoing cross-border aid to Syria, arguing falsely that enough aid could pass through the channels authorised by the Syrian government. Since 2014, nearly 2.8 million Syrians a month had been benefiting from the vital cross-border operations, which bypassed official regime channels, and the potential implications of the aid being cut off were grave.

Crisis Action worked closely with the Syria International NGO Regional Forum, whose 58 members include the Danish Refugee Council, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Mercy Corps, Muslim Aid and the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) among others, to agree a joint strategy. Coordinating closely with UN member states in favour of renewing cross-border aid, Crisis Action ensured that NGO advocacy supported their efforts.

By helping partners privately present a compelling humanitarian case for renewal, while remaining publicly silent at the time, we mitigated the risk that a resolution to keep cross-border aid could be dismissed as NGO-driven or "politicised," and helped increase Russia's isolation at the UN on this issue.

The collective efforts paid off: in December, the Security Council renewed cross-border aid for a year. Diplomats complimented Crisis Action's coordination and credited it with helping them negotiate the final text. Since the resolution was passed, at least 300 humanitarian trucks per month have entered Syria via authorised crossing points, reaching more than two million people with lifesaving aid.

I am a Syrian, a refugee and a footballer. With Crisis Action's support, I am now also proud to be an activist, leading a call for Russia to pay a price for its actions in Syria.

Mumtaz

Coach, SAWA Diaspora Football Team

Securing US funding for accountability

The International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) on crimes in Syria is a ground-breaking instrument set up by the UN in December 2016 to investigate and prosecute those responsible for breaches of international law since the start of the conflict.

Following its establishment, Crisis Action worked with NGO partners to call for US funding for the IIIM, recognising the important political signal even a token US contribution would send. We followed a joint letter from 11 NGOs - including Amnesty International, Care USA, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Oxfam America - with private advocacy meetings with partners at the White House.

The joint advocacy was effective: in 2018 the Trump administration agreed to contribute $350,000 to support the IIIM’s work. This was particularly significant in the context of cuts to other aspects of US funding for the UN and Syria. White House officials thanked Crisis Action for maintaining pressure through our partners on the issue.

Syrians often feel alone and unheard. Crisis Action repeatedly helps us communicate our demands and aspirations directly to policymakers at the highest levels, meaning that we cannot simply be ignored.

Bassam Al Ahmad

Executive Director, Syrians for Truth and Justice and the We Exist! alliance of Syrian activist organisations

Preventing unconditional funds for reconstruction

In September 2017, Crisis Action learned that Russia was applying pressure on UN officials and Western diplomats to support reconstruction funding for Syria in spite of the absence of a political agreement. Crisis Action quickly mobilised and organised a letter - signed by over 100 Syrian, regional and international NGOs – emphasising the dangers of surrendering leverage for a political solution and of bankrolling continued fighting. The letter was sent to the UN Secretary-General, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, and the UK, US and French Foreign Ministers.

In the wake of this letter, European and US leaders stated their intention not to provide unconditional funds. The High Representative Federica Mogherini announced that the EU “will only go from this early recovery to reconstruction once a credible and inclusive political agreement has been reached in Geneva”. Privately, senior UN and French officials told us that the initiative was particularly timely and effective.

Changing the narrative in Russia

Russia is a key player in the Syria conflict, providing vital military and political support to the Assad regime.

The war plays well domestically, burnishing President Putin's reputation as a global player. Russian state media contribute to this dynamic through biased and often inaccurate reporting. Independent journalists in Russia struggle to cover Syria effectively because of a lack of access to impartial information, a language barrier and not knowing who to trust.

The trip to Beirut that Crisis Action helped facilitate with Carnegie Middle East, was a real eye opener for Russian media and civil society on the experiences of those civilians who have been directly affected by the War in Syria.

Milana Bakhaeva

Award winning Chechen author and journalist, member of Memorial Human Rights Center

To address this and enable more comprehensive and accurate Russian coverage of the conflict, Crisis Action organised a two-day roundtable at the Carnegie Middle East Centre in Beirut to connect Russian journalists to Syrian civil society and foster collaboration between them. The ultimate aim is to foster a more open and unbiased conversation in Russia about Russia's involvement in Syria, thereby helping shift President Putin's calculations about what his citizens will support.

Participating journalists were struck by the scale of human suffering, which has gone largely unreported in Russia, and how, to them, Russia's role in Syria parallels their actions in Chechnya. One remarked: "we've been getting Syria all wrong." Already there have been signs of impact, with the Russian media attendees writing more critical pieces, including in Novaya Gazeta and Kommersant.

Crisis Action's coordination helped ensure that UN Security Council member states and humanitarian organisations were aligned in their efforts to renew the mandate for UN cross-border humanitarian assistance to Syria, meaning three million of Syria's most vulnerable persons continue to receive life-saving support throughout 2018.

Carl Skau

Swedish Ambassador to the UN Security Council

An illustration of Moscow

Creative tactics to keep Syria on the agenda

Last Men in Aleppo

Last Men in Aleppo film poster

The film Last Men in Aleppo tells the story of three White Helmets founders, Khaled, Subhi and Mahmoud, as they struggle to respond to the devastating siege of Aleppo and grapple with the choice between fleeing to safety and staying to save others. In June 2017, Crisis Action was invited by DocSociety to build a campaign around the film and use it to raise awareness of, and propose solutions to, the situation in Syria.

Working with NGO partners, including Physicians for Human Rights and the WeExist coalition of Syrian civil society organisations, we organised high-level screenings and discussion events at key centres of power, including the Palaces of Westminster, the French National Assembly, and the United Nations in New York. With our partners, we brought together key policymakers with the filmmaker and Syrian activists to bring the reality of the conflict to life. One senior diplomat told us that the screening he attended was the most impressive event he had ever attended on Syria.

With our partners, we also built a multi-platform campaign designed to mobilise politicians to act. National parliamentary elections had just been held in the UK, France, and Germany and we wanted to ensure that each newly (re)elected member of parliament understood what they could do to help Syrians.

Bespoke websites for every UK, French, and German MP showed how their own constituencies would look had they suffered like Aleppo. Each MP – almost 2000 in total – got a personal letter from the film director, and the most influential were sent small pieces of rubble from Aleppo as a visceral reminder of the devastation wrought on the city. The campaign also used hyper-local Facebook ads to attract the attention of constituents to public versions of the websites, asking them to raise the issue with their representative.

The use of human-centred storytelling to engage policymakers was highly effective. Policymakers were pushed out of their comfort zones and forced to account for their failure to act. Following the screenings, high-level UK, French and German representatives stated their commitment to hold firm on conditions for any reconstruction funding and on accountability.

Billboards still work, so I think that it's really exciting, the idea that activists are taking that kind of statement and putting it out there... it was even outside the UN. That's the kind of power an image can have.

Frances McDormand

after winning her Best Actress at the Oscars for her role in 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

In another film-related intervention and in the face of the attacks on Eastern Ghouta, Crisis Action worked with partners to organise a high-profile stunt outside the UN.

Three billboards outside the UN Syria protest

Referencing the recently released film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", three trucks drove around the UN with a stark message to the Security Council: "500,000 dead in Syria. And still no action? How come, Security Council?"

The stunt received widespread global media attention, and UN diplomats and journalists live-tweeted photos from the scene, which helped ensure officials due to vote on the resolution were aware of the message, and felt the pressure to act.

The vote, expected that day, was delayed – a sign that negotiations were ongoing. Two days later, the UN passed Resolution 2401 calling for a 30-day ceasefire. However, the resolution was ignored by the Syrian regime and the attacks continued.

A Congolese man with a homemade gas mask during a protest in Kinshasa
A Congolese man puts on a homemade gas mask during a protest called on by the Catholic Church, to push for the President to step down on February 25, 2018 in Kinshasa (Photo by John Wessels / Getty)

Democratic Republic of Congo

Emergency response

In March 2018, violence in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), increased with government-backed attacks carried out against demonstrators calling for elections to be held by the end of the year. The President, Joseph Kabila, is constitutionally barred from standing for a third term, but elections had already been delayed and there were widespread concerns within and beyond the country that they would not take place before the end of the year. Partners told us that the unrest could worsen an already-dire humanitarian situation, so Crisis Action launched an emergency response designed to prevent further violence and possible mass atrocities.

Impact

Influencing regional leaders' engagement with Kabila

As the violence in the DRC worsened, partners and allies advised Crisis Action that the new South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, would have particular influence with President Kabila, not least because of his position as Chairperson of the South African Development Community (SADC), a powerful economic bloc of which the DRC is a member. Crisis Action therefore focused with partners on getting President Ramaphosa to encourage President Kabila to step down and enable a peaceful and timely transition of power. The thinking was that if President Ramaphosa spoke out other regional leaders would follow suit.

In the run up to an SADC meeting at the end of April, Crisis Action facilitated a joint letter from 11 South African, international and DRC diaspora organisations to President Ramaphosa, urging him to use his influence over President Kabila to encourage him to honour the election timeline. We also worked with human rights organisations to arrange a series of meetings in Johannesburg with diplomats, NGOs and the South African Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make the case for elections and President Ramaphosa's intervention. Following these meetings we helped Human Rights Watch's Regional Director obtain an interview with South Africa's leading paper the Mail & Guardian.

On 24-25 April, President Ramaphosa and other heads of state from the SADC met in Angola to discuss the DRC's security needs and the electoral crisis with President Kabila. The external communiqué was highly diplomatic without the express strong language partners had hoped to see on the DRC. However, officials present at the meeting revealed that internal discussions were much tougher, and that President Ramaphosa and the Angolan president, João Lourenço, impressed in strong terms that President Kabila needed to commit publicly to stepping down.

Oby Ezekwesili

Co-founder of the #BringBackOurGirls movement

Dr Oby Ezekwesili is former Vice President for the World Bank's Africa Region, former Minister of Education in Nigeria, and co-founder of the #BringBackOurGirls movement.

When the girls of Chibok were taken from their boarding school in the middle of the night, none of us elsewhere knew a tragedy had happened. When I read the news the next day, however, I was alarmed, distraught - but I was determined. The kidnap of the Chibok Girls was not just a colossal human tragedy, but a test of how willing we as a society were to protect our most vulnerable.

So, I began asking questions of the government. But nobody replied. In the following weeks, while the then-President did not even mention the kidnapping, I ignited a global conversation. Co-hosting a UNESCO event in Port Harcourt, I called on the audience and the world watching live to join me in demanding that the Government of Nigeria "Bring Back Our Daughters". #BringBackOurGirls was born.

Even then, the government continued to stay eerily silent on the tragedy. Enraged by this indifference, with a group of women I co-led a march to the national assembly in the capital, Abuja. It took three years, but 107 of the schoolgirls have been brought back home.

The global challenges we face today remind me of those early days of #BringBackOurGirls. Unspeakable tragedy plays out from Syria to South Sudan, yet governments seem indifferent to their responsibilities at home and abroad. When we speak out, they try to shut us up. We live in an increasingly unpredictable world with the old rules-based order collapsing and little idea what will replace it. Democracy itself seems to be in retreat, and with it, space for civil society.

A rare bright spot is the strengthening voice of women in politics and society – a trend that Africa has exemplified. Women's leadership is finally being recognised as a prerequisite for progress. But as our world changes, we need to be cleverer in how we organise and collaborate. We need to break the rules and be more disruptive. We must place our concern for humanity above our concern for civility.

Crisis Action's energy and strategic approach to tackling conflict around the world is a model we can all learn from. The SawaSouthSudan summit, of which I was a proud participant, was an exciting example of their innovative approach: bringing together survivors, activists, thought leaders and supporters, and building a creative and compelling platform from which the coalition could speak. In its ability to connect global leaders and the general public with the women of South Sudanese, the virtual summit was a perfect way to inject energy and dynamism into a stalled peace process.

And as we saw with the girls of Chibok, with energy and dynamism, and the help of movement builders like Crisis Action, a small campaign can quickly grow into millions. Citizens must never abdicate their office, for the Office of the Citizen is the greatest one there ever is in a democracy.

As our world changes, we need to be cleverer in how we organise and collaborate. We need to break the rules and be more disruptive. We must place our concern for humanity above our concern for civility. Crisis Action's energy and strategic approach to tackling conflict around the world is a model we can all learn from.

An illustration of Oby Ezekwesili
Rohingya refugees receiving food in Kutupalong camp, southern Bangladesh

Myanmar

Emergency response

In late August 2017, Myanmar military forces and local Buddhist extremists attacked the ethnic minority Rohingya people in the country's north-west Rakhine state. The atrocities – unprecedented in their scale - included looting and burning down Rohingya villages, mass killing of Rohingya civilians, gang rapes, and other acts of sexual violence. Although already focused on four conflicts, when almost 700,000 Rohingya were forced to flee the country, Crisis Action took up a second emergency response to support partners to try to halt further ethnic cleansing and human suffering.

Impact

Influencing EU sanctions

The European Union wields influence over Myanmar as a key donor, a provider of training to the military, and a key trade partner since 2012. In view of this, and knowing there was an EU Foreign Ministers meeting coming up in October 2017, a key pillar of Crisis Action's emergency response was to encourage the EU to pass sanctions against the Myanmar authorities, selected businesses, and the military.

We coordinated a partner briefing for EU diplomats that made a compelling case for EU action and helped get Myanmar on the Foreign Ministers' agenda. We also facilitated two private letters to EU foreign ministers and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, by over 20 humanitarian and human rights NGOs, calling on the EU to end cooperation with Myanmar and introduce targeted sanctions. We supported a Rohingya activist to publish a harrowing account of their experience in a key EU publication and coordinated a social media push by partners.

The work paid off with the EU agreeing to place some sanctions on Myanmar military figures in October, and then extending and deepening these, and an arms and equipment embargo, in February.

Motivating UN condemnation

Alongside the advocacy in Brussels, we worked with partners on a number of meetings at the UN to raise the issue of the Myanmar crisis with member states, and spur an international response. Our efforts helped secure a strong Presidential Statement by the Security Council as well as a resolution at the UN General Assembly condemning ethnic cleansing of Rohingya.

Preventing the forced return of Rohingya refugees from India

The other strand of Crisis Action's emergency response campaign was to put pressure on the Indian government not to expel 400,000 Rohingya refugees living in the country before a ruling by the Supreme Court.

In our first-ever major Indian coalition, Crisis Action helped craft an open letter to India's Prime Minister Modi and secured 51 signatures by eminent Indian personalities including Shashi Tharoor, India's former Minister of State and former UN Under-Secretary-General; Palaniappan Chidambaram, India's former Union Home Minister; and Miloon Kothari, former UN Special Rapporteur. The letter was covered by the Times of India (India's most widely read English newspaper), The Quint and the Navbharat Times and tweeted by former Minister Tharoor to his 5.8m followers.

The case is still before the Supreme Court, which has asked the government for a detailed report on the living conditions of Rohingya in refugee camps. Our work helped raise the profile of the plight of the Rohingya and will hopefully make it more difficult for India to return them before it is safe to do so.

Myanmar article in The Times of India
A Fulani woman sits at Elevache camp for internally-displaced people in Bambari, Central African Republic

Central African Republic

Emergency response

In September 2017, violence involving the government, rebels from the Muslim Séléka coalition and Christian anti-balaka militias began rapidly to intensify in the Central African Republic (CAR), a country where 1 in 2 people depend on aid to survive. The violence saw the number of displaced people rise to over one million, and the UN warned of "early warning signs of genocide" and "the risk of relapse into another large-scale humanitarian crisis". Attacks on civilians and aid workers were escalating, and humanitarian agencies were pulling out or suspending operations, in spite of widespread need, because of the violence. Following a consultation with partners, Crisis Action decided to initiate an emergency response.

Impact

Securing agreement for more peacekeepers

Despite knowing it would be no panacea, Crisis Action's partners were unanimous that strengthening the UN peacekeeping force in CAR, known as MINUSCA, was crucial to avert mass atrocities. With a global shortage of skilled peacekeepers and fears of a reduction in US support to the UN, the challenge was daunting. We feared that the UN might ask for less than was needed, and that the Security Council might fail to agree to the increase in troops needed to protect civilians.

To tackle these dynamics, Crisis Action convened a diverse coalition which focused first on convincing the UN Secretary-General to ask the Security Council to boost the CAR force, and then on persuading the Council to respond positively to the Secretary-General's recommendations.

We quickly coordinated joint letters and targeted media work to raise the profile of grim events on the ground, and these activities led to an invitation to meet face-to-face with the UN Secretary-General. Crisis Action enabled three NGO representatives, including an inspirational youth leader from CAR, to meet with António Guterres, who told them he was convinced that CAR needed more troops and that this was what he would be proposing to the Security Council. Senior UN officials praised the coalition's work as "invaluable" and "impressive," and said it helped convince the Secretary-General of the importance of taking action to protect civilians.

As violence against civilians in the Central African Republic escalated, Crisis Action convened a highly strategic coalition that together mobilized the UN to urgently bolster its peacekeeping operation in CAR and strengthen its ability to protect civilians. The successful campaign was a testament to Crisis Action's impactful convening power.

Evan Cinq-Mars

Senior UN Advisor, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)

Following the report from the Secretary-General recommending a troop increase, Crisis Action supported partners to issue a joint letter, a policy brief and two op-eds, designed to encourage members of the Security Council to back the Secretary-General's plan.

On November 15, the UN Security Council voted unanimously to add a further 900 peacekeepers to the UN mission in the Central African Republic. US State Department officials were among those that told us that NGO pressure was critical for influencing the Council's decision.

Before ending the emergency response we set up a coordinating committee of key partners, and this group has continued to campaign effectively on CAR, working with the wider coalition we established. When Brazil backed out of an initial promise to provide extra troops, the coalition jumped into action to advocate for alternative troops to be provided to protect civilians at risk.

Donors and Philanthropic Partners

Crisis Action's financial support comes from a range of foundations, governments and private individuals, many of which provide unrestricted multi-year funding. In addition, all of Crisis Action's core partners make an annual financial contribution, with the exception of those located in the Global South. To ensure the organisation's financial viability and safeguard its integrity and independence, we are continuously expanding and diversifying our donor base.

Crisis Action applies strict accountability and transparency standards to its funding relationships.

Foundations and Individuals

  • Berghof Foundation
  • Doc Society
  • Eagle Fund
  • Ford Foundation
  • Greater Houston Community Foundation (Stardust Fund)
  • Greenbaum Foundation*
  • Heinrich Böll Foundation
  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
  • Kerfuffle Foundation*
  • MacArthur Foundation*
  • Nduna Foundation*
  • New Venture Fund
  • Oak Foundation*
  • Open Society Foundations
  • Pears Foundation*
  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Sigrid Rausing Trust*
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Stanley and Marion Bergman Family Charitable Fund
  • Susan Gibson

* Crisis Action is especially grateful to these donors for providing us with unrestricted multi-year support

Governments

  • Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GiZ) GmbH
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Irish Aid
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden
  • Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Statement of Activities

For the year ended 31st May 2018

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  2018 (£) 2017 (£) 2018 ($) 2017 ($)
Income  
Funders & Donations 3,318,348 2,989,483 4,414,896 3,838,198
Partners 97,181 115,940 129,294 148,856
Interest 7,731 7,601 10,286 9,759
Total 3,423,260 3,113,024 4,554,476 3,996,812
Expenditure  
Salaries & Related Costs 2,432,035 2,326,289 3,235,701 2,986,722
Occupancy 246,797 199,423 328,351 256,039
Travel & Travel Related Costs 280,946 261,724 373,785 336,027
IT, Comms & Office Supplies 154,637 176,752 205,737 226,932
Publications 20,803 31,071 27,677 39,892
Events 102,532 20,371 136,414 26,154
Professional Fees 89,882 82,867 119,583 106,393
Asset Write-Off 20,159 15,526 26,821 19,934
Finance Charges 90,883 10,958 120,915 14,069
Depreciation 4,550   6,053  
Total 3,443,224 3,124,981 4,581,037 4,012,163
(Deficit)/Surplus Before Taxation (19,964) (11,957) (26,561) 50,009
Taxation (1,468) (1,520) (1,952) (2,056)
(Deficit)/Surplus After Taxation (21,432) (13,477) (28,514) (17,303)
Total Funds brought forward 1,139,811 1,153,283 1,516,462 1,480,700
Total Funds carried forward 1,118,379 1,139,811 1,487,947 1,463,303
Exchange Rate at 31st May 2018 (USD) 1.33045  
Exchange Rate at 31st May 2017 (USD) 1.2839  

Income 2017/18

Financials piechart

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  2018 (£) 2017 (£) 2018 ($) 2017 ($)
Fixed Assets 23,104   30,739  
Debtors1 558,261 219,482 716,751 281,793
Cash at Bank 2,126,636 1,969,489 2,829,383 2,528,627
Creditors2 (1,299,016) (1,049,160) (1,728,276) (1,347,017)
Net Assets 1,118,379 1,139,811 1,487,947 1,463,403
Capital & Reserves  
Operating Overhead Reserve3 1,425,917 1,315,380 1,897,111 1,688,816
Restricted Funds 11,901 0 15,834 -
Unrestricted Funds4 (307,401) (174,569) 424,998 225,413
Capital & Reserves 1,130,417 1,139,811 1,487,947 1,463,403
  1. £506,613 ($674,023) of Debtors are grants due in 2017/18 but received in 2018/19
  2. £1,298,190 ($1,727,177) of Creditors is the amount of deferred income carried forward into 2018-19
  3. The opening USD reserves have been revalued using the May 2018 USD/GBP exchange rate
  4. Unrestricted funds includes three shares with a nominal value of £1. These shares are owned by the directors and do not earn dividends.

Core Partners

  • 11.11.11
  • Action Contre la Faim (ACF)
  • Aegis Trust
  • African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS)
  • African Research and Resources Forum (ARRF)
  • Agency for Cooperation on Research in Development (ACORD)
  • Amnesty International
  • Arab Programme for Human Rights Activists (APHRA)
  • Arabic Network of Human Rights Information (ANHRI)
  • Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)
  • CARE International France
  • CARE International UK
  • Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)
  • Center for Civilians in Conflict
  • Center for Conflict Resolution (CECORE)
  • Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)
  • Christian Aid
  • Concern Worldwide UK
  • Concordis International
  • Conectas
  • Cordaid
  • Finn Church Aid
  • Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (GCR2P)
  • Human Rights Information & Training Center (HRITC)
  • Human Rights Watch (HRW)
  • Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART)
  • Humanity and Inclusion
  • Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH)/Humanitarian Relief Foundation
  • Institute for Inclusive Security (IIS)
  • Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
  • International Centre for Policy and Conflict (ICPC)
  • International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
  • International Medical Corps UK
  • International Refugees Rights Initiative (IRRI)
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Islamic Relief Worldwide
  • KontraS
  • Mensen met een Missie
  • Mercy Corps
  • Nobel Women's Initiative
  • Nonviolent Peaceforce
  • Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
  • Oxfam International
  • PAX
  • Permanent Peace Movement
  • Physicians for Human Rights
  • Refugees International
  • Saferworld
  • Save the Children UK
  • Save the Children US
  • Stichting Vluchteling (Netherlands Refugee Foundation)
  • Support to Life
  • Tearfund
  • The Elders
  • Trócaire
  • United Muslim Relief
  • War Child – Netherlands
  • War Child – UK
  • West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP)
  • World Vision International

Campaign Partners

  • ACTED
  • Adopt a Revolution
  • Africa Atrocities Watch
  • Africa Peace Forum
  • Africa Youth Initiative Network (AYINET)
  • Articulação SUL
  • Assistance Mission for Africa (AMA)
  • Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA)
  • Baytna Syria
  • Better World Campaign
  • Burma Campaign UK
  • Burma Initiative Asienhaus
  • Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK
  • Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
  • Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO)
  • Darfur Consortium
  • Daughters of Mumbi Global Resource Center
  • Dawlaty
  • Denis Hurley Peace Institute
  • Dialogue and Research Initiative (DRI)
  • End Impunity Organization (EIO)
  • Enough Project
  • Euromed Rights – Euro-Mediterranean Network For Human Rights
  • Eve Organization
  • Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa (FECCLAHA)
  • FEMNET
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • Hand in Hand for Syria
  • Help 4Syria
  • Human Rights Documentation Organization (HURIDO)
  • Human Rights First
  • Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR)
  • International Commission of Jurists-Kenya (ICJ-Kenya)
  • International Medical Corps USA
  • International Youth for Africa (IYA)
  • Law Society of Kenya (LSK)
  • medico international
  • Mwatana Organization for Human Rights
  • Najda Now
  • Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU)
  • Peace Coalition for South Sudan (PECOSS)
  • People in Need (PIN)
  • Relief & Reconciliation for Syria
  • Revivre
  • Rift Valley Institute
  • SaferYemen
  • Sana'a Center for Strategic Studies
  • Sawa Association for Development and Aid
  • Search for Common Ground
  • Sewa USA
  • South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms (SSANSA)
  • South Sudan Women's Empowerment Network (SSWEN)
  • South Sudan Young Leaders Forum (SSYLF)
  • Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA Network)
  • Sudan Focal Point Europe
  • Syria Relief
  • Syria Relief & Development (SRD)
  • Syrian American Medical Society
  • Union des Organisations de Secours et Soins Médicaux (UOSSM)
  • United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
  • Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC)
  • Win Without War
  • Wogood for Human Security
  • Women and Girls Movement for Peace and Security in Burundi
  • Women Now for Development
  • Yemen Peace Project

Our Network

View the complete network list on the main Crisis Action website.

Thank You

We would like to thank the following for their contribution to Crisis Action's work over the past year:

  • Alejandra Portillo-Taylor
  • Allie Blankenhaus
  • Amy Barry
  • Amy Eriksson
  • Annamie Paul
  • Ashley Rai
  • Ayushmita Hazarika
  • Bertha Moteane
  • Caroline Wambui
  • Chloe McCrann
  • David Deng
  • Dev Society
  • Dina Arakji
  • Ebony Ross
  • Ellen Judson
  • Ellen Schneider
  • Hadeel Al-Shalchi
  • Helen Standley
  • Ine Van Bastelaer
  • Isabelle Glimcher
  • Katie Joyce
  • Katy Walsh
  • Kelly Koop
  • Lawrence Robinson
  • Leizel Francis
  • Lena Cohrs
  • Lia Lindsey
  • Liosliath Boyle
  • Litlhare Rabele
  • Louise Guillaume
  • Lynn Chambers
  • Marion Cosquer
  • Natasha Coleman
  • Nicole Maloba
  • Nour Zargouni
  • Nyathon Mai
  • Rebecca Gibbons
  • Roksana Burkhanova
  • Rosie Ball
  • Shilpa Venigandla
  • Soraya Fettih
  • Steven Green
  • Supriya Roychoudhury
  • Valerie Rogers
  • Vanessa Gathecha
  • Vanessa Jackson
  • Yasmine Fawaz

2018 Annual Report:

Kofi Annan, 1938–2018. Champion of the Responsibility to Protect