Key Country office Current campaign Past campaign
South Sudan (2013 – present)
Since the outbreak of civil war in December 2013, Crisis Action has led a coordinated response that focuses on securing peace in the country, protecting civilians and ending the culture of impunity that has resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of lives and the displacement of 2.3 million people from their homes.
Burundi (2015 – Present) Emergency Response
Burundi was thrown into a state of turmoil in April 2015 when the country’s President of 10 years, Pierre Nkurunziza, decided to stand for a third term in office. Thousands of people took to the streets to protest, only to be met with a heavy-handed response from government security forces and its armed youth militia. Crisis Action launched an emergency response to prevent the country from spiraling back into armed conflict.
Nigeria (2015) Emergency Response
With widespread warnings of violence around the delayed Presidential elections in Nigeria on 28 March 2015 and increasing attacks on civilians from Boko Haram, Crisis Action launched an Emergency Response to support partners’ advocacy focused on reducing the risk of election-related violence and protecting civilians in Boko Haram-affected areas.
Yemen (2016) Emergency Response
In March 2015 Saudi Arabia led a coalition of countries in a campaign of airstrikes and a naval blockade of Yemen. Within months, thousands of people were killed, the country was on the brink of famine, and four in every five Yemenis needed humanitarian assistance. In response to the deteriorating situation for Yemeni civilians, Crisis Action began an emergency response in August 2015. The objective was a ceasefire.
Crisis Action has focused on supporting collaborative work to push for decisive action by both the Arab League and the UN.
Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territory (2007-2014)
Since 2007, Crisis Action has worked with partners to highlight the humanitarian impact of the Israeli blockade on Gaza. In 2013, Crisis Action supported partners to push for EU action to end trade with illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which threaten the viability of a peaceful two-state solution to the conflict.
Emergency Response – Pakistan (2009-2010)
In June 2009, the Pakistani government launched a military offensive against the Taliban in the Swat Valley. Around two million civilians were displaced as the UN warned that the human exodus was the world’s worst displacement crisis since the Rwandan genocide of 1994.
Crisis Action’s first campaign was launched in 2005 to convince the British government to launch a comprehensive, independent inquiry into Iraqi civilian casualties since the 2003 invasion.
In 2007, fears of a US or Israeli-led military attack against Iran intensified. Crisis Action launched a collective campaign to close off the political space needed for the UK government to support military strikes.
July 2006 saw the explosion of conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon. Crisis Action coordinated a group of aid agencies, faith groups, trade unions and human rights organisations to pressure Tony Blair to publicly back an immediate ceasefire.
Emergency Response – Somalia (2007)
Following a serious escalation in violence in Somalia in 2007, Crisis Action responded to partners’ concerns by coordinating intensive high-level advocacy for a limited period of time.
The terrible conflict in Darfur led hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee across the border into Chad. In 2007 Crisis Action sought to help partners address the plight of women in refugee camps and highlight the violence and sexual abuse they were suffering
Emergency Response – Georgia (2008)
In August 2008, Russia launched a large-scale military operation across the Georgian border, occupying South Ossetia and resulting in a conflict that led to the death of hundreds of civilians and grave human rights abuses by both sides.
Following the Burmese regime’s brutal suppression of peaceful mass protests in September 2007, Crisis Action supported Burmese campaign groups to call on the international community to put greater pressure on the Burmese regime to end the military crackdown.
Emergency Response – Ivory Coast (2010-2011)
In the wake of the contested Presidential election in Ivory Coast in November 2010, the stand-off between President Alassane Ouattara and former President Laurent Gbagbo and their respective forces intensified, eventually exploding into fierce clashes, summary executions and deliberate attacks against civilians.
Emergency Response – Sri Lanka (2009)
Between February and May 2009, the final months of the Sri Lankan government’s military campaign against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Crisis Action worked with partners to address the humanitarian tragedy in the Vanni area of Sri Lanka.
Lord’s Resistance Army (2010-2013)
Since 2008, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has killed at least 2,300 people, abducted more than 3,000 and displaced more than 440,000 civilians from South Sudan, Congo and the Central African Republic. Since late 2010, Crisis Action has been instrumental in catalysing an international response to the LRA crisis.
Emergency Response – Zimbabwe (2007-2010)
Throughout 2007, the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe became increasingly grave following poor rainfall and drought. Meanwhile the human rights situation deteriorated as public protest against President Mugabe and the ruling party ZANU-PF increased.
The latest round of conflict in Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001, with the launching of the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom. Over ten years later public confidence in a positive outcome from the conflict had sunk to a new low. Crisis Action brought together humanitarian, human rights and peace-building organisations to call for international backing for a new strategic approach.
Democratic Republic of Congo (2012)
DRC was a campaign priority for Crisis Action from 2008-2012. Having substantially influenced a new UN peacekeeping mandate for DRC in mid-2012, Crisis Action concluded long-term work on DRC. However, renewed violence in Goma at the end of 2012 spurred Crisis Action to launch a high-level emergency response.
Emergency Response – Libya (2010-2011)
In February 2011, reports emerged that the Libyan regime was using lethal force to put down demonstrations across several Libyan cities. It became increasingly clear that civilians in the opposition stronghold of Benghazi were at risk of being massacred.
Emergency Response – Kyrgyzstan (2010)
Violent clashes broke out on 11 June 2010 between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in the southern Kyrgyzstan city of Osh. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimated that 400,000 people were displaced by the violence, with around 100,000 of those fleeing across the border to Uzbekistan.
Central African Republic (2012) – Emergency Response
In March 2013, after months of fighting, the Seleka rebel coalition overthrew the government and Seleka leader Michel Djotodia proclaimed himself President, leading the Central African Republic (CAR) into a massive humanitarian and security crisis
The Paris office was established in 2007 and works closely with French NGOs and international partners, engaging with the French government and French media.
Operating since 2009, Crisis Action’s New York office catalyses partner advocacy at the United Nations (UN) focusing on the UN Security Council, UN secretariat, UN missions, and the UN press corps.
The Nairobi office has been operational since 2010. A key focus of its work is to build stronger networks with African NGOs and facilitate collective advocacy towards the African Union (AU).
Open since 2005, London was Crisis Action’s first office. It has a strong base of partners and network members with which it works closely, across all our campaigns, enabling them to focus on the UK government and international media.
The Beirut office is focused on deploying strategic coalitions of Arab NGOs to influence the Arab League and Arab media.
The Brussels office has been operational since 2007 and is focused on working with partners to engage the EU institutions and diplomatic missions in Brussels. The office also collaborates with partner organisations based in other EU member states such as the Netherlands, Sweden and Ireland.
Sudan and South Sudan (2006-present)
Crisis Action works with civil society in Africa and around the world to seek lasting peace in Sudan and South Sudan
Helping organisations work together to protect civilians from armed conflict.
Mali (2012) – Emergency Response
Crisis Action began work on Mali in October 2012, when a violent insurgency left civilians in grave danger. As the United Nations prepared to sanction military intervention, Crisis Action and partners lobbied to ensure that any internationally co-ordinated response would hold the safety and interests of Mali’s people as a top priority.
The Washington Office was established in 2012 and is focused on working with US partners to affect policy changes from the U.S. Administration and Congress. Current campaigns include South Sudan and Syria.
The South Africa office has been operational since 2014. Its main focus is to facilitate cooperation amongst local and international NGOs, and the South African government with the aim of lobbying and advocating support for priority campaigns in South Sudan and other emergency responses.