Testify and alert on the needs of the most vulnerableة
Through its field actions to help the poorest in France and
in the world, Secours Islamique France witnesses extreme
poverty, social exclusion, lack of access to essential services
and violations of international humanitarian law. Faced with
such situations, Secours Islamique France cannot remain
silent and must alert the international community over the
living conditions of the most vulnerable.
The main objective of our advocacy is to facilitate and
complement our field work by addressing the root causes
of the needs of civilians, by removing any obstacles to
humanitarian action and by increasing the impact of our
interventions in the long run.
Advocacy is therefore a crucial link between humanitarian
activities in developing countries and the search
for a solution on a global scale. Through partnerships
with other organisations, Secours Islamique France
strives to raise awareness, mobilise the media, and
especially influence political decision-makers to promote
positive and sustainable change on an issue or
to ensure that national and international policies get
implemented. Advocacy activities may take the form of
analytical reports, letters to decision-makers, petitions,
press releases, comment pieces, conferences, high-level
meetings, street mobilisations or actions on social media.
Access to water and sanitation
In partnership with the Water Coalition, the Butterfly
Effect, and the French Water Partnership, Secours
Islamique France carries out advocacy activities in order
to ensure access to water and sanitation for everyone.
Secours Islamique France was mobilised on this issue at
the World Water Forums in Istanbul in 2009 and in Marseille
in 2012, as well as during Budapest Water Summit in 2013.
In 2012, Secours Islamique France published a report
entitled: «Besides those excluded from access to water».
Based on Secours Islamique France’s field experience in
Chad, this report emits recommendations for inclusive,
efficient and sustainable use of water resources.
Nutrition and Food Security
In 2012, Secours Islamique France raised awareness on
the severe food crisis in the Sahel region. In 2014, along
with 7 other NGOs in France, Secours Islamique France
launched the Generation Nutrition campaign which aims at
challenging the decision-makers and mobilising the public
to end malnutrition-related deaths within one generation.
In 2013, Secours Islamique France published a report
entitled «Children confronted to the Haitian reality», and
organised a conference to discuss the measures needed
to tackle family separation and child abandonment in Haiti.
Respect of International
Humanitarian Law and
protection of civilians
Secours Islamique France is an active member of different humanitarian networks in France and abroad (such as Coordination SUD, VOICE, etc.) in order to:
- Alert, along with other international actors, on the scale of humanitarian needs in different crisis situations (Syria, Mali, Philippines etc.);
- Call for respect of humanitarian principles of independence, neutrality and impartiality of aid;
- Denounce violations of international humanitarian law, especially in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. For World Refugee Day on 20th June 2014, Secours Islamique France published a report entitled Surviving beyond Syria, which calls upon the international community to come forward and assist refugees from Syria and vulnerable host communities in Lebanon.
Fight against poverty and
social exclusion in France
In France, Secours Islamique France denounces the
increasing poverty and social exclusion. On a regular basis,
it calls upon the French government to increase the number
of slots available in emergency accommodation centres all
year long with suitable responses adapted to the different
profiles of beneficiaries.