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World Leaders Found Wanting As UN Secretary General Gives Final Address

Dominic MacSorley | Posted 09.28.2016 | Politics
Dominic MacSorley

Syria may be the greatest humanitarian catastrophe of our time, but there are over 65 million people currently displaced by conflict across the globe, the largest number since records began after World War Two.

The Sustainable Development Goals will not be Achieved if the Humanitarian Community Fails Refugees and Internally Displaced People

Dr Jodi Nelson | Posted 09.25.2016 | Impact
Dr Jodi Nelson

As world leaders converged upon New York last week, it was difficult not to feel cynical about their ability to help the 65 million people forced from...

This El Niño Is A Huge Humanitarian Crisis - But It Didn't Have To Be

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 09.23.2016 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

This blog is co-authored by UN Secretary-General's Special Envoys on El Niño and Climate: Mary Robinson and Ambassador Macharia Kamau; and Oxfam Inte...

U.N. To Resume Aid Convoy Mission In Syria After Brief Suspension

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 09.22.2016 | World

GENEVA (Reuters) - A “clearly marked” U.N. convoy was due to deliver aid on Thursday to besieged areas near the Syrian capital after a 48-hour sus...

No Easy Choices, But One Imperative: Impartial Assistance To All In Need

A View from the United Nations | Posted 09.21.2016 | World
A View from the United Nations

Credit: UNICEF/Al-Issa By Kevin M. Kennedy* The United Nations and its partners stand ready to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance foll...

Women, Children and Adolescents in Humanitarian Settings

Emanuele Capobianco | Posted 09.14.2016 | Impact
Emanuele Capobianco

On 18 August 2016, heartbreaking images of a child who lost his childhood flashed across our screens or appeared in our newspapers. Failed by the glob...

Terror in Lake Chad Basin and the Failure of the Humanitarian System

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 09.01.2016 | World
Kolleen Bouchane

Photo: Bada, Kako, 3 years old, and other displaced children in the village of Tagal, Lake Chad region, Chad. UNICEF/UN028762/Tremeau At least 2.7 mi...

Battle for Mosul: ISIS Victims in Iraq Need Food

William Lambers | Posted 08.25.2016 | World
William Lambers

As the Iraqi army, backed by US airstrikes, attempts to take back the city of Mosul from ISIS we can't forget about humanitarian aid to civilians. Whe...

Free Online Course from HarvardX: Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster

Marcy Franck | Posted 08.23.2016 | Impact
Marcy Franck

Fending off despair about the state of the world can be a full-time job these days. One scroll through your social media accounts or a five-minute ses...

This 'Would You Rather' Quiz Highlights Impossible Choices Refugees Make

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 08.22.2016 | Impact

Would you rather eat only pizza for the rest of your life ― or never eat pizza again? For most people, the game “Would you rather” presents ligh...

Voluntourism, White Saviors And Advocacy Vs News

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 08.18.2016 | Impact
Sarah Illingworth

Barely a day goes by where a cause of some sort doesn't call for our attention, action or cash. The immediacy and reach of the internet has intensifie...

5 Ways the Ideas Behind Pokemon Go Are Saving the World

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 08.10.2016 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

(Photo credit: Carl Walsh for Catholic Relief Services) By now, the phenomenon of Pokemon Go has gone global. Armed with smartphones and real-time da...

Voluntourism, White Saviors And Advocacy Vs News

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 08.10.2016 | Impact
Sarah Illingworth

Barely a day goes by where a cause of some sort doesn't call for our attention, action or cash. The immediacy and reach of the internet has intensifie...

Putin, Obama And The Battle For Aleppo

The Conversation US | Posted 08.09.2016 | World
The Conversation US

Obama's vacillating Syria policy has spurred ongoing debate, especially with regard to fighting IS. The counterterrorism turn, starting with the anti-IS "Inherent Resolve" campaign in September 2014, is one way to explain the dissonance in U.S. policy.

AIDS: We Must Not Forget

Thomas Kenyon M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 07.21.2016 | Impact
Thomas Kenyon M.D., M.P.H.

The world's top HIV/AIDS experts are gathering in Durban, South Africa for the 21st International AIDS Conference - a meeting that fills me with hope that an opportunity is at hand to finally get the disease under control, but it's an opportunity that is tempered with a little caution.

Why Can't The Obama Administration Speak Honestly About Sudan?

Eric Reeves | Posted 07.05.2016 | World
Eric Reeves

The Obama administration has from the beginning found it difficult to speak honestly about the ghastly realities defining Sudan under the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party regime in Khartoum. This is particularly true of human suffering and destruction in the western Darfur region, but also in the southern states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

More Than Hope in Haiti

Maria Bello | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Maria Bello

The young girls wore their turquoise blue platform heels, make-up and hair done impeccably, as they walked down the aisle to graduate from high school...

Would Anyone Save Us?

Yolanda Rondon | Posted 06.27.2016 | World
Yolanda Rondon

Refugees are people just like us, students, doctors, artists, business owners, entrepreneurs and teachers. Now what would you do, if overnight you, an American, became a refugee due to war?

Thousands Of Schools Ruined By Disasters, Leaving Kids Without Education

Thomson Reuters Foundation | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.24.2016 | Impact

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From earthquakes in Nepal to flooding in Myanmar, disasters damage or destroy thousands of schools leaving hund...

Aid Workers Struggle To Feed Aleppo Beneath The Bombs

Syria Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 06.18.2016 | World

Mercy Corps is one of the only international humanitarian groups providing food aid to opposition-held areas of Aleppo city. Its humanitarian director...

Celebrity advocacy doesn't always work, but who cares?

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 06.14.2016 | Impact
Sarah Illingworth

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson meets with Danilo Astori, ex-vice president of Uruguay Linking celebrities with humanitarian causes has beco...

5 Things I Learned From Syrian Refugees In Jordan

Michelle Abou-Raad | Posted 06.11.2016 | World
Michelle Abou-Raad

Urban refugees don't always make it onto the news, but they are suffering immensely. Over 650,000 Syrian refugees are living in Jordan and the majority lives in unfinished apartments and dilapidated buildings in the cities.

UN Delivers First Food Aid To Syrians In Besieged Daraya In Years

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 06.10.2016 | World

GENEVA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - International aid convoys have reached two Syrian rebel-held towns near Damascus, marking the first delivery of food supplie...

From Crisis to Calling: An Interview With Sasha Chanoff

Phil Simon | Posted 06.08.2016 | Books
Phil Simon

If this election season has manifested anything, it's our nation is divided on many issues. Perhaps no issues inhere more controversy than immigrat...

"We have a problem"

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 06.08.2016 | World
St. Gallen Symposium

By Elías Camhaji & Sara Rosati (Text), and Lukas Rapp (Photo) What is growth? - Why is growth still important? Do we need it? And is there a formula...