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Humanitarian Aid

Yemenis Face Terrifying Violence, Extreme Hunger

Antonia Sohns | Posted 09.01.2015 | World
Antonia Sohns

Yemen is in crisis. Over 20 million people, nearly 80 percent of the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance. Twelve million people have become food insecure since conflict in Yemen has escalated and 16 million people are without access to drinking water and sanitation.

A Post-Katrina Disaster Checklist: Water, Food, Community Organizing

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 08.28.2015 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

When Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast ten years ago, the fundamentals of disaster relief poured in: water, sanitation, food, shelter. But looking back, we can see that the most effective tool for the hardest hit was something else altogether: community organizing.

One Year After Ceasefire, 'Temporary' Housing for Gazans Seems to be Permanent

Nora Lester Murad | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
Nora Lester Murad

The Gaza Strip is among the most densely populated areas in the world, and the 1.8 million Palestinian residents suffer from economy-crippling mobility restrictions. They survived an exceptionally cold winter, in which at least four babies died of exposure, and are now enduring a summer of record-breaking heat.

The Cause of Ethiopia's Recurrent Famine Is Not Drought, It Is Authoritarianism

Dawit Ayele Haylemariam | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Dawit Ayele Haylemariam

Once again Ethiopia's food crisis is topping the headline. As seasonal rain fails in Eastern and Southern parts of the country, famine is threatening millions of Ethiopians. The UN estimates over 10 million are in need of emergency food aid.

The Unbearable Lightness of Non-Profit Propaganda

Daniela Kon | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Daniela Kon

I became brutally mindful of the BS that clogs up the social change industry, specifically about the lies that we, as content creators, producers, and filmmakers are communicating to the public about the "glorious impacts" that foundations and non-profits have on impoverished communities.

How Live Streaming Will Change the Face of Philanthropy

Caroline Avakian | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Caroline Avakian

While millennials embrace live-streaming mobile apps and adopt them at record rates, and apps like Periscope report 10 million downloads as of August 2, what does that mean for the rapidly changing face of philanthropy in the digital age?

Bringing Resiliency and Normalcy to Ebola-Free Liberia

Jolene Mullins | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Jolene Mullins

A recent "flare up" of Ebola showed the response system is better -- but not perfect. Vigilance is still needed. And in the long-term, building a resilient health system is crucial. Resilience is a word that is often used post-Ebola.

Advancing Humanity's Cause

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Every day we are inundated with harrowing stories of desperation from refugees around the world. We must act with solidarity to reverse this trend. All nations have a moral obligation to assist people fleeing persecution, conflict, and hardship.

Meet an Aid Worker Behind the Ebola Response in Liberia

Joel R. Charny | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Joel R. Charny

Above all, we must recognize the people who took the largest risks -- those who applied medical science, demonstrated safe health practices, and engaged in community outreach all while losing close relatives and friends to the disease.

Challenging the Injustice and Inequality Driving Crises: Marking World Humanitarian Day

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

Our world is becoming a more dangerous place. Crises are intensifying. And the people who are most poor and vulnerable are always left suffering the consequences. That is what we must remember as we mark World Humanitarian Day this year.

On World Humanitarian Day, Thank the Local Aid Workers

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

Today, World Humanitarian Day, commemorates the twenty-two aid workers killed in a bombing at the UN headquarters in Baghdad in 2003 and is dedicated to those who risk their lives every day to provide humanitarian aid to people around the world.

The Power of the News Feed

Jeremy Wilson | Posted 08.18.2015 | Impact
Jeremy Wilson

The problem with an engine that recommends more of what you like is that it's hard for anything else to break in. Great content does often rise to the top but many powerful stories don't receive the same exposure as pop culture headlines.

Amidst Ebola Crisis, Coordination and Long-Term Thinking Pay Off

Leah McManus | Posted 08.17.2015 | Impact
Leah McManus

For most of us, only a handful of moments will etch themselves forever into our memories. For me, one came when I learned that Ebola had broken out in West Africa. It was December 2013 and I was watching the news. The ticker tape across the bottom of the screen confirmed an outbreak in Guinea. The news anchor didn't even mention it.

100 Years of Occupation in Haiti -- Still Glittering as Gold

Mark Schuller | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics
Mark Schuller

The first U.S. Occupation of Haiti in 1915 occurred while the European former colonial powers were at war with one another.

Ike's Food for Peace to the Rescue in Syria

William Lambers | Posted 08.03.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

The size of the humanitarian crisis in Syria is so large that donations from Food for Peace and other countries needs to pick up dramatically. The situation is urgent.

Nepal's Next Disaster: Happening Now

Tim McCully | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
Tim McCully

Success comes when local groups, governments, and donors all understand the objectives and are working out of the same playbook. And since we know that this will not be Nepal's last earthquake, we have to reach toward lasting solutions. And that must be done together.

100 years of Occupation in Haiti

Mark Schuller | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Mark Schuller

Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the U.S. Occupation of Haiti. On July 28, 1915, U.S. Marines landed on the shores of Haiti, occupying the country for 19 years. Several have argued that the U.S. has never stopped occupying Haiti, even as military boots left in 1934.

Education in Emergencies Requires Long-Term Support

Tariq Al Gurg | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Tariq Al Gurg

As the record-breaking numbers of children deprived of opportunity in crisis situations continues to grow, the investment and attention to these issues has not kept pace.

Providing Aid to the People, Needing Peace as the Crisis Continues

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

Since fighting broke out in December 2013, thousands of civilians have been killed, and an estimated 2 million people have been displaced, including more than 600,000 refugees fleeing to neighboring countries.

Financing for Development -- What Does Success Look Like?

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Despite progress, too little attention, aid, financial justice and too little of the right kinds of investment are currently targeted at the countries and people that need it most. We must aggressively work towards equity of outcomes in order to reach those people left behind by the last development framework.

Incheon to Addis: Are We Getting Back on Track in Global Education?

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

We've seen increased access to essential medicines for AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other diseases of poverty that have saved millions of lives. In some places however, achievements that were thought possible are slipping away. We now appear to be going backwards in access to primary education.

Education in Emergencies: Why Now is the Time to Act

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

There is a HUGE piece missing in making it possible for these women and men to save as many lives and support the rebuilding of as many families and communities as possible. That missing piece is education.

On Bangui's Once Blood-Stained Streets, Delicate Signs of a Slowly Returning Peace

Crystal Wells | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
Crystal Wells

For people in Bangui, December 5, 2013 was a day so horrific it does not need a month or year to identify it. Instead, it is referred to simply as 'le cinq' or 'the fifth.'

Millions of Refugees Need Access to Cleaner, More Efficient Cookstoves and Fuels

Radha Muthiah | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Radha Muthiah

More than 59 million people are currently displaced from their homes due to conflict, war, and disaster. They leave home with few possessions, and often, in fear of their lives.

'Record' Humanitarian Aid Isn't Enough. This is What Struggling Countries Really Need

www.theguardian.com | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact

International humanitarian assistance reached record levels in 2014, totalling $24.5bn (£15.5bn), according to the recently released Global Humanitar...