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Humanitarian Aid

Commentary on Disaster Relief - What I've Learned from Nepal, Haiti and Other Natural Disasters

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

What is needed is a global master plan for dealing with emergencies created by natural disasters, because they happen often and all over the globe. Independent organizations and governments should all have to organize and stage their efforts through one agency.

New Moms, Women In Nepal Are Especially Vulnerable Right Now. This Group Is Helping 10,000 Of Them

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact

While humanitarian groups have prioritized giving food and water to those affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal, another vital form of aid h...

We Are Injured In Nepal, But We Are Not Broken

Umanga Pandey | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Umanga Pandey

We, in Nepal today, are injured people. We have lost much. But not all. And to heal, we must get in touch with that portion of our lives that is not yet broken. In this, we have much to learn from the Haiti earthquake, where the largest aftershock came eight days after the main earthquake.

So You Want to be a "Radical" Philanthropist?

Leah Hunt-Hendrix | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Leah Hunt-Hendrix

Among other research and policy initiatives aimed reducing the maximum volume of suffering for the minimum philanthropic investment, GiveWell is sending mosquito nets to Africa, hoping to save children from malaria.

Hundreds Of Families Trapped By Fierce Fighting In Yemen's City Of Aden

AP | AHMED AL-HAJ and MAGGIE MICHAEL | Posted 05.02.2015 | World

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Hundreds of families are trapped in their homes by weeks of fierce fighting in the center of the southern city of Aden, running ...

Bread Not Bibles for Nepal

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

Social media is abuzz too -- people posting prayers and calling for donations to one charity or another, or sharing human interest stories.

Nepal: A Call to Action

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

Six months ago many in the humanitarian system wondered if it was the worst it has ever been, with crises in Syria, South Sudan, and the Central Africa Republic. Then came Ebola. And Yemen.

Nepal Desperately Needs Aid, But The Wrong Kind Could Make Things Worse

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 05.01.2015 | World

As aid pours in to help Nepal cope with the aftermath of Saturday’s devastating earthquake, humanitarian agencies face major challenges ensuring tha...

Nepal: Humanitarian Aid In Action -- Conversations With Key Personnel at Direct Relief Headquarters, April 29, 2015

Debbie Davis | Posted 04.30.2015 | World
Debbie Davis

Even though there are no hard hats or military gear, the atmosphere at the headquarters at Direct Relief is a serious, focused, active, caring, and compassionate place, as I sit with several personnel at their headquarters today in Goleta, CA.

Curbing Illicit Financial Flows: How to raise $770bn for African Development

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 04.29.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

Illicit financial flows are important enough to be included in the post-2015 Millennium Development goals now being debated by the international community.

Nepalese Girls Cook For, Provide First Aid To Thousands Of Earthquake Survivors

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact

Underprivileged girls and young women in Nepal are stepping up in a big way for their neighbors in need after Saturday's devastating earthquake. A...

Nepal Earthquake: What Happened and What You Can Do to Help

Loren Hyatt | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Loren Hyatt

The plight of the Nepalese may slip to the back of your mind and then maybe just become an afterthought before being forgotten altogether. While there is a lot going on in the world, don't forget about Nepal.

Leaders In Nepal To Donate 1-Month Salary To Earthquake Relief Efforts

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact

Government officials in Nepal and India are digging into their own pockets to help alleviate devastation caused by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake that rat...

Silence Is Golden

Robyn Brentano | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Robyn Brentano

It probably isn't a coincidence that we are learning about the benefits of silence and meditation just at the moment that the world is becoming noisier and busier than ever. However, it is one thing to hear this, read this, and know this fundamental truth in an abstract way.

UN Launches $274 Million Appeal For Yemen

AP | AHMED AL-HAJ | Posted 04.17.2015 | World

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels in Yemen intensified on Friday, with bombings in the capital, Sanaa, and ...

Israel Devastated Gaza, But 'Aid' Helps It Stay That Way

Nora Lester Murad | Posted 03.27.2015 | World
Nora Lester Murad

Accountability cannot be achieved without honest, critical, constructive discussion about what is really happening. We must tell the whole, complex, discomforting truth, even if it leads us to conclude that "aid" isn't as helpful as we want to believe it is.

As Syria's Civil War Enters Fifth Year, UN Doubles Count Of Besieged To 440,000

AP | Cara Anna | Posted 03.26.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has more than doubled its estimate of Syrians who are living in besieged areas — and risk death by starva...

'Extremely Resilient' Vanuatu Rebuilds After Cyclone Pam, As Island Nation Moves Forward

Associated Press | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact

EFATE, Vanuatu (AP) — The roof from what was once the home of principal Melizabeth Uhi and her staff is now folded over branches high in the trees t...

A Time for Action as Syrian Crisis Enters Its Fifth Year

Loren Hyatt | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Loren Hyatt

As humanitarian needs persist and even grow in Syria and neighboring countries, the rest of the world must not forget about the crisis. This is a time to be bold. This is not a time for inaction. This is not a time to watch a country be destroyed and generations of Syrians scattered and forgotten.

Economic Growth Is Great... Except When It Isn't

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Nick Seneca Jankel

Far from unmitigated benefit, growth often causes and exacerbates serious mental, physical and environmental problems. Research shows that as wealth increases, so does obesity, diabetes, heart disease and depression.

Four Years of the Syria Crisis and a Tougher Year Ahead

Caroline Gluck | Posted 03.15.2015 | World
Caroline Gluck

The Syrian conflict, which this month enters its fifth year, shows no sign of easing. Since the start of the crisis in 2011, more than eleven million -- half of the population -- have been forced to flee the fighting and are now displaced inside the country.

Inside Syria: A Childhood Silenced

CARE | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
CARE

It never occurred to 8-year-old Ibrahim that his capacity to speak could so easily disappear. But after heavy bombing of his neighborhood, he inexplicably lost the ability to form words.

Sector 4: The Ebola Detectives

David Weiss | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
David Weiss

One afternoon last month a man fell out of a dilapidated taxi near Monrovia. He seemed unwell and confused. Two young men nearby ran to the man, picked him up and put him back into the car. The taxi drove away, and the young men disappeared into the crowded streets.

More Ambition Needed to Finish the Job for Out-of-School Children

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

This year is particularly important for our work on creating a more just and equitable world. It's the deadline world leaders set for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Charlotte Alfred

Aid Agencies Need More Funds Than Ever Before. This Is How They're Coping

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 02.10.2015 | World

2014 was a tumultuous year. Fresh fighting rocked countries like the Central African Republic, Ukraine and South Sudan, even as ongoing violence in Sy...