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Humanitarian Aid

10 Incredible Adventures in Kenya

Lauren Elyse Matison | Posted 09.15.2015 | Travel
Lauren Elyse Matison

Not too many months ago, I spent eight days traveling through Kenya. It was my first visit to the country, and because of experiences like these 10 adventures--from a walking safari in an under-the-radar conservancy in the Mara to breakfast with wildlife in The Samburu National Reserve and an island retreat off the southeast coast--I know it's far from my last.

Putting the Migration Crisis (and Opportunity) into Context

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Kolleen Bouchane

It's time for leaders to put the burden of migration in its full context and take on the opportunity to provide hope and opportunity before families are without options and forced into dangerous and desperate attempts to migrate.

The World Abandoned Jewish refugees in 1939; Will We Do the Same for Syria?

Daniel Gastfriend | Posted 09.08.2015 | World
Daniel Gastfriend

It goes without saying that there are vast differences between the Syrian civil war and the Holocaust. But as children continue to drown and families continue to suffocate in their efforts to escape, it is worth recognizing the painful echoes of our past humanitarian failures.

Be Like Ike: Give Safe Haven to War Refugees

William Lambers | Posted 09.05.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

Thousands of Syrians each day are making a dangerous journey to get away from the conflict in the Middle East. What should the international community do? Start welcoming them. That is exactly what President Dwight Eisenhower did when he launched Operation Safe Haven.

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.