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Humanitarian Aid

More Than 80 Million Children Missed School Due To War, Disaster

Reuters | Sarah Grossman | Posted 03.17.2016 | Impact

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At least 80 million children living in areas affected by war or natural disaster had their education disrupted l...

How I Got There: Simon Panek

Lan Anh Vu | Posted 03.17.2016 | Impact
Lan Anh Vu

Simon Panek is the cofounder and director of the People In Need humanitarian organization, the largest nongovernmental organization in Central Europe....

Let Us Not Make Ukraine a Forgotten Crisis

Christos Stylianides | Posted 03.17.2016 | World
Christos Stylianides

The humanitarian situation remains serious. Over three million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

100 Humanitarian Groups Ask To Simply Be Allowed To Help In Syria

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 03.16.2016 | Impact

On the fifth anniversary of the Syrian conflict, 102 humanitarian agencies implored those involved in the conflict to simply allow them do their jobs....

Stories of Refugees on the Long Road to Europe

Crystal Wells | Posted 03.16.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Hazam, 35, could no longer see a future for himself and his family in Deir al-Zour, a city that has been a flashpoint in the country's five-year-long civil war. A physical fitness teacher, Hazam could no longer work, while his wife was pregnant with their fourth child.

Humanitarian Innovation: Surprising News, Cautionary Tales, and Promising Directions

Camille Crittenden | Posted 03.15.2016 | Technology
Camille Crittenden

For those fleeing active conflict zones, natural disasters, or the gradual devastation of climate change, a host of humanitarian relief agencies is st...

Tackling the Greatest Challenge of Our Time

Rick Leach | Posted 03.16.2016 | Impact
Rick Leach

Earlier this year during a visit to the Zataari refugee camp in Jordan, I watched a bus depart the front gates and head into the desert. When I asked ...

What Facebook Can Teach Us About Crisis Management

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 03.14.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

In the wake of these incessant disasters, the global community is increasingly turning to technology to help with crisis mapping, aid management and distribution, and even crowdsourcing real-time information regarding events on the ground.

The Orphans We Are Left With

Crystal Wells | Posted 02.29.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

When government health worker Brima Kamara arrived in Pate-Bana, a small town of some 2,000 souls in north-central Sierra Leone, it was eerily quiet, the sun-baked, red dirt streets empty.

U.N. Food Airdrop For Besieged Syrians Misses Target

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 02.25.2016 | World

A planned cessation of hostilities in Syria from Saturday night should rescue the civilian population from "the abyss", Jan Egeland, chairman of a hum...

This Take On ‘Cards Against Humanity’ Is Pure Genius

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.10.2016 | Impact

“My only real accomplishment in the Peace Corps was _____________.” “Whispering under your breath that the US is not the center of the world.”...

The Local/International Divide: Reflection of a Deeper Problem in Humanitarian Aid?

Mark Canavera | Posted 02.17.2016 | Impact
Mark Canavera

In the world of international humanitarian and development aid, most agencies employ dual salary scales -- one for internationally recruited staff and another, typically much lower, for staff who are recruited from the "local" labor market.

El Niño Is Posing a Global Humanitarian Threat

Lutheran World Relief | Posted 02.16.2016 | Impact
Lutheran World Relief

On a global scale, extreme drought conditions and acute water shortages have affected more than 60 million people, including an estimated 4.2 million people in Central America, 30 million people in East and Southern Africa and 4.7 million people in the South West Pacific region.

The Morning Shift on Lesvos

Crystal Wells | Posted 02.09.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

It was just after 6 am when the first raft was spotted, a bobbing dot visible through the predawn gloom only by the florescent reflections of life jac...

When Did We forget? How the Refugee Crisis is Revealing Our True Capacity as Humans

Anita Wing Lee | Posted 02.08.2016 | World
Anita Wing Lee

I'm here in this place that should be Heaven on Earth: on the island of Lesvos, Greece. You can see turkey in the distance. Gorgeous hills. Quaint vil...

Learn From the Past to Manage Syria Refugee Crisis In a Smart Way

Grete Faremo | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Grete Faremo

Over the years we have learned that many of the assumptions behind such refugee "care" were wrong. The main one: Few modern conflicts of a scale that drive large populations to flee have quick and happy endings. They often stretch on for decades.

How about a dose of optimism?

Erik Solheim | Posted 02.02.2016 | World
Erik Solheim

2015 was the best year throughout the history for most people. There was no lack of negative comments by the end of 2015. Both media and politician...

Humanitarian Crises: The Business Response

Badr Jafar | Posted 01.31.2016 | World
Badr Jafar

Communities in crisis lead to vulnerable societies. And vulnerable societies are prone to all kinds of social and economic degradation, including the rise of hopelessness, extremism and instability.

How Digital Humanitarians Are Closing the Gaps In Worldwide Disaster Response

Heather Leson | Posted 01.28.2016 | Impact
Heather Leson

Humanitarian organizations and the citizens they serve are overwhelmed by the speed of change and the onslaught of information. In response, digital humanitarians (individuals who participate in humanitarian relief online) have organized into skilled teams online to decipher the signals from the noise and thus provide accurate data.

Planning for a Post-Conflict Colombia: Emerging Public Health Leaders Develop Health Interventions for IDPs

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

Fifty-five years ago this week, braving the cold winds of a winter's January, U.S. President John F. Kennedy delivered his inaugural address imparting upon the American people words still true today.

LIVING LEVEL-3: Iraq, Chapter 4

Joshua Dysart | Posted 01.22.2016 | World
Joshua Dysart

The World Food Programme and writer Joshua Dysart have teamed up to create a graphic novel highlighting the work of the organization's humanitarian ai...

Támesis, Colombia: A Beacon for Public Health

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

'House of Health (HH)' San Juan de Dios is nestled in the middle of the charming town of Támesis. From a public health perspective, the HH San Juan de Dios is on the cutting edge of progressive innovation.

5 Priorities for Civil Society in 2016

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
Danny Sriskandarajah

As the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos kicks off, all sorts of people will be making all sorts of predictions about the future. So I thought I would have a go as well. Here are five big things that civil society needs to pay attention to in 2016.

Humanitarian Aftershocks in Haiti

Mark Schuller | Posted 01.18.2016 | Impact
Mark Schuller

Six years ago the world wept with Haiti, and along with our tears came one of the most generous humanitarian responses in history.

Letter from Granizal, Colombia, To The World...And Back

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.18.2016 | World
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

During the early 1990's, Medellin had the world's highest homicide rate of 400 for every 100,000 people. The history of violence and the influx of people into this urban area demanded a change in the way people understood and lived in their city.