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Humanitarian Aid

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.

Motivated Millennials

Chris Schortgen | Posted 01.15.2016 | Impact
Chris Schortgen

The world's water crisis is a large problem to wrap your head around. Every year nearly 3.4 million people will die from preventable waterborne illnesses. Every 21 seconds, a child will die from a preventable waterborne illness.

How A Truck Stuck In The Mud Nearly Derailed A Plan To Save 60,000 Syrians

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 01.15.2016 | World

ISTANBUL -- Following international outcry over the Syrian regime’s tactical starvation of civilians in Madaya, there seemed to be a glimmer of hope...

Desplazados: The Invisible Citizens

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.13.2016 | World
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

As we boarded the plane from Boston to Medellin, Colombia, and our tickets were being scanned one by one, we realized the importance of being counted.

Documenting the Border: A Photo Essay

Marisel Moreno | Posted 01.13.2016 | Latino Voices
Marisel Moreno

The border is a place characterized by intense contradictions. That's my conclusion after spending almost a week in southern Arizona as part of a faculty immersion seminar to learn about border issues.

Medellin: The Right Place and Time for Collaborative Learning in Public Health

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.07.2016 | Impact
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

Today marks Day 2 of the Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health course -- a project of the Open Hands Initiative and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), in collaboration with the University of Antioquia School of Medicine.

Health Diplomacy: A Step Towards Peace

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

Dare we say that despite our hopeful holiday wishes for peace, the present looks grim? How can we begin to heal? Where does peace begin?