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'How I Bore You On Eagles Wings' -- A Reminder Of Our Humanity

Shahar Azani | Posted 07.21.2016 | World
Shahar Azani

Such troubling times all around us. It seems the world knows no rest: Islamic terror rearing its ugly head and in the most gruesome of manners in Euro...

'Everyone You See Here Fled'

Crystal Wells | Posted 06.28.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Erbil, Iraq--When Iraqi forces pushed to retake Islamic State-held villages west of the Tigris River town of Makhmour in Iraq's Kurdistan Region, the ...

"Darfur? Wait, Wasn't That Fixed A Long Time Ago?"

Gabriel Stauring | Posted 06.17.2016 | Impact
Gabriel Stauring

I asked friends that I met through working on this cause to reflect back on 13 years of Darfur. Below are answers from fellow activists in the U.S., refugee friends in camps in Chad, and Darfuris living in that remote, mostly forgotten land.

Humanity and the Future of Philanthropy: Why We Can't Afford to Wait Any Longer

Stephanie Heckman | Posted 06.13.2016 | Impact
Stephanie Heckman

Co-authored by Obed Kabanda, Executive Director, ACODEV-Uganda Recent years have seen the philanthropic sector shift focus from charity to social ju...

With Muhammad Ali It Was Always Yes, Never No

Mitchell Fink | Posted 06.07.2016 | Sports
Mitchell Fink

A little more than a year after Muhammad Ali lit the Olympics flame in Atlanta, creating perhaps the most emotionally satisfying moment in Olympics history, I was asked to join a small group accompanying Ali on a humanitarian mission.

Time to Put Women and Young People at Centre of Humanitarian Action

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 05.23.2016 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

By protecting the right to sexual and reproductive health, we will better ensure accountability to affected populations, address the special needs of women and adolescent girls, and contribute to their empowerment and participation in decision-making.

It's time for world leaders to fund education in emergencies

Up For School | Posted 05.21.2016 | Education
Up For School

By Jennifer Rigg, Executive Director, Global Campaign for Education - US As a parent of two active children, I see the amazing skills and knowledge ...

Aid Saves Lives but Aid Workers Are Increasingly Under Threat

Christos Stylianides | Posted 05.17.2016 | World
Christos Stylianides

In conflicts and crisis zones around the world, attacks on civilians, doctors and medical facilities as well as on humanitarian aid workers have become all too frequent.

The Cost of 'Wait and See' -- Three Things the World Needs From the World Humanitarian Summit

A View from the United Nations | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
A View from the United Nations

The premise is simple: investing in national and local skills, systems and knowledge to build resilience and preparedness will save lives, cut costs and preserve hard-won development gains.

A Simple Humanitarian Proposal: Crowdfunding Resettlement for Syrian Refugee Families

Matthew La Corte | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Matthew La Corte

We can tap into America's compassionate, philanthropic spirit, and leverage our existing technological platforms. Let's show our dithering bureaucrats and politicians that Americans don't accept sitting on the sidelines as people die.

More than a moral imperative: Giving to get power and influence a righteous act of self-help

Halima Leak Francis | Posted 04.28.2016 | Impact
Halima Leak Francis

Devastated fans mourning Prince's passing were surprised and delighted to learn of his history of charitable giving as his friend Van Jones shared d...

How to Reduce Humanitarian Need

A View from the United Nations | Posted 04.21.2016 | World
A View from the United Nations

In the next decade, most of the world's acutely vulnerable people will be living in fragile and conflict-affected cities and States. If current trends persist, conflict will continue to consume 80 percent of humanitarian funding, setting back development by trillions of dollars.

Addressing Global Mental Health Challenges and Finding Solutions

Inka Weissbecker | Posted 04.18.2016 | Impact
Inka Weissbecker

Francis spent two years with his foot tied to a wooden log in a shed. He suffered from psychosis but his family was unable to help him because they ha...

After 6 Months, the U.S. Has Welcomed A Whopping 13 Percent of its Syrian Refugee Goal

Matthew La Corte | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Matthew La Corte

The federal government has taken steps to ramp up resettlement in recent weeks, but the tremendous effort it will take to reach both goals remains lofty. In fact, we are currently on pace to resettle fewer refugees than last year despite the 2016 goal being 15,000 more.

Dodging Bombs And Building Trust in Yemen

UN Women | Posted 03.24.2016 | World
UN Women

It's 6 a.m. and the sound of airstrikes startle her awake. She rushes to the window, which is shielded in plastic to protect the 110 staff living in this UN compound from shrapnel. She breathes a sigh of relief.

European Enlightenment and Humanism in Danger: Refugee Crisis

Sayed Hassan Akhlaq | Posted 03.22.2016 | World
Sayed Hassan Akhlaq

As the number of refugees worldwide continues to increase, Western nations struggle to show off their true humanism and the Enlightenment in the face ...

Fall of the Liberal-Humanitarian Agenda

Saad Khan | Posted 03.10.2016 | World
Saad Khan

Although fraught with challenges, the very promise of greater priority to human rights and socio-economic freedoms seemed enticing. Ironically, however, the promise has lately been eclipsed by hardcore realism.

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.

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Test of Our Common Humanity

Gaurav Krishnan | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Gaurav Krishnan

The attitude of rejection stems from fear and a desire to exploit fear, which is something all decent-minded citizens cannot allow. We must show compassion for those who need our help, and not act out of fear, ignorance and a misplaced sense of self-preservation.

Half of Syrian Children Don't Go To School. This Needs to Change.

Michael Klosson | Posted 02.01.2016 | World
Michael Klosson

Making sure that Syrian children are learning is the right thing to do. It also protects children and youth from being exploited by child labor, early marriage, and recruitment by armed groups.

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.

Bowie: A World Class Humanitarian

David L. Phillips | Posted 01.13.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

I met David Bowie in 1994, during the war in Bosnia. Bowie was deeply troubled by ethnic cleansing of Bosniak Muslims by Croats and Serbs.

Stop the New Arms Race Before It's Too Late

Beatrice Fihn | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics
Beatrice Fihn

If nuclear war happened today, it wouldn't be two blocks of states challenging each other in a deadly arms race, but also the "new kids on the nuclear block," such as India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea.

Building Bridges: Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination

Louis Belanger | Posted 03.09.2016 | Impact
Louis Belanger

By definition, humanitarians are not the biggest supporters of the military. The aid community also tend to fiercely defend its independence and impartiality, especially in conflict areas. Still, the reality is that in many humanitarian emergencies, the military is indeed very useful.

How to Help Syrian Refugees this Holiday Season

MeiMei Fox | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Kate Lincoln is a child protection lawyer in the UK who came to Leros this summer on vacation. But upon learning about the refugee crisis there, she felt called to stay and serve. She has been working with the refugees ever since.