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Humanitarian Aid

What Washington Should Learn From the Death of Aid Workers in Afghanistan

Lisa Schirch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

The massacre of humanitarians this week shows that there are dangers in shedding security and stepping out onto Afghanistan's dusty roads. Yet US military personnel are taking far more risks.

Disaster Politics: The American Reaction to Pakistan's Floods

Nimmi Gowrinathan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nimmi Gowrinathan

There appears to be a complex formulation of political and religious requirements that must be met before the media glare focuses on a natural disaster abroad and Americans reach into their pockets.

The Humanitarian-Military Complex

James Denselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Denselow

The chaos of a war zone combined with the financial attraction of an invasion led by the world's remaining superpower has proved a potent mix for a multitude of NGOs to flock to Afghanistan.

As Evidence of Waterborne Diseases in Pakistan's Hardest-Hit Communities Grows, World Vision Says "situation is desperate"

World Vision | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
World Vision

• World Vision opens emergency health clinic in Lower Dir • Growing number of children already reported to have skin diseases, eye infections • ...

Double Catastrophe for People in Pakistan Swat Valley

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

People in the Swat Valley in Northern Pakistan hit by the catastrophic floods were only just recovering from the conflict that forced them from their homes last year.

Six Months On, Haitian Moms Still Need Health Care

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

This is how things get done in Haiti. It is a system threaded together with grants and goodwill, hinging on the booms and busts of the global economy and the ebb and flow of natural disaster.

The G-8 and G-20: Translating Documents Into Action

Manisha Singh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Manisha Singh

The G-8 and newly relevant G-20 summit meetings generated a lot of documents. Documents which evaluate and discuss where we are and where we should be on a myriad of global development challenges.

Overcoming Cultural Barriers With Sound Economics

Sarah Cliffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Cliffe

Once economic necessity lowers cultural barriers, women can use the opportunity to renegotiate power relations within the household and the community.

World Vision Responds to G20 Communiqué

World Vision | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
World Vision

Commends creation of G20 Working Group on Development Concerned development continues to take back seat to heavy focus on economic growth Welcomes r...

Photo Blog: Niger Food Crisis

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

More than ten million people across West Africa are facing severe hunger and malnutrition because of drought, poor harvests and rising food prices.

The Supreme Court: Working for Peace Is a Prosecutable Offense

Kay Guinane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kay Guinane

While nobody would argue that the government shouldn't take all necessary and justifiable steps to prevent terrorism, what rational person would argue that turning extremists away from violence runs contrary to that goal?

What Skills and Experience Would YOU Want From a Voluntourist?

Saundra Schimmelpfennig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Saundra Schimmelpfennig

Before traveling overseas to lead an aid project or volunteer, think about what factors would lead to success or failure by a foreign volunteer in your own country.

Fathers Can Stop Violence, Too

Dr. Paul Zeitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paul Zeitz

This weekend I, like many other fathers in this country, had the joy of celebrating Father's Day with my family. As Dad to five sons, I take special pleasure in helping them to become positive forces in the world.

Aid worker diary - Zimbabweans must be allowed to thrive, not just survive

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

My colleague Karen Palmer from Oxfam Canada has just returned from Zimbabwe on a two weeks visit. Her thoughts on the dire situation the cuontry now f...

Dealing with the Rainy Season in Haiti -- A Dusty First Move

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

We recently found out that the government of Haiti identified a site for temporary location of homeless people living in flood-prone settlements in Port-au-Prince. They took two months to identify the site and we had one week to prepare it.

NextGen Africa: What's Next for Africa's 50 Million Orphans?

Christine Huang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine Huang

Of the 2.2 billion children that populate the world, 163 million of them are parentless. It's a staggering number -- and one that continues to grow with the persistence of disease, poverty, and warfare.

Healing Kids in Haiti Pt. 2

James S. Gordon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James S. Gordon

We talk in today's workshop with Haitian kids at the hospital, do drawings, and talk more about what they've drawn. My French is emerging from the cav...

Photo IDs and Mobile Phones: Secret Weapons in Niger's Fight Against Hunger

Amanda McClelland | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amanda McClelland

Results from this innovative program and research will be valuable for analyzing the cost effectiveness of cash interventions in food emergencies.

The ICC Review Conference, the Crime of Aggression, and International Criminal Justice

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rahim Kanani

ICC Review Conference is an historic convening of the highest order for furthering the ultimate goal of ending impunity for the world's gravest crimes.

VIDEO: Austria Protests Israel Attack on Gaza Aid Convoy

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Rihanna may have raved about her "amazing" trip to Israel several days ago, but most of the rest of the world, and namely Europe, isn't as impressed w...

The New Charity Paradigm: Gaza Freedom Flotilla Delivers Aid Plus Political Agenda

Blake Bromley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Blake Bromley

The Gaza Freedom flotilla is evidence of the shift that's taking place in international humanitarian aid. Since 2001, governments have declared aid organizations to be combatants when they help organizations considered to be terrorists.

Israeli Attack on Gaza Aid Ship Offers Obama Golden, but Risky Opportunity

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Israel may be the only country in the world that can wage a war without fear of political isolation or economic consequence.

Not For Profit: How Hamas Sabotages the Gaza Charities

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hani Almadhoun

The recent robbery of some $270,000 from a Gaza humanitarian organization is just the latest case of Hamas interfering with area NGOs. Such bullying acts make it a lot harder to get aid to those most in need.

Bring Back the Kitchen Mamas

Isobel Coleman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Isobel Coleman

If humanitarian organizations hope to deliver on their mission of providing relief to the people, and if the tide of extremism is to be stemmed in Somalia, then try bringing back the kitchen mamas.

Working with communities to rebuild Haiti - Oxfam is there

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Louis Belanger

Marcel Stoessel is Oxfam Great Britain's Humanitarian lead in Haiti Oxfam continues to work closely with Haitian communities in the aftermath of Ja...