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Humanitarian Aid

It's Time for a Serious Discussion About Syria: The People

Lori J. Bertman | Posted 11.07.2013 | Impact
Lori J. Bertman

I have some great news, folks! You don't have to wait for a congressional vote to do something to help Syrian refugees and displaced families. You can act right now.

Staggering Human Suffering in Another Regional Conflict We Can't Ignore

Sharon Waxman | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Sharon Waxman

Congo's repeated history of violence, including rapes and other atrocities committed against civilian populations, with little to no prosecution and conviction, has encouraged a system of retribution and resorting to violence.

Missile Strikes or No Missile Strikes, Syrians Are Desperate

Jeremy Barnicle | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
Jeremy Barnicle

Will there be a Western-led missile strike in response? What would such a strike lead to? Regardless of the answers to these questions, one fact is crystal clear: Syrians are going to continue suffering massively, at least in the near-term, and the world is failing to meet their needs.

Humanitarian Missiles Are Superior to Cruise Missiles

Marc Gopin | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics
Marc Gopin

To be truly competitive with the unwinnable military options we must now inject not just food into the mouths of the innocent, but inject empowerment and preparation for a future into a dying and desperate people.

60 Years Ago This Month: The Israeli Navy Lay the Foundations for a Long Tradition of Humanitarian Aid

David Saranga | Posted 10.22.2013 | World
David Saranga

Sixty years ago this month, long before the Internet was invented, Greece was devastated by one of the most powerful earthquakes Europe had ever experienced.

The Cost of Inaction in Syria: Saying 'No' to Masa

Dominic MacSorley | Posted 10.16.2013 | Impact
Dominic MacSorley

We have a responsibility to the innocent who have been caught in the relentless barrage from all sides, their lives destroyed and lost, and to their host communities, also feeling the weight of the war every day.

Well, There's a Wide Wide World of Noble Causes

Leila de Bruyne | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Leila de Bruyne

I met a woman the other day at a cocktail party in Boston. She seemed fun and funny, probably in her late 40's, she had pale skin and freckles, re...

The Power of Women

Roberta Gately | Posted 09.23.2013 | Women
Roberta Gately

Whoever the woman was who influenced you the most, remember her, carry her in your heart and pass on the light she shared with you to another.

Finding Inspiration

Roberta Gately | Posted 09.01.2013 | Books
Roberta Gately

While Afghanistan's ethnic and border wars have long shaped its violent and stubborn history, it has unfairly colored the world's view of its citizens as well. But the reality is that the Afghans I know are at once both resilient and graceful, and it was these inspiring qualities I hoped to bring to my novel.

In Lebanon, Refugees and Residents Alike Struggle to Survive

Sharon Waxman | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
Sharon Waxman

While the humanitarian community must first respond to the most vulnerable refugees -- women, children and those not registered with the UN -- it must take a long-term view. This requires stepped up support for local social service providers.

Rabble Rousing Optimists: Sinclair and Schrode

Erin Schrode | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Erin Schrode

What happens when a classically trained British architect develops an interest in social, cultural, and humanitarian design? Architecture for Humanity is born.

T Girl

Sue Averill | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
Sue Averill

I was a 25-year veteran of various emergency departments and had been involved in volunteer work for about five years, but never in Africa, never for this long and never doing this type of work.

For Syrian Refugees, the War Behind, the Recovery Ahead

Margaret Aguirre | Posted 07.14.2013 | World
Margaret Aguirre

Aicha gazes out the window, her crystal blue eyes taking in the gray sky outside the hospital near the Syrian border in Jordan, where she has been recovering for a month now. She was badly injured after her house in Dara'a, Syria was destroyed in a mortar attack.

Cognitive Earthquake: Who's Really in Need?

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.30.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

As described in a forthcoming article in Psychological Science, across all scenarios volunteers felt that they should give much more generously when a disaster had a high death toll. That is, donors were highly sensitive to fatalities, and unfazed by the actual numbers of needy.

The Obama Algorithm*

Malu Halasa | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Malu Halasa

Obama's unwillingness to intervene and the lack of international pressure (both the US and Russia) on the Bashar Al-Assad regime has propelled the situation to the point where it is now spiralling out of control for both sides, the regime and the opposition.

World Malaria Day and 3 Things You Can Do to Help

Joseph Peterson | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
Joseph Peterson

According to the World Health Organization, 650,000 people still die every year from this preventable disease, and most of those people are children under five years of age. Stop here and let that sink in: 650,000.

Hissen, a Brave Boy

Dr. Raghu Venugopal | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Dr. Raghu Venugopal

In medicine, we are taught to examine a patient by first looking and then palpating (or touching). Next, we percuss (a gentle knocking on the patient which often is not needed) and then we auscultate (or listen with our stethoscope). The routine is unconscious after doing it enough.

The Good, the Bad, and the Budget: What President Obama's Plan Means for Foreign Aid

Jeremy Kadden | Posted 06.10.2013 | Impact
Jeremy Kadden

His plan includes boosts to some health and development programs, and overall higher funding levels for foreign assistance than what Congress has put forward. But his funding recommendation is still a decrease from previous years, and specific cuts are cause for concern.

Reshaping the business of social change

Monique Villa | Posted 06.10.2013 | Impact
Monique Villa

Profit and social progress go hand in hand, not their own ways. They happen together. There is no reason why a company cannot boost its competitiveness while also creating value within society.

My Miserable Week in North Korea as a VIP Guest

Richard Walden | Posted 06.04.2013 | World
Richard Walden

After more than 30 years of humanitarian aid operations in some of the world's most dangerous and/or autocratically-run places, I felt that it was at least worth a try to see what access an international NGO could have to people in need.

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Need Our Help

Linda Mason | Posted 06.02.2013 | World
Linda Mason

Imagine the population of your town swelling with war refugees by 25 percent in one year - or even doubling or tripling in size. Imagine the competition for work, housing, and social and medical services.

Mahmood Digs U2

Dr. Raghu Venugopal | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
Dr. Raghu Venugopal

Nothing beats having fun in medicine and helping a child get through a potentially painful procedure. Was it Bono in action on stage, a great song by an incredible band or a cool little gizmo that helped Mahmood and me get this test done?

How Illness Can Make Us Better

Riva Greenberg | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Illness bestows for many, and perhaps particularly for young people, deeper wells of compassion, maturity and the desire to make a difference in the world.

Nonprofit: The Real Reason Aid Doesn't Reach The Poorest

www.takepart.com | Posted 02.14.2013 | Impact

When academics or the media criticize aid organizations for inefficiencies or promises unfulfilled, I think about the vast and endlessly tangled compl...

To Meet Immediate Needs of the Syrian People, Access Is Paramount

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
Nancy Lindborg

The women of Syria and their children -- the families who have been displaced two or three times -- urgently need our help, and it is our responsibility as the international community to push harder than ever for the access we need to reach them.