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Humanitarian Aid

From Antonovs to Frisbees

Margaret Aguirre | Posted 10.09.2012 | Impact
Margaret Aguirre

It almost makes you forget this is a refugee camp and its inhabitants have endured -- and will continue to endure -- a tremendous amount of suffering. How long will they remain here? No doubt years.

Damn the Rains

Margaret Aguirre | Posted 09.29.2012 | Impact
Margaret Aguirre

As our six-seater closes in on the small outpost of Walgak, South Sudan, the thing we feared most -- short of a plane crash -- happens. It starts to rain.

HOPE After the Earthquake: Learning to Walk Again

John P. Howe, III, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2012 | Impact
John P. Howe, III, M.D.

The film below tells the story of HOPE volunteer and NYC-based physical therapist Claude Hillel. Claude left New York and traveled to Haiti where he would change countless lives for the better amid unimaginable destruction.

Chronic Crisis in the Sahel Calls for a New Approach

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Nancy Lindborg

We can't prevent what appears to be increasing cycles of drought, but we can and are working to create better solutions and build greater resilience among the most vulnerable.

Snarky Charts Explain Intersection Of Humanitarian Aid And Social Media!

Aaron Ausland | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Aaron Ausland

A lot of people think pretty deep thoughts about the nexus of humanitarian aid and social media. I'm not one of them. Nevertheless, I started blogging and tweeting about international development and humanitarian aid a couple of years ago.

Good News From Pakistan

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 08.13.2012 | World
Muqtedar Khan

Groups and individuals in Pakistan who struggle against great odds, with very limited resources, like CHEF International and Edhi Foundation, rarely receive the attention they deserve.

Foreign Aid Faces Austerity Ax

Ben Barber | Posted 08.12.2012 | Impact
Ben Barber

The global financial crisis has made foreign aid a target for budget cutters who often hear from voters "keep our aid money at home." To get more bang for less buck, aid agencies are cutting the number of costly Western aid workers sent overseas.

RIO+20 and Sustainable Agriculture: How to Feed the World Without Wrecking the Planet?

Bruce Campbell Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2012 | Green
Bruce Campbell Ph.D.

I interviewed Dr. Frank Rijsberman, the newly appointed CEO of the CGIAR Consortium, to find out how agriculture and the environment are now "best friends."

Understanding Community Development on a Global Level

Tom Murphy | Posted 08.04.2012 | Impact
Tom Murphy

I had the chance to speak with Lara Crampe, Development Officer for IIRR. She has proposed to give the talk titled "Sex, Slacktivism, and How Not to C...

The Quality of Mercy

John P. Howe, III, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2012 | Impact
John P. Howe, III, M.D.

As Americans remember the sacrifices of our military on Memorial Day, I also recall the thousands of Project HOPE volunteers dispatched across the globe over the years to bring health and healing to foreign shores.

The $25 Million Creep-Out

Richard Walden | Posted 07.22.2012 | Impact
Richard Walden

Operation USA, one of the world's most agile and innovative relief agencies, on average, runs on about $1.5M (cash) per year. That sum allows us to de...

Award-Winning Director Joshua Seftel Tells Dr. Dana Braner's Amazing 'Journey' of HOPE

John P. Howe, III, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2012 | Impact
John P. Howe, III, M.D.

HOPE on Film is a series of short films that follow the lifesaving work of Project HOPE volunteers around the world.

U.N. Strike Shows Convergence of Labor and Middle East Politics

Michelle Chen | Posted 07.15.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

In a way, this was a classic labor conflict between a public agency and workers. But UNRWA is a unique international bureaucracy, with a global budget crisis intertwined with the politics of the conflict-ridden regions it serves.

Congress Needs Bipartisan Friendships Now More Than Ever

Ambassador Tony Hall | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Ambassador Tony Hall

Bipartisan friendships don't erase our political divisions, but they do fundamentally change how political opponents view one another and engage with one another in the public arena.

On a Mission With MISSION.tv

Amy Schrier | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Amy Schrier

For some time I had been ruminating on the growing need for a humanitarian media brand, a source of content, videos, articles, photography and community that would serve as a platform for dialogue among the growing number of people interested in social action.

Killing Journalists and Aid Workers

Ben Barber | Posted 06.15.2012 | World
Ben Barber

For decades, as a reporter I had an invisible shield, allowing me to wade into bloody conflicts, interview the killers and the families of the victims. But times have indeed changed.

Medieval Times Are Alive and Well in Gaza

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 06.11.2012 | World
Hani Almadhoun

No power, no fuel, and little water: darkness is everywhere, the public is deeply distrustful, and the only people making a living are those who walk around town flaunting big guns often accompanied by a huge entourage.

Has Foreign Aid Hurt Haiti: An Interview with Mario Joseph

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 06.06.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

Mario Joseph is Haiti's most influential and respected human rights attorney. Since 1996, he has led the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port-au-Prince, which uses prominent human rights cases and a victim-centered approach in the interest of the poor majority.

CGI University 2012: Some Constructive Criticism -- The Necessity for a New Holistic Paradigm in the Humanitarian Field

Nikolas Katsimpras | Posted 06.04.2012 | College
Nikolas Katsimpras

Initiatives like this are desperately needed in our troubled times, but at the same time they should be promoting a change in a paradigm that has been tragically unsuccessful. It is time for self-assessment and constructive criticism.

Conflict in Mali Threatens to Escalate Food Crisis in Sahel Region

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
Louis Belanger

Growing insecurity in Mali and northern Nigeria is disrupting the supply of food to communities suffering from a major food crisis affecting 13 million people in West Africa.

The 21st Century Urban Disaster: How Do We Respond?

David Weiss | Posted 05.28.2012 | Impact
David Weiss

Regrettably, disasters are inevitable. But with continued investment in disaster risk reduction activities, municipal governments can mitigate the impact of those disasters when they do occur.

"Sponsor a Child" Is More Than Just a Popular Strategy to End Poverty -- It's a Deliberate, Long-Term Approach

Mark Hanlon | Posted 05.09.2012 | Impact
Mark Hanlon

There are discernable outcomes when a child is known, loved and protected out of the cycle of poverty.

Somalia: Time for a Shift in Focus

Louis Belanger | Posted 04.23.2012 | World
Louis Belanger

A new approach to Somalia is urgently needed. Somali women and men are asking for a greater say in efforts to bring about peace and security in their country.

Buying Out Our Guilts

Nikolas Katsimpras | Posted 04.18.2012 | Home
Nikolas Katsimpras

Afterwards we forget all about it, like we do after throwing a dollar in a homeless person's cup, walking away with pride, having temporarily silenced our inner voice. No questions are asked if the donated money finally reaches what it is meant for and in what way.

The Case for Reform of the Humanitarian System -- Report by Oxfam

Louis Belanger | Posted 04.07.2012 | World
Louis Belanger

The international humanitarian response system will fail to cope with the expected rise in the number of people exposed to crises unless there are more resources closer to where disasters happen and there is more investment in preventing and reducing the risk of disasters.