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Humanitarian Aid

The Life Out Loud: Mama Hope Wants to Change How Aid Is Delivered

MeiMei Fox | Posted 10.04.2011 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Most NGOs operate according to a top-down model, Nyla and Amy explain. Officials decide what the locals need. The NGO builds the project and then leaves. But Mama Hope works in just the opposite way.

"Your Son Is Not Sick. He Just Needs to Eat."

Louis Belanger | Posted 10.01.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

A famine? How did we get there? How did we let the situation deteriorate so that people are actually dying of hunger?

Joshua Hersh

Somalia Famine: Fewer Refugees Making It To Food Supplies, Aid Workers Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.28.2011 | World

The number of refugees pouring out of famine-stricken Somalia has greatly reduced in recent days, aid workers in the region say -- and that may not be...

7 Ways U.S. Can Help Somalia

George Rupp | Posted 09.27.2011 | Impact
George Rupp

The United Nations has declared a famine in the Horn of Africa, surprising no one who works in the region. As early as August 2010 there were indicati...

Dusty Broom Closets in Congo: Rethinking Programming to Combat Sexual Violence

Mark Canavera | Posted 09.27.2011 | Impact
Mark Canavera

It was a stuffy, windowless broom closet like any other -- replete with empty cardboard boxes, threadbare rags, mops, and of course brooms. "This is where we counsel rape victims," said the center manager.

Offensive Launched To Protect Somalian Aid From Al Qaeda Militants

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 09.27.2011 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia — African Union troops fought house-to-house battles with militants Thursday to clear space for aid groups bringing in food s...

Joshua Hersh

U.S. Struggles To Delivery Aid To Al-Shabaab-Controlled Areas of Somalia

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.20.2011 | World

WASHINGTON – International organizations working to mitigate the devastating famine conditions in Somalia are actively looking for alternative solut...

U.N. Aid Groups Face $4.3 Billion Shortfall

AP | Posted 09.19.2011 | World

GENEVA -- The United Nations says it faces a $4.3 billion shortfall in helping the 50 million people worldwide in need of emergency food, shelter and ...

11 Million People in Need

Donald Steinberg | Posted 09.14.2011 | World
Donald Steinberg

The sight of families stumbling into the camps after days of exodus through the desert and receiving their first nutritious meals in months is heart-breaking. We will pursue a coordinated, forceful and comprehensive response.

Joshua Hersh

USAID Chief: Climate Change, Food Prices Spur East Africa Famine

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.12.2011 | World

The long-suffering nations in the Horn of East Africa are enduring the worst drought conditions in more than half a century, and are at risk of "massi...

Drought in Horn of Africa

Louis Belanger | Posted 09.10.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

What is unfolding in Eastern Africa is the worst food crisis to hit the region in decades and Oxfam is concerned that large numbers of lives could soon be lost.

Celebrating Independence And Honoring God -- Half A World Away

Richard Stearns | Posted 09.07.2011 | Religion
Richard Stearns

More than 8 million people in the Republic of South Sudan will celebrate their first Independence Day on July 9. It is only a beginning of a long road for this new nation's people to live up to their potential.

Time to Lift Ban on Conflict Resolution Programs, Humanitarian Aid Operating in Hot Spots

Kay Guinane | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Kay Guinane

Like Batman's enemy Two-Face, the United States government has two sides when it comes to national security and the work of charities and other nonprofit groups.

Andrea Stone

NGOs In Afghanistan React To Obama Drawdown, Worry About Security

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 08.23.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Humanitarian aid groups in Afghanistan reacted to President Barack Obama's plan to begin pulling U.S. troops out of that country this su...

Accelerating Progress to Help the World's Orphans

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 08.06.2011 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

I am reminded painfully of how children essentially can end up lost in rhetoric and good intentions. Agencies are well-meaning, but slow-moving and bureaucratic.

Handicap International Renews Focus On Humanitarian Aid

Rahim Kanani | Posted 07.21.2011 | Impact
Rahim Kanani

Dr. Richardier was responsible for Handicap International's involvement as a founder of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which was collectively awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.

MADRE's Vision for Women Worldwide

Clare Richardson | Posted 07.20.2011 | Impact
Clare Richardson

For AOL's Monster Help Day, I volunteered at MADRE sorting donations of eyeglasses, contact lenses and cleaning solutions to be sent to doctors in Nicaragua.

WATCH: Relief Agencies Use Mapping Technology To Help Those In Need

Posted 07.19.2011 | Impact

When disaster strikes, the need for quality, updated information becomes crucial to the success of relief efforts. Map Action speeds this process al...

On Italian Island, Refugees Wait at Intersection of Europe's Hope and Fear

Michelle Chen | Posted 07.17.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

The unrest in Tunisia and Libya have turned Lampedusa into a makeshift Ellis Island. Several thousand have arrived from Tunisia, and there's a growing wave from Libya. No one knows when they'll be allowed to leave, or who will accept them.

The Birth Pangs of the World's Newest Country: The Republic of South Sudan

Lee Bycel | Posted 07.11.2011 | World
Lee Bycel

I am here to witness and understand what will happen here in the months to happen -- and to try and grasp what it will take on a human and political level.

Haiti: Seeding "Reconstruction" or Seeding Destruction?

Jane Regan | Posted 07.01.2011 | Green
Jane Regan

About a month ago, a team of journalists in Haiti released a nine-article study of a massive seed distribution that took place after the earthquake la...

Aid Agencies Must Listen to the People They're Helping

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 06.21.2011 | Impact
Nicholas van Praag

Over the years, we have seen a marked increase in the focus on accountability in what is now a $10 billion a year industry. But there is no systematic approach to assessing humanitarian operations through the eyes of recipients.

Everest: As Quickly As It Can Freeze You, It Can Fry You Too

Georgina Miranda | Posted 06.19.2011 | Impact
Georgina Miranda

The climb to and on the glacier was grueling. It took three hours to climb up the glacier and 1.5 hours down. The sun beat down on the ice and practically baked us in our climbing gear.

One-of-a-Kind Road Trip: An Aid Worker Diary Through Cote d'Ivoire

Louis Belanger | Posted 06.15.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

I'm part of an Oxfam team travelling to western Ivory Coast to plan how best to respond to the escalating humanitarian needs in the country. Starti...

Disaster Relief 2.0: The Impact Of Crowdsourced Maps In Humanitarian Crises

The New York Times | Posted 05.28.2011 | Impact

Digital maps assembled by far-flung networks of online volunteers through the process called crowd-sourcing have been powerful tools in humanitarian r...