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Humanitarian Aid

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...

Libya: What Few People Witness

Michel Gabaudan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michel Gabaudan

While the international community has shown a sincere commitment to protect civilians in Libya, the next step is to ensure that all displaced Libyans can access food, shelter and medical assistance.

Empowering People In Need By Donating Cash, Not Goods

Cormac Staunton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Cormac Staunton

There are differences and debates as to the extent to which these should be provided, but most people agree that the best way to provide this assistance is through money, rather than goods.

Japan and Beyond: Advice for Donating After Disasters

Saundra Schimmelpfennig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Saundra Schimmelpfennig

A series of dos and don'ts to help you make the best donation decisions after a disaster, like the current crisis in Japan.

U.N.: 1 Million In Libya Will Need Aid

AP/The Huffington Post | By JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GENEVA (AP) -- Up to 1 million foreign workers and others trapped in Libya are expected to need emergency aid because of fighting in the North African...

World Vision CEO Charts Course, Spirit For Nonprofit Sector

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rahim Kanani

In a recent interview with Richard E. Stearns, President and CEO of World Vision U.S., we discussed faith, nonprofit leadership and the future of nonprofit management.

Human Security Is National Security: Reflections From Liberia On Budget Battles And Saving Lives

Eric Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Eric Schwartz

The federal budget debates -- and current proposals to massively cut the kind of U.S. assistance that has helped save Liberians and is helping to sustain Ivorian refugees -- seem very close at hand.

What Do the Budget Battles Mean for Latin America?

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Haugaard

How will the House Republican leadership's proposal for this year's budget affect Latin America and U.S. relations with the region? What a colleague and I found is alarming.

The U.S. Should Immediately Provide Humanitarian Relief to Libya and Can Easily Do So

Thomas Lipscomb | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Thomas Lipscomb

Rather than the embarrassing administrative flip flops we saw during President Obama's "considering" of the freedom demonstrations in Tahrir Square, initiating humanitarian aid should be a no-brainer.

The U.S. Should Immediately Provide Humanitarian Relief to Libya and Can Easily Do So

Thomas Lipscomb | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Thomas Lipscomb

Rather than the embarrassing administrative flip flops we saw during President Obama's "considering" of the freedom demonstrations in Tahrir Square, initiating humanitarian aid should be a no-brainer.

The Promise of Mobile Technology

William Brindley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
William Brindley

This year's Mobile World Congress agenda examines how mobile communications have changed healthcare through its seminars on remote monitoring and the technology of mobile health.

Egypt, Lebanon and the Humanitarian Impact of Political Turmoil

David Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Weiss

We will watch Egypt in the hope that it will lead to genuine democracy. But we cannot forget the existing humanitarian crises that are so often created alongside political change.

Egypt Tremors Felt in Gaza

Bill_Corcoran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

There is little doubt the events unfolding in Cairo are reverberating across the region. Gaza, which shares a border with Egypt, has already felt it.

"Off the Map" Is Off the Mark

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
MP Nunan

I've got a litmus test for whether a film or television show focusing on aid-workers, journalists or policy wonks is going to be a worthy representati...

Genesis of Haiti's Second Humanitarian Disaster

Margaret Aguirre | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Margaret Aguirre

When cases of cholera began to emerge in late October, it would prove much more difficult to sound the alarm that a new catastrophe was in our midst and demanded our attention.

Learning From Shattered Haiti's Year of Struggle

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

No one knows where Haiti is headed, but the nation has survived other shock waves. The quake opened the next historical chapter, which began over two centuries ago when the black resistance made European empires tremble.

Not enough colère against cholera

Jane Regan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jane Regan

Now they are saying we have 3,481 killed by cholera. It is doubtless many more... But in any case, these are just numbers to newspaper readers and ra...