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Humanitarian Crisis

Standing with the People of the Central African Republic for a Stronger Future

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 04.02.2014 | World
Nancy Lindborg

With a total population of about 750,000, almost 400,000 people in Bagui are displaced and 100,000 people are now huddled in an encampment by the airport, seeking refuge from a vicious cycle of attacks and lawlessness.

5 Ways Outer Space Taught Us About Earth in 2013

Lauren Lyons | Posted 02.28.2014 | Science
Lauren Lyons

Some of the stories that most need telling are not the big-ticket tales of human spaceflight and new exoplanet discoveries. For most people, it's the less flashy things that can mean the most in the lives of people right down here on Earth.

Wired Humanitarianism

Robert Muggah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Robert Muggah

The humanitarian community finds itself looking inward as it confronts twenty-first century emergencies. Some of the old guard worry that the explosive growth of relief and development organizations is diminishing their efficiency and effectiveness and in some cases politicizing aid.

Understanding Humanitarian Disasters Through Citizen Communication

Jakob Rogstadius | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Jakob Rogstadius

Being able to tap into local populations for real-time country-wide monitoring can be particularly attractive, as trusted international monitors are often few and far apart, but can quickly be relocated to confirm emerging stories.

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.

The Flaw In Many Humanitarian Arguments For War | Posted 05.20.2013 | Impact

Prior to the Iraq War, the war in Libya, and any intervention we may or may not undertake in Syria, some hawks insistently argue(d) that there is a hu...

2013: The Beginning Of The End Of Hunger

Tom Arnold | Posted 03.25.2013 | Impact
Tom Arnold

The IF campaign focuses on four "ifs" that could free millions from the cycle of hunger and food insecurity... if we can make them a reality.

Sahel Calling: A Film and Project

Ariel Bleth | Posted 12.25.2012 | Impact
Ariel Bleth

Despite the militant occupation in the north which bans the creation and enjoyment of music (even Tuareg music is banned in Tuareg land), and despite the widespread shortage of food and water, musicians will continue to sing.

A Public Ready to Act Against Genocide, in Syria and Beyond

Mark Penn | Posted 09.23.2012 | World
Mark Penn

Conventional wisdom has it that our country is turning inward. But with dramatic global events that often unfold on the Internet, the public seems to have a heightened awareness of the risk of genocide and other kinds of mass atrocities -- and want our leaders to act.

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.

Genocide and Starvation in Sudan Is Getting Worse... and There Is Something We Can Do

Greta Van Susteren | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
Greta Van Susteren

Our politicians are consumed with the crisis in Syria and the suffering there, but I would like to draw their attention to the crisis in Sudan, too. I know we can't police the world, but there is a simply solution worth exploring.

Open Humanitarian Initiative: Improving Disaster Response

William Brindley | Posted 06.25.2012 | Impact
William Brindley

Why is it so important that data be widely accessible during a disaster? Imagine that you're in a coastal region reeling from the aftermath of a tsunami. You may be trapped under rubble or in desperate need of medical attention, food and water.

George Clooney, Congressmen To Protest At Sudan Embassy

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 05.16.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON — George Clooney and his father were arrested Friday during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy, and the actor said he has asked P...

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.

The Prophet Is Dead: Juche and the Future of North Korea

Amarnath Amarasingam | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Amarnath Amarasingam

Little has been written about North Korea's driving state ideology - the "Juche idea" - and the clues it may hold for predicting the nature of post-Kim Jong Il North Korea

Does Your Aid Count?

Princess Haya Al Hussein | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Princess Haya Al Hussein

If in the last few years you got out your checkbook or credit card and donated to help rebuild Haiti, rescue Pakistanis from floods or fund a school in Tanzania, your contribution did not make its way into global aid figures.

When War Stops, the Impact on the Environment Lives On

Erin Patrick | Posted 01.04.2012 | Green
Erin Patrick

One of war's consequences -- and sometimes its cause -- is the destruction of natural resources.

Appalachian Coalfield Leaders Turn Tables at Congressional Hearing on Mountaintop Removal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 11.26.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In gut-wrenching testimonies on the economic costs and humanitarian crisis related to mountaintop removal operations, two Appalachian coalfield leaders turned the tables on an EPA-bashing Natural Resources House Committee hearing in Charleston today.

Joshua Hersh

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

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.

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 | 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...

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...

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.

The Reagan and Obama "Doctrines" vs. the State Department

Allan Gerson | Posted 06.06.2011 | World
Allan Gerson

In considering the response of President Obama and the State Department to the Libya crisis, immediate parallels to Ronald Reagan's Grenada experience come to mind.