• Humanitarian Aid

    As Conditions Worsen in Humanitarian Crises, Aid Workers Also Feel the Pain

    by  • January 26, 2016 • Development, Humanitarian Aid • 

    Ebola in Guinea

    The images of refugees washing up, living or dying, on the southern shores of Europe leave no humanitarians unmoved. Behind those images and others from Asia, Africa and Latin America are scores of mostly unseen relief and aid workers whose efforts to meet crises are being squeezed to the point of triage. Militants have...

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    The UN’s Demands to Stop the Violence in Yemen Fall on Deaf Ears

    by  • October 26, 2015 • Human Rights, Humanitarian Aid, Middle East, Secretary-General, Security Council • 

    Saudi led airstrike in Sana

    While the regional coalition led by Saudi Arabia continues its aerial bombardment against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, and as ground troops — from Bahrain, Sudan and United Arab Emirates — join the Saudis in the fray, the pain dealt to civilians, especially children, has been rising ever since the war began in March....

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    Vanuatu Women Track Cyclone Pam’s Damage on Subsistence Lives

    by  • April 3, 2015 • Asia, Climate and Environment, Humanitarian Aid, Women • 


    On March 13, a cyclone of historic proportions struck the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu with winds equivalent to those of a Category 5 hurricane. The story of this disaster briefly occupied the international media and then disappeared, perhaps because the death toll was surprisingly low. The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian...

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    With a New UN Resolution Approved, More Aid Could Get Inside Syria

    by  • July 14, 2014 • Humanitarian Aid, Peace and Security, Security Council • 

    Valerie Amos, UN humanitarian aid chief

    Attempting a second time this year to ease the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria as a result of its three-year civil war and no political solution in sight, the United Nations Security Council has displayed a rare unified front on the matter by passing a resolution to better ensure that aid can get through conflict...

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    The UN Has Lost the Aid-Effectiveness Race: What Is to Be Done?

    by  • March 5, 2014 • Development, Humanitarian Aid • 

    A UN-supported market in Lebanon.

    Recent events have confirmed that the United Nations has a deep reservoir of good will worldwide. But its reputation is undermined by the ineffectiveness of its development assistance. UN agencies could improve their performance by implementing effective evaluations. However, the UN cannot be judged solely on the basis of its development assistance because the...

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    UN Security Council Votes a Surprising ‘Yes’ on Syria

    by  • February 22, 2014 • Humanitarian Aid, Middle East, Security Council • 

    Valerie Amos

    The United Nations Security Council approved a breakthrough resolution to demand humanitarian-aid access in Syria, after debating the language of the text for at least a week, as Russia lobbied hard for changes to soften wording or delete passages as well as tried to postpone the vote while the Olympics are taking place in...

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    Gates and the British Government Seize the Lead for Family Planning

    by  • July 22, 2013 • Africa, Health and Population, Humanitarian Aid, Women • 1 Comment

    Birthing in Nepal

    With the world population now growing faster than predicted only two years ago by the United Nations Population Division, a campaign to make family planning and the wider provision of contraceptives higher priorities in foreign aid policy after years of neglect has taken off. But it is largely being done outside the UN system,...

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    A Tale of Sierra Leone and Striving for Transparency

    by  • June 26, 2013 • Africa, Development, Governance, Humanitarian Aid, Peace and Security, Security Council • 1 Comment

    Sierra Leone is abundant in such natural resources as diamonds, gold and iron ore, but it is making a long comeback from its civil war, in which civilians' limbs were cut off, among other atrocities. Here, Sierra Leonean soccer players.

    Britain, the world’s major center for investment in the extractive industries, is reviving the international debate on how open management of mining can prevent conflicts. The issue was raised in a Security Council meeting on June 19, after a seven-year hiatus on the subject in that setting. It was also discussed at the Group...

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    The Real Test of Mali? Holding a Presidential Election in July

    by  • June 18, 2013 • Africa, Governance, Humanitarian Aid, Peace and Security, WORLDVIEWS • 


    BAMAKO, Mali — Here in the capital, far from the fight against the Al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants in the north of the country, people are still overwhelmingly supportive of the French military intervention, which began early this year to oust the jihadists. They are also still comfortable with the presence of French and African-led...

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