West Bank and Gaza: Israel-Gaza conflict: UN spokesman Chris Gunness breaks down on camera after shelling on Jabaliya school
'The injustice of it all is enough to make any heart burst' The full horror of the situation in a UN school where at least 19 people lost their lives and another 125 were wounded in dawn strikes proved too much for UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) spokesmen Chris Gunness, who broke down on camera after describing the human impact of the conflict between Israel and Gaza....
West Bank and Gaza: Aid agency roundup: Gaza crisis 'spiralling out of control'
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday, saying Hamas militants breached the truce soon after it came in effect and apparently captured an Israeli officer while killing two other soldiers. Renewed Israeli shelling killed more than 50 Palestinians and wounded some 220, hospital officials said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called his security cabinet into special session and publicly warned Hamas and other militant groups they would "bear the consequences of their actions"...
West Bank and Gaza: Edinburgh charity workers risk their lives in Gaza
IT is a war which has shocked the world, as stark images of the horrors in Gaza highlight a conflict seemingly without end, and one which in just a few weeks has claimed thousands of lives and torn thousands more from their homes and families.
Liberia: Youth engagement in development: Time for the golden triangle to become a square?
The formation of government, private and public sectors is often referred to as the golden triangle, but the push for youth to be more centered in development initiatives means there might need to be another point to the three-sided shape. “Maybe the triangle could become a square,” said Andrea Koppel, vice president of global engagement and policy for Mercy Corps, in response to the question of how to better engage youth in development efforts...
West Bank and Gaza: Israel bombards Hamas symbols, power plant in Gaza
Israeli forces pounded Hamas symbols of control and Gaza's only power plant in one of the heaviest bombardments in the three-week conflict, trying to raise pressure on the Islamist group to accept Israel's terms for a cease-fire. A strike early Tuesday engulfed the power plant in flames, forcing it to shut down and leaving many of the Palestinian territory's 1.8 million people without electricity. To Gazans, the attack on such a vital lifeline seemed aimed at weakening Palestinian support for the extended conflict both sides say they are ready to fight.
West Bank and Gaza: 'All we can do is help people survive ... and wait'
It has been all over the news this week - an UNRWA (the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees) school in Beit Hanoun was bombed. Women and children who had taken refuge from the shelling that has continued unabated for the last 20 days, were killed. That day, our teams were in the same area delivering parcels and supplies to families hiding from the current violence. That day we were lucky, we were not at that school.
Central African Republic: NGOs seek 'hope' in new EU multidonor trust fund for CAR
Nongovernmental organizations welcome the European Union's initiative to set up a multidonor trust fund for the conflict-ridden Central African Republic, but they are still waiting how the mechanism will play out in practice, and if it will be able to meet its objectives.
Indonesia: 5 ways cities are preparing for rising sea levels
Man-made climate change is happening, and while there's an overwhelming amount of scientific evidence proving its existence, there isn't international consensus among governments and economic superpowers about how to stop it. But instead of waiting for the worst to happen, architects, urban planners and engineers around the world are designing and maintaining systems to handle one of climate change's most destructive byproducts: rising sea levels...
Why management reform is sexy
I have a confession to make. I may have a serious day job fighting for better policies to help vulnerable people around the world, but after hours I’m an avid consumer of tabloids. Grocery store check-out lines – the longer the better. Hair salons – I don’t mind waiting. Airport kiosks are my preferred venue for binge reading. I’d choose a salacious, rumor-mongering US magazine over the more serious, well-sourced Foreign Affairs any day of the week.
Syria: In defiance of Damascus, aid goes cross-border to rebel-held areas
The warehouse off a dusty back road near the Turkish frontier is vast. Large wooden crates are stacked and ready for delivery to the desperate and displaced inside Syria. This is the operations hub for Mercy Corps, a U.S.-based charity, and one of the largest aid providers to civilians in rebel-held areas in northern Syria. There are many other aid organizations working on a multimillion-dollar cross-border aid operation funded by Western governments, including the U.S. For the first time, aid officials are talking about the program openly.