Syria: Live Q&A: After four years of war in Syria, what’s the plan for refugees?
In January, Syria overtook Afghanistan to become the biggest source of refugees in the world. After four years of war, 200,000 are dead, nine million have fled their homes and more people have left the country than during the wars in Iraq, Sudan and Somalia.... Panel... Benedict Dempsey, director of policy and advocacy, Mercy Corps, London, UK, @mercycorps_uk Benedict is a humanitarian advocacy, policy and media specialist with an interest in reforming the humanitarian sector to cope with future crises...
Indonesia: Why urban climate change resilience is critical to Asia
Today, more than a half of the earth’s population live in cities. As a result of climate change and urbanisation, natural and human-made disasters are increasing in frequency and intensity, and the urban poor are often the most affected by these calamities.
Afghanistan, Colombia, Somalia: What’s The Real Root Cause Of Terrorism: Poverty Or Anger?
Officials from across the country and religious figures from around the world just are wrapping up Washington for the White House’s Countering Violent Extremism Summit, a three-day event on combating terrorism. One of the topics being discussed is how aid can best be used to turn would-be supporters away from terrorist networks. For some time now, the U.S.
Afghanistan, Colombia, Somalia: Report: Injustice, not unemployment, leads to extremism
Andrea Koppel, VP of Global Engagement and Policy, spoke with CNN about Mercy Corps' new Youth & Consequences Report.
West Bank and Gaza: Gaza start-ups aim to break the siege
Gaza City - Maryam Abu Eatewi, 25, sits at a wooden desk with a group of other young women, typing on a laptop with her full attention focused on the screen in front of her. The room is filled with colourful drawings representing the women's successes and, in some cases, their dreams of leaving Gaza. The women are working on a variety of projects; in Abu Eatewi's case, she recently designed and launched a mobile app called Wasselni, a carpool and taxi-ordering network...
Afghanistan, Colombia, Somalia: ‘I Didn’t Join the Taliban Because I Was Poor, I Joined Because I Was Angry’: Report Finds Injustice, Not Unemployment, Radicalizes Youth
As the narrative has it, the millions of poor, unemployed youths living in camps and peripheries worldwide are a fertile recruiting ground for militant ideologues seeking manpower. But that narrative may need debunking — with new research suggesting that anger, more than hunger, is to blame. The radicalization of marginalized youths, who have been enlisted globally — from Afghanistan and Colombia to the suburbs of Paris and Minneapolis — is at the forefront of the national security agenda for many countries...
Afghanistan, Colombia, Somalia: 'Because I was angry': Myths around youth unemployment and stability, debunked
At the White House’s Summit on Countering Violent Extremism tomorrow, a new conversation will begin about what we know, and don’t, about deterring young people from joining the world’s terrorists, militias and rebel movements. Spoiler alert: We don’t know much. Development assistance, it is believed, can directly address the reasons young people take up arms: through vocational training, life skills development and civic engagement...
Indonesia: Connecting people to build inclusive urban climate change resilience
Asia is experiencing unprecedented urbanization — more than 750 million people live in urban areas, exceeding the combined population of the U.S. and EU. More than 50 percent of Asia’s population is expected to be urban by 2026. The growth of secondary and tertiary cities causes rapid change in land use, cost and social structures. Climate change further complicates this transformation, making many of these fast-growing cities more vulnerable to both sudden shocks such as coastal storms, and to slow onset stresses like rising sea level or shifting disease patterns...
Liberia: Ebola Outbreak a New Case Study for Global Disaster Fundraising
The Ebola outbreak that began in Guinea in March 2014 and spread through West Africa and beyond has stretched government agencies and international health organizations in unprecedented ways. The world has turned a corner on the epidemic: The World Health Organization said Thursday there have been fewer than 100 new cases in a week in the three most affected countries. But the fight isn’t over. And among the 8,810 people killed by the disease were nearly 500 health-care workers...
DR Congo: Much aid, little long-term impact in DRC
NAIROBI, 27 January 2015 (IRIN) - Aid agencies have sunk hundreds of millions of dollars into eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in the past two decades. But seeing little long-term impact or prospect of stability, some are now calling for an overhaul of the way aid is delivered in the long-troubled region.