Liberia: Aid group starts Ebola education drive in Liberia
The charity hopes to reach two million people with vital information in how to try to protect themselves against the deadly disease. It will work with partners to train 1000 volunteers in the country who will mobilise 2500 community task forces, made up of 50,000 trusted community members...
Syria: Just like disaster victims, Syrian refugees need aid
AMERICANS ARE a remarkably generous people when it comes to natural disasters. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, private citizens gave an estimated $1.4 billion, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. An estimated $2 billion poured in to help those displaced by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. But when it comes to man-made disasters, the giving drops considerably.
Liberia: Portland’s Mercy Corps launches Ebola campaign
Portland-based humanitarian aid service Mercy Corps launched a massive public health campaign in Liberia Thursday morning in the fight against Ebola. The campaign aims to educate more than two million people — more than half the country’s population — on how to prevent the spread of Ebola...
West Bank and Gaza: What it’s like to build a startup in Gaza as the bombs drop
Mariam Abultewi is sitting at a small wooden desk, pitching her company’s smartphone app, when the airstrike hits. A laptop sits in front of her, and a whiteboard hangs nearby, filled with colored scribbles. Several other twenty-somethings sit at desks across the room. Most are typing on their own laptops, and one draws animations on a tablet, as a few colleagues watch over his shoulder. A familiar chirp bounces from desk to desk—the sound of messages arriving on Facebook...
Indonesia: Resilience planning – some do’s and don’ts
Among the topics being discussed at the 2014 World Climate Week in New York City (22-26 September), are financing resilient cities, corporate actions for resilience, the ways data can support resilience moves, and women’s leadership in resilience planning. IRIN looks at some of the successes, failures and pitfalls in resilience planning...
South Sudan: Rebuilding commerce amid South Sudan’s conflict
Across South Sudan, where a civil war has raged since December 2013, once vibrant open-air markets are struggling to keep stores open. Many merchants have stopped trading and their customers cannot easily access or afford the supplies they need. In months past, some markets have been entirely empty – no sorghum, no maize, no oil, no salt. The daily transactions on which growth and progress depend have been paralysed...
West Bank and Gaza: BBC World Service
Listen to the full interview here ▸
7 ways to make 2014 safer for aid workers
The global aid industry marked World Humanitarian Day on Tuesday, when new data showed that 2013 was the most dangerous year yet in the profession, with a total of 155 lives lost — almost a third more than a decade earlier. As the United Kingdom held its first national commemoration of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, an event hosted by the London-based Overseas Development Institute uncovered new research suggesting aid organizations could do much more to prevent violence against their staff...
Iraq: Iraq crisis: August 14 as it happened
...Since August 2, UNICEF and partners (ACTED, DRC, Mercy Corps, NRC and Save the Children) have distributed humanitarian aid to 73,452 children....
Syria: World Humanitarian Day 2014
On World Humanitarian Day, as reports show attacks on aid workers reach an all-time high, the BBC speaks with Rae McGrath, Mercy Corps' Director of Emergency Response in Turkey and Syria, and Larissa Fast, author of 'Aid in Danger: The Perils and Promise of Humanitarianism', about how humanitarian aid is delivered in conflict zones and the dangers that aid workers face.