Anti-terrorist finance rules exact toll on aid to conflict zones
WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Western governments tighten the noose on anti-terrorist financing, aid groups say the crackdown is exacting a toll on humanitarian programs in war-torn regions. The international women's rights group Madre twice in the past year could not get funds transferred to Iraq for its gender-based violence program. It had to fly the Iraq director for to Istanbul to collect his paycheck, said Lisa Davis, Madre's human rights advocacy director...
Iraq: Year after Mosul capture, millions of Iraqis still need basic food and shelter
A year after Islamic State militants took control of Mosul, the number of Iraqis who have fled the besieged northern city has ballooned to more than a million people in need of basic food, water and shelter, Mercy Corps’ Iraq country director said Wednesday. “Mosul is pretty much cut off because of (Islamic State) control,” said Steve Claborne by phone from Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish region where many displaced Iraqis now reside in camps. “Very few people are actually returning to Mosul at this point, so those people who are still there are stuck...
Foundations in Global Crises: How to go from ‘Constructive’ to ‘Consequential'
As the leader of a global humanitarian NGO, I think the Global Philanthropy Forum’s theme “Disruptors and Decision Makers” is exactly the right focus for philanthropic leaders at this moment in time. Life is improving for the vast majority of people – in part because of the great work of philanthropy and foundations all over the world. But the last billion will remain stuck in poverty, conflict, and despair if we don’t start disrupting systems and better engaging decision makers.
Syria: How should the world respond to the Syrian refugee crisis?
Syrian, Palestinian and Lebanese refugee students are now eating a healthy lunch at Rawdat Al Toufoula School in south Beirut. “For some of them, this is their main meal for the day,” their teacher Linda says. “They come from poor families. They hardly have any money. They can’t provide this much food.” She said attendance is up because of the lunch, and her classroom of kindergarten-aged children is learning better now, too. “The food is filling them up with energy so they can concentrate. When they’re hungry they can’t really pay attention.”
Liberia: Penelope Anderson: The Importance of the Private Sector in Post-Ebola Recovery Efforts in Liberia
For more than one year Ebola has raged in West Africa. Thankfully, we are beginning to see the end of the epidemic with Liberia now having being declared ‘Ebola-free’ after 42 days with no new cases – and new infection rates at very low levels in Sierra Leone and Guinea. This is good news. But, the West African region is not out of the woods yet, and must be prepared to face future epidemics. Moreover, the shocks to the countries' systems, particularly economic systems, have an enduring impact.
South Sudan: Monitoring Group: South Sudan Military Offensive Appalling
South Sudan's military has launched a full-scale military offensive against rebels despite calls for restraint, a regional monitoring group said Friday, accusing the government of preventing mediators from accessing scenes of fighting. The regional bloc known as IGAD, which has been mediating peace talks between South Sudan's warring factions, said in a statement Friday that the latest fighting is "unwarranted and appalling...
Nepal: The earthquake century
Bumping down a dusty road in remote Ethiopia a year ago, I asked my Nepalese colleague why he had traveled so far to join me on a field visit to see our resilience programs in Africa. The drought-affected landscapes and livestock livelihoods of East Africa were so vastly different from the mountainous, often flooded agricultural valleys of Nepal. “You can never be prepared enough for disasters. I need to know as much as I can,” Sagar responded...
South Sudan: Inflation compounds the costs of war in South Sudan
People have left their homes, fleeing for their lives. Community infrastructure has been looted, burned and abandoned. Jobs have been lost and fields left uncultivated. War is a costly business. Lives are lost and economies are disrupted. Now, an economic crisis and spiraling inflation – a clear indication that this country can no longer afford its conflict – is on the horizon and beginning to overshadow the war itself. The costs are difficult to imagine...
Nepal: Nepal Rattled by Powerful New Earthquake East of Capital
NEW DELHI — A powerful earthquake shook Nepal on Tuesday, less than three weeks after a devastating temblor there killed more than 8,000 people. Dozens of deaths and more than a thousand injuries were reported.
Nepal: Man with Kingsport ties experiences Nepal earthquake first-hand
Jeff Shannon had been living in Nepal for two years when the earthquake struck the South Asian country last week. The magnitude 7.8 quake and its repeated aftershocks have claimed the lives of more than 6,000 people. Shannon, whose parents, Ted and Dolores Shannon, live in Kingsport with their eldest son, Ted and daughter-in-law, Cindy, grew up in Eastern Kentucky. Shannon says it was during his years at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green where he first became interested in the world outside of the Bluegrass State...