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Food Aid Delivery Faces Challenges In DR Congo

Al Jazeera: DR Congo faces food insecurity despite aid “…It seems like a clear problem with an easy solution — people are starving, and relief organizations have food. But the issue of aid in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is mired by social, political and economic stakes in a…

Crimea Faces ‘Human Tragedy,’ Risks To Public Health, U.N. AIDS Envoy Says

Agence France-Presse/Medical Xpress: Crimea facing ‘human tragedy’ on AIDS: U.N. envoy “The U.N. AIDS envoy for Eastern Europe on Thursday said Crimea faced a ‘human tragedy’ and risks to public health after a program for intravenous drug users was scrapped following Russia’s takeover…” (5/8).

Agencies Continue To Face Challenges Delivering Aid In Syria

Reuters features two articles examining humanitarian assistance in Syria. Reuters: Aid workers question effectiveness of U.N. Syria aid “Seven weeks after U.N. aid trucks crossed from Turkey into Syria for the first time, aid workers and officials in this southern Turkish humanitarian hub still have no idea exactly where the…

South Sudan On Course Toward ‘Hunger Catastrophe,’ Aid Agencies Warn

The Guardian: South Sudan food security crisis could spiral into famine, agencies warn “The conflict in South Sudan has set the country on course towards a ‘hunger catastrophe,’ with almost four million people already in dire need of food and humanitarian assistance, and aid agencies warning of a possible famine…

Family Planning Should Be Included In Emergency Response, Save the Children CEO Says

Devex: Why family planning should be part of emergency response “As more countries descend into fragility and conflict, and natural disasters grow in scale, aid groups are increasingly underlining the importance of including family planning services in emergency response…” Devex interviews Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles about including reproductive…

International Community Must Intervene To Prevent ‘Full-On Genocide’ In Myanmar

Foreign Policy: Preventing the Next Genocide Sir Geoffrey Nice, professor of law at Gresham College, London, and Francis Wade, independent journalist and analyst, and consultant with the International State Crime Initiative “In conflicts that have potential to produce the worst of human atrocities, states and international actors must take action…

Medical Workers Under Attack In Syria, Report Says

New York Times: Health Care Workers Under Attack in Syria, Doctors Say “Syrian government forces in the country’s civil war have systematically attacked doctors and other medical workers in rebel-held areas and are responsible for 90 percent of the confirmed assaults on health care facilities in the country, Physicians for…

Private Sector Could Put Profit Ahead Of Poverty Alleviation In Aid Programs, NGOs Warn

The Guardian: E.U. warned private sector engagement in aid risks putting profit before poverty “New European Commission proposals to boost the role of business in aid programs and throw the E.U.’s weight behind the development agenda of private companies risk putting profits before the needs of the world’s poorest, groups…

NGO Official Examines Effectiveness Of U.S. Aid In Post-Earthquake Haiti

Devex: 4 myths about U.S. aid to Haiti Rhett Gurian, senior vice president of Chemonics International’s Haiti and West Africa Division “Few areas of international aid have attracted as much criticism in the United States as post-earthquake Haiti. Four years since the earthquake killed thousands of people and displaced millions,…

33.3M People Displaced By War In 2013, U.N. Reports

News outlets discuss a U.N.-backed report that reveals that 33.3 million people were displaced by war in 2013. Associated Press: U.N.: Wars internally displace 33.3 million in 2013 “A record 33.3 million people worldwide were displaced by conflict and violence inside their own nations in 2013, U.N. and Norwegian officials…