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Humanitarian Relief Spending Reached Record High $22B In 2013, Report Says

News outlets highlight the 2014 Global Humanitarian Assistance report, showing a record amount of humanitarian relief was disbursed in 2013. The Guardian: Global humanitarian aid spending soars to record high “Global spending on humanitarian relief soared to a record $22 billion (£12.93 billion) last year as conflicts in Central African…

U.S. To Boost Humanitarian Aid To $118M In CAR

Agence France-Presse: U.S. boosts humanitarian aid to Central African Republic to $118 mln “The United States on Monday said it was boosting its humanitarian aid to the Central African Republic to $118 million in fiscal 2014…” (6/24).

U.N. Official Urges Strong Action To Ensure Women’s Rights In CAR

U.N. News Centre: Central African Republic: U.N. official urges strong action to protect women, girls “With women and girls in Central African Republic (CAR) falling prey to a raft of ‘terrifying’ violations — perpetrated by armed groups — from rape to sexual slavery and forced marriage — the head of…

U.N. Official Calls For Greater Risk Management To Prevent Humanitarian Crises

U.N. News Centre: Top U.N. humanitarian official urges greater effort to foresee, prevent crises “While the United Nations and its partners continued over the past year to meet the needs of an ever-increasing number of desperate people — from Syria to the Central African Republic, the Philippines and beyond –…

View Foreign Aid As Long-Term Investment, Not Charity

Bloomberg Businessweek: Foreign Aid Isn’t Charity. It’s an Investment Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development “…It’s time to view aid as an investment — like spending on roads and schools here in the U.S. — rather than an act of charity. In the long term, that…

U.N. SG Ban Summoned To Appear In Court By Haitian Cholera Victims, Lawyers Say

News outlets report on the ongoing controversy over compensation for victims of the Haitian cholera outbreak, which was caused by U.N. peacekeepers. Agence France-Presse: Lawyers say U.N. chief served with Haiti lawsuit in NY “Lawyers for more than 1,500 victims of Haiti’s deadly cholera epidemic said Friday they had served…

UNHCR Report Shows More Than 50M Refugees Globally For First Time Since WWII

News outlets highlight an annual report from the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR), released on World Refugee Day. Christian Science Monitor: Global refugees highest since WWII, pointing to lack of political solutions “The number of refugees, internally displaced people, and asylum-seekers is at the highest level since World War II, a…