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Food Aid Reform Is ‘Battle Worth Fighting’

“The Obama Administration, like the Bush Administration before it, is again trying to bring some sense to food aid, but prospects for reform are low,” Isobel Coleman, a senior fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy and director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative at the Council on Foreign Relations,…

Obama Right To Propose Food Aid Reform

In the six decades since [President Dwight Eisenhower kicked off the program that would become known as Food for Peace], global food aid has generated sales for U.S. farmers, business for U.S.-flagged cargo vessels and jobs for U.S. seamen,” a Washington Post editorial states. “In this sense, the United States is no…

Increase In Violence Hindering Access To Health Care In Afghanistan, Red Cross Warns

“An increase in armed groups and the splintering of insurgent factions is cutting Afghans off from health care in ever greater numbers, the Red Cross has warned,”The Guardian reports. “Roadblocks, roadside bombs, the risk of being caught up in fighting and unprovoked attacks are all stopping civilians from getting to hospitals,…

Millions Of People In Sahel Continue To Need Food Assistance, Oxfam Report Says

“The humanitarian response to the 2012 food crisis in Africa’s Sahel region was bigger and better than in previous emergencies, but millions of people still did not receive the assistance they needed and many remain vulnerable to hunger, Oxfam said in a report on Tuesday,” AlertNet reports. “The report said that more than five million…

U.N., U.S. Offer Aid To Iran, Pakistan In Wake Of 7.8-Magnitude Earthquake

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the remote south-east Iran-Pakistan border on Tuesday, with tremors felt across Pakistan, India and the Middle East, BBC News reports (4/16). “According to media reports dozens of people were killed in both countries when the quake struck the border region,” and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “[v]oic[ed] sorrow over…

U.N. Aid Agency Heads Appeal To World Leaders To End Syrian Violence

“World leaders must act urgently to break the diplomatic deadlock around Syria if they want to prevent the crisis from reaching a dangerous tipping point, the heads of the United Nations aid agencies said on Monday in a rare political appeal,” Reuters reports (Humphries, 4/15). In the statement, published as an…

Development Experts Praise Proposed Changes To Food Aid Program In FY14 Budget Request

“Civil society groups [in the U.S.] are praising parts of President Barack Obama’s newly unveiled [FY 2014 budget request], saying it appears to build on momentum gathered in recent years toward a robust overhaul of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the country’s main foreign aid agency,” Inter Press Service…

G8 Foreign Ministers Call For Urgent Action To Address Rape, Sexual Violence In Conflict

“An initiative announced [Thursday] in London by the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized countries to ramp up the fight against rape and other sexual violence in conflict represents ‘a beacon of light and hope’ for the countless survivors around the world,” the U.N. Secretary General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence…

U.N. OCHA Report Examines How Technology Is Affecting Delivery Of Humanitarian Aid

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Saturday released a new report, titled “Humanitarianism in the Network Age (including World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2012),” which examines how the accelerated use of mobile technology in the developing world is changing how private corporations, governments and humanitarian…

UNICEF Running Out Of Money For Humanitarian Aid To Syrian Refugees

“The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) [on Friday] warned that it may be forced to stop humanitarian assistance to more than 100,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan due to insufficient funds,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “Donors have so far contributed $12 million to UNICEF against an appeal of $57 million for…