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UNICEF Calls For Increased Investment In Syria’s Children

The Guardian: Syria’s children need guaranteed funding to prevent a ‘lost generation’ “The crisis in Syria, which has left 5.5 million children in need of urgent educational and psychological support, will become an even greater humanitarian catastrophe if the international community does not come up with three years’ guaranteed funding,…

U.N., U.S., E.U. Call For Action On South Sudan; U.N. Official Expelled From Sudan

News outlets report on the humanitarian situation in Sudan and South Sudan. Devex: UNFPA chief’s expulsion: Another humanitarian crackdown in Sudan? “The international aid community was dealt another blow this week in Sudan, when the government ordered the head of the U.N. Population Fund to leave the country…” (Ravelo, 4/11).…

Humanitarian Aid System ‘Stretched To Breaking Point,’ U.K. Development Secretary Says

The Guardian: Justine Greening: global humanitarian aid system is near breaking point “The global humanitarian aid system is being ‘stretched to breaking point’ by climate change, war, population growth, and extremism, and must be overhauled to ensure that more is done to prepare for disasters rather than merely relieve them,…

Food Security Deteriorating In CAR As U.N. Approves Peacekeeping Mission

News outlets report on food security in the Central African Republic (CAR), as the U.N. approves a peacekeeping mission for the country. IRIN: Priced out of food in the CAR “The mass exodus of Muslims from the Central African Republic (CAR) amid insecurity is having an adverse impact on access…

Blog Examines Prospects For FY15 U.S. Foreign Aid Budget

Writing in Humanosphere, development blogger Tom Murphy discusses the prospects for the FY 2015 U.S. foreign aid budget. “…Everyone is not happy with the White House plan, though nobody is ever completely happy with the U.S. foreign aid budget. Despite that, foreign aid supporters are more concerned with fending off…

MSF Criticizes U.N. For ‘Shocking Indifference’ Toward Displaced In S. Sudan

News outlets report on Médecins Sans Frontières’s criticism of the U.N. over the living conditions in displacement camps in South Sudan. Agence France-Presse/Al Jazeera: U.N. accused of ‘shameful attitude’ in S. Sudan “A leading international aid agency has issued a stinging attack on the United Nations mission in South Sudan,…

Conflict Must Stop In Order To ‘Build A Better Future’ For S. Sudan

Washington Post: Saving South Sudan from chaos “South Sudan, a new nation midwifed into being by the United States out of the ashes of war, is sinking into a mire of senseless violence and chaos. President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar are wrecking their country in a conflict…

Development Aid Spending Reached Record Level In 2013, OECD Report Says

News outlets note that official development aid spending rose to a record high in 2013, according to a report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Devex: Foreign aid spending by OECD-DAC donors rises to all-time high in 2013 “Spending on official development aid rose by 6.1 percent…

U.N. Report Warns Drought In Syria Further Threatens Food Security

Media outlets discuss a new U.N. report (.pdf) warning that drought could worsen an already fragile food security situation in Syria. Al Jazeera: U.N.: Syria drought to deepen food crisis “The United Nations has warned that a looming drought in Syria could push millions more people into hunger and exacerbate…