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U.N., Humanitarian Groups Ask International Community To Step Up Aid Efforts In Syria

News outlets report on calls from the U.N. and humanitarian groups for stepped up efforts in Syria and refugee camps resulting from the conflict. The Guardian: Humanitarian groups demand action to alleviate suffering of Syrians “The heads of seven of the world’s largest humanitarian and human rights organization who are…

‘High-Quality Aid’ Can ‘Save Lives And Promote Development’

Foreign Policy: The Case for Aid Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University “…As experience demonstrates, it is possible to use our reason, management know-how, technology, and learning by doing to design highly effective aid programs that save lives and promote development. This should be done in…

WFP Running Out Of Food Aid, Urging Access For Humanitarian Shipments In CAR

News outlets report on the World Food Programme’s statement that food aid supplies for Central African Republic (CAR) are dwindling. Agence France-Presse: U.N. says running out of food for Central Africa “The United Nations said Monday it was running out of food for a growing number of homeless people in…

News Outlets Report On Ongoing Humanitarian Action In Syria

News outlets report on ongoing humanitarian operations in Syria, including food aid and vaccinations for polio. Thomson Reuters Foundation: WFP Syria director says peace talks must address humanitarian aid “Syria’s warring sides must seize this week’s peace conference in Switzerland as a chance to allow humanitarian aid workers access to…

U.N. Releases $86M In Humanitarian Aid For 10 Countries

U.N. News Centre: U.N. releases $86 million in humanitarian aid for ‘neglected crises’ in 10 countries “The United Nations announced the allocation today of $86 million for emergency aid operations in some of the world’s worst, yet most neglected crises, allowing life-saving relief work to continue in 10 countries where…

Blog, Feature Examine Role Of Aid In Haiti Since 2010 Earthquake

“…Looking at the four years that have elapsed since a violent earthquake shook Haiti to its core in 2010, the Center for Economic and Policy Research’s Jake Johnston shows in painstaking detail how American corruption played a huge role in Haiti’s faltering reconstruction process,” journalist Ansel Herz writes in Humanosphere.…

Sustained Peace In South Sudan Critical For Guinea Worm Eradication

Huffington Post: The World’s Youngest Country and a Very Old Disease: South Sudan Proves Guinea Worm Can Be Defeated With Return to Peace Donald Hopkins, vice president for health programs at the Carter Center “…[T]his past year, the [South Sudanese] national program reported a 99 percent reduction in [Guinea worm]…

U.N. Relief Official Calls For Increased Humanitarian Support For Philippines

U.N. News Centre: Philippines: U.N. humanitarian chief urges donors to increase aid for typhoon recovery “The recovery process in the Philippines has been steady but uneven, the United Nations top relief official said today, urging donors to increase support for the $788 million response plan for Filipinos, who continue to…

U.N. Fears Genocide In CAR, Appeals For More Assistance

News outlets examine the worsening humanitarian situation in Central African Republic (CAR). U.N. officials express fear over possible genocide, while food aid and funding assistance to the country remain limited. Agence France-Presse: U.N. fears ‘genocide’ in C. Africa: humanitarian chief “The spiraling violence in the Central African Republic could turn…

U.N. Says Syrian Crisis Threatening MDG Progress In Arab Region

Inter Press Service: Syrian Crisis Threatens Development in Arab World “The widespread sectarian violence and ongoing military conflicts in several political hotspots, including Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, have not only claimed thousands of human lives and devastated fragile economies but also undermined the U.N.’s longstanding plans to eradicate hunger and…