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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…

NPR Examines Debate Over Rumors Of Changes To U.S. Food Aid Operations

“[R]umors … that the White House is planning major changes in the way that the U.S. donates food to fight hunger in some of the world’s poorest countries” have “set off an emotional debate” in Washington, D.C., NPR’s “Morning Edition” reports. “America’s policies on food aid are singularly generous — and…

WFP Director Says Food Security Crisis In Sahel Is Not Over

The World Food Programme (WFP) “is helping feed more than 10 million people in eight countries” in the Sahel, but WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin “stressed the crisis was not over,” AlertNet reports. Conflict in Mali “has forced around 340,000 people to flee their homes, compounding a hunger crisis in Mali and neighboring countries…

U.N. Forced To Delay Urgent Food Aid To Guinea Bissau Due To Lack Of Donor Support

“The United Nations said Tuesday that it had been forced to delay desperately needed food aid to nearly 300,000 people in Guinea Bissau since it so far had received no donations to support the operation,” Agence France-Presse reports. “‘The assistance was due to start on March 1, 2013, but operations…

Appointment Of Former British MP To Head IRC Will Affect Autonomy Of Humanitarian Agencies

The appointment of David Miliband — who on Wednesday resigned his seat as Member of Parliament for South Shields — as president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) “is another nail in the coffin to claims of humanitarian independence,” Michiel Hofman, senior humanitarian specialist for the Humanitarian Innovation…