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Australia Commits Additional Funds For Humanitarian Aid In S. Sudan

Australian Associated Press/The Guardian: Australia commits extra $7.8m humanitarian aid to South Sudan “Australia will provide an extra $7.8 million for South Sudan communities confronting the dire humanitarian crisis. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that would take Australian aid to South Sudan to $50 million…” (4/11).

Flood, Earthquakes In Solomon Islands Strain Food Supplies, Health Response

News outlets report on a flood and two earthquakes that hit the Solomon Islands this month. Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost: Solomons flood victims ‘terrified’ after quakes “A series of powerful earthquakes off the Solomon Islands sparked panic in evacuation centers filled with victims of an earlier flood but apparently caused no serious…

International Community Must Do More To Help Restore Peace In CAR

The Washington Post published two opinion pieces regarding conflict and the resulting humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic (CAR). Washington Post: Central African Republic needs immediate help Ban Ki-moon, U.N. secretary general “…Like its stranded airport refugees, [CAR] is in dire need of a ticket out of its misery. ……

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…