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Humanitarian Crisis In Syria Poses Challenges For Aid Groups

News outlets report on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria and how the U.S. and the international community are responding. Associated Press: U.N. chief: 20 years after Rwanda, Syria shameful “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that 20 years after the Rwanda genocide the international community’s collective failure to prevent…

U.S. Releases Annual Global Report On Human Rights

The U.S. Department of State released its annual report on human rights on Thursday, with remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry and further remarks by Acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Uzra Zeya. Several news outlets discuss findings of the report. Associated Press:…

Report Urges Humanitarian Groups To Improve Data Collection, Reporting Methods

SciDev.Net: Aid agencies urged to raise the bar on data collection “Humanitarian agencies need to improve how they measure the effectiveness of their assistance, but to do so they must develop clearer data collection methods and analyze results more systematically, according to a report by a humanitarian research network…” (Mathers,…

Conflict Linked To Water Management, Food Security

News outlets examine the links between conflict and water management, and between conflict and food security. IIP Digital: Effective Water Management Can Prevent Conflict, USAID Says “Countries with unreliable supplies of water are more vulnerable to conflict, according to a new report from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).…

Violence Grips South Sudan; Aid Groups Struggle To Provide Assistance

News outlets report on continuing violence in South Sudan, where humanitarian aid groups are struggling to provide assistance amid the destruction of hospitals and other facilities. Associated Press/ABC News: Scenes of Death in South Sudan: ‘No Humanity Here’ “…Human Rights Watch said Thursday that both government and rebel forces are…

With Unprecedented Simultaneous Crises, Time To Reassess Humanitarian Aid Goals

The Guardian: It’s time to reassess the goals of humanitarian aid David Miliband, president and CEO of International Rescue Committee and former U.K. foreign secretary “For the first time the U.N. has declared three simultaneous crises — in South Sudan, Syria and the Philippines — as level 3, the highest…

Blog Summarizes Changes To Foreign Food Aid Under Farm Bill

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ “Global Food for Thought” blog summarizes the 2014 Agricultural Act’s impact on international food aid, writing, “The Act contained reform measures, designed to increase the flexibility and effectiveness of the food aid program. According to USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, the Act will allow the…

Guardian Expert Panel Explores Ways To Help Refugees

The Guardian: From Syria to Central African Republic, how to invest in refugees “As scenes from Syria’s Yarmouk camp shock the world, our expert panel explores the ways the development community can go beyond meeting basic needs in refugee camps…” (Scott, 2/26).

‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ Can Help Address Spread Of Leishmaniasis In Conflict Zones

Huffington Post: Leishmaniasis: The Neglected Disease of War, Conflict, and Human Misery Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine “One of the least known consequences of modern conflict in the Middle East and East Africa has been the widespread devastation that results from a tropical infection…

U.N. Calls For Better Aid To Civilians In CAR

U.N. News Centre: Central African Republic: U.N. urges better security, more resources to aid civilians “As the violence across the Central African Republic (CAR) continues unabated, United Nations agencies are sounding the alarm about the plight of civilians at risk inside the country and are now also warning that the…