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Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues To Be Addressed At Global Summit On Sexual Violence

Two opinion pieces address issues to be discussed this week at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Devex: Sexual violence affects not just women and girls Emma Pomfret, press officer for East, Central, and South Africa at ChristianAid, and Chantal Daniels, an expert in the field of…

World Leaders To Convene To End Sexual Violence At Global Summit

News outlets report on this week’s upcoming Global Summit to End Sexual Violence In Conflict, which will take place in London from June 10-13. The Guardian: Rape summit in London sparks charge of ‘hypocrisy’ “The [U.K.] government has been accused of hypocrisy for hosting this week’s Global Summit to End…

Rights Groups, Advocates Condemn Use Of Child Soldiers In S. Sudan

New York Times: In South Sudan, a Ghost of Wars Past: Child Soldiers “…The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimated last month that 9,000 children had been recruited into armed forces or other groups to fight in the South Sudan conflict. … A growing concern now is the impact of…

Drought Compounds WASH, Health Problems In Syria, U.N. Says

New York Times: Syria: Drought Adds to Woes, U.N. Says “The supply of safe water in Syria is now one-third of the level it was before March 2011 when the civil war began, UNICEF said Friday in a report that warns of new levels of suffering because of a worsening…

New Online Magazine Hopes To Keep Aid Industry Accountable

Humanosphere: New online magazine DevBalls holds aid industry to account Development blogger Tom Murphy discusses the release of a new online magazine, DevBalls, written by those in the aid industry and according to its mission statement, “is here because aid can only become better when its absurdities and hypocrisies are…

Humanitarian Needs Rise In Syria; U.S. Pledges $290M In Assistance

News outlets report on the rising humanitarian needs in Syria and a U.S. pledge to commit $290 million in humanitarian assistance to the war-torn country. The Hill: U.S. pledges $290M in humanitarian aid to Syrian victims “Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday announced $290 million in humanitarian assistance to…

Polio Eradication Faces Political, Diplomatic Challenges

New Yorker: The Political Fight Against Polio Sarah Stillman, staff writer for the New Yorker “…This month, we’re moving deeper into polio’s ‘high season,’ which, in much of the world, stretches from May until August. If the geography of polio mirrors that of conflict, then the challenge of eradication is,…

CGD Brief Discusses U.S. Food Aid Reform

Center for Global Development: Food Aid for the 21st Century: Saving More Money, Time, and Lives In this CGD brief, Senior Fellow Kimberly Ann Elliot and William McKitterick, previously a research assistant with CGD, discuss the projected benefits of relaxing U.S. food aid shipping preferences (6/3).

Declining Aid, Ongoing Conflict Leave Millions Hungry In DRC

News outlets continue coverage on the humanitarian crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). U.N. News Centre: Insecurity, funding shortfall leaves millions hungry in DR Congo — U.N. “Senior United Nations officials for the Great Lakes region of Africa are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to draw…