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USAID Official Discusses Agency’s Efforts To Address Gender Issues In Armed Conflict

Noting “[w]omen and girls are disproportionately harmed in armed conflict,” as they are often “targets of sexual violence” and “are more likely to be sidelined from peace-building and conflict resolution efforts,” Devex interviews Caren Grown, outgoing senior coordinator on gender equality and women’s empowerment at USAID, about the agency’s efforts…

Namibian Government Taking Action Against Country’s Worst Drought In 30 Years

Think Africa Press reports on a drought in Namibia, the worst the country has seen in 30 years, writing, “In the Kunene region in the north, rain has not fallen for two years, and the U.N. recently estimated that 778,000 people — approximately one-third of the population — are either…

U.N. Agencies To Continue Assistance To Syrian Refugees Despite Escalating Tension

“The United Nations children’s agency is scaling up its assistance to thousands of Syrian refugee children and their families in the Kurdistan region of Iraq where tens of thousands of families arrived in recent weeks,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “A plane carrying 100 tons of supplies — including water…

Escalation Of Syrian Crisis Following Chemical Weapons Investigation Would Aggravate Civilian Suffering, ICRC Warns

“Any escalation of the Syrian crisis following an apparent chemical weapons attack will aggravate civilian suffering, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday,” Reuters reports. “Areas plagued by heavy fighting, including the countryside around Damascus, eastern Aleppo and Deir Ezzor province, are already reeling from breakdowns of…

Global Health Community Must Recognize, Address Health Care Crisis In Syria

Noting that UNICEF reported last week that the number of child refugees fleeing conflict in Syria has reached one million, a Lancet editorial states, “Syria has presented the world with a geopolitical crisis. The global community must not ignore the health crisis that continues to deepen.” The editorial continues, “After…

Aid Advocates Working To Secure Foreign Assistance, Devex Reports

Devex examines how aid advocates are working behind-the-scenes to attempt to secure foreign aid, writing, “With less than two weeks until the end of the recess, the Washington, D.C., aid lobby is gearing up to ensure they can prevent the worst cuts to assistance programs, while laying the groundwork for…

Aid Agencies Using Technology To Assist Hard-To-Reach Communities

As part of its series titled “Humanitarian Futures,” IRIN examines how humanitarian aid organizations are using technology and innovation to improve access to hard-to-reach communities, especially following conflict or disaster. The news service “explores five access innovations being piloted by aid agencies,” such as using mobile phones to assess food…

Number Of Child Refugees Fleeing Syria Reaches 1M, U.N. Reports

“The number of children among refugees who have fled Syria’s civil war has reached one million, the United Nations said” Friday, Bloomberg Businessweek reports (Yoon, 8/23). “Roughly half of all the nearly two million registered refugees from Syria are children, and some 740,000 of those are under the age of…

Honoring Humanitarian Workers By Improving Development Aid Solutions

Noting World Humanitarian Day was recognized on August 19, the anniversary of a bomb attack on Baghdad that killed more than 20 aid workers, Feike Sijbesma, CEO of Royal DSM, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Social Entrepreneurship” blog, “The humanitarian climate is changing under the influence of the economic troubles…

State Department, USAID Commemorate World Humanitarian Day

In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry commemorated World Humanitarian Day, recognized on August 19, saying, “This is an important day for all of us to pause and join with our colleagues in honoring the committed staff who work to save the lives of others, often at great risk…