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View Foreign Aid As Long-Term Investment, Not Charity

Bloomberg Businessweek: Foreign Aid Isn’t Charity. It’s an Investment Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development “…It’s time to view aid as an investment — like spending on roads and schools here in the U.S. — rather than an act of charity. In the long term, that…

U.N. SG Ban Summoned To Appear In Court By Haitian Cholera Victims, Lawyers Say

News outlets report on the ongoing controversy over compensation for victims of the Haitian cholera outbreak, which was caused by U.N. peacekeepers. Agence France-Presse: Lawyers say U.N. chief served with Haiti lawsuit in NY “Lawyers for more than 1,500 victims of Haiti’s deadly cholera epidemic said Friday they had served…

UNHCR Report Shows More Than 50M Refugees Globally For First Time Since WWII

News outlets highlight an annual report from the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR), released on World Refugee Day. Christian Science Monitor: Global refugees highest since WWII, pointing to lack of political solutions “The number of refugees, internally displaced people, and asylum-seekers is at the highest level since World War II, a…

Syria’s Polio Vaccination Campaign Reaches 1.4 Million Children

Washington Post: Polio vaccine effort in Syria reaches 1.4 million children as volunteers brave violence “Despite grave danger, a campaign to combat the spread of polio in rebel-held Syria has been surprisingly successful, with volunteers inoculating about 1.4 million children since the beginning of the year…” (Root, 6/22).

Measles Vaccination Campaign Highlights Health Care Delivery Challenges In Syria

Reuters: Stalled measles campaign shows health challenge in rebel-held Syria “A measles vaccination program in northern Syria has stalled amid disagreement over who should coordinate it, highlighting the challenges of establishing basic health care services in opposition-held parts of the country…” (Afanasieva, 6/19).

South Sudan Facing Food Crisis Amidst Ongoing Conflict

IRIN: War, rain and money — an anatomy of South Sudan’s food crisis “…[S]ix months of war has uprooted so many [South Sudanese] and destroyed their meager livelihoods that some four million require humanitarian assistance. Relief workers scrambling to avert a famine report daunting obstacles: from the failure of South…

U.S. Border Processing Centers Scramble To Keep Up With High Number Of Child Migrants

New York Times: Border Centers Struggle to Handle Onslaught of Young Migrants “…[T]he swelling number of arriving youths [from Central and South America] — many of them making perilous journeys to flee gang violence in their native countries — has presented the Obama administration with political and humanitarian predicaments and…

UNICEF Raises Iraq Crisis To Highest Level Humanitarian Disaster

Washington Post: U.N. agency raises disaster designation in Iraq as refugees flood into Kurdistan “The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF on Wednesday upgraded Iraq’s latest crisis to a level 3 humanitarian disaster — its most severe designation — as U.N. officials said they were scrambling to provide basic services while…

Cost Of War In 2013 Totaled $9.8T, Global Peace Index Shows

The Guardian published two articles highlighting the recently released annual Global Peace Index. The Guardian: Global peace index charts ‘staggering’ $9.8tn cost of war “The world’s costly drift away from peace continued last year, with nations spending an estimated $9.8 trillion (£5.8trn) on containing and dealing with violence, according to…