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South Sudan’s Displaced Persons Reluctant To Return Home Despite Ceasefire Agreement

News outlets report that displaced persons in South Sudan are reluctant to return home despite threats of food insecurity and disease in camps and the promise of a ceasefire agreement signed last week. The Guardian: South Sudan’s displaced people wary of return despite aid problems in camps “…Despite a ceasefire…

Recovering From Typhoon, Philippines On Alert To Prevent Infectious Diseases

IRIN: Philippines on watch for infectious disease outbreaks “Health officials are on alert to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in areas stricken by Typhoon Haiyan. ‘During this time of year, we can expect heavy rains and stagnant water from floods to become a cause for a possible increase in…

Conflict In CAR, South Sudan Dominate Opening Of A.U. Summit

News outlets report on the opening of the African Union Summit in Ethiopia. Discussion surrounding conflict in the region is overshadowing the theme of this year’s summit, Agriculture and Food Security. Agence France-Presse: Africa summit to pull C. Africa, S. Sudan from ‘abyss’ “Conflict in Central African Republic and South…

More Needs To Be Done To Eradicate Abuse Of Women In War Zones, U.N. Official Says

Bernama: More Work Needed To Fight Against Women Abuse In War Zones — U.N. Official “Former South African Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who is now executive director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (U.N. Women), says more needs to be done to eradicate abuse…

Devex Highlights Foreign Policy Issues Presented In Obama’s SOTU Address

Devex highlights U.S. foreign policy issues President Obama addressed in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night. Devex: Obama highlights U.S. aid priorities in SOTU “As expected, foreign aid was barely a footnote in U.S. President Barack Obama’s annual address to the nation — but a few interesting…

Private Sector Playing Increasing Role In Rebuilding Typhoon-Hit Philippines

Devex: Private sector stepping up in the Philippines “The Philippines has been battered by crisis after crisis recently, but a positive storyline coming out of the country is the role business is playing in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. One of the most predominant and game-changing concepts in global development…

Challenges Remain For Humanitarian Groups Despite Ceasefire In South Sudan

Devex: Even after ceasefire, challenges remain for NGOs in South Sudan “Access remains a challenge for most humanitarian groups in South Sudan, even after the government and opposition forces finally agreed to a cessation of hostilities last week in Addis Ababa…” (Ravelo, 1/28).

Financial Times Publishes Commentaries From Easterly, Sachs On Development Aid

The Financial Times recently published an opinion piece by William Easterly, professor of economics at New York University, and a response from Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and founder of the Millennium Villages Project (MVP). “…The obsession with international aid is a rich-world vanity that exaggerates the…

U.N. Convoys Waiting To Enter Syrian City Of Homs

Reuters features two articles describing how U.N. convoys are waiting to enter the conflict-ridden Syrian city of Homs. Reuters: U.N. convoy awaiting green light to deliver food to Homs “The United Nations is ready to deliver a month of rations to the Old City of Homs in Syria for 2,500…

3M Displaced Persons In DRC In Need Of Humanitarian Aid, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: DR Congo still needs humanitarian aid despite advances towards peace in east — U.N. “Despite significant progress towards peace in the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the international community must keep humanitarian aid flowing into a country where nearly three million people, half of them…