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Development Experts Praise Proposed Changes To Food Aid Program In FY14 Budget Request

“Civil society groups [in the U.S.] are praising parts of President Barack Obama’s newly unveiled [FY 2014 budget request], saying it appears to build on momentum gathered in recent years toward a robust overhaul of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the country’s main foreign aid agency,” Inter Press Service…

G8 Foreign Ministers Call For Urgent Action To Address Rape, Sexual Violence In Conflict

“An initiative announced [Thursday] in London by the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized countries to ramp up the fight against rape and other sexual violence in conflict represents ‘a beacon of light and hope’ for the countless survivors around the world,” the U.N. Secretary General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence…

U.N. OCHA Report Examines How Technology Is Affecting Delivery Of Humanitarian Aid

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Saturday released a new report, titled “Humanitarianism in the Network Age (including World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2012),” which examines how the accelerated use of mobile technology in the developing world is changing how private corporations, governments and humanitarian…

UNICEF Running Out Of Money For Humanitarian Aid To Syrian Refugees

“The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) [on Friday] warned that it may be forced to stop humanitarian assistance to more than 100,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan due to insufficient funds,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “Donors have so far contributed $12 million to UNICEF against an appeal of $57 million for…

NPR Examines Debate Over Rumors Of Changes To U.S. Food Aid Operations

“[R]umors … that the White House is planning major changes in the way that the U.S. donates food to fight hunger in some of the world’s poorest countries” have “set off an emotional debate” in Washington, D.C., NPR’s “Morning Edition” reports. “America’s policies on food aid are singularly generous — and…

WFP Director Says Food Security Crisis In Sahel Is Not Over

The World Food Programme (WFP) “is helping feed more than 10 million people in eight countries” in the Sahel, but WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin “stressed the crisis was not over,” AlertNet reports. Conflict in Mali “has forced around 340,000 people to flee their homes, compounding a hunger crisis in Mali and neighboring countries…

U.N. Forced To Delay Urgent Food Aid To Guinea Bissau Due To Lack Of Donor Support

“The United Nations said Tuesday that it had been forced to delay desperately needed food aid to nearly 300,000 people in Guinea Bissau since it so far had received no donations to support the operation,” Agence France-Presse reports. “‘The assistance was due to start on March 1, 2013, but operations…

Appointment Of Former British MP To Head IRC Will Affect Autonomy Of Humanitarian Agencies

The appointment of David Miliband — who on Wednesday resigned his seat as Member of Parliament for South Shields — as president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) “is another nail in the coffin to claims of humanitarian independence,” Michiel Hofman, senior humanitarian specialist for the Humanitarian Innovation…

Kerry Announces $51M In Additional Humanitarian Aid For Sahel Region

“[T]he United States has announced an additional $51 million in humanitarian aid to the people of the Sahel — a belt up to 1,000 kilometers wide that spans Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea — bringing its total aid to $520 million” in FY 2012, Devex’s “Pennsylvania…

Humanitarian Response To Syrian Conflict ‘Half-Hearted At Best’

“The massacre in Syria rages on and yet we stand idle. We must realize that, to millions of Syrians trapped in the country, the virtual absence of humanitarian relief is nearly as arbitrary and cruel as the war itself,” Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and a Nobel peace…