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Two Mobile Apps Available For Forum 2011

Two free mobile apps are available for Forum 2011. Available for both Android and OS systems, the apps will run on mobile phones, tablets and the iPod touch.

 With the apps you can:

U.S. Must Learn From Britain And Not Cut Foreign Aid

While the U.S. debt talks are making the headlines, the battle over the 2012 budget is already under way and the NGO community fears cuts to crucial foreign aid programs.

Helping Refugees From Somalia In Ethiopia And Kenya

July 26, 2011 — In the midst of one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent times affecting the Horn of Africa, Jesuit Refugee Service has announced plans to step up ongoing work for Somalis in Ethiopia and Kenya, and establish new services in the former.

Humanitarian Action Needs To Be Impartial

Two weeks ago, British newspaper The Guardian published findings of its ongoing investigation into allegations of a fake vaccination program conducted by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in northwest Pakistan. Under the ruse of providing hepatitis B vaccines, the CIA  allegedly attempted to collect DNA samples from Osama bin Laden’s family members in hopes of finding the world’s most wanted terrorist. In response to the allegations, an unnamed U.S.

What Did You Want To Be When You Grew Up?

When I was a kid and adults asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” my answers varied depending on my age: A princess. A marine biologist. A teacher. A writer. 

No one ever answers that question with, “A prostitute.” No one asksto be a prostitute. So why are they the ones who are always arrested and persecuted?

Staff Care Creates a Supportive Community in Chad and Sudan

People in Aid’s Staff Care Project creates a newfound experience for staff care and wellness thinking. The program develops training modules on stress reduction and self-care methods for humanitarian staff. The innovative training program, funded by the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and piloted by People in Aid in Chad and Sudan, was developed for organizations in order to create an enriched process of staff care and wellness.

Minority Groups Stand Up For Rights To Land And Natural Resources In Cambodia

In Cambodia’s northern-most province of Ratanakiri, Sap Lan shows visitors her rice field. The indigenous Kavet woman says that normally by this time the plants are up to her waist. Late rainfall in 2010 meant her rice plants barely reached her ankle. She  counted on harvesting wild fruits and vegetables from the surrounding forest for food and to earn money to buy rice.

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