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Democracy is Under Threat, But All is Not Lost

As we observe the International Day of Democracy, we recognize that citizen responsive governments provide economic prosperity, improve social well-being, protect minorities and vulnerable populations, among other impactful benefits.  Yet, a casual observer of global politics might be quick to say that democracy is in poor health.

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We are often told that when thinking of humanitarian work, many people picture someone dressed like Indiana Jones, air dropping food, or something else equally exciting. While airdrops do happen, and some of our staff dress a bit like they’re in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the fact is simple: much of humanitarian work isn’t nearly as thrilling as you imagine it.

World Humanitarian Day: A Team Sport

This blog post was submitted by Michael Klosson, Vice President of Policy & Humanitarian Response at Save the Children

There are days when visiting my Save the Children colleagues on the front lines of our humanitarian response work in Rakhine State in Myanmar, refugee communities in Jordan, drought stricken communities in Kenya or insecure villages in South Sudan I believe that every day should be World Humanitarian Day.  

To Protect the World’s Humanitarians, Real Reform is Needed in the NGO Community

World Humanitarian Day, celebrated on August 19th, was started to commemorate those who died at the Canal Hotel Bombing in Iraq on August 19, 2003. It is an annual occasion for us to recognize the sacrifices made by humanitarian aid workers. Unfortunately, their challenges and sacrifices are not limited to the extreme risks they face in the pursuit of efforts to save lives.

Worker Rights Attacks Part of Human Rights Crackdown

Human rights activists around the world celebrated the recent release from prison of two union leaders in Kazakhstan who were convicted of bogus criminal charges after participating in a peaceful workers’ protest against the forced closure of the country’s main independent union group, the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Kazakhstan (CITUK/KNPRK).

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