Not Your Typical Hot Spot - But One the Humanitarian Community Must Monitor

For international security analysts, humanitarian operations planners, and humanitarian logisticians, the ability to identify emerging global hot spots is crucial. Over the coming months, areas such as Syria, the Crimea, Venezuela, Sudan, and the Central African Republic will no doubt make a list of potential shatter belts, complex emergencies, and geopolitical flashpoints worth monitoring.

5 Facts that #StoptheMyth about U.S. Development Assistance

By Ken Forsberg, Senior Policy Manager, and Jeremy Kadden, Senior Legislative Manager, InterAction

In their foundation’s 2014 Annual Letter, Bill and Melinda Gates hit head-on three of the most pervasive myths that block progress for the world’s poor. One of these myths is the idea that development assistance is a waste.

“…broadly speaking,” Bill Gates writes, “aid is a fantastic investment, and we should be doing more.”

Introducing...Development Impact & You by the Rockefeller Foundation & Nesta

DIY – Development Impact and You – has been produced by Nesta, in association with the Rockefeller Foundation. It is a toolkit designed to help NGOs find, test and implement new ideas in the field. It is quick to use, simple to apply, and Creative Commons which means that it’s also free to use and distribute. It’s available at

Six Ways Women Are Severely Impacted by a Hidden Global Health Crisis

Hasan was a typical young wife, mother, sister and daughter living in a small village community in northern India. But after a family dispute over her dowry four years ago, her husband and brother-in-law threw gasoline over her and set her on fire.

The Generosity of Survivors

Every community and home we visited in the disaster-ravaged Philippines fed us.

Despite having their homes destroyed, livelihoods ruined, and grieving the loss of loved ones, each community carefully laid out baked goods, fruit drinks, rice pudding, and home-grown sweet potatoes.

Four South African Unions Tackle Gender Inequality

March 5, 2014—Unions around the world are at the forefront of the struggle for gender equality. And sometimes, that means taking a look at their own structures, policies and practices to ensure they, too, are working to make equal treatment and non-discrimination central to their efforts.

New Policy Could Lead to Real Change for Afghan People Uprooted from their Homes

During my time living in Kabul, Afghanistan, I witnessed the harsh living conditions of the people in the slums that ring the city. It was part of the reality of a country dealing with decades of conflict and insecurity. These slums, known as the Kabul Informal Settlements, are populated by Afghans who had to flee their homes. Many are Afghan refugee returnees, or others uprooted by conflict. Throughout Afghanistan, more than 600,000 men, women and children are living away from their homes, and most of them in urban areas.


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