In a statement released Tuesday, National Security Council (NSC) spokesman Tommy Vietor welcomed the South Sudanese government’s investigation into the escalation of violence between the Murle and Lou Nuer tribes, and urges the need for a peaceful long-term resolution.
According to AlertNet, the violence has displaced 60,000 since December. The New York Times reports that the death toll is uncertain, anywhere from “scores” to 3,000.
From 2002-2008, two-thirds of the growth in renewable and nuclear power was in developing countries, according to Foreign Policy. This rapid growth is expected to continue. India plans significant renewable energy growth by 2020 and China can boast about its tough fuel efficiency standards and diversified power generation methods.
One of the challenges in diagnosing illnesses in the developing world is that many people live several hours’ journey from a clinic, and then they have to wait multiple days for blood test results to come back. A new invention called the mChip could make dramatic advances in medical diagnoses.
InterAction is pleased to announce that FedEx has awarded additional funding to continue work on Haiti Aid Map through July 2012. The map, an online interactive tool that charts where nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are working in Haiti along with their activities, was officially launched in January 2011 with FedEx support.
In a statement today, InterAction said proposed cuts in the U.S. House of Representatives' State Department and foreign operations appropriations bill would have devastating consequences for the world's most vulnerable populations and gut core development and humanitarian spending accounts.
"Such cuts are counterproductive, short-sighted and portray the United States as a nation that doesn't care about the plight of the world's poorest people," said Samuel A. Worthington, president of InterAction, whose 200 members work in developing countries across the world.
Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) calls for a bipartisan rewrite of the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act in a blog he wrote for the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN).
“Although foreign assistance accounts for less than 1 percent of our national budget, we must insist that every penny is used wisely,” he says in the blog. He also announces plans to release a discussion draft of the rewrite his office has been working on since 2009 in September of this year.
Today, the UN declared a famine in two regions of southern Somalia: southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle.
The UN has certain requirements to declare a famine: • More than 30 percent of children must be suffering from acute malnutrition; • Two adults or four children must be dying of hunger each day for every group of 10,000 people; and • The population must have access to far below 2,100 kilocalories of food per day.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a new program to address one of the least appealing but most urgent needs in development: toilets. More than 40 percent of the world’s population has no access to toilets, leading those people to use unsanitary and unhealthy alternatives—open pits, by rivers—increasing the risk for diseases and robbing people of a dignity that the most wealthy parts of the world take for granted.
A prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa region continues to push people from their homes in search of food and water, furthering the humanitarian crisis in the region.
"The situation across the Horn of Africa this year has really deteriorated in terms of food security and that has caused a deterioration in nutritional security as well," said Kristen Knutson, spokeswoman for the UN's humanitarian affairs office in Ethiopia.
I have just travelled back from Aleppo, where the situation continues to plummet to even greater lows.
When I was there nearly 100 mortars fell on west Aleppo in a couple of days. While at the same time, only a few hundred meters away we witnessed the unrelenting bombardment of the eastern side of the city.
My colleagues told me that they hid in bathrooms and basements as the attacks continued. There was little sleep that night. The very same staff came to work in the morning with the same energy, as if it was just an ordinary night.
This is the only message we received from our Syrian colleagues in Aleppo in the last days. Hearing no news from them last weekend, we were concerned as the humanitarian situation deteriorated and the government gained control of the city. The message they sent did little to reassure us.
"After this, we don’t know what will happen or how we can survive," wrote a Syrian humanitarian worker.
In 2013, just after super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, I attended a benefit reception to support an NGO that had been working in the Philippines since 1985, called Handicap International. At that time I was a friend of Handicap International, and this was my first #GivingTuesday action on behalf of any organization.
Natural disasters are overwhelming. For those directly impacted whose lives are shattered. For the humanitarian landscape responding to the devastating needs on the ground. For all of us at home watching as the extent of the chaos and tragedy unfolds. It is so very easy to turn a blind eye, to perhaps send sympathy and a quick prayer but to otherwise remain inactive and swiftly return to our own daily lives.
Donors to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) know their gifts improve the lives of millions of people in over 100 countries. Their donations build up local partners, directly benefiting children, women, and men who are poor and vulnerable. But that generosity does more — it also amplifies the voice of so many, the poor of the world who are so often ignored by governments, corporations, and international organizations.
Global need has rarely been greater. Today, a disparate population of 65 million souls forced to flee armed conflicts and natural disasters in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, live transient lives with uncertain futures as displaced people far from their homelands. Roughly half are children.
Agricultural investments in Nigeria are critical to transition our agricultural sector from largely subsistence small holder farming to commercial agriculture enterprises. The sort needed to stimulate local economies and enable Nigeria to reduce its food import bill. While Nigeria’s agricultural sector has seen an unprecedented flow of development aid in the last decade, a great concern has risen with regard to the effectiveness of this aid.
In 2011, Publish What You Fund’s chief executive, Rupert Simons, was working in Ethiopia on a program to get better seeds to farmers. His program was one of several run by different government agencies, NGOs and donors. Despite great effort, the results were disappointing. It took several years to fully understand why – the seeds from government farms had been contaminated by inter-breeding.
Sometimes we hear philanthropic foundations described as “snowflakes.” They each have their own unique set of strategies, their own orientation towards change, their own impact measurements, their own proposal formats, and even their own unique language for describing the work they do, (as one foundation so succinctly told me, “ag funding isn’t just ag funding”).
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