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Disaster-Risk Reduction ‘Lies At The Nexus Of’ Development Assistance, Humanitarian Aid

Project Syndicate: A Global Strategy for Disaster Risk Ban Ki-moon, U.N. secretary-general “…It is time to stop addressing development and humanitarian emergencies separately. Disaster-risk reduction lies at the nexus of development assistance, which seeks to advance better living conditions, and humanitarian aid, which begins after a disaster hits. Starting our…

USGLC Highlights Public-Private Partnership That Supports Refugees In South Sudan

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition: A Public-Private Partnership that’s Saving Refugees and Rescuing Aid Workers David Stein, policy associate at USGLC, marks Global Partnership Week and discusses how “forward-thinking businesses and nonprofits have been working with the U.S. government in innovative ways to tackle some of the toughest challenges in global…

U.N.-Backed Report Examines Impact Of Syrian Crisis On Nation’s Human Development

U.N. News Centre: New U.N.-backed report reflects ‘crushing’ impact of conflict in Syria on its people “Four years of armed conflict, economic disintegration, and social fragmentation in Syria have hollowed out its population by 15 percent, forced some 10 million people to flee their homes and reduced life expectancy by…

U.K. Commits To Spending 0.7% Of GNI On Foreign Aid Annually

The Guardian: U.K. passes bill to honor pledge of 0.7% foreign aid target “The U.K. has passed a bill that enshrines in law its commitment to spend 0.7 percent of its gross national income (GNI) on aid every year, making it the first G7 country to meet the U.N.’s 45-year-old…

Ban Appoints Advocate Stephen O’Brien As New U.N. Humanitarian Aid Chief

Reuters: British lawmaker Stephen O’Brien named new U.N. aid chief “British lawmaker and former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Stephen O’Brien, will replace Valerie Amos as the United Nations aid chief, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Monday…” (Nichols, 3/9). U.N. News Centre: Ban appoints seasoned British humanitarian…

Middle East’s Gulf States, Donors Well-Positioned To Help Improve Global Health

Arabian Business: Bill Gates: Why I’m betting on the Gulf to help fight extreme poverty and disease Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…I saw the Middle East’s role in global health first-hand in late January, at a conference in Berlin dedicated to providing life-saving vaccines…

Aid Organizations Must Heed Mental Health Of Their Workers

New York Times: A Crisis of Anxiety Among Aid Workers Rosalie Hughes, freelance journalist and former employee of the U.N. refugee agency and other relief organizations “…Rates of clinical depression among aid workers are double those of American adults. … Yet mental health support for the estimated 250,000 humanitarian workers…

Funding Shortage Forces WFP To Reduce Food Aid To Syrian Refugees In Turkey

Agence France-Presse: U.N. shrinks food aid to Syria refugees in Turkey as cash low “The United Nations food agency said Friday it had been forced to withdraw aid from nine Syrian refugee camps in Turkey due to a lack of funds, calling on donors to step up…” (3/6). U.N. News…

Disaster Aftereffects Cause Similar Amount Of Life Years Lost As TB, U.N. Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Disasters have same human impact as tuberculosis: U.N. “Deaths, economic damage, and other negative impacts from disasters have caused losses equivalent to 42 million life years annually since 1980, a measure that is comparable to the burden of tuberculosis worldwide, the United Nations said…” (Rowling, 3/4).

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