Give small amounts as you pass by makes you feel good but is rarely enough to make any significant or lasting difference.
Travelling almost always involves confronting experiences with abject poverty. As you step out of the pampered cocoons of hotels, restaurants and airline cabins and see destitute people sleeping on streets…
The relatively low death toll when Cycle Aila hit Bangladesh in 2009 was widely attributed to improvements in disaster preparedness.
With burgeoning need and an aid system that is failing to cope, what meaning does 'resilience' have?
Uncertainty over aid and trade will accompany new power struggles between Britain and the Commonwealth.
Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp: home to nearly 80,000 people in May 2016.
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Calls to stop division between emergency and development aid will be heard at UN's first ever humanitarian summit.
The death toll from the Aleppo hospital bombing is climbing.
Protecting humanitarian workers requires an understanding of their individual situation, not broad assumptions.
The Coalition government has moved to rapidly alter the balance of Australia’s foreign policy spending.
A reduced aid budget equates to the forsaking of real opportunities in foreign policy terms. In the long term, this could make the savings look miniscule compared to opportunity costs.
Differential treatment between international and local aid workers may undermine international aid programs.
In the humanitarian aid and development sector, local staff are paid less and receive fewer benefits than their expatriate colleagues, even when they do similar work and have similar qualifications.
Even something as simple as a water pump might not work if it requires parts or power not readily available where it’s installed.
Much international aid fails to achieve its ends because the technology employed is not "appropriate" to its intended environment or culture. This needs to change.
On guard? Xi Jinping in South Africa.
With US$60 billion in new deals announced, Beijing might look like it has the continent wrapped up.
A company’s homepage will tell you more about its core values than any “social responsibility” statement.
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Do companies really mean it when they talk about being socially responsible? Judging by their mission statements and homepages, it seems increasingly that resources firms do, but many retailers don't.
Not protected by the Geneva Convention?
How a political theory became a deadly reality for aid groups.
Malawian President Peter Mutharika has promised to fight the corruption that has seen donors withdraw their support for his impoverished nation.
Malawi appears to have learnt nothing from the biggest state corruption scandal that rocked the country two years ago, leading to donors withdrawing their support. The same conditions still remain.
I recently noticed a tweet from @CareersatBAT about how British American Tobacco South Africa had packed 200,000 meals of donated food for the Million Meal Challenge being run by Stop Hunger Now Southern…
Rough ride: government troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
It's not a surprise that development aid frees up money for countries to spend on defence budgets. Why is the UK so shocked by its own policies?
President Joko Widodo is not crying over cuts to Australian aid for Indonesia.
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Australia has cut aid to Indonesia by 40%. That may cause diplomatic displeasure, but the country has restructured its development programs in recent years to be less dependent on foreign money.
Australian aid can make a difference to the lives of millions – but there are few votes and little media interest in it, so it’s an easy target for budget cuts.
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Foreign aid will fall to close to 90 cents in every A$100 of federal government spending in the 2015 budget -- its lowest level ever.
It’s possible to believe a little too much in Britain.
Overseas aid plays a huge role in defence, which makes cutting it a dangerous mistake.
Cyclone Pam has left a shell of Uwen Garae’s home in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
The devastation to Vanuatu left in the wake of Cyclone Pam shows small islands in the Pacific need a climate insurance scheme, similar to what has been achieved in the Caribbean.
Destruction caused by Cyclone Pam is visible on the outskirts of Port Vila.
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We now have more people, infrastructure and assets exposed where tropical cyclones make landfall.
UKIP has called for foreign aid to be scaled back.
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UKIP's Suzanne Evans has said the UK would make big savings if it cut back foreign aid.