A new study shows how governments’ emergency aid response is influenced by the news media and politicians’ publicity concerns.
The most vulnerable communities are being pushed deeper into poverty with each climate-related disaster. Part of the problem is that government aid helps the wealthiest people most.
Politicians have more incentive to react to current climate disasters, but more investment is needed in preparing for future problems.
Four years after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico, federal money to rebuild its electricity system is finally about to flow. But it may not deliver what islanders want.
Aid workers are struggling to help Haitians with the latest devastating earthquake. A professor of disaster reduction assesses lessons learnt from the last one in 2010.
When presidents are seeking reelection, federal aid comes more often and more quickly.
The Trump White House questioned the value of foreign aid and neglected policies related to helping low-income countries. But US aid had already needed improvement.
Months after Typhoon Washi tore through the Philippines in 2011, relocated residents were moving into newly built housing. They soon began modifying and extending homes that didn’t meet their needs.
More effort must go into building synergies between emergent local efforts and the government response.
We’ve set up a single point of contact for foreign disasters, we could do if for Australian disasters as well.
Donated goods often not only fail to help those in actual need but cause congestion, tie up resources and further hurt local economies.
Trump has repeatedly misconstrued the territory as not being part of the United States. But it is.
The $4 billion that foundations are pledging to spend within five years amounts to less than 1 percent of what businesses and governments spend on global warming every year.
Donations to relief efforts tend to dry up within a few months.
Shattered by powerful back-to-back earthquakes, Mexico is facing daunting damages across six states. Now Chiapas and Oaxaca, the country’s two poorest states, which were hit first, fear neglect.