Loading new furniture donated to Hurricane Irma survivors in Chokoloskee, Fla.
The billions of dollars worth of aid dispatched every year to alleviate the suffering and damage after earthquakes and hurricanes would do more good if it didn't get clumped up.
Kenya Red Cross workers transport emergency relief supplies to flood victims in Tana River County.
The security of local aid agency workers on the front line hasn't been prioritised.
Kofi Annan in 2009.
World Economic Forum via Wikimedia Commons
While his appointment as UN Secretary-General was a huge breakthrough, Kofi Annan also led the organisation through some of its ugliest moments.
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The Caribbean braces for another hurricane season even as many nations remain crippled by the catastrophic damage of 2017. Here, experts assess the region's difficult and costly storm recovery.
Australian forces will need to be prepared for natural disaster relief missions.
Damian Pawlenko/Dept of Defence
Australia faces many security issues driven by climate change, including more international migration and an increase in defence personnel being sent on disaster relief missions, a Senate inquiry has found.
Beginning the recovery in Bogalay, Myanmar on May 8, 2008.
One hundred and forty thousand people died when a major hurricane hit Myanmar in 2008. Would the country be better prepared today?
AI seems able to answer questions at the heart of humanitarianism – questions such as who we should save, and how to be effective at scale.
A UN aid agency distributes free mosquito nets in Ethiopia.
Poor countries aren't receiving the most foreign aid. Why? And what should be done?
Some 17,000 U.S. troops aided in the Caribbean relief effort after hurricanes Irma and Maria. That’s roughly equivalent to the U.S. military’s humanitarian mission in the Philippines after Typhoon Hiyan in 2013.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Compared to its foreign disaster missions, the US military mobilized slowly after Maria. But in numbers, capacity and logistics coordination, its work in Puerto Rico was on par with other aid efforts.
Some women in refugee camps are afraid to go to distribution points to pick up aid packets because of fear of sexual exploitation and abuse.
Survival sex – the exchange of sexual favours for aid packets – happens in refugee camps everywhere. Victims are not protected by international human rights law.
Aid projects in Iraq had more money than ideas.
We don’t care, or possibly dare, to look back five or ten years later to see what happened to international aid projects.
A Turkana woman buys food from a refugee woman in Kakuma camp in north western Kenya.
Refugee Studies Centre
Refugee policy may well be a humanitarian issue. But it is also a development issue.
The power imbalance in aid work is under the spotlight.
Most overseas aid workers remain largely cut off from the people they are in emergency settings to help.
Protesting the Trump administration’s decision in Bethlehem.
EPA/Abed Al Hashlamoun
With a single cut in donations to a UN agency, Donald Trump has abandoned another norm of US foreign policy. The consequences could be disastrous.
While California’s shocking and deadly wildfires are a tragedy making headlines, future crises lurk beneath the surface elsewhere.
From California's fires to the Rohingya, headlines can be overwhelming these days. But that doesn't mean we should neglect so-called 'silent crises,' which can quickly erupt into global disasters.
A huge majority of humanitarian employees are local to the country of intervention, but their motivations and pressures are often misunderstood.
Puerto Rico, a key piece of U.S. military and economic machinery, is in crisis.
If humanitarian need can't move the Trump administration to save Puerto Rico, then perhaps American self-interest will: The island is a crucial part of the country's economic and military machinery.
Undocumented migrants are among those helping to rebuild the hardest-hit areas of Oaxaca state, where federal aid has been slow to trickle down.
Presidencia de la República Mexicana CC-by-2.0
A brigade of migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala have interrupted their trek north to stay in Mexico and support earthquake recovery efforts.
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Are harsher measures to squeeze North Korea's population worth it? Everything we know about sanctions says probably not.
What’s the role of faith in service?
European Commission DG ECHO
Religious values, deeply rooted in texts, serve as an important motivator for giving. Religious Americans volunteer more, give more, and give more often.