A volunteer delivers food parcels in Masiphumelele informal settlement in Cape Town, South Africa.
Early in the pandemic, countries had to address several questions as the virus spread and lockdowns became inevitable.
The World Health Organization is building a game world to allow medical practitioners to admit virtual patients for emergency treatment during a mass casualty simulation.
A game world is an immersive fantasy world that is created with the intention of promoting interaction with its environment.
A warehouse for flour preservation and distribution to refugees at a refugee camp in Ethiopia.
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Time in the camps does not move forward and educated refugees are stuck, without the opportunity to create a path for a better future.
Residents of Cagayan de Oro survey what’s left of their homes the day after Typhoon Washi hit the Philippines in 2011.
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.
Forensic anthropologists, who analyse skeletal remains, can give us clues to how someone lived and died.
While forensic scientists mostly use fingerprints, dental records and DNA to identify human remains, they have many other techniques in their forensic toolkit. How many have you heard of?
Missionary media has played an important role in shaping world news.
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Evangelist Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network has launched the first Christian 24-hour TV channel. History shows that missionary media has played a key role in providing information from around the world.
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.
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.
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.
A huge majority of humanitarian employees are local to the country of intervention, but their motivations and pressures are often misunderstood.
Women in crisis settings, such as refugee camps and war zones, are particularly likely to experience sexual assault.
Hollywood’s sexual predation scandals are just the tip of the iceberg. One in three women worldwide has been physically or sexually assaulted, and many girls’ first sexual experience is forced.
Syrian Arab Red Crescent assisted families in Homs, Syria in September.
The humanitarian crisis in the Middle East is getting worse by the day. A survey of aid workers provides a glimpse into life on the ground, and clues to why the humanitarian sector is ailing.
Burundian refugees fleeing conflict at home gather on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Kigoma region in western Tanzania.
The initiative to establish an African Humanitarian Agency is a welcome one. But political, technical and financial support will matter. This will require the AU to take a pragmatic approach. Can it?
The death toll from the Aleppo hospital bombing is climbing.
Protecting humanitarian workers requires an understanding of their individual situation, not broad assumptions.
Not protected by the Geneva Convention?
How a political theory became a deadly reality for aid groups.
Volunteers prepare food for victims of flood affected areas in Jammu and Kashmir at Golden Temple, Amritsar.
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From post-earthquake Nepal to serving the homeless poor in the UK, food services offered by Sikh temples contribute to public life and humanitarian relief.
Ben Affleck championed the piece of legislation requiring companies reporting to the US Securities and Exchange Commission to disclose their use of ‘conflict minerals’ originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Celebrities help make causes known to larger audiences and can be effective in obtaining pledges from policymakers. Yet their simplified advocacy messages can lead to ineffective or harmful policies.
Earthquake survivor Krishna Kumari Khadka, 24, is rescued by the French, Israeli and Norwegian rescue teams from a collapsed building six days after the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal April 30 2015.
People working in this field often view themselves with a “person-of-steel” mentality – placing themselves in peril by ignoring their own needs.
January 12 2015 marks five years since Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake. Countless victims were killed, homes destroyed, and vital infrastructure reduced to debris. Already one of the world’s…
Navy workers deliver aid in the Philippines.
The UK government’s Department for International Development has been severely criticised by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact for its apparent failure to tackle corruption in the countries that…