The Aquarius rescue ship flying the Gibraltar flag enters the harbour in Valletta, Malta in August.
Gibraltar's decision to terminate permission for the Aquarius to conduct operations in the Mediterranean is the latest example of national politics undermining rescue at sea.
In many countries around the world, government agencies work in partnership with NGOs to deliver public services such as health, education and sanitation for communities.
A new regulation makes it easier for the government to contract local NGOs.
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The international aid sector's use of languages needs to change if it is serious about dealing with the issues raised by recent scandals.
The Sea-Watch 3 vessel in Malta in late June 2018.
The Sea-Watch 3 vessel has been prevented from leaving Malta to continue its search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.
The Israeli army launches tear gas at protesters on the border with Gaza.
International NGOs are promoting a 'resilience agenda' that masks their own failings in Palestine.
Most South Africans are locked out of economic opportunities.
The majority of South Africans are separated from the wealthy and formal-sector employed minority.
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.
It's all too easy to miss the point about sex work in areas hit by conflict and disaster. How about listening to the people who experience it?
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Regulation adds operational costs that are often inefficient to the delivery of services, or even completely unnecessary.
What if air quality standards were decided not by governments but by a dedicated federal body?
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Environmental and health groups have called for the creation of a non-political federal agency with the power to rule on pollution levels - much like the Reserve Bank does for interest rates.
Reports of sexual misconduct by Oxfam aid workers sparked a flurry of other allegations.
To stop sexual exploitation in the aid sector, more self-regulation by NGOs isn't the answer.
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Oxfam is not the first charity to be drawn into a high profile scandal. If it is to survive it needs draw on its core ideals.
UK aid: a big spender.
After a scandal involving Oxfam in Haiti, the UK government has threatened to withdraw aid money from the charity.
Children in disaster zones are often highly vulnerable.
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Shocking allegations of abuse by Oxfam aid workers in Haiti are testament to how badly the aid sector needs deep, systemic reform.
Oxfam: under pressure.
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Power imbalances and inequality lie at the heart of the international development industry. But the Oxfam scandal shows that organisations mustn't succumb to it.
The genocide memorial in Kigali. Humanitarian workers in Rwanda had to deal daily with the horrors of war.
It is shocking to see the extent to which humanitarian workers in Rwanda became regular eyewitnesses to violence, murder and large-scale massacres in 1994.
The government has been criticised for its appointment of Gary Johns to head up Australia’s independent charities regulator.
Australians have reason to be apprehensive that some civil voices are not being heard in our liberal democracy.
Women’s NGOs work hard to improve the lives of women in the developing world, including in countries like India and Tanzania. But then they’re often cut out from the process. This photo was taken in the remote village of Uzi on Zanzibar Island in Tanzania in April 2016.
NGOs (non-government organizations) run by women in India and Tanzania fuel the success of development projects, but the women are too easily marginalized once the projects get off the ground.
Along the Balkan route, refugees and migrants are still in need of emergency aid.
A young boy being treated at Baghbanan health centre.
A small community health project in north-west Pakistan is showing how UK aid can change lives and perhaps have an impact on national security.