Kizuna (bonding) in Fukushima
20 Mar 2015
Humanitarian crises are not often associated with developed countries. However, nature does not discriminate between developed and developing countries. The Great East Japan Earthquake, which struck Fukushima on 11 March 2011, is proof that even in a disaster-prepared country such as Japan,...
Major new international framework for disaster risk reduction adopted
19 Mar 2015
Representatives from 187 UN Member States adopted the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda—a far-reaching new framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) that has seven targets and four priorities for action.
The agreement was reached at the Third World Conference...
Violent clashes break out during northern Myanmar’s dry season
6 Mar 2015
The dry season is an important time for humanitarian organizations in Myanmar’s Kachin and northern Shan States. When the rains arrive in May, the unpaved roads make it difficult to reach many of the remote camps and communities that are home to 98,000 people still displaced by the...
Tsunami: Ten years on, what have we learned?
29 Dec 2014
This piece was originally published on the ODI blog Development Progress.
Ten years ago when the Indian Ocean tsunami hit land, killing 230,000 people and destroying the lives and livelihoods of many more, its human cost was immeasurable. The tsunami unleashed an unprecedented national and...
Tsunami: 10 years on from the mega-disaster that shaped today’s humanitarian system
26 Dec 2014
Remarks by UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos at an event commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami, in Phang-Nga, Thailand.
Ten years ago today when the tsunami hit land it killed 230,000 people, and ruined the lives of many more. Entire villages were destroyed, wiping...