Report: Time to abandon broken, reactive approach to aid
31 Mar 2014
At first glance, the people of Tacloban in the Central Philippines and Bangui in the Central African Republic (CAR) have little in common. They are separated by continents and oceans, and share no common language or cultural heritage.
This changed at the end of 2013. Both cities were...
Myanmar: Cross-line aid mission reaches isolated communities in Kachin
13 Mar 2014
It is early morning in Myitkyina—a town in the far north of Myanmar’s Kachin state. The first light of dawn is breaking as final preparations are made for the cross-line mission into the areas beyond Government control in Kachin.
Eleven trucks loaded with pulses, cooking oil,...
Japan: Disaster, disability and a community’s revival
10 Mar 2014
“I thought this was the end of the world,” says Yusuke Ishimori, a young survivor of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated communities along Japan’s east coast. Yusuke is from Ishinomaki, one of the cities hardest hit by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the...
Philippines: Valerie Amos hails progress post Haiyan, warns severe needs remain
28 Feb 2014
UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos has hailed the progress that has been made in areas devastated almost four months ago by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Speaking at the end of her visit to the Philippines – her third visit since Haiyan made its destructive landfall – she described some...
WHS: “We need new solutions, new ways of responding, new pathways to resilience”
14 Feb 2014
The launch of a new World Humanitarian Summit website kicks off two years of intensive outreach in the lead up to the 2016 global gathering in Istanbul, Turkey.
The website – www.worldhumanitariansummit.org– marks an important public step in a process that seeks to redefine the...