Humanitarian Aid

Nepal: Building Back, But Out of More Than Bricks and Mortar

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK
Sakthy Selvakumaran

We are all taken aback by the striking images projected in the wake of devastating natural disasters. In recent months the British media was flooded w...

Television's Vital Role in Disaster Relief Must Not Be Forgotten

Clive Jones | Posted 31.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clive Jones

There's another side to the great gogglebox in the corner of our living rooms. TV - in fact British TV specifically - has been the driving force behind humanitarian work that has helped millions of the world's most desperate people. I'm the chair of trustees of the Disasters Emergency Committee, which represents the UK's leading international aid agencies when fundraising for humanitarian emergencies. The DEC has been phenomenally successful, in 67 appeals it has raised more than £1.5billion, including £352million for the Tsunami, £97million for the Philippines Typhoon and, more recently £83 million for the Nepal Earthquake appeal.

'Every Good Deed is an Act of Charity'

Yousaf Aftab | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Yousaf Aftab

Kamal Aftab, who has died aged 33, was a youth mentor, fundraising champion and optometrist. He was also my younger brother. Originally from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, Kamal died at Leeds' Saint James's University Hospital on the 7 August 2015 after a six-week battle against Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. My brother's passion was simple, but vast: it was the service of humanity.

As Yemen Burns, the World Watches

Keith Vaz | Posted 26.07.2015 | UK Politics
Keith Vaz

Yemen should be at the top of the diplomatic and international development agenda. Given Yemen's strategic location on the Gulf, the existence of multiple terrorist organizations and an unprecedented humanitarian situation, this fight is one the international community simply cannot afford to lose.

Rebuilding Hope in Nepal After the Earthquake

Saleh Saeed | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK
Saleh Saeed

I have been left saddened by the scale of destruction and the impact the damage has had on children in particular, but also pleased to see the good progress the aid effort is making only three months on from the earthquake.

Four Years After Independence Donors Must Commit to South Sudan

Rocco Blume | Posted 12.07.2015 | UK
Rocco Blume

What does it take to galvanise international action - and funding - for such a crisis? The great tragedy is that in South Sudan's recent history this situation is not an aberration but the norm. The last civil war lasted from 1983-2004 in which 2 million people died. The Darfur conflict, beginning in 2003, still burns away.

What 57 Seconds of Shaking Left Behind - A Visit to Nepal

Philip Goodwin | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Standing in Chautara village, I got a 360 degree view of rubble-lined streets, buildings that had been yanked from their foundations and homes teetering off the hilltops. This is the true scale of devastation left by the Nepal earthquake.

2015: Time to Invest in Our Global System

Natalie Samarasinghe | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Samarasinghe

This time the world has institutions, practices and early-warning systems in place to encourage more far-sighted policy-making. Political leadership, however, remains trapped in national agendas, or smaller. Unless that changes, unless governments - and the publics to whom they are accountable - embrace the need to use and refresh those institutions, we will have learnt nothing from the previous, and finite, eras of peace.

Education Cannot Wait When Conflict Hits

Aaron Benavot | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

It's complicated, and we face a huge challenge to attract greater funds for schooling and teaching in conflict. But that shouldn't scare us off. The needs are huge, and we must use that as inspiration, rather than as a barrier, to our ambitions. Education cannot wait in times of an emergency. We have no time to lose.

After a Year of Brutal Conflict, Iraq Is on the Brink of Humanitarian Disaster

David Bull | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK
David Bull

The UN is predicting that by the end of this year almost 10million people in Iraq will be in urgent need of help... Already, 1.3million children have been torn from their homes and more than three million do not have access to quality education. Children face danger on a daily basis and have witnessed unspeakable cruelties. Girls have fallen victim to enslavement and sexual violence. Children have been used as suicide bombers and as human shields. Most are living without physical protection, psychosocial support, and basic services.

Will Life Ever Be Normal Again in Yemen?

Sami Jassar | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Sami Jassar

It is no secret that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to providing care for those living with dementia, as there are many different types and every individual is unique. But what is becoming clear is the need for care providers to prepare their services for the future.

The Most Important Man No-one Has Heard of... And Why His Principles Matter to Me and to Millions of Others

Mike Adamson | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Mike Adamson

On 8 May, I will be celebrating the birthday of Henry Dunant, one of the most important men you've never heard of. I confess before I began my career at the British Red Cross, I too was unfamiliar with his name.

What Should Rich Governments Do to Support Nepal?

Shreya Paudel | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Shreya Paudel

"Amidst all the goodwill, inflow of material help, personnel, and pledges for the future, it struck me that the only country to have given *cash* to the Nepal Government so far is Bhutan. Its PM personally brought a check of $1 million. Then the ADB gave $3 million yesterday. From the noise in the social media, you might believe otherwise."

Looking Beyond the Earthquake: How Will Nepal Survive This Natural Disaster With One of the Weakest Health Systems in the World?

Fay Hoyland | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK
Fay Hoyland

During my visit, our plane had to circle in the sky above Kathmandu for hours whilst we struggled to land due to the morning fog and we experienced hours of standstill traffic as we tried to navigate our way through the city slums.

The Perilous Road to Kathmandu

Tanya Barron | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK
Tanya Barron

Today we need to head into Kathmandu and towards the epicentre. Colleagues have children they need to see. And we need to be close to the epicentre to help manage our response. The reports coming in from rural districts around the epicentre are alarming. Our staff are telling us that many, many buildings have collapsed. Homes, schools, hospitals. The hope is that since the earthquake struck on Saturday lunchtime, casualties will be minimised as fewer people would have been in public buildings.

Easter Eggs, Humanitarian Catastrophies and Hard Choices

Johan Eldebo | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Johan Eldebo

It is uncomfortable to think about that the £787m we are about to spend on Easter eggs is the same amount as the total humanitarian needs for the Central African Republic and Afghanistan combined for a whole year (funded at 11% and 21% respectively).

Syria Crisis: Why Aid Is Vital but Not Enough

Saleh Saeed | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK
Saleh Saeed

All we can do is continue to provide lifesaving aid and push for solutions, despite the challenges stacked against us. It's important to recognise what we are able to achieve - the international community must keep investing in humanitarian relief and striving for a sustainable peace.

The Miseries of the Yazidis Six Months On

Frances Guy | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK
Frances Guy

While there has been deliberate targeting of minorities, including Christians and Yazidis, it is clear that acute need exists among people from all religious backgrounds. An estimated 2.2 million people have been displaced across Iraq in the last year and 5.2 million require humanitarian assistance.

Ebola - Not Coming Soon to a Town Near You

Saleh Saeed | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK
Saleh Saeed

Following my visit, I found that the amazing resilience of the local communities, working alongside truly heroic overseas medical staff and aid workers, had left an overwhelming impression on me. It is thanks to each one of them that Ebola has not reached our shores this time around. But, if the immense poverty in countries like Sierra Leone persists then there is no saying when the next outbreak of Ebola - or something equally horrific - will occur.

A Nightmare Made Real: A Mother's Account of Life in Donetsk

Cat Carter | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK
Cat Carter

With the crisis currently engulfing her home, Svetlana is unable to work, and when the conflict intensified around her, she became afraid for her family's lives. She fled with her children to a neighbouring village. We sit together in a crowded family shelter as she tells me her story.

Remembering the Tsunami: 'Responding to World Disasters Will Never Be the Same Again'

Laurie Lee | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK
Laurie Lee

The scale of the disaster and the speed with which entire towns and communities were swept away was something the modern world had never seen before. This was to change the way we prepare for and respond to crises forever.

Give Peace a Chance - Run With Youth

Ettie Higgins | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK
Ettie Higgins

The well of pain runs deep in many parts of Africa, and yet it is young people who offer the best chance for true conflict resolution, and lasting peace. Conflict-affected youth are often the most ambitious, the hardest workers. They want back what was taken from them: opportunity. They want an education and they want to earn a livable wage.

MPs Must Grab Chance to Cement UK's Status as Global Leader in Fight Against Poverty

Mark Goldring | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Goldring

Friday's Parliamentary vote on Michael Moore's Private Members' Bill is a chance for MPs to reconfirm the UK's status as a global leader in the fight against poverty. I urge them to grasp it. It is surely not too much to ask the UK to continue to give 7p in every £10 of national income to help the world's poorest people...

The Hidden Impacts of Ebola

Bella Mosselmans | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bella Mosselmans

It is vitally important that Ebola in West Africa and its hidden impacts receive the attention they need.

Tacloban: Still the Struggle for Survival

Melanie Hargreaves | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK
Melanie Hargreaves

Hundreds of twinkling candles adorned fishing boats off the shore of Tacloban on Saturday evening (8 November) during a vigil to remember the 6,000 people killed by Typhoon Haiyan a year ago.