Humanitarian

Going Beyond The Rhetoric: Unpacking The Role Of Faith Leaders And Institutions In Humanitarian Action

Amjad Saleem | Posted 19.10.2017 | UK
Amjad Saleem

10 years ago the president of the Methodist Church challenged me in the east of Sri Lanka following a humanitarian crisis caused by the upsurge in the...

Next-Generation Aid

George Graham | Posted 03.10.2017 | UK
George Graham

The UK needs to bring its arms policy into line with its humanitarian principles. The devastation caused to the British Virgin Islands by Hurricane I...

Rwanda: A Tiny Country With Limited Resources Where There Is A Spirit Of Generosity And Tolerance. A Country The UK Could Learn Well From

Ruth Wilson | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK
Ruth Wilson

'Shoot!' yells Karina, a tall, athletic 15-year-old Burundian as she launches a ball in my direction. I grab it, go for the basket and miss. To be fai...

Incredible Stories Of Refugees Fleeing Intense Violence In Myanmar

Imran Madden | Posted 26.09.2017 | UK
Imran Madden

You can see that the refugees are self-sufficient and stoic, and that they are determined to help themselves. While this independent spirit is essential in the chaos of the first few days, it will be down to NGOs like Islamic Relief, for the most part, to provide them with improved shelter units, water, sanitation and food.

Lessons From The Myanmar Response: Why We Need To Support Local And National Aid Agencies

Imran Madden | Posted 17.09.2017 | UK
Imran Madden

Images of thousands of refugees fleeing Myanmar have quite rightly focused global attention on the human tragedy of displacement and the search for safety. However, there is another story here, namely the scramble to deliver aid to over 400,000 refugees - the population of a small city.

Myanmar Refugees: There Is No Greater Toll Than The Loss Of Life

Imran Madden | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK
Imran Madden

At the point where so many seek a new life, for too many it marks the end of theirs - surely a toll too high to pay.

Things Fall Apart, The Centre Must Hold

Leonie Le Borgne | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Politics
Leonie Le Borgne

Civilians, average citizens, will be increasingly (directly and indirectly) affected by crises and will need to be prepared for a difficult future. We have seen this in Houston this week, in countless contexts previously, and we will see it time and time again.

Famines Are Man-Made. We Have The Power To Prevent Them.

Mark Goldring | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Mark Goldring

Last week, Oxfam chartered a small plane and distributed beans, rice and oil in Panyijar in South Sudan. This was very much a last resort - not least because of the expense - but it was the only way to reach these communities and keep them alive.

Top 5 Humanitarian Women

Frontier | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Frontier

Feminism and humanitarianism are intrinsically linked, both working towards the welfare and fair treatment of all. Here are five women whose humanitarian work has paved the way toward an equal global society.

The Risks Of Turning Inwards After 2016's Geopolitical Earthquakes

Simon O'Connell | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Simon O'Connell

It's late 2026 and positivity is in short supply. Around the world, countries have turned in on themselves. Protectionist and isolationist policies ha...

Lifeline Programming: Bringing Together Humanitarians, Media And Governments

Katy Williams | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Tech
Katy Williams

In a humanitarian crisis, people need timely and accurate information about how to meet their fundamental needs. They want to know where they can find food, shelter, water and medical help and how they can keep themselves and their families safe.

The Other Side Of The Mosul Operation: How Do You Help One Million People Who Need Food, Water And Shelter?

Mike Adamson | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK
Mike Adamson

Over recent weeks and months we've seen attacks on civilian targets such as hospitals and aid convoys in Syria and Yemen. We appeal to all parties to respect the basic principles of international humanitarian law - precaution, protection and distinction of civilians. Everything must be done to allow the safe and unimpeded access to any humanitarian organisation working to protect and assist the people fleeing Mosul.

Faster, Higher, Stronger: Celebrating The Humanitarian Spirit At The Rio Olympics And Onwards

Unni Krishnan | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK
Unni Krishnan

In wars and disaster zones, a simple explanation is that humanity is a force that advances the idea of life, with dignity. To strengthen the idea of humanity for people caught in conflicts, epidemics and disasters, we could borrow some ideas from the Olympic motto: Citius (faster), Altius (higher) and Fortius (stronger).

Sands of Time: The World's Largest Refugee Camp Turns 25

Luke Browne | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK
Luke Browne

Most conflicts now burn on for an average of 37 years, and those uprooted by them are crying out for a humanitarian response that reflects this. If a new deal for Kenya is realised over the coming months, Dadaab may no longer remain an anachronism. It could, with the right imagination, political drive and institutional support, come to represent the future.

Open Letter to Ban Ki-moon

Marc DuBois | Posted 10.06.2017 | UK
Marc DuBois

Millions of people heard you. I heard you. This is what you said before the World Humanitarian Summit.

Aid Reform not Reduction Needed Post-World Humanitarian Summit

Simon O'Connell | Posted 10.06.2017 | UK
Simon O'Connell

Ending the UK's commitment to spend just 7p out of every £10 of our national wealth on international aid is not the answer. This will send the wrong signal to both the countries we are asking to commit to the same spending, and importantly to the hundreds of millions of the world's poorest who we are supporting to lift out of poverty once and for all.

For Children in Crisis, Education Cannot Wait

Mike Penrose | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK
Mike Penrose

For the first time in the 70-year history of the UN, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has brought together world leaders and the humanitarian community for the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, with the aim of making bold commitments to reduce the impact of the unprecedented wars and disasters we are seeing today.

Will the World Humanitarian Summit Deliver?

Aaron Oxley | Posted 21.05.2017 | UK
Aaron Oxley

Leaders meeting at the World Humanitarian Summit could transform the way we respond to the increasingly severe disasters caused by climate change. Her...

End Impossible Choices, Choose Humanity

Hervé Verhoosel | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Hervé Verhoosel

Impossible choices are being made every day by more than 125 million people affected by crises and natural disasters. In fact, we are in the midst of the worst large-scale humanitarian crisis of our lifetime. Not since World War II have more people around the world been in desperate need of assistance as a direct result of ongoing conflict and violence.

Europe Protects Border, But Fails Children

Janti Soeripto | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Janti Soeripto

Visiting the small and makeshift graveyard on Lesvos, set up by caring local volunteers, as I did in recent days, is a heart-breaking experience. I de...

Syrian Refugee Crisis in Europe Is Testing Its Humanitarian Nerve

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

The shocking image of the lifeless body of a young Syrian boy found lying face down on a beach near the Turkish resort town of Bodrum has left the wor...

Nigeria's Leader Can Change World's Approach to Insurgencies and What Drives Them

General Sir Nick Parker | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK
General Sir Nick Parker

The measure of success in Northern Nigeria is whether civilians feel free from fear. Nigeria's sovereign government, with international partners lending their expertise, should be able not simply to clear the battlefield, but to satisfy the reasonable aspirations of the people to a secure and prosperous future. That could be a lesson for the rest of the world to learn.

Education Cannot Wait When Conflict Hits

Aaron Benavot | Posted 28.06.2016 | 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.

The Role of Islamic Social Financing in Humanitarian Action

Amjad Saleem | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK
Amjad Saleem

The recent Briefing Paper from Global Humanitarian Assistance 'An Act of Faith: Is Islamic charitable giving a promising new resource for future human...

Rohingyas in Indonesia: Stories from the Ground

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

The international community must realise that the only solution to end the suffering of the Rohingyas lies with the Myanmar government. We must pressure them to end the atrocities that they are committing towards these people. The Rohingya minority must be allowed to return to their country and live peacefully in the place that they call home.