What are the Humanitarian Priorities for this Year?

The United Nations forecasts that conflict will drive humanitarian needs this year, and result in approximately 136 million people across 26 countries requiring aid. Other driving factors include violence, displacement, and hunger. In order to cater for this, the British government aims to make an additional GB £21 million available...

We need insurance to reflect the reality of climate disasters

It is well known that climate change causes an increase in the likelihood and severity of natural disasters. It is vital, therefore, that the cost of adapting and rebuilding after these catastrophes does not unduly fall on the poorest people. For example, Hurricane Irma, which ravaged the Caribbean and North...

Building on the Past to Invest in the Future

With 2017 drawing to a close, it is now time to put 2018 in focus. Global economic growth reached 3 percent, which is the highest growth rate the world has seen since 2011. This improvement to the worldwide economic situation means that the chances of reaching the 2030 sustainable development...

The Global Humanitarian Overview 2017: Record funds for record need

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in collaboration with humanitarian partners across the world has launched the Global Humanitarian Overview 2017, a consolidated appeal to support people affected by disaster and conflict around the world. The report states that for 2017, humanitarian partners will require...

Ethiopian Government Aims to Mitigate Floods with New Dams

The Ethiopian Government is planning to construct two new dams to mitigate Ethiopia’s devastating and recurring floods. The decision comes just a few months after flash floods ravaged the country, causing as many as one hundred fatalities and displacing tens of thousands of people. The construction, orchestrated by the Awash...

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