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Newsletter - September 2017

Dear colleagues,

A revolution is required in the way we think about international development if we are to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

From innovation in early warning and communication systems to advancing universal health coverage and access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), the division between emergency response and humanitarian development is becoming more distorted. This newsletter brings some of the stories highlighting the changing nature of humanitarian needs and effective ways of addressing those.

To learn more about innovations supporting SDGs in Africa, join the 3rd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit on 27-28 February 2018. Register your interest at

Kind Regards,


Data carried on humanitarian networks is increasingly sensitive, as it contains a growing amount of financial, personal and medical information. Are the private sector and humanitarian organisations doing enough to secure it? What can be done, and what are some of the best-practices available? Read more in the interview with Steve Birnbaum, Business Development Manager at Marlink, provider of satellite-based communication services.

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Path to Achieving Health

The World Health Organization has recently published a report estimating the amount of investment required to achieve the health SDGs. According to the report, low and middle-income countries need to invest additional $134 billion in order to achieve these goals. The WHO plan would introduce 23.6 million more health workers and create 415,000 health facilities with an emphasis placed on primary care, to provide for the respective populations of countries implementing the health SDG initiative.

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Development Finance
Early Warning

Early warning, early action: Emerging innovations in disaster response

In a disaster situation, the ability to detect developments and distribute information can save lives. Researchers from the University of Cambridge have developed a more accurate method of predicting volcanic eruptions by measuring the energy moving through a volcano and comparing it with changes in the surrounding rock. The pressure changes inside of a volcano, caused by an increased presence of magma, can result in the shrinking of the rock, eventually leading to faster seismic waves.

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[infographic] Disaster Preparedness & Prevention

Disaster preparedness methods and prevention infrastructure have been proven to mitigate the impacts of catastrophes around the world. Every euro spent on disaster prevention efforts is predicted to result in €4 savings that would go towards response efforts. In 2016, the European Commission released a report of its planned investments for the countries in the EU. It is estimated that the projected developments will save 13.3 million people residing on the European continent from floods and 11.8 million people from forest fires.

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Featured Interviews:

Virtual reality

Interview with Christopher Smith, Director of Individual Assistance at FEMA

In the role as Director, I am responsible for the oversight of more than 1200 staff who provide support to individuals and families during disasters through both fixed and field-based service centers. Since joining FEMA in May of 2015, I’ve led the division in preparing for, responding to, and supporting presidentially declared disasters in states, territories, and tribal nations.

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Natural Disasters

Interview with Luca Palazzotto, WASH Technical Lead at Relief International

In this role I drive the process to reconcile RI’s humani-tarian assistance activities with a long-term view. This entails the adoption of a systems approach in our WASH programs, and in particular in those protracted crises that require sustained support for extended periods of time. An important part of my work is to provide technical guidance and facilitate learning within the organisation.

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What Did the UN Buy

Interview with Gemma Bulos, Co-Founder of Global Women's Water Initiative

Global Women's Water Initiative (GWWI) trains the stakeholder who is dispro-portionately affected by the lack of water and sanitation: women. GWWI trains women to become local WASH experts – technicians, trainers and social entrepreneurs – who are capable of offering a variety of WASH services to their communities...

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Aid & Development Africa Summit

27-28 February 2018 I Kenya

Discover game-changing innovations in mobile technology, humanitarian logistics, health & WASH, communications,shelter and refugee camp management. Book now


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