Safe Water, Sanitation Key To Socio-Economic Transformation in Kenya

3.5 million people in Kenya were identified by the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in June 2017 as urgently requiring safe drinking water. Universal access to clean and safe drinking water and basic sanitation systems are key to achieving socio-economic transformation in countries, such as Kenya. Access to clean water... Read More

‘No Time To Retreat’ Report by UN OCHA

The reinforcement, rather than replacement, of local and national crisis management systems by international actors was the most reported area of progress by the participating stakeholders, according to ‘No Time To Retreat’ by UN OCHA, the first annual synthesis report on progress since the World Humanitarian Summit.  The Agenda for Humanity outlines a plan to meet humanitarian... Read More

World Soil Day - Addressing Soil Fertility to Ensure Food Security

Every year the 5th of December is marked as the World Soil Day, established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to raise awareness about the importance of soil quality for food security, healthy ecosystems and human well-being. The World Soil Day promotes strategies for sustainable... Read More

The World’s First Health Impact Bond Can Save 10,000 Women And New-Borns In India

About 0.75 million new-born children die every year in India, which is the largest number for any country in the world. Four states—Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan—alone contribute to 55% of total neonatal deaths in India (J Perinatol, 2016). A new Development Impact Bond was announced by Mark... Read More

Turning The Tide In The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises the 1st December as World AIDS Day, a global public health campaign dedicated to raising awareness about AIDS spread by HIV. Approximately 36.7 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS, 2016). Of these, 2.1... Read More

Interview with Matthias Boyen, Drone Focal Point, HIV/AIDS Project Officer, UNICEF

How is UNICEF involved in humanitarian and development sectors?  UNICEF has a long history of working in emergencies and humanitarian contexts, both natural and man-made. Originally called the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, the organisation was created to provide humanitarian assistance to children living in a world shattered by... Read More

If Farmers cannot Farm, who will Feed the Hungry?

Whilst the world’s population is increasing due to the rise of climate change, global food production will decline drastically up until 2050, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Ultimately the world needs to understand how poverty, climate change and hunger can be tackled together. Is climate-smart agriculture... Read More

“Who Doesn’t Have a Toilet?”

Shockingly 2.4 billion people in the world do not have access to clean or safe toilets. Poor sanitation increases the risk of disease and malnutrition, especially for women and children. It is estimated that 50 per cent of this undernutrition is related to diarrhoea or repeated infestations of intestinal nematodes caused by unsafe... Read More

Calling All Aid & Development Innovators in Africa

The Aid & International Development Forum is currently accepting nominations for the Innovator of the Year Award. This competition celebrates individuals, who have introduced game-changing initiatives, created research or inventions that have made an impact on the humanitarian aid and development sectors in Africa over the past year. The aim... Read More

Developing Countries are in need of Recovery not just Resilience

The earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 cost $235 billion, according to World Bank. Six years later, Japanese residents are still recovering from the natural disaster. Japan’s Reconstruction agency stated that out of the 150,000 evacuees who lost their homes, 50,000 of them were still living in temporary housing. The... Read More

“WHO” is creating awareness for resistance to antibiotics?

Resistance to antibiotics is a serious threat; every year, at least 700,000 people die worldwide from infections that no longer respond to antibiotics. That toll could rise to 10 million by 2050. Pneumonia and malaria are two of the deadliest diseases in the world, and are becoming resistant to antibiotics.... Read More

Typhoon Damrey Takes Over Southern Vietnam

Typhoon Damrey, which hit on November 4th, has affected at least one million children over the central region of Vietnam, says the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Over 80,000 homes and 250,000 hectares of farmland have been destroyed. Vietnam’s coastline is frequently victim to tropical thunderstorms however Damrey is being... Read More

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