Monsoon season poses a serious risk for Bangladesh’s refugee communities

Severe weather brought on by the monsoon season in Bangladesh poses a significant risk to the refugee settlement in Cox’s Bazar. Since August 2017 the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) estimates...

Wetlands are key to Disaster Risk Reduction

February 2nd marks World Wetlands Day which aims to raise awareness of the value of wetlands for humanity and our planet. Wetlands can have a significant role in risk management and disaster reduction,...

Somalia hopes to ensure that drought never turns to famine again

Somalia has launched a new humanitarian plan with the support of the United Nations that aims to ensure famine resistance. The announcement comes one year after Somalia announced a national emergency...

Nigeria is set to launch its biggest ever yellow fever vaccination campaign

The government of Nigeria have announced plans for their biggest ever yellow fever vaccination campaign that will see over 25 million people vaccinated throughout 2018. The campaign will be supported by...

UN reports that over half of Somalis are in need of emergency aid

More than 6.2 million Somalis are in need of emergency aid following a major drought and the country’s worsening conflict. The UN reported that over half of the country’s population require...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...