On April 25, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people and leaving 3.5 million without homes. Now two years later, after an impressive immediate response and declarations by the government to “build back better,” development workers are saying the recovery process has stalled, especially in rural areas.
The famine in South Sudan, unlike those created by drought in other parts of East Africa, is man-made. Anywhere from 100,000 to nearly 300,000 people in the region are believed to be facing starvation due to an ongoing civil war. The conflict has forced them to flee their communities, leaving behind crops or livestock, to hide in areas lacking food, and sometimes even water.
According to the latest statistics from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Colombia has the most internally displaced persons (IDP) in the world, with more than 6 million individuals — more than 13 percent of the national population — registered as of last year. As Colombia begins the implementation of its newly achieved peace deal, many experts have highlighted the urgent need to reintegrate millions of the country’s displaced people and refugees.
The U.N. again warned that as many as 20 million people are at risk of famine in Nigeria, Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia. Warnings in February were not enough to raise the money needed to prevent a global hunger crisis. So, new attempts are being made to convince donor countries to do more.
Developing Asia is the “single largest contributor to global growth,” according to a new report, and the Kingdom of Bhutan is the fastest growing economy of them all, built on the backbone of a large hydropower sector. But rather than measuring development by gross domestic product (GDP), Bhutan prefers to assess its “gross national happiness.”
The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on Thursday to end its 13-year-long peacekeeping mission in Haiti, replacing it with a new mission focused on justice, human rights and police development.
Universal access to safe water and sanitation is achievable by 2030, but only if countries drastically step up their funding to fill the “gap between aspiration and reality,” the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.N.-Water warned in a new report today that analyzed data from 75 countries and 25 external support agencies.
Pregnant women fleeing western Mosul where Islamic State are defending their last stronghold against Iraqi troops, are in some cases giving birth on the run, raising concerns about the health of mothers and newborns, an aid agency said on Wednesday.
With the exception of sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean spends less on infrastructure than any other world region. According to a World Bank report, however, the region should not spend more to boost development – it just needs to spend more wisely.
Direct Relief has contributed $32 million in medical resources for Colombia and Peru, where historic flooding and mudslides have killed hundreds of the region’s most vulnerable people and displaced hundreds of thousands more.