Funding for refugee rights began to stagnate in the years leading up to the current migrant crisis, according to a report released today. “For the last few years of available data, we’ve seen that funding focused on the rights of migrants and refugees has remained flat,” Sarah Tansey, program manager at the International Human Rights Funders Group, told Humanosphere. “So with the benefit of hindsight, we can see now that this data comes at a time the crisis was really growing, but the funding didn’t seem to grow proportionally to the crisis.”
The worst wildfires in Chile’s modern history are dying down, but have left thousands of people displaced from their homes in some of the poorest regions of the country. For the moment, no new blazes have been reported ”and the rest are mostly controlled,” President Michelle Bachelet said in her daily briefing on the wildfires on Saturday. “… That doesn’t mean, however, that we are letting down our guard.”
In a world of rising inequality and automation, the idea of a universal basic income is gaining momentum, from the most developed countries to some of the poorest. Finland made headlines when it launched a trial at the start of the year, and France’s left-wing presidential contender Benoît Hamon included it in his platform. Now, India’s chief economic adviser says it’s time for “serious public deliberation.”
More than 7 million people living in West Africa’s Lake Chad basin are surviving on just one meal a day, a U.N. official warned. With millions of Nigerians displayed from their homes, a regional crisis is brewing. U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel Toby Lanzer said that international help is crucial for people living in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, and to prevent a deadly hunger crisis.
Less than 24 hours before the Women’s March on Washington, demonstrators are still muddled in controversy over whether the event is as inclusive as it claims to be. As the march has grown in prominence, it has strived to include a multitude of causes affecting marginalized groups. The event’s policy platform covers issues such as racial profiling, abortion, LGBTQ rights and the environment.
When it comes to disaster relief, it is possible to be too generous. Australians stepped up to help Vanuatu after Tropical Cyclone Pam struck the Pacific island nation in March 2015. They filled more than 70 shipping containers with unrequested goods – from high heels to canned food. Ten months later, 18 of the containers remained, at a cost of $1.5 million in storage fees.
With 48 hours left as vice president of the United States, Joe Biden delivered his final speech yesterday to an assembly of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful people. “The top 1 percent is not carrying their weight,” he said. And while “external actors” pose a threat to democracy, inequality is “undermining support for the liberal international order from inside.”
Shocking new data reveals an “obscene” level of global wealth inequality, far worse than previously thought: Only eight men hold as much wealth as the poorest half of humanity – more than 3.6 billion people. The finding is among other equally jarring numbers in Oxfam’s latest report, released today as political and business leaders gather for the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week.
The two-week-old cease-fire in Syria has allowed aid groups to reach some areas, but cities under siege by government forces remain cut off from help, officials from Save the Children said on Friday. U.N. agency leaders echoed that concern in a joint statement today.
More than three months after Hurricane Matthew, Haiti is suffering one of the worst hunger crises in its recent history, with aid groups striving to restore food security for almost 1 million people.