On 1st July, Humanosphere is taking a break – possibly never to return. Since 2010, they have been reporting daily on global health, aid and development issues for both mainstream and ‘insider’ audiences. Humanosphere’s hibernation matters because they are one of a desperately small number of news organizations regularly producing original, informed coverage of these important international topics.
Humanitarian needs are growing worldwide and international donors are not keeping up. So far, only one-quarter of the money requested for 2017 is available to respond to crises ranging from Syrian refugees to the more than 20 million people at risk of famine. More money is needed due to deteriorating conditions in conflict regions and the recent rapid growth of violence in the Kasai province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The British election has implications for the future of aid and development. To some extent, as does Britain on foreign aid so does the rest of the world. As the U.S. appears to be retreating from the world’s stage, the U.K. – already the world’s second largest donor – is in position to become the world leader in the fight against poverty and inequity.
A new headline-grabbing report shows that despite all of the aid money, remittances sent home from expats and loans sent to Africa, $40 billion more is actually leaving the continent in the form of debt payments, tax avoidance and resource extraction. But some question the figures, and argue that the report doesn’t tell the whole story.
The Disasters Emergency Committee said it raised £50 million in three weeks to support humanitarian aid for people in East Africa. While it is good news in the short term, there is concern that the constant cycle of these emergency appeals fails to help address underlying issues.
Humanitarian groups struggling to keep up with growing humanitarian needs are turning to cash as a way to make every dollar count. Faced with funding shortfalls, U.N. agencies are using more cash-based programs.
Global spending on development assistance reached its highest level, largely driven by the refugee crisis, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
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