Haiti

World Politics
0 Global crises cause humanitarian spending to spike

The amount of money spent on humanitarian aid reached a record high last year. Disasters like the typhoon in the Philippines, the crisis in the Central African Republic and the ongoing civil war in Syria all contributed. Government humanitarian aid increased by 24% from 2012 to 2013, totaling¬†¬†$22 billion billion.…

Basics
0 Did Kristof mistake trees for the aid debate forest?

SOPUDEP schoolSOPUDEP The often debated topic of whether or not foreign aid has done good reappeared in this weekend’s column by Nick Kristof for the New York Times. By featuring the story of one young girl’s struggle to go to school, Kristof shows that aid works. Even in Haiti. Jonathan…

Podcasts
0 Lies, Damned Lies, Latin America and the Media

On this week’s podcast, I chat with Keane Bhatt about media reporting gone awry with systemic inaccuracies and bias. And we’re not just talking about Fox News. Bhatt has zeroed in on some of the most prestigious media outlets, like the The New Yorker, The New York Times, and This…

Podcasts
1 What are our responsibilities towards Haiti?

Did you miss us? The Humanosphere podcast is back, now that I’m back in Seattle. Earlier this month, I went to Haiti to work on a documentary film about UN peacekeepers who are supposed to protect, rather than sexually exploit, the population. I took the above photo in 2011, after…

Basics
1 The shortcomings of celebrities as humanitarian heroes

Secretary-General Meets Actor and Humanitarian Sean Penn at Haiti IDP CampUN Actor Sean Penn transformed into heroic aid worker Sean Penn in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. His brash style and celebrity persona conspired to give him quick access to big players and media. In some cases…

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