Interactive map of relief/aid work in East Africa | 

Interaction has published an online “Horn of Africa Aid Map” showing 98 aid and development projects working on immediate famine relief as well as long-term development in East Africa.

Horn of Africa Aid Map is part of NGO Aid Map, a broader mapping initiative to provide detailed information on the work of InterAction members around the world. The aim of NGO Aid Map is to inform the public, increase transparency and improve decision-making in aid and development.

Go to link, below is just a screen grab:


Horn of Africa Aid Map

As Interaction says on its website, this map is part their project called NGO Aid Map.

The project “is focused on collecting aid and development information at the project level and making it accessible to donors, NGOs, businesses, governments and the public through an online, interactive mapping tool.

Although the data on the site represents only a portion of NGOs’ work in the field, the site aims to:

  • Increase transparency within the NGO community
  • Facilitate partnerships and improve coordination among NGOs, private sector, governments and donors
  • Help NGOs and others involved in relief and development make more informed decisions about where to direct their resources
  • Serve as a tool for advocacy and influence policy

NGO Aid Map uses the latest technology to pinpoint projects by area and sector to demonstrate the depth of the work of the NGO community around the world.  Best practices are highlighted in select areas, allowing for information sharing on effective approaches.”


Map of NGOs in Haiti | 

The organization Interaction, an alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), has worked with a number of other groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to create a detailed interactive map of NGOs in Haiti (go to link, below is just a screen grab):

Haiti NGO Aid Map

The site can be browsed by location, sector, organization or project and features maps highlighting NGOs’ work on specific issues, such as the cholera outbreak.

The goal of such a map is to increase transparency, facilitate partnerships and improve coordination among those working in Haiti. Using data gathered from the field, this site will also help NGOs, donors and the public make more informed decisions about where to direct their resources.

Haiti Aid Map is part of NGO Aid Map, a broader mapping initiative to provide detailed information on the work of InterAction members around the world.


Food insecurity map | 

Millions of people, perhaps as many as a billion people, suffer from hunger and inadequate, intermittent access to food. Malnutrition in children is a massive global health problem. And “food insecurity” is on the increase due to rising food prices, agricultural losses, instability and an inequitable food distribution industry.

InterAction, with funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has developed Food Security Aid Map to provide detailed project-level information on food security and agriculture work being done by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). The site can be browsed by location, sector, organization or project.

Below is a screen grab. Here is a link to the interactive map.


Food crisis map

Op-ed: Don’t balance budget on back of the global poor | 


Sam Worthington

You know that phrase about being penny-wise and pound-foolish.

As the US and British governments look for places to make budget cuts, many are concerned that the small amount (about 1 percent of the US federal budget) devoted to providing assistance to the needy and fighting disease in poor countries will be cut even further.

Sam Worthington of Interaction writes in the Guardian why this is a bad idea. He notes that the new conservative government in the UK appears to understand why foreign aid is in their national interest. But Worthington is concerned it remains a tough political sell among some in the U.S. He writes:

Many of the budget cuts proposed by the House would have a dramatic effect on development work abroad and could make it hard to respond to crises such as the earthquake that occurred in Haiti in January last year…. The harsh arithmetic here is that when humanitarian accounts are slashed, people die, whether in Sudan or the Democratic Republic of Congo.

How Wikileaks may alter U.S. development strategy | 

Flickr, by Roger H. Goun

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

As you may have heard, Wikileaks has made life uncomfortable for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Part of this is due to leaked diplomatic documents in which it appears Clinton ordered U.S. diplomats to spy on their colleagues and United Nations officials.

Clinton has denied the charges, but Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange has specifically focused on these documents saying if they are borne out Clinton should resign. A number of media outlets have gone to great pains to examine the allegations, sometimes doing hair-splitting semantic defenses of Clinton and others noting the diplomats ignored Clinton anyway.

But what’s more important here is the question Madeleine Bunting of the Guardian asks: “Will Wikileaks mean Hillary Clinton turns her back on development?” The Obama Administration has been engaged in serious efforts aimed at improving and beefing up U.S. efforts in foreign development — an initiative largely welcomed by many humanitarian and development organizations. Bunting says:

“Not only is (Clinton’s) political career on the line, but the State Department faces an uncertain future in the turf battles over budget and influence in Washington. The collateral damage is the grand centrepiece of Clinton’s recasting of how the US asserts its influence in the world…. Clinton’s bold new strategy for what she called “civilian power, in which diplomacy and development were closely co-ordinated to achieve US interests and global security.

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