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.
The United Nations issued another record appeal, asking for $22.2 billion in humanitarian crisis response funding for 2017. The appeal is 10 percent higher than last year’s $19.7 billion appeal, which is only half funded, despite immense need.