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“Fetishism” and Humanitarian Aid – an Interview

I recently ran across a fascinating article in the Third World Quarterly, The fetishism of humanitarian objects and the management of malnutrition in emergencies. The…

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Earthquake tests China’s emergency system : The Lancet

More than 190 people were killed after a 7·0-magnitude earthquake struck China’s southwestern Sichuan province at 8:02 am on April 20. The epicentre was in…

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Dissecting the controversy about early psychological response to disasters and trauma

Right now in Oklahoma, first responders and volunteers are pulling out the stops to mobilize all the help they can, including psychological support. They’ll be…

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“Fetishism” and Humanitarian Aid – an Interview

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I recently ran across a fascinating article in the Third World Quarterly, The fetishism of humanitarian objects and the management of malnutrition in emergencies. The…


Opinion Pieces Address Humanitarian Relief Efforts In Philippines

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The following is a summary of several opinion pieces from two authors published in separate blogs from The Guardian that discuss post-disaster relief efforts in the Philippines. Cecil Laguardia, Poverty Matters Blog: “When we touched down in Tacloban, the desolation and bleakness seemed to engulf a wide area — it was no longer the city…More


U.S. Military ‘Should Prioritize’ Issues Surrounding Humanitarian Response

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“The scale of the U.S. military’s response to the disastrous Haiyan Typhoon in the Philippines has been impressive … But military-led disaster relief is not only a humanitarian imperative — it can also serve a larger strategic imperative as a part of U.S. foreign policy,” Erik Brattberg, a fellow at the School of Advanced International…More


UN doubles down on refusal to accept Haiti cholera lawsuit

The United Nations again refused to take responsibility for the cholera outbreak in Haiti caused by a peacekeeping unit from Nepal.Legal claims against the UN were again rejected as the body reaffirmed its stance that it is a ‘political and policy matter.’The cholera outbreak that started in October 2010 has killed nearly 8,200 Haitians and infected an estimated 665,00 people. More evidence, including a study published this month, shows that the cholera was imported from Nepal by a peacekeeping unit and was spread due to improper waste disposal into a nearby river.A letter from the UN addressed to Brian Concannon, Director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), refused to consider mediation and said that “there is no basis for such engagement in connection with claims that are not receivable.” Patricia O’Brien, Under Secretary-General for Legal Affairs for the UN’s Legal Counsel, also refuted claims by IJDH that the UN has not lived up to its obligation to the victims of he cholera outbreak. She includes excerpts from recent remarks by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.“Since the outbreak of the disease, the United Nations, in cooperation with other partners, has taken several steps to contain and combat the epidemic and prevent future outbreaks,” said Ban. “These efforts have helped to decrease the rate of new infection by 90 per cent since the outbreak began. The mortality rate has been brought down to around 1 per cent


Earthquake tests China’s emergency system : The Lancet

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More than 190 people were killed after a 7·0-magnitude earthquake struck China’s southwestern Sichuan province at 8:02 am on April 20. The epicentre was in…


Dissecting the controversy about early psychological response to disasters and trauma

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Right now in Oklahoma, first responders and volunteers are pulling out the stops to mobilize all the help they can, including psychological support. They’ll be…


Guardian map of people displaced by climate change, disasters

I’m not sure I totally buy the claim that nearly all of these displacements are due to disasters driven by climate change, but it’s still an interesting map. As the Guardian reports: More than 32 million people fled their homes last year because of disasters such as floods, storms and earthquakes – 98% of displacement … Continue reading →


Search for Survivors Races On as 91 Feared Dead in Tornado-Hit Oklahoma

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Pre-dawn emergency workers searched feverishly for survivors in the rubble of homes, primary schools and an hospital in an Oklahoma City suburb ravaged by a…


8 Technology Lessons of Hurricane Sandy

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Women Deliver launches Catapult, an online donation hub for women and girls globally

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Of all philanthropic organizations, organizations devoted to girls and women tend to be most underfunded. Although investing in women goes a long way in addressing…