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The Pakistan flooding: three months on and the inequitable response remains

Humanitarian

It has been more than three months since the devastating monsoon floods swept through the provinces of Khyber Paktunkhwa, Punjab and through on to Sindh and parts of Balochistan. Although I question some of rhetoric around the numbers affected and the scale of the disaster, comments that it was the disaster of the century for […]


Cholera in Haiti: a disaster waiting to happen

Humanitarian

Nine months after the devastating 12 January 2010 earthquake, Haiti has once again been struck by misfortune. The cholera outbreak from last October has already claimed the lives of over 1,000 people, while there are nearly 17,000 hospitalised cases according to the Ministry of Public Health in Haiti. The United Nations (UN) estimates that up […]


Funding according to needs: Southern Sudan

Humanitarian

On the cusp of the conclusion of Southern Sudan’s 21 year civil war, the need to understand the extent and nature of Southern Sudan’s problems was keenly felt. Now as the interim period of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement draws to a close, we reflect in our latest report on the theme of funding according to […]


Funding according to needs: the Niger food crisis 2010

Humanitarian

Niger is facing a severe food crisis following a drought and crop failure in late 2009, compounded by flooding in August. According to the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), almost 50% of the population of Niger are in need of food aid this year. A major humanitarian response has mobilised and around US$251 million in humanitarian […]


Aiding Guinea: Time for a promotion from limbo

Humanitarian

During September 2010 Guinea-Conakry is expected to conclude its first democratic elections since the military coup of December 2008. The coup prompted the suspension of all bilateral aid with the exception of humanitarian assistance and support to democratic transformation, by the country’s traditional major donors – France, the European Commission and the United States. As […]


The Pakistan floods and the rhetoric of numbers

Humanitarian

Ban Ki Moon’s statement at the General Assembly on the 19th August 2010, one that suggested that the Pakistan flooding has been the disaster of the century, has been met with derision, well at least from some people. Rony Brauman, ex-president of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and one of its first members, has stated that […]