Egypt in flux: will aid change with it?


As thousands of Egyptians take to the streets of Cairo to protest in frustration at Mubarak’s 30 year-long presidency calling for a shift to genuine democracy, and debate rages around flows of aid to the country, we have taken a look at the picture of Egypt and aid. Our factsheet looks at how much has […]

Aid spending on humanitarian response, governance and security


Blog by Lisa Walmsley I’m going to the Humanitarian Policy Group meeting on the humanitarian system and humanitarian space on Friday – so thought I’d put some quick figures together on aid to conflict-affected and fragile states; and on aid spent on humanitarian response, governance and security. The data behind these graphs can be found […]

Mexico's war on drugs certainly looks like war


There are periodically instances of violence that question our understanding of what constitutes a conflict. The Mexican government’s four-year war on drug cartels, which they consider a direct threat to the state, is one of those. The levels of violence are staggering and are certainly comparable with major inter-state conflicts. An estimated 28,000 people (Mexican […]