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13 May 2015

Public calls for better data and traceability in response to Nepal earthquake

To date, a total of US$156 million in international humanitarian funding has been allocated to the Nepal earthquake crisis according to the UN Office for t
30 April 2015

Burundi at a crossroads

Protestors see the President’s decision as unconstitutional because the presidential office is limited to two terms. The protests and ensuing violence is t
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Written by Jason Braganza

17 April 2015

Is Islamic charitable giving a promising resource for future humanitarian assistance?

This blog was originally published on the ALNAP website. You can read the article in full here.  We are all too aware of the number and scale of humanitari
10 April 2015

Aid down slightly in 2014, but what else does the new DAC data tell us?

After reaching a peak in 2013, official development assistance (ODA) fell by 0.5% in real terms in 2014: Collectively, ODA from the 28 Organisation for Eco

Written by Rob Tew

Head of Technical Development

8 April 2015

Zakat collection in Indonesia reached US$231.6 million in 2012

Zakat collection has risen at a faster rate than GDP; between 2004 and 2012 GDP in Indonesia more than trebled while Zakat collection increased 15-fold. Za
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Written by Chloe Parrish

24 March 2015

Global ODA to agriculture increased in 2013

This total can be broken down into three categories: general projects and administration, harvest (crop related) and livestock.* Funding to all three categ

Written by Duncan Knox

Senior Analyst

18 March 2015

Poverty of people in the global poorest 20% is deeper in LDCs

Two world regions are home to almost four-fifths of the people in the global poorest 20%: South Asia (43%) and sub-Saharan Africa (35%). Three populous cou
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Written by Ian Townsend

13 March 2015

Will discussions on DRR financing materialise in Sendai?

The World Disasters Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) opens this weekend in Sendai, Japan. Government representatives from over 100 countries wil
10 March 2015

Reporting on gender in emergencies is in decline – can the World Humanitarian Summit help to address this?

On March 11, a workshop will be convened under the auspices of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) that will bring together humanitarian policy-