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8 November 2011

Thailand's worst floods in 50 years; international response and preparing for future disasters

Mass flooding in Thailand is reported to be directly affecting over 2.5 million people and so far has resulted in over 350 fatalities (Department of Disast

7 July 2011

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement: the full financial picture

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, made up of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Inte
21 March 2011

Non-DAC donors and the transparency of aid information

The Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) programme supports the aid transparency agenda and advocates for improved access to aid information. Without acces
17 December 2010

The United Arab Emirates reports to the DAC: one step closer to better aid information?

This year’s Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) data release shows some interesting new aid
8 July 2010

Humanitarian aid in conflict: More money, more problems?

Humanitarian aid to conflict affected states is rising, the number of active conflicts is down and mortality rates in conflict are falling, surely that’s all good news, isn’t it?
8 July 2010

Humanitarian aid in the DAC context

In DAC reporting, humanitarian aid is a sector of ODA that aims specifically to “save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity during and in the aftermath of emergencies.” It includes: disaster prevention and preparedness, reconstruction relief, relief coordination, protection and support services, emergency food aid and other emergency/distress relief. This strict definition of humanitarian aid, which is governed by the principles of neutrality and impartiality, marks it out from development aid, which can be subject to some conditionality.