As resettlement stalls,
hopes run dry in Iraqi camp
AINKAWA, Iraq -- Tough U.S. immigration rules were ostensibly meant to safeguard victims of extremist violence and protect religious minorities. In a Christian internally displaced camp in Iraq, the effect has been the opposite.
March 17, 2017
The magnitude of crises in the Middle East have pushed programmers to consider how they deal with education in emergencies. Their key takeaway is to put psychosocial support front and center. But that raises a new set of challenges in making sure children don't fall behind.
Mar 22, 2017
Venezuela's humanitarian crisis is worse than you think
Oct 27, 2016Once among the richest countries in Latin America, Venezuela now needs an estimated $500 million in humanitarian assistance to halt spiraling shortages, outbreaks and widespread deprivation. The trouble is, the government won't admit there's a problem.
Colombia preps contingency plans for arrivals from Venezuela
Aug 19, 2016Colombia is preparing for a scenario in which as many as 1 million Venezuelans could cross the border seeking alimentation and refuge. The Colombian government is adamant that it will lead any potential operation, but international organizations would also be called upon to help, likely in significant numbers.
Children face 'immediate risk of death' as famine looms in Yemen
Feb 21, 2017Yemen's population is on the brink of an all-out food crisis as funding shortages, insecurity and overall logistics challenges make aid delivery a gargantuan task. The collapse of the country's economy and ongoing fighting portend for no relief in sight.
Humanitarian system: Just broke, or also broken?
May 24, 2016Humanitarian operations have nowhere near enough money to address the needs. But a growing number of attendees to the World Humanitarian Summit say the relief system itself is also fundamentally in need of retooling.
The World Health Organization has taken on an unusually activist role in managing trauma care in Northern Iraq. Donors, aid groups and doctors say it's working.
Mar 29, 2017
What went wrong with refugee advocacy?
Nov 28, 2016In a year that saw Brexit, Donald Trump's presidential election victory, and rising border controls across Europe, advocates for migration are asking themselves why their arguments haven't changed public opinion.
Opportunities for INGOs in Colombia peace implementation
Sep 7, 2016Colombia is seeking $3.3 billion in international aid to implement its peace deal over the next three years. Organizations looking to help can aim proposals toward the country's Rapid Response plan, which will be activated immediately if the accord is ratified in an upcoming plebiscite.
Colombia, Jordan offer test cases for displaced integration
Sep 12, 2016Over the last decade, the humanitarian community has coalesced around the idea that integration into host communities may be a more permanent solution than return for many refugees and IDPs. That logic is now being put to the test in two countries with massive displaced populations for which return is not an option: Colombia and Jordan.
For Colombia, peace brings development imperative and an end to donor funds
Jul 14, 2016Donors want a success story, and Colombia is offering — the likely end of a 50-year-old conflict between the government and guerrilla group FARC. Yet a peace deal also raises the bar for development projects, promising vast improvements in the rural areas. Already stretched from global crises, international support is likely to dry up quickly, leaving the Colombian government on its own to secure peace. Is it up to the task?
The first victims of an apparent chemical attack in the campaign to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State recount their story to Devex, revealing a public health system ill-prepared to receive and treat future cases. Government officials, NGOs and agencies are now urgently pivoting to reorganize protocol.
Mar 7, 2017
Inside the mounting preparations for chemical attacks in Iraq
Mar 20, 2017Iraqi politicians say no chemical weapons have been used in Northern Iraq, but health authorities and international partners say the risk is significant enough to warrant preparing now for any future cases. Devex speaks with the World Health Organization about the work underway and how recent incidents have shaped their thinking.
Q&A: EU aid commissioner Christos Stylianides
Mar 10, 2017The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Iraq comes at a pivotal moment for the humanitarian system. EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides tells Devex how the big debates facing the sector — about reform, cash assistance, and limited funds — are transforming operations and the EU's way of thinking about the future of aid.
Aid groups brace for Mosul humanitarian crisis
Oct 21, 2016Aid groups and diplomats in northern Iraq expect ongoing military operations dislodging the Islamic State group from Mosul to produce a potentially catastrophic humanitarian crisis. Professionals on the ground told Devex they are ready to meet the immediate needs of the up to 1 million who could be displaced by the fighting. But the medium- and long-term future is less clear.