Thousands have been ordered to evacuate as Tropical Cyclone Debbie barrels towards the north Queensland coast, bringing 280km/h winds, flooding rain and a 4m tidal surge.
NDRF Chair Mark Mitchell is in Juba responding to the famine in South Sudan with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand. He reports on the country's humanitarian crisis, fuelled by rising temperatures, a lack of rainfall, and most crucially, a bloody conflict that has been raging since 2013.
Ten months on from the signature of a landmark agreement to reform emergency aid, critics worry that the process of translating 51 separate commitments into action is creating new layers of bureaucracy – the very thing the initiative was supposed to reduce. IRIN investigates the challenges of implementing the "Grand Bargain" as political space and resourcing for humanitarian work are increasingly jeopardized.
If recent speeches are anything to go by, politicians believe the best way to sell aid to Australians is to convince them it aids Australia too. It’s an understandable belief, but is it actually, empirically, correct? Terence Wood and Camilla Burkot find that the public are in fact more motivated by a moral obligation to help.
The Iraqi army on Sunday resumed operations against ISIL in Mosul after a one-day pause, amid growing concerns over an escalating civilian death toll as fierce fighting spreads to the city's most densely populated areas.
As South Sudan’s civil war enters its fourth year, Saferworld’s most recent publication explores one aspect of the current crisis: the mobilisation and transformation of the country’s many ‘informal armies’.
One of the greatest challenges of rapid urban development is the disposal of increased quantities of municipal waste. The fatal landfill collapse in Addis Ababa demonstrates the potential consequences of unchecked expansion, in a state of Ethiopia troubled by tensions over governance and land allocation.
The government of South Sudan is spending its oil revenue on weapons, even as the country descends into a famine largely caused by Juba's military operations, according to a confidential United Nations report.
As she prepares to step down after eight years as UNDP Administrator and head of the UN Development Group, Helen Clark joins CGD President Masood Ahmed to reflect on recent gains and consider both new and longstanding challenges facing development agencies and the United Nations in particular in the years ahead.
Kiwi aid agencies are echoing calls from Buckingham Palace for donations to help east African nations facing famine and starvation. The UN says the world is facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second World War.