Challenge of urban disaster response
Responding to the devastation wrought by disasters in cities requires relief workers to adjust to the unique constraints and demands of specific urban settings, experts and aid workers say. Full report
Filling Myanmar's Rakhine aid gap
9 April 2014
Aid agencies are trying to find practical ways of getting humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in Myanmar's Rakhine State following a series of attacks on the aid community there, and pending an agreement on the resumption of their operations.
Myanmar peace and development scorecard
HLA LAUNG PAN,
8 April 2014
Three years after Myanmar’s first nominally civilian government in decades came to power, many of the country’s 135 minority ethnic groups say they have yet to see any tangible change on the ground.
Pakistan slum clearances politically motivated?
7 April 2014
This month, the Pakistani government is planning to move or raze eighteen illegal settlements that are home to more than 80,000 people - many of whom are internally displaced or Afghan refugees and migrants. Residents of the slums say they are being blamed for the government's inability to provide adequate security for the country's civilian population.
Drought begins to bite in Sri Lanka
4 April 2014
Sri Lanka has had six months of drought and could face severe crop losses and electricity shortages if the coming monsoon is as weak as forecasts predict, experts say.
Concern over polling in Afghan schools and clinics
2 April 2014
The recent spate of Taliban-led attacks against electoral targets in Afghanistan, with the presidential vote just days away, has increased concerns in the aid community about the use of schools and health clinics as polling stations.