Aid Policy

Need to ramp up aid response in Nigeria's violence-torn northeast

KANO, 22 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Security fears, a lack of humanitarian actors on the ground and a perception that Nigeria's government can handle its crises without help, are leaving many of the thousands displaced by Boko Haram violence in the northeast short of food, with little to no access to health care or basics like clean water and blankets. full report

Survival of the biggest - side-lining of local NGOs in disasters

LONDON, 21 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Five days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, Paul Valentin was giving a TV interview in his role as international director of Christian Aid. full report

Fortified food - persuading the private sector to do good

LONDON, 18 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - With a certain amount of fanfare, Nigeria has just officially become a middle income country. It is not the sort of country associated with widespread hunger, or a country where people normally get, or expect to get, food aid. And yet around a quarter of small children in Nigeria are underweight, and around 40 percent are stunted; they do not get enough nutritious food to reach their full physical and mental potential. full report

Analysis: Can the world really end poverty by 2030?

NEW YORK, 17 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - The slogan “make poverty history” has been used by development pundits and pop star philanthropists for years. Now, in a bid to turn words into deeds, it is being discussed as a universal global target to be met within a generation. full report

New US Farm Bill provides hope for food aid reform

NEW YORK, 14 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Efforts to improve the way the US government distributes roughly US$2 billion in international food aid each year achieved some successes in the recently enacted Agriculture Act of 2014 - commonly referred to as the Farm Bill - but the food aid mechanism used by the world’s largest donor continues to prioritize the needs of US commercial interests. full report

Acting locally - the South's rising philanthropy

NEW YORK, 11 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Forget Gates. Move over Oprah. Emerging economies too have their own home-grown titans of philanthropy, providing a potentially better attuned and more sustainable income source for local humanitarian and development needs. full report

Africa’s Top 10 Philanthropists

NEW YORK, 11 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - An estimated US$7 billion is given away every year by Africa’s philanthrocapitalists – at least the ones we know about. These are the men (sadly no women yet on this list) providing home-grown solutions to local needs. full report

Tapping into a tradition of giving

NEW YORK, 11 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Traditional and faith-based forms of giving have been around for centuries and continue to play a major role in determining people’s giving patterns. There is much excitement about the pace at which formal philanthropy is taking hold in many developing countries, but some believe that understanding - and perhaps harnessing - indigenous traditions could make philanthropic initiatives more sustainable in the long run. full report

African philanthropy on the rise

NEW YORK, 11 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - The emergence of a new breed of super-rich individuals in Africa has been accompanied by the steady growth of Western-style philanthropic foundations and other structured forms of giving. full report

Analysis: Scaling up accountability to communities

DAKAR, 10 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - SMS feedback in Haiti; radio outreach in the Philippines; community helpdesks in Darfur; a Humanitarian Call Centre in Pakistan: many such initiatives boost communication with disaster-affected communities, and in some cases improve accountability to communities, but most remain at pilot project scale because they are difficult to scale up. Evidence of the benefits remains piecemeal and in some cases projects risk being tokenistic rather than meaningful, said participants at a meeting of the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Practice (ALNAP) in Addis Ababa last month. full report

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