Tag Archives: Aid

What about justice for Haiti?

Nepalese troops arrive to provide security for a food distribution at a police station. Port Au Prince, Haiti. Photo by Ben Depp.1/20/2010.

On January 20th, 2010 a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti with an epicenter a mere 25 kilometers from the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses, and individuals pledged billions of dollars in support as people watched the never-ending news cycle documenting the devastation. Despite the overflow of well-intentioned attempts, thousands perished due to […]

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – the next step up in humanitarian response?


One of the biggest problems faced by humanitarian actors in conflict or disaster situations is how to get aid into besieged or highly dangerous areas. One possible solution which is increasingly being experimented with is the use of humanitarian drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Starving the civilian population of food and supplies has been […]

Recovering After Disasters: Why ‘Building Back Safer’ is Better than ‘Building Back Better’


After natural disasters, the phrase “Build Back Better” is a constant refrain from politicians, donors, aid agencies and the media. This short, alliterative phrase has captured the imagination, and seems at first glance to be a simple, powerful and necessary principle. But is it the best message about what we do? Sitting on the panel […]



Humanitarianism was famously founded on principles of neutrality and impartiality; the ideas that we should deliver assistance to everyone equally based on need, and that we should never pick sides in a conflict. But what does that mean in the twenty-first century, in conflicts like those in Syria and Iraq? How are humanitarians to be […]