World leaders, aid agencies and others are attending the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul to discuss efforts to tackle global crises.
Saleh Saeed, chief executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee, is attending and explains why finding more money, more quickly for crises like South Sudan is his main concern.
This week I am going to the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. To explain why, I need to tell you how two weeks ago I came to be in a canoe in the middle of the world’s biggest swamp.
If Ebola does not come to a town near you any time soon, it will in part be because the people of the UK have ignored those who are sceptical about aid and who claim that it is a ‘waste of money’ or that it goes to help foreigners who are ‘none of our concern’.
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As the world stands in shock at the worsening death and destruction in Syria four years after the start of the crisis, many millions of people are being failed by lack of action. Disasters Emergency Committee members and their local partners work around the clock to save lives and reduce suffering for children, women and men and yet the situation deteriorates day by day.
This week, most of our member agencies launched social media campaigns, organised vigils, published reports offering policy recommendations, and met with politicians because this seemingly intractable crisis desperately needs political solutions — aid alone is not…
Much has been written about the immense challenges facing the humanitarian relief effort following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake six months ago and yet DEC agencies have reached more than 900,000 people in the first phase of the response.
A new independent review of the DEC’s work explores some of the tactics agencies are using to overcome the greatest obstacles. The Nepal Earthquake Appeal Response Review, which was commissioned jointly with Canada’s Humanitarian Coalition, also highlights how DEC member agencies can more effectively reach those most affected.
Here we look at the top three challenges that faced the relief effort in…