Humanitarian hub

The world is facing the largest displacement crisis since the second world war, and the gap between humanitarian need and available aid is widening.

We've curated examples of the humanitarian work of NGOs, as well as useful resources and the latest humanitarian news and views. If you have useful material you think we should include here, please let us know.

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Humanitarian case studies

VR headset

3D printing and virtual reality technology to improve hospital design in remote locations

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is piloting the use of 3D printing and virtual reality technology.
Khadanand Bhatta, an 80-year-old widower from Ashrang

Aftershock

A huge earthquake devastated the lives of many in Nepal on 25 April 2015. This multimedia story looks back at the events and the humanitarian work that followed using photos, videos and audio.
MAG Lebanon's new female team

Making lives safe and improving livelihoods in Lebanon

A new all-female Lebanon team is making land safe for 4,500 people, many of whom are Syrian refugees.
Refugee children at the Centre Tenda Di Abramo

Impossible choices

This UN digital simulation features a three-minute online journey based on real challenges people in crises often face.
Refugees in Hungary

ClinicFinder

Doctors of the World have created an app that uses smartphone technology to locate nearby clinics for refugees travelling through Europe.
 family beside a damaged house near Naglebhare, Nepal

SafeSchools: Nepal

This virtual reality documentary is part of Theirworld's #SafeSchool campaign, which highlights the tragic consequences for children whose education is neglected in the aftermath of an emergency.

Humanitarian resources

Messaging apps
A new report explores how messaging apps could be used by humanitarian organisations.
1 February 2017
Girl recieves treatment after the Haiti earthquake
This manual is designed for physiotherapists and occupational therapists who provide rehabilitation in the immediate aftermath of a sudden onset disaster, such as an earthquake or a tsunami.
1 September 2015
Nirmala practices walking with her new leg at the National Disabled Fund in Nepal
A coalition of organisations has developed a charter that sets out an agenda to make humanitarian action increasingly receptive to the rights and the needs of persons with disabilities.
Istanbul
Several Bond members, including BBC Media Action, UNICEF and War Child, are hosting side events at the World Humanitarian Summit.
Villagers in Kyauk Ka Char, Shan State, Myanmar,
What is the provisional agenda/programme for the summit? What will happen after the summit? How can the general public get involved?
20 May 2016
Two young boys carrying water walk down a road next to a camp for internally displaced persons near the town of Jowhar, Somalia.
In the run up to the World Humanitarian Summit, IRIN are maintaining a blog with relevant news, views and links.
18 May 2016

Humanitarian news and views

Girl in warm clothing
Imran Madden, UK director of Islamic Relief, spoke to us about making the Grand Bargain a reality, the relationship between humanitarianism and development and operating as a Muslim NGO in the UK.
24 April 2017
USAID - humanitarian effort in Indonesia
The CEO of InterAction, the US network for NGOs working around the world, looks at how Donald Trump's administration might affect international development.
22 February 2017
hand holding grain, other hands reaching out
This year, Concord’s annual Aid Watch report finds that despite 2015’s high profile summits on sustainable development and finance for development EU aid is backsliding.
26 October 2016

Humanitarian work in brief

Influencing for systemic transformative change: the ACCRA model

Margaret Barihaihi tells Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance's story to inspire development practitioners and partners in making long term impact in the lives of men and women affected by climate change and disasters.

Oxfam 20 October 2016

Learning from the past to shape the future: lessons from the history of humanitarian action in Africa

In order to understand the state of humanitarian action today, an understanding of the evolution and history of humanitarian action in conflict and disasters in sub-Saharan Africa is essential.

ODI 19 October 2016

Haiti: 5 things to remember when battling in a monster storm

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Unni Krishnan highlights five key things to remember during the relief and recovery effort in Haiti.

Save the Children 11 October 2016

Humanitarian Investment Fund

A one-page plan to save Australians billions, improve lives, and end offshore detention.

CGD 26 July 2016

Telemedicine saves lives in disaster zones

For Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), increasingly sophisticated ICT platforms offer more than an efficient way of communicating across the 60-plus countries where it operates. The digital transfer of specialist medical knowledge across continents and time zones helps improve MSF’s support for people affected by war and disasters, including some of those 65 million displaced people.

 

SciDevNet 11 July 2016

MSF will no longer take funds from EU Member States and institutions

The medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)  will no longer accept funds from the European Union and Member States. This is in opposition to their damaging deterrence policies and continued attempts to push people away from European shores.

MSF 17 June 2016

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