There’s no shortage of controversies and challenges for the humanitarian sector this year: from biometrics to Brexit, or from counter-terrorism to countering sexual abuse.
Set-piece UN policy discussions wrapped up in Geneva on Wednesday with an unusual dispute. US diplomats wanted to change the wording of an annual resolution that summarises the international agenda on humanitarian response. They wanted new anti-abortion language. A compromise text could not be agreed, and the US changes were rejected by a public vote.
As well as the formal UN event, this week saw a flurry of side-meetings among donors, and NGOs.
And, in the coming weeks, we’ll be taking stock of the “nexus”, the Grand Bargain, and other reforms, as well as keeping on top of data protection debates and all the latest innovations.
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In a departure from diplomatic consensus, the Trump administration tried – and failed – to insert anti-abortion language into a UN resoluton on meeting humanitarian needs.
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Hungry civilians find themselves caught in the middle of a UN insistence on biometric ID.
A guide to how Brexit could affect the UK government’s humanitarian spending, British NGOs, and the EU’s aid arm, ECHO.
The UN’s food agency says it can become more efficient and save costs with a no-cost deal with a controversial US security and intelligence contractor.
USAID’s watchdog clamps down on corruption and saves taxpayers millions, but critics say its rigid policies also deny aid to those in need.
A Davos reality check from Heba Aly on billionaires and philanthropy: “Are we really going to shift the needle like this?”
(TOP PHOTO: A staff member helps with preparations in the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations in New York.)