Remember those 10 crises and trends to watch in 2019 we presented back in January? The issues are rapidly evolving, but we’ve been keeping watch.
From new trends in aid policy and climate displacement to political transitions in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, our reporting has examined the shifting terrain of humanitarian needs and response.
Here’s what has changed through the year, what we’re paying special attention to, and how it may affect the lives and livelihoods of people on the ground.
Relocation policies, peace committees, and empty villages
‘A humanitarian disaster unfolding before our eyes’
Outsourcing risk to local responders
Growing pressure and rising fatalities
South Sudan and Congo
New challenges as political promise fades
A fledgling deal but little real progress
Militancy in Africa
An increased tempo of attacks brings surging needs
Tweaked US laws and a UK flip-flop
Ebola and measles strain responses
Pressure grows in a pivotal year
The honeymoon period of Abiy Ahmed is over
It was The New Humanitarian’s investigation with the Thomson Reuters Foundation that uncovered sexual abuse by aid workers during the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of Congo and led the World Health Organization to launch an independent review and reform its practices.
This demonstrates the important impact that our journalism can have.
But this won’t be the last case of aid worker sex abuse. This also won’t be the last time the aid sector has to ask itself difficult questions about why justice for victims of sexual abuse and exploitation has been sorely lacking.
We’re already working on our next investigation, but reporting like this takes months, sometimes years, and can’t be done alone.
The support of our readers and donors helps keep our journalism free and accessible for all. Donations mean we can keep holding power in the aid sector accountable, and shine a light on similar abuses.