This year, The New Humanitarian marks 25 years of journalism from the heart of crises. Founded in 1995 as IRIN, our newsroom emerged from the ashes of the Rwandan genocide. Twenty-five years on, we are looking back on the world’s response to that genocide — and to the many crises that have followed — to explore how humanitarian aid has evolved over the last quarter century and where it goes from here. At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic and the #BlackLivesMatter movement are challenging the very concept of humanitarianism, this series invites reflections on the future of international solidarity. Revisit this page as we gather your ideas throughout 2020, and read more about the series here.
How has humanitarian aid changed over the past 25 years? What were the key crises? Our archival reporting and analysis explains.
From Rwanda’s genocide to COVID-19, these crises have informed the humanitarian sector’s evolution and changed lives around the globe.
Will COVID-19 and #BlackLivesMatter push the international humanitarian system to finally do what it has long talked of: change?
The events of today – Covid-19 and the subsequent social unrest brought on by the #BlackLivesMatter movement – have the potential to reshape humanitarianism as we know it. Listen to the conversations and explore ideas on how the present moment is a turning point for our sector.
A deep dive into 25 years of data
For decades, the principle of neutrality has been core to humanitarian assistance. It’s time to question that.
Race, power, and relevance were among issues addressed in a TNH online conversation on humanitarianism in the midst of #BlackLivesMatter and COVID-19.
Racism in aid is just a symptom of a deeper malaise.
As the humanitarian sector continues to adapt to meet ever-changing global challenges, so do the visions for the future of aid. Explore and add to the debates that are shaping humanitarianism.
In Rethinking Humanitarianism, our new 10-part podcast series, Heba Aly, director of The New Humanitarian, and Jeremy Konyndyk, senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, will discuss the drivers of change affecting international aid, from the increasingly protracted nature of crises, to the funding environment and opportunities offered by digital. The first episode of Rethinking Humanitarianism — a joint project by The New Humanitarian and the Center for Global Development — will be available Wednesday, 21 October.
COVID-19 has challenged the way emergency aid is delivered in every way. But will it be the game-changer everyone expects?
Image credit: Composite of Marco Dormino/UN Photo, and Romeo Ranoco, Erin Bormett, Jin yunguo/Reuters