In 2014, after unprecedented destruction and suffering in Gaza, international donors pledged $3.5 billion and a change in approach. Six months later, reconstruction and recovery have barely begun.
Increasingly, development money is being channelled through third parties such as banks or private equity funds. This report tells the human story behind the high finance and statistics.
Water is life. Water is on everyone’s mind, and as we observe World Water Day on 22 March, the time has come for us to take action and find ways to conserve this limited resource so that future generations can also make use of it.
Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu on Friday 13th March 2015 causing widespread damage to homes and livelihoods and affecting over 180,000 people. We have been providing emergency aid to the most vulnerable and are now focusing on long term recovery.
Ebola is devastating communities in West Africa. Stephen Seckor, who has recovered from Ebola, talks about the difficult situation he faces now that he has taken on looking after thirteen children.
Six months since the conflict began, parts of Gaza are still strewn with the rubble of destroyed homes. Despite the ceasefire in September 2014 vital reconstruction has barely begun and the Israeli blockade of Gaza remains in place.
The Kingdom of Tonga is a remote, low-lying archipelago in the South Pacific. Tonga has a highly vulnerable small island economy and is susceptible to natural disasters.
Palm-fringed beaches and turquoise seas may lend the impression of an island paradise, but many of Samoa’s rural communities live below the poverty line. More than 25 per cent of the population live in “basic need” poverty, meaning they are unable to consistently afford the essentials, such as food, fuel and medicines.
The total number of signatories of the petition to the President of Paraguay demanding a postive solution for farmers reached 37,574, according to the organizers of the campaign, “Young with no land = Land with no future”.
One year after typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, the challenge is to ensure that recovery efforts leave devastated communities better able to pursue diverse livelihoods, access safe shelter and withstand future shocks.