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Why the humanitarian community needs to take regional organisations seriously

26 February 2015 - Steven A Zyck and Lilianne Fan
'If we really hope to meet the needs of people in need in every region of the world, then there needs to be a collective commitment to support the emergence of a truly global humanitarian system. The role of regional organisations in such a global system will be critical – and potentially for millions around the world, life-saving.'

Sub-Saharan African countries are failing to plan for climate change

13 February 2015 - Lindsey Jones
Communities around the world are feeling the impacts of climate change already, but many of the most severe effects will be felt in the decades to come, particularly from mid-century onwards. Nowhere is this more apparent than in sub-Saharan Africa which will be one of the hardest hit regions of the world.

Adapting development: why it matters and 3 ways to do it

9 February 2015 - Leni Wild
'2015 is an important year, as U.N. member states gather to agree a new set of international development goals. But projections based on current rates of progress show that for many poor people, the question is not whether they will have access to basic things such as access to primary health or education or adequate sanitation by 2015 or even 2030, but by 2090 or even later.'

Rethinking Fortress Europe

3 February 2015 - Kevin Watkins
The waters between Europe and Africa are the world’s deadliest migration route. Roughly 300,000 people are estimated to have made the crossing in 2014 – more than twice as many as in 2013. Some 3,000 died from drowning, hunger, exposure, or asphyxiation.