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The Global Humanitarian Assistance report is eagerly anticipated by those working in the humanitarian field, as it provides hard data and trends required for strategic analysis and decisions.

The recent flash floods in Uttrakhand, India have already claimed around 1000 lives and more than 3000 people are still missing.  One of the worst calamities caused by an extreme weather event in the form of cloud burst and high intensity rains in the eco-fragile region has devastated millions...

There are a billion poor people in the world today. And there will be 2 billion people in extreme poverty as the world population grows from 7 to 9 billion in the next generation. Oxfam invests in changing those odds on poverty.

It is not by accident or twist of fate that poor people and poor countries suffer immeasurably more than others when disasters strike.

So, I just got back from a week of walking through the Sahara Desert.  Yep, I did just say, a week of walking, through the Sahara Desert.

The world's diplomats are gathered in New York this week and next to hammer out the final details on a global treaty to keep weapons and ammunition out of the hands of criminals, abusive regimes and others who would misuse them.

In Zaatari camp, Farah is a woman on a mission: determined to show that women engineers are just as capable as their male counterparts and making sure she is up to date on all the latest reading and research to make sure that no-one can fault her. Farah’s day-to-day work involves overseeing and...

"Having eked out a living through several years of drought, watched their animals sicken and die and their crops wither, the women I speak with were finally driven from Somalia by the violence of armed groups. Whole villages and towns fled in terror."

While it is imperative that women are protected from violence and that victims of violence are healed, we need also to engage with the underlying issues that cause the breakdown in values that respect and dignify men and women.

Well-known activist filmmaker and television journalist, Avi Lewis, was in Saskatoon on January 29th to help launch International Development Week activities with a keynote address.

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