Instead of tweeting all day, I'll leave the #businessmeetshumanitarian at this: good business practices can help create more sustainable humanitarian aid projects. And the creating shared value concept is intriguing. But lumping capitalism and humanitarianism in together is grossly manipulative and irresponsible before thinking about the ethical repercussions of such bedfellows.
Another day at the Creating Shared Value conference at UCD. but I’m so annoyed and confused about why the Centre for Humanitarian Action thought we belonged here. I’ll leave it at this and try to continue swimming through these new ideas and concepts.
The situation in South Sudan, still unstable from a coup attempt this week, has affected a U.S. military rescue mission:
The U.S. military said three CV-22 Ospreys — the kind of aircraft that can fly like a helicopter and plane — were “participating in a mission to evacuate American citizens in Bor.” A South Sudan official said violence against civilians there has resulted in bodies “sprinkled all over town.”
"After receiving fire from the ground while approaching the site, the aircraft diverted to an airfield outside the country and aborted the mission," the statement said. "The injured troops are being treated for their wounds." It was not known how many U.S. civilians are in Bor.
After the aircraft took incoming fire, they turned around and flew to Entebbe, Uganda. From there the service members were flown to Nairobi, Kenya aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 for medical treatment, the statement said.
The situation in the world’s youngest country is very complex, with as many as 60 tribes in the nation. The coup attempt opened up wide divides between the ethnic groups, and Human Rights Watch reports that there have been incidents of people being killed due to their ethnicity alone.
Going to start a new weekly round-up of humanitarian and development aid articles around the web today. This is mostly for me and my own information management, but hope it can be useful for others too. Going to be a bit in the way of Aid Leap and The Political Notebook’s This Week in War roundups.
In December 2012, I read Joanna Russ’ How to Suppress Women’s Writing. In the book, Russ identifies the arguments that many people make to discredit female writers — “she only wrote one book,” “this isn’t a serious/important enough topic,” “she wrote it under a pseudonym because she wanted people to think she was a man,” and so on — and coolly dismantles them, one by one.
I’m already what I’d call a card-carrying feminist. Even before reading Russ’ book, I made an effort to seek out and support up-and-coming female writers, who generally get less publicity and support than their male counterparts. But after reading Russ’ book I realized that there was still much more I could do to advocate for female writers. I flashed to the famous Tallulah Bankhead quote about how best to support the theater: “Don’t be an actress, darling, be an audience.”
I’m a writer. When my book,Save the Assistants, came out in 2011, all I wanted was for other people to read it. So it seemed only logical to repay the favor. Most of my favorite writers – Iris Murdoch, Willa Cather, Virginia Woolf – are women, albeit dead ones. So, with nods to Joanna Russ and Tallulah Bankhead, I vowed to spend 2013 being an audience. An audience for female writers only.
Former officials talk of a culture where good behavior isn’t rewarded, forcing many of them out.
After police were seen looting stores they were meant to be protecting in the aftermath of the Nairobi mall shooting, corruption has been outed. However, this corruption stems from low pay and civil servants feeling like “the drunkard’s rooster.”
Deployment of chemical weapons in Syria has proven to be such a horrific event it has mobilized the muscle and diplomacy of the most powerful international actors. What will it take to unleash this same determination to come to the aid of the youngest…
Although Director Lake asserts vaccines should not be seen as a political act, the reality is that the conditions necessary for vaccinating children require significant political will.
An outbreak of polio in Syria may actually provide the opportunity for humanitarian access where previously denied.
“Much has been said about the resilience of the Filipinos—and it is not just public relations. It is a fact. Yes, the situation is dire, and please, we need help very badly, but we are not helpless.”—Jessica Zafra, from Manila (via thesmithian)
Transparency and biometric IDs can boost the aid effort in the Philippines.
The response to Typhoon Haiyan can and should be the first major relief effort in which all humanitarian organizations and aid agencies publish the details of their planned and actual spending and activities online, in real time, using a common format. This simple step would enable donors and the Philippine government to identify where activities overlap and where gaps remain, and would allow everyone who contributes to see where the money is going.
“To be human is to be detailed and individual, and thus to see inhumanity you must not submit to the temptation of seeing people’s oppressions as an undifferentiated muck of pain. Part of the job of writers, historians, artists and intellectuals is to not allow evil to become inhuman, amorphous and globulous, to make sure that we don’t get lazy, that the contours of particular evils are delineated and precise.”—Ta-Nehisi Coates (via theatlantic)