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)
“Here is a chilling thought: Over the past half-century or so, violent crime has spiked and declined in black communities. Teen pregnancies have spiked and declined. The out of wedlock birthrate spiked and then declined. The teen pregnancy rate is as low as its been since sometime in the 40s. One thing has remained stable—the woeful economic status of the African-American community.”—Ta-Nehisi Coates, on race and poverty. (via theatlantic)