The Human Impact

Only two Southern African countries on track to meet 2015 MDG water and sanitation targets – report

March 3, 2014

Some 120,000 children under the age of five in Southern African countries die every year from diarrhoea, which is primarily caused by lack of access to clean water and sanitation.

“Tiny number of men” tackle gender violence – male activist

February 27, 2014

You are out with a group of friends at a bar and you see a male friend groping a woman.

Ending the beatings, rapes, murders: Where are India’s men?

February 18, 2014

Violence against women is widespread across the world. Globally, 35 percent of women have been beaten by an ‘intimate partner’ or suffered sexual violence at the hands of a non-partner in their lifetime, the World Health Organisation says.

What to make of the Daily Mail campaign to spend foreign aid on UK flood victims?

February 13, 2014

Earlier this week, the right-wing British tabloid the Daily Mail launched a campaign for the government to divert cash  from the foreign aid budget to help victims of the catastrophic floods wreaking havoc in southern England and Wales.

Using rape as an excuse for moral policing in India

February 12, 2014

The conversation has changed in India since that horrific night in December 2012 when a young woman returning home after watching a movie at the cinema was gang raped on a moving bus and left to die on the streets of the Indian capital.

Secret societies make Liberia one of the hardest places to end FGM

February 7, 2014

Liberia made history as the first African country to elect a female leader, but strong taboos make it one of the hardest countries to crack when it comes to tackling female genital mutilation (FGM).

The pain is far worse than childbirth – FGM survivor

February 7, 2014

Britain has announced new measures to tackle the hidden crime of female genital mutilation making it compulsory for doctors and nurses to record FGM cases. London community worker Sarian Karim Kamara, who underwent FGM as a child in Sierra Leone, told me how it has affected her life and why midwives are on the frontline in efforts to end the brutal practice.

Rebuilding healthcare, healing survivors in typhoon-hit central Philippines

February 5, 2014

Haiyan, the strongest storm on record, destroyed many healthcare centres. Our correspondent visited the typhoon-affected areas almost three months later to see how aid agencies like ICRC have been filling the gap.

The future of “building back better”: houses, schools, and political transformation too?

February 4, 2014

Disaster recovery experts and scholars alike seem to agree on at least one thing: disaster-recovery efforts should concentrate not only on restoring affected communities to pre-disaster levels, but should focus on “building back better” by linking immediate relief with long-term recovery and development.

Roots of South Sudan’s violence must be addressed now – experts

January 29, 2014

 

South Sudan’s conflict has devastated communities and polarised society and, unless the root causes of the conflict are addressed now, the world’s youngest country may find itself once more in crisis, experts said during a recent debate organised by Thomson Reuters Foundation.