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Disasters: Natural, man-made, or both?

Disasters: Natural, man-made, or both?

SK Dogra contends that a new category of disaster should be adopted, to reflect how the consequences of climate and nature are compounded by human action. Here, he calls for disaster management experts to exert more pressure upon private and public authorities and to lobby for greater public safety

  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Environment
Averting catastrophe in high-rise building fires

Averting catastrophe in high-rise building fires

While fires cannot be entirely prevented, proper emergency planning and safety systems are being called into question around the world as more highrises are being built to meet the need for housing, reports Anna Averkiou

  • Fire
  • Response
  • Safety
Hurricanes on the US mainland

Hurricanes on the US mainland

Over a period of two-and-a-half weeks during late August and early September, the United States faced the onslaught of two Category 4 hurricanes that devastated the most valuable and vulnerable real estate in the states of Texas and Florida. Bill Peterson reports

  • Climate
  • Response
  • Search & Rescue
  • Weather
A Caribbean update

A Caribbean update

This year’s unusually active and destructive hurricane season has laid waste to many islands in the Caribbean, reports Emily Hough with this short summary of the islands aff ected and a brief insight into the initial response

  • Recovery
  • Response
  • Weather
Improving urban search and rescue response

Improving urban search and rescue response

The International Search and Rescue Advisory Group’s (Insarag) experience dates back more than 25 years and is a perpetual evolution in terms of lessons learnt and it is helping to share this knowledge with other humanitarian clusters, Jesper Holmer Lund tells Emily Hough in this interview

  • Response
  • Search & Rescue
Humanitarian aid: It‘s a matter of trust

Humanitarian aid: It‘s a matter of trust

When the need for ever-greater humanitarian action is required in so many parts of the world, why is interest in helping others increasingly reticent? Anastasia Kyriacou investigates how trust in NGOs is declining in many countries

  • Aid
  • NGOs
Clean water for an entire nation

Clean water for an entire nation

Most would say the goal of giving clean water to every household in Liberia by December 2020 is an impossible task. But when a company and an NGO combine their efforts with resources, a plan of execution, local capacity building and the data to prove it, this impossibility is becoming reality, explains Darrel Larson

  • Aid
  • NGO
  • Public Health
Surviving a terrorist attack: A paramedic’s tale

Surviving a terrorist attack: A paramedic’s tale

In August, a Moroccan asylum seeker attacked ten people in the town of Turku in Finland. Christo Motz speaks to paramedic Hassan Zubier, who was stabbed several times as he tried to save the life of a fatally injured woman

  • Response
  • Terrorism
Geopolitical threats, vulnerabilities and climate

Geopolitical threats, vulnerabilities and climate

We must place climate change and resource scarcity on an equal level to the conventional considerations of national security, before the ability to enact countermeasures becomes a matter of inconsequential what ifs, according to Casey Brunelle

  • Climate
  • Global
  • Security
Stabilisation in Iraq

Stabilisation in Iraq

Conflict in one region has a habit of spilling out into others, with a myriad of tragic consequences. Here, John Drake takes a pertinent look at what the defeat of so-called Islamic State means in Iraq and the wider ramifications of which all those involved in crisis management, response and humanitarian action should be aware

  • Civil-Military
  • conflict
  • Humanitarian
Protracted armed conflicts: How do we respond?

Protracted armed conflicts: How do we respond?

Long-lasting confl icts are not new, but today’s protracted wars have features specific to our times. And their impact on civilians is amplified in population centres and urban areas, writes Thierry Meyrat

  • Civil-Military
  • Communities
  • conflict
Refugees fleeing explosive violence: Europe’s response

Refugees fleeing explosive violence: Europe’s response

The rising use of explosive weapons around the world – particularly in ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan – has had deep and terrible consequences, says Jennifer Dathan. But how are governments responding to help those who have suffered the effects of explosive violence?

  • Aid
  • conflict
  • Refugees & IDPs
Child refugees helping others to stay healthy

Child refugees helping others to stay healthy

Zaid Jalood, Community Health Officer with the International Medical Corps, reports on a project that has trained young displaced people in Iraq as community health workers to help prevent the health issues that can be endemic in refugee camps

  • Aid
  • NGOs
  • Volunteers
How to reintegrate juvenile violent extremist offenders?

How to reintegrate juvenile violent extremist offenders?

Children in so-called Islamic State territories play an important role in the organisation and are also used for suicide attacks, executions and fighting, say Liesbeth van der Heide and Jip Geenen. If they can be viewed not only as perpetrators, but also as victims, can they be reintegrated into society?

  • Communities
  • Extremism & Radicalisation
  • Terrorism
Dangerous homecoming: IS deportees and returnees

Dangerous homecoming: IS deportees and returnees

How do you reintegrate people who joined Islamic State back into their communities when they return home, and enable them to live a productive and peaceful life, while maintaining vigilance for recidivism? Rakyan Adibrata presents this analysis from Indonesia

  • Communities
  • Extremism & Radicalisation
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