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05.03.20

Beyond COVID-19: A call for $4 billion emergency funding from the United States for UN humanitarian appeals

By Eric A. Friedman

Wealthy governments are mobilizing unprecedented levels of resources for domestic COVID-19 response and economic stimulus packages. To the tragically small extent they are also offering support to lower-income countries, they are either reprogramming assistance – as with the European Union’s 15.6 billion euro package – or allocating trifling amounts compared to the need. The United States, […]

10.03.16

Starvation in Nigeria, a Simple Proposal, and a Painting for Tomorrow

By Eric A. Friedman

Sometimes do you feel a need to say something because an injustice calls out to you, demands your voice, all our voices, however much our calls may be lost in the din? Such was my feeling when reading about the world’s yawn in response to one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, a famine that […]

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07.07.15

The Worst Global Sickness

By Eric A. Friedman

  A family survives, if barely, “by eating water lilies and grasses in the marshes.” Still, they are better off than former neighbors who have been burned alive in their huts. You can join the thousands trying to escape the worst of it, those soldiers who are burning their homes and shooting their children, but […]

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03.30.15

What the World Health Organization Executive Board resolution got wrong on humanitarian assistance

By Eric A. Friedman

You may have seen the January 2015 WHO Executive Board resolution on Ebola, which calls for many important things, including a global health reserve workforce, a contingency fund, and human resource management reform. All could help develop a smarter global health system. But did you see this paragraph on humanitarian assistance, which points decidedly in […]

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