9 Devex must-reads on World Humanitarian Day

By Devex Editor 19 August 2016

Samer, a Norwegian Refugee Council aid worker, speaks to a group of Syrian refugees. Photo by: Sam Tarling / Norwegian Refugee Council / CC BY-ND

From South Sudan's Juba to Syria's Aleppo, from the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts to the refugee camps in Europe and Africa, humanitarian workers and volunteers across the world risk their lives to serve those in need. On World Humanitarian Day, take a look at Devex's coverage on aid workers.

Will tech find a footing within aid worker security culture?
In contexts where even satellite phones can be more of a liability than a benefit, it's often hard to make a case for the use of the latest apps and gadgets. Devex takes a closer look at the rocky relationship between aid worker security and technology.

What development professionals need to know about 'duty of care'
What do the words “duty of care” mean today, and what should you be asking your employer? Devex spoke with several experts to find out.

Meet the Airbnb disaster chief matching relief workers with empty beds 
Airbnb's first head of global disaster relief is helping to organize a group of tech companies to better coordinate response efforts. Devex caught up with Kellie Bentz to learn more about where she got her start and what's next for Airbnb's disaster response plans.

Can an interactive online map better inform LGBTQI aid worker security?
United Nations employees who wish to gain a clearer picture of a country's workplace and local culture for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or intersex staff may soon be able to head to a one-stop online shop for the sensitive — and often hard to find — information.

Syria's 'White Helmets' chief denied entry to US
Raed Al Saleh, head of the Syrian Civil Defense, was scheduled be in Washington, D.C., in April to receive InterAction's 2016 Humanitarian Award. Instead, he was denied entry to the United States at Dulles International Airport. What happened?

Delivering health care in crises
Despite clear laws and conventions not to attack health workers or facilities, escalating conflict continues to place health care workers at great risk. WHO's Ala Alwan explains why we need to strengthen our commitment to protect health care workers.

In crisis zones, UN courts faith-based charities
The World Humanitarian Summit included numerous leaders of faith-based organizations, part of a broader push to enlarge the tent of players coordinating and collaborating in humanitarian aid. But some faith-based groups feel their involvement is still not taken as seriously as it should be.

Humanitarian aid in a riskier world
Humanitarian crises cannot be the domain of humanitarian actors alone. How can we look beyond the humanitarian community for new ideas and solutions? Nigel Fisher, senior adviser at The KonTerra Group explains how localization, partnerships and innovation can help.

How USAID is avoiding greater aid worker bunkerization
The answer to humanitarian security concerns isn’t to lock aid workers behind higher walls, several professionals in the aid industry tell Devex. But there are increased precautions to take and security measures to consider in order to keep those working overseas safe.

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