Fatima Arkin


Fatima Arkin is a Manila-based freelance journalist specializing in climate change, human rights and natural disasters. She has reported onsite at the 2015 Paris climate conference, the MERS outbreak in South Korea and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines for Foreign Policy, SciDev.net, Maclean’s and many others. She holds a B.A. in international development and history from McGill University and a graduate diploma in journalism from Concordia University, both located in Montreal, Canada.

Latest Articles

How faith-based groups secured global climate funds
24 Jan 2018

Approval for billions of dollars committed to the Green Climate Fund in 2015 came thanks in no small part to faith-based organizations. With much of that work undone, can they successfully lobby the Hill once again?

As drug war rages on in the Philippines, donor pull wanes
17 Jan 2018

A year and a half after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was sworn into office, thousands of people have been killed extrajudicially in a bloody drug war. With donor relations at an all time low, what role can foreign governments play?

DevExplains: Green Climate Funds
9 Jan 2018

The question of where to draw the blurry line on what projects or aspects of projects are climate related — and thus eligible for climate funding — and which are classed solely as “development” has periodically stumped even the most experienced climate finance experts.

In troubled Rakhine state, access slowly begins opening up again
21 Nov 2017

A small, but growing number of humanitarian staff have managed to secure travel permits to access more areas in the central part of Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state where basic food assistance and primary health care services for 120,000 long-term internally displaced people have been severely disrupted since late August by a violent military counteroffensive.

As the Rohingya crisis rages on, international actors ramp up pressure
29 Sep 2017

On Thursday, the United Nations Security Council held its first public meeting on Myanmar in eight years. But there is doubt over whether international pressure on the Southeast Asian country to end its military campaign against the ethnic Rohingya minority will result in real change.

Aid workers under attack in Myanmar as Rohingya conflict worsens
5 Sep 2017

Hate speech and death threats directed against international aid workers in the wake of the latest violence in Myanmar's western Rakhine state has threatened operations, further imperiling more than 100,000 displaced Rohingya.

Through China, a green financing leader emerges
31 Aug 2017

Why did one of the dirtiest countries in the world choose to embrace a development model that emphasizes environmental sustainability, runs counter to traditional economic thought and up until recently was confined to a fringe of academics and policymakers?

China's global climate battle
14 Aug 2017

The $3.1 billion South-South Climate Cooperation Fund aims to mitigate the impacts of climate change across the developing world. Three years on, some 40 projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America have been approved. But with little public information, much about the ambitious fund remains a question mark and many are eagerly awaiting to see what the superpower could do.

In Asia, US withdrawal from Paris sends ripples
22 Jun 2017

As the region grapples with how to fill a widening climate finance gap, some wonder whether China or Europe might step up. But that possibility could have its own shortfalls, Devex reports.

How faith-based shareholders are pushing companies to do more on climate change
2 Jun 2017

This week, shareholders at the Exxon Mobil Corp. scored an unprecedented victory when the board voted to pass a proposal calling on the oil giant to be more transparent about the impact of climate change on its business. But if the vote reflected changing priorities for investors, it also demonstrated the power of faith-based shareholders, who have emerged as crucial advocates in the global fight against climate change.