Sam Mednick is a Devex Contributing Reporter based in Burkina Faso. Over the past 15 years she has reported on conflict, post-conflict, and development stories from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe. She recently spent almost three years reporting on the conflict in South Sudan as the Associated Press correspondent. Her work has also appeared in The New Humanitarian, VICE, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and Al Jazeera, among others.
As global COVID-19 policies shift daily with new discoveries about the virus and ways of handling it, aid groups are inundated with protocols and best practices from headquarters. Devex speaks with aid experts in Burkina Faso about how they are facing the challenges.
A surge in violence has made it harder for organizations to reach vulnerable populations — and to collect data. Nuanced information is more critical than ever to protect against worsening gender inequalities, humanitarians tell Devex.
Almost 1,000 civilians were killed in 2019 by local militias and fighters linked to Islamic militants in the country. Some aid groups say that officially defining the situation as an armed conflict would make it easier to operate.
As South Sudan slowly emerges from civil war, aid groups must figure out how to provide continued medical assistance and basic services for people who want to leave U.N. protected sites and return to their homes.
South Sudan is among the world’s five most vulnerable countries experiencing temperature changes. But five years of civil war have left the aid community stretched, with few organizations able to focus on environmental impact.