Long Story Short #5: The cost of desensitization

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Guest: Amy Lieberman, Devex New York Correspondent
Host: Kate Midden Wathen, Devex Engagement Editor

Humanitarian crises are growing in size and scope — but people are starting to tune out. For ongoing crises in countries such as Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Syria, the cost of this trend is steep, affecting critical aspects of response such as aid worker security, access, and coverage. What is the impact of becoming desensitized, and what role should individuals, organizations, and the media do in a saturated news climate?

Additional reading:
Ceasefire set for eastern Ghouta, but humanitarian solution still out of reach
UNICEF starts 2018 with its largest appeal yet for humanitarian action
Humanitarian sector in DRC not able to access many of the affected populations
Funding shortfalls stunt humanitarian response in DRC
CARE reveals 2017's most underreported humanitarian crises — so how can we shape media coverage?

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Long Story Short #2: A new era for the World Bank?
Long Story Short #3: What the Oxfam scandal means for the aid industry
Long Story Short #4: The State of #GlobalDevWomen

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