10 Blogs Every Humanitarian Should FollowOn October 14, 2019 by Ann Brown
Today is World Humanitarian Day, designated in 2009 by the U.N. to increase public awareness about humanitarian assistance activities worldwide.
The day also honors those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service: the 19th of August was chosen because it marks the anniversary of the truck bomb attack which destroyed UN headquarters in Baghdad in 2003, killing 22 people.
In her piece for the U.N. Dispatch, Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, wrote, “Humanitarian work and human rights are inextricably entwined. It is very often abuse of human rights that causes humanitarian crises in the first place.
And without humanitarian aid, the basic human rights of millions of people – including the right to seek asylum from persecution, the right to education, and, most fundamental of all, the right to life – would be denied.”
Here are 10 blogs every humanitarian should follow:
- ReliefWeb – A one-stop site for news, crisis and emergency updates, and policy and funding analysis.
- Aid Watch – Written primarily by William Easterly, author of “The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics” and “The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good,” the blog takes a myth-busting, watchdog approach.
- Wronging Rights – No-nonsense analysis-by-way-of-skepticism and humor, exemplified by the site’s weekly feature, “WTF Fridays.”
- A Humourless Lot – About the challenges of logistics, health, and aid work.
- Blood and Milk – About international development programs written by an insider.
- Tales from the Hood – Real-time stories about being part of the “humanitarian aid industry.”
- Wait…What? – Technologies and social media ideas from an NGO worker who previously worked in El Salvador in the 90s.
- Good Intentions Are Not Enough – About the impact of aid in post-conflict and post-disaster situations.
- From Poverty to Power – A blog that aims to provoke debate and conversations about development, with fact-filled charts and graphs.
- Owen Abroad – Thoughts on development and aid transparency from someone based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
- On My Way – Ghana-based blogger writing about development and economics.