UNICEF and the World Food Programme provide food and nutrition aid to North Korean children—but a lack of funds, fueled by political tension and the US-led strategy of pressure and isolation of North Korea, have limited their reach. The country’s most vulnerable children…

The Houston-Galveston coast is critically vulnerable to storms that could impact millions and cause untold damage. So, Texas engineers are studying the Netherlands’ 2,300-mile Delta Works system.  The Dutch are experts in flood control with centuries of dike and canal…

The world’s next pandemic is “a matter of when, not if.” To build a better-coordinated response that minimizes impact, leaders should craft operational, strategic and policy choices informed by lessons learned from the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak.   CDG fellow Jeremy Konyndyk’…

Before Cyclone Fani pummeled one of India’s poorest states on Friday, authorities in Odisha deployed everything they had. 2.6 million texts, 43,000 volunteers, 1,000 emergency workers, sirens, TV commercials, a 5-page action plan. The messaging was simple and relentless: “…

A couple months after a November wildfire devastated Paradise, California, resident Kyla Awalt’s insurance company told her it was time to move back home.   But the town still has no potable water; preliminary tests indicate the fire contaminated pipelines with cancer-…

A month after Cyclone Idai hit southern Africa, killing more than 1,000 and leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless, the suffering continues. The Numbers, according to Reuters:

There’s a saying: “Statistics are human beings with the tears dried off. As somebody who is responsible for building empathy for people forced to flee their homes, I really don’t like statistics,” Melissa Fleming, chief spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees…

The UN has declared Cyclone Idai a level 3 emergency, putting it on par with Yemen, Syria and South Sudan, the World Food Programme announced Friday.

Rise with Refugees: Responding to an Urgent and Accelerating Global Crisis In collaboration with Global Health NOW from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Stanford Refugee Research Project is convening UN leaders and other experts to explore how to…

In the wake of Nepal’s devastating 2015 earthquake—which left 22,000 injured—the country has embraced a more inclusive, rights-based approach to disability. In Kathmandu, people with disabilities choose from a growing roster of rehab centers offering services like…