Media round-up (humanitarian aid articles)
A couple of articles piqued my interest in the last couple of weeks, and I thought I’d share them:
This one ‘If not us, then who?’ from CNN takes its title from a comment from Michael Bowers, Mercy Corps’ senior director for strategic response and emergencies. It looks at some of the realities of operating in extremely insecure environments.
This NPR article called ‘The Truth About Humanitarian Work: High Ideals Vs Hard Realities‘, a short piece that looks at some of the motivations for people to work in dangerous environments like Syria.
A commentary from the Guardian on the state of LGBT rights in international NGO human resource departments, focussing on how straight aid work still is, at least in some parts of the industry. I’m lucky to work for one of the organizations that was a quiet leader in adopting equal opportunity policies with regard to sexual orientation – for a less progressive example see this Philanthropy.com article.
Lastly, something a little lighter – Frame Changers, a daily cartoon from Khanjan Mehta (Director, Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Program at Pennsylvania State).