Africa is losing $88.6 billion that could be put toward locally-led development, experts say — here's how

Why It Matters

While domestic resource mobilization has been a long-time priority for African nations, the urgency of the pandemic added to the list of spending needs and slowed down the region’s efforts.

“We shouldn’t be gossiping about Afghanistan from afar”: Afghan journalist on how free press affects international aid

Why It Matters

Studies show that the international coverage of a humanitarian crisis directly impacts how much global aid goes into the affected region. Passing the one year mark of when the Taliban took power, supporting local journalists in Afghanistan is vital for inclusive coverage of important issues affecting populations within the country, this expert says.

Local organizations are doing the vast majority of aid work in Ukraine — but receiving just 0.003 percent of global funding: new report

Why It Matters

16 million people have so far been displaced from their homes, struggling to survive, or are otherwise in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. This is a highly publicized crisis that’s captured much of the world’s attention — unlike other ongoing wars and humanitarian crises around the world. And the international aid sector’s efforts at localizing their work may be lip service.

Full video: International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan on decolonizing aid and development

Why It Matters

The pandemic has devastated the global south, not just through the virus itself, but also its knock-on social and economic effects. Minister Sajjan’s mandate letter makes clear that Canada is to play a major role in their recovery — but colonial approaches to global development work could cause unintended harm.

In depth conversation: International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan on decolonizing aid and development

Why It Matters

The pandemic has devastated the global south, not just through the virus itself, but also its knock-on social and economic effects. Minister Sajjan’s mandate letter makes clear that Canada is to play a major role in their recovery — but colonial approaches to global development work could cause unintended harm.

Afghanistan desperately needs humanitarian assistance funding. Much of it is still frozen.

Why It Matters

Much of Afghanistan’s social services and healthcare system is funded by international aid money. If it is restricted or cut off, the country will fall apart.