Development & Aid

Aid Industry

Development assistance amounts to some $160 billion a year, which is spent on a vast range of humanitarian programmes. How can these huge sums of money be spent most effectively?  Find great resources here to help you answer these critical questions.

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SDGs

With the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, world leaders voted to commit to achieving 17 Sustainable Development Goals over the next 15 years, forming the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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News

Stay up to date with all the latest trends in the development sector with our extensive directory of websites, magazines and blogs that provide regular news and analysis on development issues. If you use RSS be sure to download our Development & Aid RSS file.

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Organisations

Find information on hundreds of organisations working in development, including multilateral institutions, bilateral agencies, NGOs, social movements, think tanks, donors and private consulting firms.

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Education & Careers

Find useful career advice for prospective development and humanitarian workers along with a directory of job posting websites. You can also find a directory of universities and other educational institutions offering courses and degrees related to development. Make sure to download our RSS list International Development Jobs

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Development Management

A collection of online resources, guides and manuals dedicated to different aspects of development management, such as project cycle management, monitoring evaluation and learning, advocacy and campaigning, research and more. 

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6 giant orange hands are held in the air display the words 'No more hunger. Act now'
Flickr | Oxfam International

World Food Day - October 16

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, climate change disturbing food production, massive inflation, conflict, and global tensions, the issue of food security has never been more pressing. The need for sustainable, affordable and adaptable farming systems is vital. With 800 million people suffering from hunger and malnutrition, the time to act is now. No one should be left behind.

World Food Day - October 16
CGTN

Horn Africa Hunger Crisis

In 2011, a famine killed some 260,000 people in Somalia, this year 41% of the total population of 16 million is likely to face acute food insecurity between now and December. Martin Griffiths of the UN has highlighted the injustice of the impact of the climate crisis, as it mainly affects populations that do not contribute significantly to it. Continuing droughts have caused Somalis to lose their livestock and crops, forcing thousands to flee their homes in the hope of saving their lives and those of their families.  

Horn Africa Hunger Crisis
Image of the Earth with two hands infront one helping the other
Freepik | WHD

World Humanitarian Day – August 19

This annual day is a worldwide celebration of people helping people, dedicated to humanitarian workers and those who have lost their lives supporting humanitarian causes. It raises awareness of the importance of this work, and the positive impact it has around the world - often in dangerous settings. Ensuring the survival, well-being, and dignity of those affected by crises is vital, we must protect the security and protection of aid workers and those providing assistance. This year we celebrate #TheHumanRace and focus on climate action and solidarity for those most in need.

World Humanitarian Day – August 19
Female farmer sifts grain under the hot sun
Word Press | World Bank Photo Collection

Global Food Crisis & Increasing Food Prices

The 2022 Global Report on Food Crisis revealed the highest level ever of people living in hunger crisis or worse. The collapse of food supply and drastic price increases is being driven by global factors such as conflict (including the war in Ukraine), the economic impacts of Covid-19, and increasingly climate change, in particular drought. Devastatingly, the short supply of key commodity crops like corn and wheat, coupled with the increase in fuel and fertiliser cost, is having severe and long-lasting repercussions around the world.

Global Food Crisis & Increasing Food Prices
United Nations

2030 Agenda

These 17 goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for 2030, aim to end poverty, protect the environment and ensure peace and prosperity for all. Find all the information & updates on the Sustainable Development Goals here.

2030 Agenda
Public Domain

Migration

War, extreme violence and poverty are some of the reasons why 65 million people have left their homes. Syria, Venezuela, Central America and North Africa are currently suffering some of the biggest forced migrations. And the rise of far-right parties in the countries that hold these migrants are causing a humanitarian crisis.

Migration
Public Domain

Hunger

815 million people suffer from food insecurity and malnutrition around the world, the majority of these people live in developing countries and in conflict areas. Poverty is the main cause and children are the principal victims of hunger as it compromises their intellectual and physical development and affects them lifelong.

Hunger
José Manuel Suárez

Water Crisis

It affects every continent and is one of the largest global risks, as 844 million people around the world lack access to it. We are the blue planet, and water sometimes is seen as an unlimited resource. But the reality is that water is scarce, and the need of finding a sustainable balance between its use and its preservation must be a global priority.

Water Crisis
Oxfam

Land grabbing

Europe and the US are the biggest consumers of land in the world and they both mainly depend on imported land. In the past years, millions of productive lands from developing countries are being sold to transnational companies and foreign investors without the informed consent of the communities that depend on these lands for their survival.

Land grabbing

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Hero of the Month

Jeffrey Skoll

Founder of the Skoll Foundation, in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable world. The foundation aims to drive large-scale change by investing in social entrepreneurs that are working to solve world’s problems, until now, it has invested an approximation of $470 million  in 128 entrepreneurs and 106 organizations around the world.

Featured Organisation of the Month

A United Voice

InterAction is an alliance organization consisting of over 180 members that work around the world, with a common commitment to working with the world's poor and vulnerable, and a belief that together, we can make the world a more peaceful, just and prosperous place.

Featured Online Resource of the Month

Resource Centre

The Governance & Social Development Resource Centre is a partnership of research institutes, think-tanks and consultancy organisations that provides applied knowledge services on demand and online, in issues of governance, social development, humanitarian response and conflict.

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