Bombing hospitals and civilians in Yemen

The American airstrikes against a Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, earlier this month indicate either a lethal flaw in US intelligence...

Nepal Earthquake: Ensuring that the countryside is not forgotten

The international community has been quick to respond to last Saturday’s massive earthquake in Nepal. However, as Julien Bettler of Norlha, the Swiss Himalayan...

France to boost Geneva International

While the Swiss government often fails to recognize the crucial importance of its international community, particularly in the Lake Geneva region, the French view...

Did the 2004 tsunami change emergency aid forever?

The following piece by Simon Levine of the Overseas Development Institute's  Humanitarian Policy Group  (HPG) explores the increasing use of cash as a form...

To Kill a Sparrow: Afghan women jailed for love

For years, filmmaker Zohreh Soleimani followed a tragic romance set in Afghanistan. The couple met, fell in love … and went to jail. So what...

Will the World Humanitarian Summit pass the accountability test?

Nick van Praag, who directs the Ground Truth Programme of   Keystoneaccountability, explores whether World Humanitarian Summit will really look hard at whether, and...

How to Save Afghanistan’s Democracy

Afghanistan’s last election almost tore the country apart. The next one has to be different. In an opinion article for Foreign Policy, Tabish Forugh...

How Sierra Leone’s Fight Against Ebola Tested Cultural Traditions.

The following piece is written by Amy Maxmen, a science and medical journalist who travelled to Sierra Leone with a grant from the Pulitzer...

Better Mapping for Better Journalism

Willie Shubert of the Washington DC-based New Security Beat explores new visual tools for improving environmental journalism. Nearly every local story has a global context. This is...

One (difficult) step to curbing extremism

The following article written by Sarah Chayes, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment, was contributed as a blog to the Reuters.com website. (See...

Tim to the rescue: Legislating accountability

Nick van Praag sends this piece on the exceptional work achieved by US senatorial aide Tim Rieser regarding the reciprocal release of prisoners and...

Sierre Leone in the time of Ebola

How frontline workers see the Ebola response in Sierra Leone. Nick van Praag, who is just back from this West African country, shares some...

Beyond the blah-blah: What now with the Sustainable Development Goals?

The creation of a new and more realistic post-2015 agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is already happening with Geneva in the...

North Korea: first steps towards change?

Journalist Christopher Woodburn explores new directions for North Korea. Long-considered the last bastion of Stalinist socialism in the post-cold war era, the hermit kingdom—as it...

Afghanistan – What went wrong?

The following essay by Geneva-based journalist and author Edward Girardet was published by the Cairo Review of Global Affairs in October, 2014. Girardet is...

IRIN’s new challenge – independent humanitarian reporting

Swiss journalist Daniel Wermus writes on the establishment of IRIN, a former UN humanitarian news agency, in Geneva as a new - and independent...

Time to focus on the people behind the numbers

This piece is contributed by Nick van Praag, a humanitarian specialist and director of Keystone's Ground Truth programme. A slew of statistics released this week...

Rebranding the Millennium Development Goals

by Priyash Bista Geneva - The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were supposed to create benchmarks for the developed world’s commitment to eliminating global poverty. The...

Putting UNRWA back on the Map

With the civil war in Syria stalemated in its fourth year and more than 164,000 Syrians dead, the public has begun to be anesthetized...

Frontline Earth: Maidan, Taksim, Tahrir – Revolution 2.0

The following piece in French is by Essential Edge French editor Daniel Wermus.  Geneva -- Chaque bouleversement technologique a, dans l’histoire, produit un bouleversement social....

How bad language leads to poor humanitarian outcomes

Nicholas van Praag of Keystone's Groundtruth programme writes about the importance of language when dealing with the people one is trying to help. When someone as eloquent...

Senegal turns toward agro-ecology

The following piece is by Essential Edge French editor Daniel Wermus. Le Sénégal veut se tourner vers l’agro-écologie Le processus « Changement de cap dans l’agriculture », lancé...

No accounting for what charities ship overseas

The following report was published 24 January 2014 by the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco as part of the America's Worst Charities'...

Life after Guantanamo prison

The following piece on Afghans incarcerated -- often with little or no evidence - by the Americans in Guantanamo by Dawood Azam was published...

By air, by land and by Karma – transportation in Nepal’s Himalayas

The following article on travelling in Nepal was written by Donatella Lorch, an American-Italian journalist living in Katmandu. Katamandu -- I learned a new expression...

Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, North Africa and the role of quality media

Since starting out as a foreign correspondent during the late 1970s in Paris, Swiss-American writer and journalist Edward Girardet would often make a point...

The PCDN Network – More than just information

For anyone - UN or NGO aid worker, policy analyst, researcher, journalist, donor, private sector - serious about being effective, the Peace and Collaborative...

TedX plea for West not to abandon Afghanistan

Masood Khalili, Afghan ambassador to Spain - and son of famed 20th century Afghan poet Khalillulah Khalili - makes an impassioned plea from the...

In Nepal’s Himalayas, the uphill battle is against plastic

Letter from Katamandu Journalist Donatella Lorch has sent us this dispatch from Nepal.  As any tour company will tell you, Nepal is the land of the...

Press Reset on AfPak Relations

The following piece by Omar Samad was first published by Foreign Policy's SOUTH ASIA CHANNEL. Contrary to popular opinion, it is not so much the 2014...

Humanitarian work: from intention to action

This piece contributed by Nick van Praag was published by The Essential Edge 22 March, 2012. How good are really the humanitarian agencies that claim...

The Arab Crisis: Food, Energy, Water and Justice

Tunisia's popular uprising is reverberating across the Arab world. But such movements face problems that go far wider than dictatorship to encompass the whole...