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Flooding anger on the rise. Stockport Express sandwich board pavement sign, England, August 2009. Photo: Smabs Sputzer/Flickr.

News Sources

100 terrific twitter feeds for humanitarians, ODP.com, April 2010

ReliefWeb is an on-line gateway to information (documents and maps) on humanitarian emergencies and disasters. An independent vehicle of information, designed specifically to assist the international humanitarian community in effective delivery of emergency assistance.

Alertnet is a humanitarian news network, which aims to keep relief professionals and the wider public up-to-date on humanitarian crises around the globe.

IRIN NEWS.ORG - Integrated Regional Information Network IRIN, part of OCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), has been covering sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia on humanitarian-related news since 1994. It aims to provide ’timely, strategic and non-partisan information so as to enhance the capacity of the humanitarian community to understand, respond to and avert emergencies.’ Also, it aims to support conflict resolution and reconciliation by countering misinformation and propaganda. 

OneWorld.net The OneWorld website provides news and useful information from some 1,600 organisations working in the field of human rights, poverty alleviation and global issues generally.

Sources of Information

Humanitarian info - the gateway to humanitarian information centres and other field-based sources which provide timely information and data to relief workers and decision-makers.

The Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action(ALNAP) is an international, interagency forum working to improve learning, accountability and performance across the Humanitarian Sector.

The Sphere Project aims to improve the quality of assistance provided to people affected by disasters, and to enhance the accountability of the humanitarian system in disaster response.

The Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) at the Overseas Development Institute is dedicated to improving humanitarian policy and practice through a combination of high-quality analysis, dialogue and debate.

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue is an independent and impartial organisation whose motivation is to reduce human suffering in war who believe preventing and resolving armed conflicts is the surest means of doing so.

The Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN) is an independent forum where field workers, managers and policymakers in the humanitarian sector share information, analysis and experience.

The Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) is striving to make humanitarian action accountable to its intended beneficiaries: those people whose lives are at risk due to armed conflict or other calamitous events.

Development Assistance Research Associates (DARA) s an independent non-profit organisation committed to improving the quality of development aid and humanitarian action through evaluation.

The International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) is a global network of human rights, humanitarian, and development NGOs, which focuses its information exchange and advocacy efforts primarily on humanitarian affairs and refugee issues.

The Geneva Humanitarian Forum(GHF) seeks to provide a platform for creative thinking, interaction, and the exchange of ideas on issues and challenges facing the humanitarian community.

The People In Aid "Code of Good Practice in the management and support of aid personnel" is the result of years of international collaboration by dozens of agencies.

Global Voices Online is a website that has been developed to improve access to the world of webloggers (bloggers) from the developing world. GlobalVoices aggregates and tracks people^s blogs from every continent and it provides a vital first-hand, non-mainstream, source of information about development issues from those who live it.

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