Japan Embraces the 100-Year Life
The Japanese translation of the 2016 book The 100-Year Life has proven to be a bestseller. The book, whose central theme is that “individuals, institutions, government, finances and infrastructure need urgent preparation for a time when millions can reasonably expect to live for a century”, seems to have resonated strongly with the Japanese people, probably because the country is home to the world’s oldest population. Now the search is on for fitting policy reforms.
It has emerged that Oxfam did not ban staff from paying for sex until last year, reportedly because of concerns over its staff’s personal rights and sexual needs. Other major NGOs banned the practice earlier, following a 2003 UN guidance.
Meanwhile in the UK, experts warn that sexual abuse by aid contractors may be going under the radar. They are calling for private firms delivering aid programs to have the same level of DfID scrutiny and reporting requirements as charitable organizations.
Diversity in Humanitarian Leadership
The Humanitarian Advisory Group, with support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is spending the next two years trying to answer questions like: “is a lack of diversity at the leadership level stymying the humanitarian sector’s ability to address sexual harassment and exploitation?” The first paper in the research series was published last week.
Data Consent in Humanitarian Contexts
Data protection and (affirmative) consent have become a basic requirement for data collection in much of the global North, but what role can and does such data consent play when dealing with vulnerable populations in humanitarian contexts? Concerns arise not only around the collection, but also the storage and protection of deeply personal but increasingly lucrative health data.
EU Considering Cash Transfer Choices
ECHO, the EU’s humanitarian arm, is running a market assessment to determine whether a controversial new approach to coordinating humanitarian cash transfers would work in practice.
China to Surpass Australia as Biggest Pacific Aid Donor
Beijing’s pledge of US$4bn in aid to the Asia Pacific region, last year, has seen the country overtake Australia, traditionally the largest donor in the region, which pledged just a quarter of that. There is unease around the news in Canberra which is suspicious of China’s motives.
The securitization of Foreign Aid
20 years after the US embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Michael Igoe reflects on the rise of “countering violent extremism” as a US global development priority.