July 3, 2014 | 0 comments

United Nations humanitarian agencies and partners are aiding nearly half a million people along the Pakistan-Afghan border, uprooted by a Pakistani offensive against armed insurgents in the North Waziristan Agency tribal areas. Since the full-scale military operations were announced on 15 June, some 400,000 people had left their homes within the first week, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). An estimated 74 per cent of the displaced are women and children. “Thousands were expected to remain displaced as the military operations are expected to be extended to other parts of the Agency,” spokesperson Jens Laerke cautioned journalists in Geneva. An additional 95,000 people are moving into Afghanistan’s Khost province. More at

June 25, 2014 | 0 comments

Critics say private cleanup and consultant companies often operate with little government oversight or accountability:

June 25, 2014 | 0 comments

The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in Asia that have made "striking paradigm shifts" in disaster risk reduction and management, according to the head of the Geneva-based United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). Margareta Wahlstrom, also UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's special representative on disaster risk reduction, on Saturday reported that Manila is "developing more sophisticated methods of gauging the impact of typhoons following 'Haiyan,'" also called Supertyphoon "Yolanda," which devastated Eastern Visayas in November. "Even though Cyclone Haiyan claimed over 6,200 lives when it struck the Philippines, many more were spared because of early warnings and evacuations, particularly in the province of Cebu," she said in a statement issued the day before the opening of the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangkok:

June 25, 2014 | 0 comments

Dr. Patrick Meier (QCRI, formerly Ushahidi) gave a presentation at the 2014 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Conference (RPAS 2014) held in Brussels, Belgium. The content is featured in his upcoming book on “Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Response.” The book is slated to be published in January/February 2015:

May 5, 2014 | 0 comments

It all began in the TIDES booth at the 2012 AFCEA West Conference in San Diego. The TIDES Project was already familiar with both Day & Night Solar and the Sirona Cares Foundation, but this event was going to be a singularly memorable one for Melinda Kershaw and Michelle Lacourciere. It was at this annual conference, in this TIDES booth that the two of them would meet for the first time. In an important success story for both sustainable development and the STAR-TIDES Network, these two executives (Melinda Kershaw is the Director of Marketing for Day & Night Solar, Michelle Lacourciere the Founding Director of the Sirona Cares Foundation) and their respective organizations would come together to develop a new product capable of meeting energy and budgetary demands needed for the Sirona Cares Foundation’s work, including deployments into such energy distressed areas as Haiti and Sub-Saharan Africa: