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Earthquakes, Typhoons and Famine — Oh, My!


When disaster strikes across the globe, the countries affected take measures to relieve the suffering and aid those stricken by misfortune. But often local resources are not adequate, and that is when the international community springs into action. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies was founded in 1919, in response to the horrors of World War I. Today one of its key areas of activity is in disaster response and recovery. IFRC has just issued the World Disasters Report 2011, which focuses on the growing crisis of hunger and malnutrition.The IFRC is not alone — other agencies also work on disaster relief and hunger. The Bread for the World Institute issues an annual report on Hunger, the European Commission on Humanitarian Aid reports on its activities through its Annual Review, The United States provides humanitarian and disaster assistance via various programs, most notable by USAID and its Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, which is outlined in its Annual Report.


Research in International Affairs

The International Crisis Group reports that "the monsoon floods in Pakistan have caused massive destruction and turned a displacement crisis in the insecure western borderlands into a national disaster… The fragile civilian government lack the capacity and the means to provide sufficient food, shelter, health and sanitation without  international assistance…A population exhausted by conflict could become a soft target for militants, making stability in the northwest even more elusive." from CIAO

Search the Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) database for working papers, policy briefs, journals, Atlas with data provided by the Economist Intelligence Unit, and more to find information about topics in the field of International Affairs. 


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