Our social development programs are too focused on welfarism and too little on healing the social pain that is overwhelming so many, writes Mamphela Ramphele.
President Xi Jinping is expected to use a gathering of dozens of African leaders in Beijing to push back against criticism that China’s vast development initiatives risked saddling emerging economies with debt.
Trucks carrying food have entered Syria's Deir Ezzor city, the first time supplies have been delivered via a newly opened road after government troops broke a jihadist siege.
US President Donald Trump is promising billions to help Texas rebuild from Harvey, but his Republican allies in the House want to cut almost $1bn from disaster accounts to fund the president's border wall.
International donors have pledged about $1.1bn for war-torn Yemen as the UN calls on the warring parties to grant access to humanitarian aid.
More than a 100 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by days of heavy snowfall around Afghanistan, including 50 in one village, officials say.
The United Nations has launched a $550m humanitarian appeal for Afghanistan, where about a third of the population is in need of assistance.
The World Food Programme is warning of a worsening food crisis in war-torn Yemen, saying the 19-month conflict has increased hunger and malnutrition.
The first major handout of food aid has taken place along Haiti's storm-wrecked southwest coast - but supplies were still far short of what was needed by the thousands of starving people.
A top cholera official at the World Health Organisation says the agency has decided to send 1 million doses of cholera vaccine to Haiti "as soon as possible" to cope with an expanded risk of the disease in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
The International Committee for the Red Cross says it has delivered food and medical supplies to four besieged Syrian towns that have been inaccessible to aid organisations in nearly six months.
Mexico's Roman Catholic Archdiocese says a group delivering relief supplies to earthquake victims in the southern state of Oaxaca have been attacked and robbed.
The House has overwhelmingly passed $7.9bn in Hurricane Harvey disaster relief as an ever more powerful new hurricane bore down on Florida.
Internal documents have shown that the World Health Organisation routinely spends about $200 million a year on travel.
The conflict in Yemen has made women and girls more vulnerable to gender-based violence, with more than 10 000 cases reported last year, the UN Population Fund says.
The death toll from three days of heavy snow across Afghanistan has risen to over 50 and there are fears the toll could rise as rescuers began clearing roads to remote areas.
India's government has banned about 20 000 charities from accepting overseas funds because they failed to comply with the rules, a home ministry official says.
On a football field in the Haitian town of Jeremie, children gather to gape at a drone preparing to take off and document damage to the area caused by Hurricane Matthew.
The US Navy has sent one of its large warships to Haiti, bringing hundreds of Marines and sailors along with power generators, water purifiers and bulldozers to bolster relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged Haiti.
One month after devastating floods caused by a typhoon hit a remote area of North Korea, the Red Cross is calling for more help for thousands of displaced people before harsh winter conditions set in.
The US military will have to shift surveillance aircraft from other regions and increase the number of intelligence analysts to co-ordinate attacks with Russia under the Syria ceasefire deal.
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