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19 Addictive News Sources That Cover Humanitarian Work

As a humanitarian aid worker, you want to be informed about global issues as best as possible. When a humanitarian crisis occurs, you need to know what is going on and the proper news sources offer incredible value to compassionate humanitarians.

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As a humanitarian, you can help reconstruct areas after natural disasters, increase HIV and AIDS awareness in afflicted places, fight for worldwide acceptance of human rights or dig wells to help communities gain access to safe and clean drinking water. But you can’t be on every vulnerable location at once.  That’s why it’s helpful to read about the efforts of other humanitarians, and developments in the humanitarian world.

  1. Reliefweb
    The leading humanitarian information source on global crises and disasters. It is a specialized digital service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
  2. The Guardian Humanitarian
    News, comments, and features on humanitarian response and action, emergency aid and disaster relief. Brought to you by one of the world’s leading companies in quality journalism.
  3. AllAfrica
    They publish around 1,100 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic including aid and development.
  4. Thomson Reuters Foundation –
    Thomson Reuters Foundation is a charity registered in England and Wales. They act to promote socio-economic progress and the rule of law worldwide.
  5. Associated Press
    The AP is one of the largest and most trusted non-profit sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers, and commercial customers. They offer humanitarian news on a daily basis.
  6. United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
    OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian organizations to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. You can find a platform for humanitarian news on their website.
  7. Huffington Post
    One of the premier destinations for news, blogs and original content offering coverage of politics, global news and humanitarian crises.
  8. IRIN News
    IRIN delivers unique, authoritative and independent reporting from the front lines of crises to inspire and produce a more effective humanitarian response.
  9. France 24
    France 24’s mission is providing a global public service and a common editorial stance. They're known for their in-depth coverage of humanitarian subjects.
  10. Al Jazeera
    They reach more than 220 million households in more than 100 countries. Al Jazeera Media Network often shares humanitarian news. They hold more than 4,000 highly experienced staff from over 70 nationalities, making their newsrooms the most diverse in the world.
  11. Worldpulse
    A social network that connects women and creates a global community of leaders that speak out, share resources and speed up change.
  12. Humanitarian News
    Per month, "Humanitarian News" retrieves around 30,000 articles from over 1,000+ different sources: blogs, websites or news bulletins. Each source covers humanitarian subjects, be it aid, development, humanitarian emergencies, poverty relief, news from the nonprofit sector or the environment.
  13. Breaking Travel News
    Breaking Travel News is an online resource for businesses. From market intelligence, trend analysis and breaking news, such as in the case of humanitarian crises. The site provides all the information humanitarian organizations need to keep their fingers on the travel pulse.
  14. ALNAP
    An international interagency forum working to improve the quality and accountability of humanitarian actions.
  15. Devex
    The media platform for the global development community. This social enterprise is working to make the $200 billion aid and development industry do more good for more people.
  16. Twitter
    One of the most powerful sources for up-to-date news regarding humanitarian subjects. Each of the organizations mentioned in this list has a Twitter account. Follow them to keep updates about humanitarian development.
  17. US Travel State Department Newsroom
    Consular services for United States citizens abroad. Visa services for foreigners, links to foreign consulates, visa fee tables, and downloadable passport forms. They offer a newsroom with up-to-date visa information.
  18. Newsroom
    EUROPA is the official EU website that provides access to information published by all EU institutions, agencies and bodies. Including humanitarian organizations and countries in need.
    The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future.

While we can’t offer as much information as these news juggernauts, we try to add value to the online humanitarian world by writing articles on a daily basis. Want to read some more? Browse to our News & Community page or follow us on Twitter.