Advocating for Better Humanitarian Aid

By Diana Skelton (France) The United Nations is planning a World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) — scheduled for May 2016 in Istanbul — in order to improve the effectiveness of aid to victims of both armed conflicts and natural disasters. Because the world population has continued to grow, the areas affected by natural disasters are more…

Are we sincere about leaving no one behind?

By Matt Davies (Mexico) I was recently reading an article by members of Social Watch about the UN post-2015 development agenda which will see the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a change cynics might say that goes little further than one letter in an acronym. However, the process…

Relocated Families Look Back on Their Situation

By ATD Fourth World Philippines “No comment…” “No comment…” that’s his reply when I ask Mr. B about the situation in the relocation sites. He moved three months ago to a new place some 2-3 hours away from Manila. A few days ago, his former dwelling under a bridge was demolished together with those of…

Activism

People Are What Make Activism Essential

By Julia Sick (United States) A few months ago, I was talking with Diana Skelton, a member of the ATD Fourth World International Leadership Team. We were sitting by the window in a small bar and  discussing the benefits of intercultural exchange across ATD Fourth World’s many teams. The benefits seemed obvious to me–being exposed…