This a new weekly roundup of humanitarian and development stories from around the web.
Above, the BBC’s Mary Harper reports on how aid agencies are working in Somalia, large parts of which are controlled by Al Shabaab.
The Independent in the UK published a scathing article claiming Save the Children refused to campaign against fuel poverty due to its donor ties with big oil - following a BBC documentary and whistleblower’s claims.
Save the Children has responded denying the claims and saying they try to harness “the power of the private sector.”
The World Bank reports "policy bottlenecks" in Nigeria have led to gaps and inequalities in education. They recommend addressing these policies using a SABER tool developed by their experts.
As the humanitarian sector is utilizing data gathering more and more to follow emergencies and help establish aid in crises, a new “crowd sources scenario planning” organization called FutureScaper has been created by MIT students.
ECHO has reported IDPs in Central African Republic have reached 160,000 amidst new violence. And MSF’s General Director has said the aid community has failed in the region.
If Syrians weren’t already having a rough last couple of years, refugees are now facing one of the worst blizzards in a decade to hit the region. Blizzard Alexa is hitting Lebanon and Syria, including at refugee camps at the border.
In an effort to clean up the government after 200 anti-government protesters were killed in September, Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, has reshuffled his cabinet. However, The Economist reports this has done more to remove cabinet who’ve gained influence and power in the country with closer allies to the president than to improve the country.
The aid community has begun its first conferences to discuss the post-2015 development goals.
Health care workers have been at the brunt of many recent attacks in conflict zones in the last few years. More data from the ICRC, among others, quantifies what this really looks like, raising awareness of the dangers faced by medical staff, which are some of the only aid workers in many conflict zones.