Ben Parker, The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

Ben Parker

The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

Geneva, GE, Switzerland

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Past articles by Ben:

Syria’s ‘bread crisis’ in graphs

Money is worth less, and basics like bread and fuel cost more. → Read More

15 million pages tell the story of the UN’s ill-fated predecessor

From a famous speech by Haile Selassie to hotel receipts and bad diplomatic behaviour, nothing is left out. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Emergency COVID vaccination scheme in legal jeopardy

And you thought vaccine supply was the only problem? → Read More

Q&A: The trouble with stopping atrocities

Is international action to stop crimes against humanity an impossible ideal? → Read More

Then and Now: 25 years of atrocities and the responsibility to protect

How the UN tool that squares the rights of people with the rights of states has been put to the test. → Read More

Tigray aid response is too little, too late, poll respondents say

Aid is not enough and not getting to where it’s needed, Tigrayans tell researchers. → Read More

Who’s in the running for the top UN humanitarian job?

The UN won’t confirm a list of candidates. But in conversations with aid officials and diplomats, a number of names came up repeatedly. → Read More

New Yemen aid fund is flush with cash, but short on details

The Famine Relief Fund has money to spend in Yemen, and fast. Who’s behind it, and where’s the cash coming from? → Read More

Then and Now: 25 years of aid worker (in)security

Are humanitarian organisations and their staff more of a target now? Were they ever protected from harm by neutrality and goodwill? → Read More

Relief for Tigray stalled as Ethiopian government curbs access

Millions of people in Tigray need help. Aid agencies say they’re ready. What’s the hold-up? → Read More

Top UN humanitarian official to step down

Mark Lowcock’s departure has prompted mixed assessments of his time in office, and speculation about who his successor might be. → Read More

LRA commander Ongwen convicted at the Hague

A child kidnapped by the LRA rose to be one of its most notorious commanders. After a life in the bush, he faces up to 30 years in prison. → Read More

The dangers of ‘brand safety’ ad technology

Advertisers have ‘blocklists’ related to issues they want to avoid. Why are ‘World Health Organization’ and ‘refugees’ on them? → Read More

Ethiopia: A partial view of the humanitarian fallout emerges in Tigray

A visit by the UN, conducted with government officials, couldn’t get everywhere it wanted to go. → Read More

US 'terror' label on Yemen's Houthis could hit peace talks, aid

Aid groups say the blacklisting will throw up a new set of obstacles in a country where it’s already difficult to deliver assistance. → Read More

What’s shifting in humanitarian policy

Four big policy issues to keep an eye on in the year ahead: from social protection to (more) systemic crises. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: UN criticised for holding back review of troubled Congo Ebola response

An internal review into problems in the relief operations, now obtained by TNH, stayed under wraps until long after the outbreak was over. → Read More

ICRC braces for global cuts; war hospital in Lebanon one of the first to go

A specialist hospital in Lebanon is an early casualty of a spending review at the International Committee of the Red Cross. → Read More

Tigray is not the only flashpoint

The conflict in Tigray could prompt renewed violence elsewhere. → Read More

Italian NGO pulls out of Somalia due to ‘systematic fraud’

The aid agency says taking on the fraud would be too dangerous for its staff. → Read More