Jessica Alexander, The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

Jessica Alexander

The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

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Past articles by Jessica:

Aid profiles: The head of CARE on her decolonisation ‘journey’

What Sofia Sprechmann Sineiro writes in her colonial journal, why she hates the word localisation, and what makes her more hopeful than ever. → Read More

A tasting menu from Geneva’s humanitarian trade fair

From the climate crisis to cybersecurity, what’s hot and what’s not at this year’s emergency aid gabfest. → Read More

There’s a wide gap between aid’s promise and reality, Haitians say

Lack of trust, feelings of shame, and not enough information characterise the experience of receiving aid, a survey reveals. → Read More

Can a new charter point the way to a greener future for the aid sector?

Sceptics fear it could just become another set of unenforceable ideals in a sector that has often been resistant to change. → Read More

COVID-19 and climate change top the agenda at UN humanitarian talks

From the pandemic fallout on women and children to famine and data risks, this year’s ECOSOC faces a daunting list of challenges. → Read More

Aid reform’s new leader: A Q&A with Jan Egeland

Hope and vision from the Grand Bargain’s new leader on how aid reform can better reach people on the front lines of crisis. → Read More

Renewing the Grand Bargain, Part 2: Old goals, a new path

Will the Grand Bargain 2.0 accomplish what the original couldn't: unlock more resources for people affected by crises? → Read More

Renewing the Grand Bargain, Part 1: Old goals, a new path

Conceived as a way to get the money that flows through the aid system to go further, the deal has so far fallen short of its lofty ambitions. → Read More

Then and Now: Aid’s slow pace of change

From accountability to preventing atrocities, from disaster prevention to security and sexual abuse in the sector: short histories of aid. → Read More

Then and Now: 25 years of aid accountability

Policies, tools, and institutions to hear from affected people have proliferated over the years. But have they actually closed the accountability gap? → 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

Then and Now: 25 years of disasters, responses, and risk management

Disasters are often predictable. So why are we so bad at preparing for them? → Read More

Editor’s take: Japan’s disaster lessons aren’t just about expensive hardware

Poorer countries may not be able to afford advanced engineering, but they can build on capacities for survival that have existed for generations. → Read More

A Q&A with the world’s biggest aid donor

A new outlook for EU aid: addressing root causes, stepping up on climate change, and championing international humanitarian law. → 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

Then and Now: 25 years of sexual exploitation and abuse

Despite aid’s moral footing being repeatedly undermined – and numerous pledges to reform – the culture of impunity persists. → 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

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

A war photographer turns her lens back home: In conversation with Lynsey Addario

From COVID-19 in the UK to racism in the United States, Addario has found herself focusing on crises in Western nations. → Read More

A deep dive into 25 years of humanitarian data

The good, the bad, and the buzzwords: 25 years of humanitarian data. → Read More