Paula Dupraz-Dobias, The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

Paula Dupraz-Dobias

The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

Geneva, GE, Switzerland

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Past articles by Paula:

Is emergency shelter fit for purpose?

Given the growing frequency and intensity of climate disasters, governments and the aid sector must find affordable solutions fast. → Read More

COP27: Diplomatic baby steps amid mounting humanitarian crises

Climate justice collided with political wrangling at COP27. The result? Incremental progress. → Read More

In storm-hit Puerto Rico, local communities fill US disaster response gaps

Five years after Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean island, a much weaker storm has exposed the failures of a still-unprepared system. → Read More

What those closest to loss and damage are saying about COP’s newest agenda item

Unpacking loss and damage: What it looks like on the climate front lines, what people misunderstand, and what it may mean for humanitarian response. → Read More

Brazil elections: Erosion of rights under Bolsonaro drives activism among marginalised communities

Black, Indigenous, and trans groups are putting a spotlight on growing violence and hate crimes. → Read More

Most aid funds go to just a few disasters. What about the rest?

Aid groups and governments respond to hundreds of disasters each year. But inadequate funding and a short attention span leave many survivors adrift. → Read More

How climate data scarcity costs lives

In climate-vulnerable countries, a shortage of localised weather data makes it harder to prepare for disasters or adapt to a warming planet. → Read More

How Haiti’s gang violence strains aid operations and demands new approaches

With 2.5 million in need living in areas under armed control, aid groups have to find ways to work with the gangs despite the escalating violence. → Read More

Q&A: How can a global treaty to end violence against women succeed?

Women’s rights activists from 128 nations are behind a new draft treaty. They hope UN member states will join them to address the “shadow pandemic”. → Read More

What happened to the emergency UN money promised for gender-based violence?

What happened to the emergency UN money promised for gender-based violence? - The New Humanitarian puts quality, independent journalism at the service of the millions of people affected by humanitarian crises around the world → Read More

Why COP26 leaves humanitarians wanting more

On critical points of finance and adaptation, Glasgow fell short of the urgent action demanded by those on the front line of the climate crisis. → Read More

At COP26, Indigenous leaders welcome funding but demand more of a say

While more funds and belated recognition are all good, what Indigenous communities say they really need is a seat at the negotiating table. → Read More

How Cubans are helping Cubans in need of food and medicine

Volunteers working via social media are filling the gaps left by scant international aid and insufficient government support. → Read More

No easy solutions for tackling the Central American roots of the migration crisis

Any effort to address ‘the root causes’ of migration in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras will require a huge surge in aid and long-term commitment. → Read More

Latin American women battle shadow pandemic of gender-based violence

When a 12-year-old girl was allegedly raped last year in Peru, she became one of the youngest victims in a shadow pandemic of gender-based violence that has skyrocketed around the world as the coronavirus crisis has unfolded. Before COVID-19, Latin America already had 10 of the 12 countries with the highest rates of femicide in the world – the exceptions being South Africa and Central African… → Read More

Nicaraguan asylum seekers face hunger in Costa Rica or dangerous returns

After fleeing repression, thousands of Nicaraguans find themselves in a lose-lose situation of poverty, pandemic politics, and growing xenophobia. → Read More

From COVID-19 to climate change: What we’re watching at the UNGA

The messages from world leaders may be pre-recorded, and the meetings virtual, but the humanitarian challenges for the UN are real and growing. → Read More

Nicaragua picks a bad time to sideline humanitarian groups

Growing poverty, malnutrition, political strife, and now a pandemic. But Nicaragua’s government signals it can manage on its own. → Read More

COVID-19 shifts Peru’s internal migration into reverse

Made jobless by a strict lockdown, many Peruvians who had moved to cities for work are leaving, spurring a massive reverse migration. → Read More

Hard lessons from COVID-19 on looking after the dead

The pandemic has not only overwhelmed health workers around the world trying to assist the living, but also those dealing with the dead. → Read More