the delivery of life-saving supplies by air in the town of Kiech Kon in the remote Upper Nile State. credit UNICEF

South Sudan’s Horrible Decision

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The country is on the brink of famine and a top minister thinks harassing foreign aid workers makes for good policy. “South Sudan’s labor minister declared Tuesday that foreigners can no longer work for international non-governmental organizations, which are moving massive amounts of humanitarian aid in a country on the brink of famine. The order, reported by a local radio station, also applies to communications companies, banks, insurance companies, oil companies and hotels. It says that foreign workers of any nationality must stop working by Oct. 15 and businesses or organizations must thereafter advertise for the vacant posts.” (BuzzFeed

Humanity Affirming Stat of the Day: New data released by the United Nations show that under-five mortality rates have dropped by 49% between 1990 and 2013. The average annual reduction has accelerated – in some countries it has even tripled – but overall progress is still short of meeting the global target of a two-thirds decrease in under-five mortality by 2015. (WHO

This is How Much it Will Cost to Stop Ebola…“The World Health Organization and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), released its first ever system-wide needs assessment that systematically details the financial requirements for stopping the outbreak. So how much money do humanitarian agencies need to stop ebola in its tracks?  Nearly $1 billion — or $987.8 million to be precise. This includes $189 million to identify and trace people with ebola; $330 million for treatment of people with the disease; $40 million for equipment; $20 million for fuel; $2.5 million in cash incentives for healthcare workers; and $23 million for “safe and dignified burials” to prevent a key point of transmission for the virus, among other expenses. (UN Dispatch

The United Nations says tens of thousands of cases of enforced disappearances remain unsolved. (VOA

Global Dispatches Podcast: The Ruth Messinger interview. The longtime New York politician lost to Rudy Giuliani for New York City Mayor, then set her sights on global affairs as leader of the American Jewish World Service


The United States announced on Tuesday that it would send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up response including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiralling fastest out of control. (Reuters

The number of hungry people in the world has fallen sharply over the past decade but 805 million, or one in nine of the global population, still do not have enough to eat, three U.N. food and agriculture agencies said. (Reuters

The Ebola response in Liberia, the country worst hit by the outbreak, will focus on community-level care units since new bed spaces are unlikely to be ready for weeks or months, World Health Organization Assistant Director General Bruce Aylward said. (Reuters

The United Nations took over a peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic previously run by the African Union, a move that rights groups said must lead to more action to protect civilians from attack. (Reuters

West African governments are being urged to ensure human rights are respected as they battle the ongoing Ebola outbreak. Human Rights Watch says the response to the crisis has been slowed by ignorance, fear, denial and mistrust. (VOA

A campaign to persuade people in Rwanda to buy a new improved type of cooking stove – which uses less fuel and is less smoky – hasn’t succeeded, according to the stoves’ manufacturers. (VOA )

The United Nations says huge loads of equipment, needed by the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic are blocked at the Douala seaport in Cameroon. (VOA


U.N. investigators say there is evidence of brutal crimes being committed in Syria by all warring factions. In its latest report to the U.N. Human Rights Council, the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria documents gross violations and mass atrocities perpetrated by the militant Islamic State, other armed groups and government forces against civilians. (VOA

Qatar has issued a new law to regulate charities in the Gulf state amid growing concern in the West over funding received by Islamic State militants. (Reuters


A look at Myanmar’s struggling clay pot industry. (AP

The Americas

With US immigration reform long delayed, a Honduran mother and son are traveling to the capitol to tell lawmakers why they came to Boston and should be allowed to stay. (GlobalPost

Panama is the first Latin American country to have adopted a national strategy to combat what is known as hidden hunger, with a plan aimed at eliminating micronutrient deficiencies among the most vulnerable segments of the population by means of biofortification of food crops. (IPS

Poor sanitation has caused serious health problems in Haiti – but could a special eco toilet improve the situation? (BBC Video

With approximately 500,000 underground abortions each year, Argentina’s government and the Catholic Church have created a moral paradox of immense proportions. (GlobalPost


Why are western health workers with Ebola flown out, but locals left to die? (Guardian

Towards the Next Horizon for Nutrition – Capacity Development (Global Nutrition Report Blog

Separate Legal Identity and Birth Registration in the Post-2015 Agenda (CGD

Hold the outrage: Airlifting Ebola-afflicted health workers is not a solution (Humanosphere

Do TOMS shoes harm local shoe sellers? (Humanosphere

Not so mega? The risky business of large-scale public-private partnerships in African agriculture (From Poverty to Power

11 useless approaches to communicating about global development (How Matters )

On cognitive dissonance: Local ownership & constant learning (WhyDev