Residents of the Mubimbi IDP camp near Minova, DR Congo, are pictured with a pile of eggplant and a pile of cabbages that were harvested from their community garden.
ECC Photo/Patrick Bulonza

In this article, Vanessa Hershberger and Annie Loewen share insights on the existing dynamics in host-IDP households in relation to humanitarian responses in the distribution of food assistance, with eastern Congo as a case study. Households are more commonly places where competing claims, unequal power, diverse interests and access to resources are frequently negotiated and…

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Last week, President Santos of Colombia visited Washington for high-level meetings with the Obama Administration. Most notably he was in town to “celebrate” the wonders of Plan Colombia that the U.S. heavily funded for 15 years with bi-partisan support. But many organizations that have worked in Colombia with local partners for years, before and during the…

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hands of a prisoner on prison bars

Since 1980, the U.S. prison population has expanded 500%, an astounding figure that has resulted in 2.3 million people in prison, more than any other country in the world. Using this interactive map from the Vera Institute for Justice, you can see just how much the incarceration rate has changed in your county over the…

Read more Mapping mass incarceration