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Hi, this is Paula. Beyond the financial straits that the International Committee of the Red Cross is facing, some within the aid group are questioning its governance, strategy and its very identity.

A veteran Swiss minister has come to the rescue – for now – of another crisis-hit group, the Swiss Red Cross, while a report by the United Nations Development Programme says gender biases have kept women from moving forward, stalling progress on gender equality.

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Paula Dupraz-Dobias


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Freed prisoners board an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)-chartered plane at Marib Airport, amid a prisoner swap between two sides in the Yemen conflict, in Marib, Yemen, 16 April 2023. (Keystone/Reuters/Ali Owidha)

🌫️ Inside the identity and financial crises eating away at the world’s largest humanitarian network. Former and current staff members, experts and political observers weigh in on the ICRC’s recent implosion.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

⛑️ Switzerland’s former health inister appointed as interim leader of wiss Red Cross. Thomas Zeltner, who served as health minister for 18 years, will take the helm of the crisis-hit organisation pending a decision on its future leadership.

Le Temps (FR)

♀️Gender biases not improved over past decade, U.N. says. The UN’s development program found that 90 per cent of both men and women hold biases against women, in what it said risks jeopardising 2030 gender equality goals.

Reuters (EN)

🩺WHO staff member killed in terrorist attack in Somalia. A 27-year-old female Somali staffer was among 16 people killed in a terrorist attack in a hotel in Mogadishu, the UN agency confirmed.

Health Policy Watch (EN)

🇺🇸 US decides to rejoin UNESCO and pay back dues, to counter Chinese influence. Washington stopped funding UNESCO in 2011 over the organisation’s decision to include Palestine as a member.

Associated Press (EN)

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