Follow the Money: Financing UN Peacekeeping Operations

In our VOICES blog, we share regular updates from our global programs, including CIVIC’s Peacekeeping Team. This piece was written by CIVIC Peacekeeping Director Alison Giffen and United Nations Sr. Associate Sam Harju.  United Nations Member States are feverishly negotiating the proposed $7.27 billion budget for UN peacekeeping operations. These governments must come to an agreement on the…

“Protection Through Projection:” Can MONUSCO Maintain Innovative Community Engagement Practices Despite a Smaller Budget and Reduced Field Presence?

In our VOICES blog, we share regular updates from our global programs, including CIVIC’s Peacekeeping Team. This piece was written by CIVIC Peacekeeping Associate Bénédicte Aboul-Nasr, with input from Peacekeeping Advisor Lauren Spink and Peacekeeping Director Alison Giffen.  UN Member States are in the process of negotiating the budgets of UN peacekeeping operations, including the United Nations…

The International Day of the Child: The Need for Protection of Nigeria’s Next Generation

As the world observes International Day of the Child, we should stop and consider the critical need to protect civilians, including children, across northeast Nigeria. With some degree of success, the Nigerian government has pushed back armed opposition groups in the country’s northeast – especially Jama’atu Sunnah Lida’awati Wal Jihad and Islamic State West Africa,…

Marla Ruzicka in Afghanistan

Remembering the Legacy of Marla Ruzicka

Thirteen years ago today, Marla Ruzicka died doing what she believed in. At a time when no one was helping civilian survivors in Iraq and Afghanistan – or even counting the number of people killed – Marla recognized a need and personally took action to address it. From working with families of civilian casualties, including…

CIVIC Releases Joint Statement on Reported Changes to US Policy on Use of Armed Drones and Other Lethal Force

NGO Statement on Reported Changes to US Policy on Use of Armed Drones and Other Lethal Force We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations, are deeply concerned about the reported changes to the United States’ policy on the use of lethal force overseas, including through armed drones. According to news reports, in October 2017, President Donald Trump authorized…