Jonno McPike


About Jonno McPike

Student at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Focusing on education policy and its role within foreign aid.

UN Security Council Concerned With Links Between Terrorism And Organised Crime

Last week’s open debate at the UN Security Council explored the increasing interconnectedness between small-time criminals and terrorist groups, the criminal-turned-terrorist phenomenon is increasing in frequency due to the groups overlapping characteristics; International Consultant, Tamara Makarenko highlighted the strong links between organized crime and terrorism, both occupying similar spaces, using […]


Libya’s Detention Centres: An Issue Aggravated By War, Deepened By Foreign Policy

Amidst ongoing violence throughout Libya, refugees and migrants held within detention centres are treated like animals. The atrocities at Zintan’s detention centre recently gained international attention, with bodies revealed to be left to rot inside. A spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said to Al Jazeera: […]


After Four Years of Isolation, Humanitarians Finally Reach Inaccessible Districts In Yemen

Yemen in the midst of a massive humanitarian crisis has finally gained access to the rebel-held Nihm district and after fours years of violence they found civilians caught within the zone surviving on the few resources remaining. The area is plagued by hunger, war and disease, the zone being described […]


Afghanistan’s Silent Killer: Child Malnutrition

A recent UNICEF report has highlighted the damaging effects of malnutrition on children. Ongoing violence, a brutal drought and rampant poverty have left two million children suffering from malnutrition, 600,000 of which likely face death without external support. “We are the sole provider of treatment for severe acute malnutrition,” said […]


Rohingyan Crisis remains at ‘total standstill’ according to UN Fact Finding Mission

Last week, the UN International Fact-Finding Mission in Myanmar (FFM) urged the international community to pressure Myanmarese authorities to take direct action in the Rohingya crisis as widespread human rights abuses and overcrowded refugee camps continue to plague the community. Myanmar’s carelessness faced sharp criticism by FFM Chairperson Marzuki Darusman […]


Foreign Aid: More About Self-Interest Than Helping Those In Need

Foreign aid – despite its good intentions – does not always have the desired effect; rather, it serves as a tool, coercing nations and producing results which frequently benefit the donor. Aid organizations are often closely linked with government institutions which serve the nation’s strategic and economic interests, prioritising infrastructure […]


Sub-Saharan Africa’s Debt Problems Are Worsening Warns UN Spokesperson

Many poor countries’ debts are at ‘crisis point’, with international debt repayments doubling since 2010, reaching their highest level in decades. In reaction to unaffordable debt, many governments are forced to cut public spending, undermining progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Achim Steiner […]


UN-Haiti Relationship ‘Must Evolve’: Haiti’s Dependency on the UN

Haiti stands ‘at the crossroad’ for peacekeeping and development. The peacekeeping goals established by the UN are almost fulfilled, although the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet has criticized the withdrawal stating that ceasing aid is too much of a risk for Haiti’s future, and later saying we […]


“I No Longer Know What A Healthy Lung Sounds Like”: Ulaan Baatar’s Pollution Crisis

Every winter Mongolia’s capital, Ulaan Baatar is shrouded in a thick blanket of toxic air poisoning its residents. “I no longer know what a healthy lung sounds like… Everybody has bronchitis or some other problem, especially during winter,” says Ganjargal Demberel, a doctor in Ulaan Baatar’s hardest hit district. Coal […]