Jonno McPike


About Jonno McPike

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

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 […]


Congo’s Ebola Response Slowed Through Targeted Violence

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s conflict-ridden eastern province of Kivu is in the midst of an Ebola outbreak which has been described as the ‘perfect storm’ by the World Health Organisation (WHO). It’s the first known Ebola epidemic in a war zone and already it’s the second deadliest in […]


The World Has Not Been Paying Attention, Congo’s Humanitarian Crisis Equal To Syria

Public services are at the breaking point following the violent expulsion of 300,000 Congolese from Angola. The Kasai region within The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been embroiled in conflict since 2016, now being concentrated in only a few small pockets. Tensions remain high with ethnic divisions threatening […]


Volatile Afghani Peace Process Risks Undermining Human Freedoms

Afghanistan’s people fear America’s rushed peace process this week considering troop withdrawal estimated to take place within the next five years. Peace talks are currently underway in Qatar with US and Taliban representatives announcing a great leap forward towards ending the war although military withdrawal threatens to jeopardize the Afghani […]


Mass Exodus Of ISIS And The Future Of Syria

Last Sunday, US-backed Syrian forces warned of the mass exodus of people from the imploding caliphate, who are concentrated in small, densely populated pockets. 5,000 civilians have poured through Kurdish-led Syrian forces, with numbers expected to rise; infrastructure and resources are already scarce with Syria’s Kurds calling for aid. Foreign […]