Melinda Gates gives a speech  as part of the two-day European Development Days  event in Brussels. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union says it is committed to reducing the number of children who are chronically undernourished by at least seven million by 2025. Spea(...)

Residents look for their belongings among the rubble of their destroyed homes in Nepal after the recent earthquake. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

After a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal at 11.56am on Saturday, April 25th, an army of volunteers mobilised and worked around the clock as part of (...)

Thousands of residents take shelter in an evacuation area set up by the authorities in Tundhikel park in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photograph: Omar Havana/Getty Images

A huge international aid operation is being mobilised to help the victims of the earthquake in Nepal, which has left tens of thousands of people homel(...)

A Houthi gunman in Yemen. The UN has launched an appeal for almost €255 million in aid for those affected by the conflict in Yemen. Photograph: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations has launched an appeal for almost $275 million (about €255 million) to aid 7.5 million people in Yemen over the next three months, (...)

 Minister of State for Overseas Development Assistance Seán Sherlock, who said that the Rapid  Response Corps played a key role in the State’s humanitarian response strategy. Irish Aid has called for skilled volunteers to consider joining the corps. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Irish Aid is calling for skilled and experienced volunteers to consider joining the Irish Rapid Response Corps as part of the Government’s programme f(...)

Children play in a classroom destroyed by Cyclone Pam in Tanna, March 18th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Edgar Su

International aid agencies ramped up appeals for cyclone-hit Vanuatu on Wednesday, warning that the powerful storm that affected more than two-thirds (...)

An Islamic State loyalist in Raqqa, Syria, on June 29th, 2014. Men who live in the IS-controlled city told The Irish Times the city has “no government”. Photograph: Reuters

Passengers exhausted by their long journey sit on the kerb or lounge against the buses that have brought them to Damascus from Raqqa in north central (...)

Satellite image from scientists at Wuhan University in China shows a night image of Syria taken in March 2011. Photograph: Trócaire handout from #WithSyria

As the Syrian conflict enters its fifth year, satellite images have been released which show that 83 per cent of all lights in Syria have gone out sin(...)

Torrrential rains of the last few days have washed away crops and coltures at the Milima area in Chikhwawa, Malawi. Photograph: Bonex Juliusbonex Julius/AFP/Getty Images

The death toll from flooding in Malawi has more than tripled with 176 fatalities and at least 200,000 displaced, according to the government.Vice-pres(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney: options in helping combat sea piracy include sending a well-trained unit of 20 to serve on World Food Programme vessels, sending Air Corps personnel and an aircraft to improve surveillance capacity or deploying “a fully crewed ship for a period of three or four months to participate in the work the fleet is doing there”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is expected to decide within the next month whether to send Defence Forces personnel to the Indian Ocean to assist in tackling piracy.(...)