Worldwide real wage growth -- the increase in salary minus inflation -- is expected to be just 1.5% on average in 2018, the smallest rise in the past five years, according to Korn Ferry. US workers are predicted to see a 1% increase in real pay, while employees in China could see a boost of 4.2%.
Over 8 million people in Yemen are on the brink of famine, and the Saudi blockade of Yemen's ports must be lifted to allow food and medical aid into the country before it becomes a full-scale catastrophe, warn an official from the World Food Programme and the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen. Yemen's 28 million citizens rely on imports for more than 85% of their food and medicine.
The United Nations and partner agencies have launched a $4.4 billion plan to support the 5.3 million Syrians forced to flee their country and 3.9 million people in communities hosting the majority of the displaced Syrians. "While we hope that a political solution is soon on the horizon, it is vital that we continue our support to Syrian refugee families whose needs and challenges increase with every passing year in displacement," says Amin Awad, director of UN High Commissioner for Refugees' Middle East and North Africa Bureau.
Tough international sanctions levied against North Korea are hindering humanitarian aid to about 18 million, or 70% of, North Koreans who face food shortages, warns United Nations human rights commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. The UN Security Council recently heard testimony from a North Korean defector about human-rights abuses in the country.
Rohingya women and girls fleeing Myanmar are being subjected to "heartbreaking and horrific" sexual violence, says Pramila Patten, United Nations special envoy on sexual violence in conflict. She urges members of the UN Security Council to visit refugees in Myanmar and Bangladesh to see the situation themselves.
The World Bank has announced it will cease funding to upstream oil and gas projects after 2019, except in circumstances where there are clear benefits to energy access for the poor. The move will help the World Bank align its goals with the COP21 Paris climate agreement.
North Korean officials offered no firm commitment to peace talks but agreed that the prevention of war is of high importance, says United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman, who visited the country last week. "I think we've left the door ajar, and I fervently hope that the door to a negotiated solution will now be opened wide," he says.
Just 6% of the $390 billion Americans donated to US-based charities in 2016 went to groups that do work outside the country, largely because donors are significantly more likely to support causes they see as "local." Nonprofit experts say charities can make a difference with the language they use in describing their work, such as avoiding terms like "far away."
Nonprofit leaders can better demonstrate their organization's social impact by evaluating data using the concepts of purpose, perspective and alignment, according to a Deloitte study. "While these efforts may not be simple, they could prove to be essential for helping social sector organizations learn from their collective experiences and increase their impact," write Deloitte's Tony Siesfeld, Gabriel Kasper and Rhonda Evans.