May 07, 2021

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Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings

Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings is a Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies at Deakin University’s Centre for Humanitarian Leadership. Her research interests include the DPRK, humanitarian aid, disaster management and civil society.

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Lofty goals in challenging circumstances: UN hopes for North Korean aid in 2020

Lofty goals in challenging circumstances: UN hopes for North Korean aid in 2020

The OCHA's annual Global Humanitarian Overview's funding goals are both remarkably low and incredibly ambitious

Lofty goals in challenging circumstances: UN hopes for North Korean aid in 2020
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings December 26, 2019
Why humanitarian agencies face difficulties in responding to needs in the DPRK

Why humanitarian agencies face difficulties in responding to needs in the DPRK

More than anything else, North Korea must implement "radical solutions" to solve its long-term food insecurity problem

Why humanitarian agencies face difficulties in responding to needs in the DPRK
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings November 8, 2019
“Add oil!” North Korean perspectives on protests in Hong Kong

“Add oil!” North Korean perspectives on protests in Hong Kong

State media has sought to emphasize stability and sovereignty in the face of growing instability

“Add oil!” North Korean perspectives on protests in Hong Kong
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings September 16, 2019
Punching above its weight? North Korea’s role as a “middle power”

Punching above its weight? North Korea’s role as a “middle power”

Asia Power Index places DPRK in 16th place, but score highlights the country's continued isolation

Punching above its weight? North Korea’s role as a “middle power”
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings August 7, 2019
Enduring challenges: North Korea’s needs and priorities in 2019

Enduring challenges: North Korea’s needs and priorities in 2019

An annual UN report paints a dire picture — and suggests humanitarian work is getting harder

Enduring challenges: North Korea’s needs and priorities in 2019
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings March 11, 2019
Givers, receivers, and beneficiaries: who benefits from aid to North Korea?

Givers, receivers, and beneficiaries: who benefits from aid to North Korea?

Humanitarian organizations are not always motivated by goodwill alone

Givers, receivers, and beneficiaries: who benefits from aid to North Korea?
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings February 17, 2019
Humanitarian response in the DPRK: which North Koreans are “vulnerable”?

Humanitarian response in the DPRK: which North Koreans are “vulnerable”?

How best to identify those most in need of aid is a complex question

Humanitarian response in the DPRK: which North Koreans are “vulnerable”?
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings December 13, 2018
The implications – and limitations – of UNICEF’s recent North Korea survey

The implications – and limitations – of UNICEF’s recent North Korea survey

June's MICS offered some important insights, but the limits to the data must be understood

The implications – and limitations – of UNICEF’s recent North Korea survey
Budget cuts and travel restrictions: how U.S. policy is failing North Koreans

Budget cuts and travel restrictions: how U.S. policy is failing North Koreans

Plans to reduce funding for NGOs and recent limits on working in the DPRK will be felt on the ground

Budget cuts and travel restrictions: how U.S. policy is failing North Koreans
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings March 26, 2018
The challenges of evaluating humanitarian aid to North Korea

The challenges of evaluating humanitarian aid to North Korea

Lack of access and information can make it difficult to judge the success of aid projects

The challenges of evaluating humanitarian aid to North Korea
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings
Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings December 11, 2017
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