5 Humanitarian Newsletters You Should Sign Up For

Following the success of our summer post recommending the top 20 humanitarian Twitter accounts to follow, we asked for your suggestions for a similar post about newsletters. Entirely crowdsourced through our Twitter community and an anonymous survey, this post presents our readers’ five favourite newsletters about humanitarian issues (in alphabetical order).

By Carolina Are


Aidnography was created by Dr. Tobias Denskus, a Senior Lecturer in Communication for Development in the School of Arts and Communication at Malmö University in Sweden.  His newsletter looks at books, news and issues related to Aidland, with an eye on communication for development and social change, and was recommended by many of our followers. You can sign up here and read about Dr. Denskus’s research here.

BRIGHT Magazine

Edited by Sarika Bansal, BRIGHT Magazine tells stories about the world’s most pressing problems for the people who want to change it. The magazine covers health, education, and gender with a focus on innovative angles and problem-solving. BRIGHT is funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation but maintains editorial independence, producing in-depth reports. Sign up for their newsletter here: bit.ly/brightinbox.

DAWNS Digest

DAWNS Digest is the brainchild of Mark Leon Goldberg (editor of the United Nations and global affairs blog UN Dispatch and host of the Global Dispatches podcast) and Tom Murphy (a reporter for Humanosphere, an independent news organization dedicated to reporting on global poverty and inequity).  An acronym for “The Development and Aid World News Service,” DAWNS Digest is a news curation service for “global news junkies,” as its founders like to say. The editors follow news from the developing world that is relevant to the humanitarian, human rights and international development community and update their subscribers every weekday morning. Sign up here.


IRIN News delivers unique, authoritative and independent reporting from the frontlines of crises. Another favourite among our network of participants and journalists, IRIN already featured in our list of Top 20 humanitarian-focused accounts to follow. After 19 years of award-winning humanitarian news and analysis, IRIN left the United Nations in January 2015 to relaunch as an independent, non-profit media venture. They draw on a global network of more than 200 local correspondents, experienced editors and analysts, and an intimate knowledge of the humanitarian sector, providing insider news and analysis. Sign up for their newsletter here.

This Week In Africa

This Week in Africa (TWiA) is a weekly bulletin by Jeffrey Paller, an Assistant Professor of Politics at University of San Francisco, and Philip Dube, a California Executive Fellow. TWiA curates news about democracy, development, and daily life across Africa. These issues are often reported and analyzed separately; TWiA brings them together in one place. It’s delivered every Friday to subscribers’ inbox, and posted on its Tumblr page. Sign up for the newsletter here.


Want more? And of course… the Humanitarian News Research Network has its own newsletter bringing you the latest research and events on humanitarian communication. You can sign up here.