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IRIN's Top Reads this week
18 December 2014 (IRIN ), Do you want to stay on top of the current debate around humanitarian and development issues without having to trawl the web? Welcome to our reading list pulling together our correspondents' top picks of must-read research, reports and in-depth articles.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100951/IRIN-s-Top-Reads-this-week
Afghanistan: Uphill struggle for female aid workers
15 December 2014 (IRIN ), NGOs in Afghanistan are working hard to counter the male-dominated work place and give jobs to women. This is both to empower the women as well help widen organisation's outreach and give them access to more women in the community.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100941/Afghanistan-Uphill-struggle-for-female-aid-workers
Afghanistan seeks anti-corruption support
3 December 2014 (IRIN ), New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is seeking a cash injection from donors to help him implement a ground-breaking anti-corruption campaign, but aid experts are sceptical he will get the desired funding.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100909/Afghanistan-seeks-anti-corruption-support
The world's strangest land grab?
24 November 2014 (IRIN ), Every year the Amu Darya river encroaches about 500 metres into Afghanistan, taking with it large swathes of territory and leaving hundreds of families homeless. And as the official border between the countries is defined as the middle of the river, Uzbekistan has laid claim to hundreds of square kilometres of Afghan territory.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100880/The-world-s-strangest-land-grab
Talking to the Taliban, again
20 November 2014 (IRIN ), As foreign troops withdraw from Afghanistan, NGOs and UN bodies are admitting it publicly - they are dealing with the Taliban again. For humanitarians this represents the end of a 14-year process where at the worst moments they became the civilian wing of a military occupation.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100859/Talking-to-the-Taliban-again
Afghan malnutrition - the search for solutions
11 November 2014 (IRIN ), Attempts to tackle malnutrition in Afghanistan are being hampered by cultural norms, shrinking health budgets and the short-term nature of aid.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100821/Afghan-malnutrition-the-search-for-solutions
An ambitious plan to end statelessness
7 November 2014 (IRIN ), It is now 60 years since stateless people received recognition in international law, and the UN has two conventions (1954 and 1961) dedicated to their protection and the regularization of their situation. Yet an estimated 10 million people worldwide still suffer the problems and indignities of having no nationality.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100804/An-ambitious-plan-to-end-statelessness
Climate change: Afghans on the front line
4 November 2014 (IRIN ), As the UN warns that "irreversible" climate change is affecting more people than ever, in northern Afghanistan the story is all too familiar.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100791/Climate-change-Afghans-on-the-front-line
Migrant detention "abuse" can scar children for life
21 October 2014 (IRIN ), An increasing number of migrant children are being detained in countries where they are seeking asylum despite a growing body of scientific evidence that such incarceration leads to long-term psychological and developmental difficulties.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100741/Migrant-detention-abuse-can-scar-children-for-life
Asia's first IDP policy - from theory to practice
20 October 2014 (IRIN ), Afghanistan's new policy on internally displaced people grants a whole swathe of rights to those forced from their homes by conflict or disaster but it now needs to implemented.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100737/Asia-s-first-IDP-policy-from-theory-to-practice
WFP shortfall fuels Afghan funding fears
10 October 2014 (IRIN ), The World Food Programme (WFP) is facing a US$40 million deficit for its Afghanistan programmes, as aid agencies fear that foreign troop withdrawal will lead to decreasing budgets for humanitarian action.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100705/WFP-shortfall-fuels-Afghan-funding-fears
Pakistani refugees welcome end to Afghan political deadlock
23 September 2014 (IRIN ), The deal on a unity government in Afghanistan to end the electoral deadlock was greeted with celebrations in the eastern provinces where tens of thousands of recent Pakistani refugees say they have been victims of the uncertainty.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100651/Pakistani-refugees-welcome-end-to-Afghan-political-deadlock
Analysis: Challenges around aid access in Afghanistan
9 September 2014 (IRIN ), Few issues get more attention nowadays in Afghanistan’s aid circles than insecurity-engendered restrictions on humanitarian access.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100585/Analysis-Challenges-around-aid-access-in-Afghanistan
Afghan mining law “could strengthen armed groups”
28 August 2014 (IRIN ), A new law designed to regulate Afghanistan’s nascent mining sector could increase corruption, lead to forced displacements and even allow armed groups to take control of the sector, transparency groups have warned.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100548/Afghan-mining-law-could-strengthen-armed-groups
Stark choice for many Afghans: sickness or debt
2 July 2014 (IRIN ), The cost of health care is throwing many poor Afghans into a cycle of debt. While most now have access to basic public health care, the quality is so low that many patients seek out private services at a higher cost than they can afford - driving some of them further into poverty.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100295/Stark-choice-for-many-Afghans-sickness-or-debt
Afghanistan becomes unlikely safe haven for Pakistani refugees
1 July 2014 (IRIN ), Nearly half a million people have been forced out of North Waziristan Agency by an ongoing Pakistani military operation there, including nearly 80,000 that have made their way to Afghanistan, a largely unprecedented movement.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100288/Afghanistan-becomes-unlikely-safe-haven-for-Pakistani-refugees
Afghanistan film: The Sins of the Fathers
21 May 2014 (IRIN ), With NATO troops preparing to withdraw from Afghanistan, women activists are growing increasingly nervous about the prospect of the Taliban returning to power. IRIN’s latest film, The Sins of the Fathers, explores the work of the Afghan Women’s Skills Development Centre (AWSDC), a sanctuary for abused women and their children.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100113/Afghanistan-film-The-Sins-of-the-Fathers
Safety fears as people drawn to Afghan mudslide site
7 May 2014 (IRIN ), Government officials and aid workers are worried about the safety of people drawn to the site of a catastrophic mudslide in northeastern Afghanistan in search of aid handouts; they warn of the risk of further landslides and flooding.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100047/Safety-fears-as-people-drawn-to-Afghan-mudslide-site
Islamic law and the rules of war
24 April 2014 (IRIN ), Islamic law contains a rich, but complex set of rules on the protection of civilians which can be difficult to understand, given the range of sources and interpretations available. IRIN walks you through the basics.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99987/Islamic-law-and-the-rules-of-war
Jihadi jurisprudence? Militant interpretations of Islamic rules of war
24 April 2014 (IRIN ), Within extremist militant circles is a debate over acceptable behavior under the Islamic rules of war. This so-called “jihadi jurisprudence” is increasingly studied by humanitarians as practitioners seek to understand the degree to which there is room for even the most radical armed groups to be influenced in favour of the protection of civilians and aid workers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99988/Jihadi-jurisprudence-Militant-interpretations-of-Islamic-rules-of-war

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