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Why bin Laden's thoughts matter
21 May 2015 (IRIN ), Osama bin Laden's recently released writings on humanitarian aid were treated with skepticism and scorn by many observers. Here's why you should pay attention.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101526/Why-bin-Laden-s-thoughts-matter
New socks never worn: One girl's story ahead of Afghanistan's fighting season
29 April 2015 (IRIN ), When the snows melt in Afghanistan, the water feeds down from the Hindu Kush and brings life to the valleys and plains. But for more years than most here care to remember, spring also means death, as the fighting season begins in earnest.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101419/New-socks-never-worn-One-girl-s-story-ahead-of-Afghanistan-s-fighting-season
Why are humanitarians so WEIRD?
15 April 2015 (IRIN ), In his latest column, recovering aid worker Paul Currion argues that humanitarian organisations are fundamentally WEIRD - Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic. Unless that changes, he says, they will always struggle to understand the communities in which they work.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101314/Why-are-humanitarians-so-WEIRD
What future for the humanitarian capital of the world?
7 April 2015 (IRIN ), Geneva has firmly taken its place as one of the most expensive cities in the world, following a sharp rise in the value of the Swiss franc in January. Should cost-conscious aid agencies be headquartered there?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101332/What-future-for-the-humanitarian-capital-of-the-world
What Jews, Syrian refugees and a Swedish King have in common
31 March 2015 (IRIN ), With 1.7 million Syrians, Turkey is now the country hosting the largest number of refugees in the world. But this so-called “Turkish hospitality” dates back much further – from Jews fleeing the Inquisition in the 15th century to asylum-seekers from Kosovo in 1999.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101307/What-Jews-Syrian-refugees-and-a-Swedish-King-have-in-common
Killing us softly
27 March 2015 (IRIN ), Of the 100 million Chinese who watched a documentary - later censored - about air pollution in their country, 172,000 are likely to die each year from air pollution-related diseases.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101285/Killing-us-softly
Millions of aid dollars lost in currency swings
26 March 2015 (IRIN ), Currency fluctuations this year could cost relief agencies hundreds of millions of dollars in lost income, threatening aid to millions of people around the world.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101279/Millions-of-aid-dollars-lost-in-currency-swings
Scale of Vanuatu cyclone disaster complicates aid response
16 March 2015 (IRIN ), The scale of Vanuatu’s cyclone disaster is matched only by the complexity of the required humanitarian response, according to both the government and aid workers arriving on the battered Pacific islands.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101239/Scale-of-Vanuatu-cyclone-disaster-complicates-aid-response
Vanuatu reeling from impact of cyclone Pam
14 March 2015 (IRIN ), The closure of the main airport in Vanuatu is hampering the humanitarian response to cyclone Pam, which tore through the Pacific island archipelago yesterday, causing colossal damage.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101235/Vanuatu-reeling-from-impact-of-cyclone-Pam
Cyclone Pam batters Vanuatu
13 March 2015 (IRIN ), As cyclone Pam, a category 5 storm, makes landfall today on the pacific islands of Vanuatu, humanitarian workers there say the urban poor are especially at risk.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101233/Cyclone-Pam-batters-Vanuatu
Who celebrity advocates are really targeting. And it’s not you.
13 February 2015 (IRIN ), In recent years, aid agencies have increasingly used celebrities to raise awareness and money for their causes. There’s just one problem: It doesn’t actually work.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101122/Who-celebrity-advocates-are-really-targeting-And-it-s-not-you
IRIN’s Top Picks: Gates Foundation, Afghanistan and the Holocaust
29 January 2015 (IRIN ), Our top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101062/IRIN-s-Top-Picks-Gates-Foundation-Afghanistan-and-the-Holocaust
Aid at risk as Afghanistan's war splinters
19 January 2015 (IRIN ), Delivering aid to millions of Afghans in need will be even more dangerous in 2015, as government forces and militant groups splinter and security deteriorates, analysts say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101022/Aid-at-risk-as-Afghanistan-s-war-splinters
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

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