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Why was the UN sidelined in "joint" DRC operation against rebels?
26 February 2015 (IRIN ), This week, a long-awaited military offensive began against a Rwandan rebel group based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It had been planned as a joint operation between Congolese government forces and a unique combat unit of United Nations peacekeepers. But by the time the gunfire began on Tuesday, the partnership had broken down and the UN had been side-lined.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101164/Why-was-the-UN-sidelined-in-joint-DRC-operation-against-rebels
The World Humanitarian Summit: Talking shop or game changer?
25 February 2015 (IRIN ), With just over one year to go until the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, aid workers say the consultations so far have broadly succeeded at engaging an unprecedented spectrum of voices, but many fear the process still lacks any clear framework for turning talk into action. IRIN takes a look at the WHS preparations and some of the key issues emerging from the consultation process.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101157/The-World-Humanitarian-Summit-Talking-shop-or-game-changer
Three words of advice for WHO Africa's new chief
24 February 2015 (IRIN ), WHO’s new regional director for Africa faces a tough road ahead, as she attempts to restore confidence in the organization following failures to act more quickly during the Ebola outbreak.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101153/Three-words-of-advice-for-WHO-Africa-s-new-chief
Game of Drones
24 February 2015 (IRIN ), In his latest column, recovering aid worker Paul Currion asks whether the debate over the use of drones misses a fundamental point: Does their very nature compromise humanitarian principles?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101156/Game-of-Drones
No longer at ease: Tackling the trauma of Boko Haram
23 February 2015 (IRIN ), Nigerian society celebrates resilience – the ability to cope with adversity. But the growing number of people coming through the doors of the Crisis and Trauma Counselling Centre (CTCC) in the northern city of Kano suggests people sometimes need a little help to get by.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101150/No-longer-at-ease-Tackling-the-trauma-of-Boko-Haram
Life after combat in CAR
17 February 2015 (IRIN ), Helping thousands of fighters in the Central African Republic return to civilian life presents a dilemma for aid workers: offer too many incentives and risk rewarding violence; offer too few and potentially fail to stem it
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101134/Life-after-combat-in-CAR
Only five percent of pledged aid reaches Gaza
16 February 2015 (IRIN ), Five months on from a conference that pledged over $5.4 billion to support the Palestinians and rebuild Gaza, just a fraction of the money has appeared. IRIN goes in search of the missing millions.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101132/Only-five-percent-of-pledged-aid-reaches-Gaza
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
Unloved but unyielding: Burkina’s presidential guard could derail transition
13 February 2015 (IRIN ), The potential for widespread civil unrest in Burkina Faso could grow if the country’s Presidential Security Regiment continues to remain a powerful and largely unanswerable force.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101128/Unloved-but-unyielding-Burkina-s-presidential-guard-could-derail-transition
Why South Sudan’s children are fighting again
12 February 2015 (IRIN ), Thousands of children are fighting with government and rebel forces in South Sudan, reversing a painstaking demobilization program and fanning calls for war crimes trials as a better way to protect minors from recruitment.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101125/Why-South-Sudan-s-children-are-fighting-again
Briefing: Syria’s "freeze zones" and prospects for peace
10 February 2015 (IRIN ), After two of his predecessors quit in frustration, the UN’s third envoy to Syria has been working for several months on a new approach to ending a war that is about to enter its fifth year. This complex and fluid conflict has cost more than 200,000 lives and prompted more than 10 million people to flee their homes.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101114/Briefing-Syria-s-freeze-zones-and-prospects-for-peace
Why democracy may have to wait in the Central African Republic
9 February 2015 (IRIN ), Insecurity and a lack resources could derail elections in the Central African Republic, crucial for the return to normality after almost two years of intense conflict. Already delayed once, the parliamentary and presidential polls - now scheduled for July and August - are provoking a debate over what should come first: national security or democratic process.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101111/Why-democracy-may-have-to-wait-in-the-Central-African-Republic
Softly, softly: the humanitarian schemes aimed at countering Boko Haram
6 February 2015 (IRIN ), Northeast Nigeria faces the dual challenges of tackling Boko Haram and deeply ingrained poverty. Now the government and some private philanthropists are implementing programmes to counter both, creating economic opportunities and providing humanitarian support as antidotes to the appeal of militancy.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101101/Softly-softly-the-humanitarian-schemes-aimed-at-countering-Boko-Haram
The invisible lesson of Invisible Children
3 February 2015 (IRIN ), In the second of his columns for IRIN, Paul Currion reflects on the lessons to be drawn from the news that Invisible Children, the activist NGO, is winding down its operations. Widely criticised for its over simplified view of the Lord's Resistance Army - a Ugandan rebel group - IC managed to harness the power of digital media in a way mainstream humanitarian agencies could only envy.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101079/The-invisible-lesson-of-Invisible-Children
What's behind the kidnappings in CAR?
3 February 2015 (IRIN ), In recent weeks more than 20 people have been kidnapped in the Central African Republic, including a priest, an aid worker and even a government minister. While most were quickly released, the incidents have led to fears they are part of a plot to derail national peace talks.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101086/What-s-behind-the-kidnappings-in-CAR
Has Syria really beaten polio?
2 February 2015 (IRIN ), The World Health Organization has announced that Syria had seen no new cases of polio in the past year. But some health experts question the quality of the surveillance that led to this conclusion.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101076/Has-Syria-really-beaten-polio
South Sudan peace: Deal? What deal?
2 February 2015 (IRIN ), Expectations were low after more than a year of catastrophic conflict in South Sudan, but even so, some analysts and activists say they are disappointed at how little this weekend’s peace talks achieved.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101082/South-Sudan-peace-Deal-What-deal
Sexual violence in conflict – what use is the law?
30 January 2015 (IRIN ), Through conflict after conflict, sexual violence persists, not just as individual crimes but as a weapon of war. In short, sexual violence persists because it is effective.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101068/Sexual-violence-in-conflict-what-use-is-the-law
What next for Libya?
29 January 2015 (IRIN ), As UN-led talks continue between Libya's various political factions in Geneva, a bomb attack in Tripoli by the group calling itself the Islamic State serves as an important reminder of how close the country is to slipping into chaos.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101063/What-next-for-Libya
Ebola - is culture the real killer?
29 January 2015 (IRIN ), “African culture” – cute if you’re a tourist, catastrophic when you want to put a lid on Ebola, or so some international health experts and media coverage of the outbreak would have us believe.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101064/Ebola-is-culture-the-real-killer

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