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Israel/Gaza – how does it end?
22 July 2014 (IRIN ), As diplomats scurry to agree an end to the two-week clashes between Israel and Hamas, what are the key issues preventing the two sides from reaching a deal?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100390/Israel-Gaza-how-does-it-end
Biharis in Bangladesh seek protection, justice
21 July 2014 (IRIN ), The recent violent attack on Urdu-speaking Biharis in the Bangladeshi capital highlights this minority’s ongoing protection needs: Community leaders allege political collusion in the attack.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100379/Biharis-in-Bangladesh-seek-protection-justice
Business and humanitarian action: Overcoming the language barrier
21 July 2014 (IRIN ), A cloud of mistrust hangs over relations between business and the humanitarian community, the result of decades of mutual suspicion. Aid workers stereotype the private sector as profiteering and unscrupulous; business people write off international agencies as bloated and inefficient.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100383/Business-and-humanitarian-action-Overcoming-the-language-barrier
Briefing: Targeting CAR’s predators
21 July 2014 (IRIN ), The UN sanctions committee unveiled a report on 11 July detailing the alleged involvement of named individuals and armed groups in major human rights violations in the Central African Republic (CAR). The report by a panel of experts on CAR also presents evidence on the groups’ sources of funding and weapons, and names individuals believed to be involved in trafficking natural resources, and funding, organizing and manipulating armed groups.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100385/Briefing-Targeting-CAR-s-predators
Analysis: Why Timor-Leste’s stability could be deceptive
18 July 2014 (IRIN ), Timor-Leste’s current stability could be undermined by a sharp decline in oil revenues and leadership challenges if the country’s first president and current prime minister Xanana Gusmão steps down later this year as announced.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100363/Analysis-Why-Timor-Leste-s-stability-could-be-deceptive
Burundi’s troubled peace and reconciliation process
17 July 2014 (IRIN ), Fifteen years after a peace accord called for its creation, Burundi is finally to set up a Peace and Reconciliation Commission (PRC) to examine crimes committed since 1962. But the controversies and disagreements that have dogged the mechanism since it was first mooted continue to reverberate, casting doubt on its efficacy, with the key concern being whether the commission’s purview will be selective.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100361/Burundi-s-troubled-peace-and-reconciliation-process
Grassroots moves to quell Myanmar’s communal violence
15 July 2014 (IRIN ), In early July, a hundreds-strong mob of Buddhists converged on a shop in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city. According to rumours spread on social media, its Muslim owner had raped a Buddhist woman. The ensuing violence left two dead and a dozen injured.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100345/Grassroots-moves-to-quell-Myanmar-s-communal-violence
Statelessness = invisibility in West Africa
15 July 2014 (IRIN ), At least 750,000 people are stateless in West Africa, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which is calling for governments to do more to give or restore the nationality of stateless individuals, and improve national laws to prevent statelessness.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100348/Statelessness-invisibility-in-West-Africa
How flawed are current aid responses?
15 July 2014 (IRIN ), Last week, international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) released a hard-hitting report Where is everyone? outlining a number of severe shortcomings in the international aid community’s response to humanitarian crises.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100349/How-flawed-are-current-aid-responses
Donors giving more but needs are greater than ever
14 July 2014 (IRIN ), Humanitarian funding reached a record US$22 billion in 2013, yet almost a third of needs remained unmet, according to data recently released by the UK-based think tank Global Humanitarian Assistance Programme’s Development Initiatives.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100339/Donors-giving-more-but-needs-are-greater-than-ever
Breaking the poverty trap – the power of cash grants
10 July 2014 (IRIN ), A cash injection of as little as US$12 per month for an impoverished family could determine whether a child eats properly or goes to school or not. With cash transfer programmes around the world now having a profound impact on the lives of poor people, the debate is less about whether to implement them than how to do so.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100326/Breaking-the-poverty-trap-the-power-of-cash-grants
Analysis: Adversity in northern Mali
10 July 2014 (IRIN ), Only just recovering from a brutal Islamist occupation, residents of northern Mali are facing further devastation following recent clashes between separatist rebel forces and government troops. The violence has heightened insecurity, throttled an already difficult aid operation and driven up hunger.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100329/Analysis-Adversity-in-northern-Mali
TB drug resistance signifies failure
9 July 2014 (IRIN ), Tuberculosis control programmes are among the oldest public health campaigns (dating back 125 years) but are not nearly as successful as they should be. Despite effective drugs having been available for over 50 years, TB still kills a million people a year, making it the world's single deadliest infectious disease after AIDS.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100321/TB-drug-resistance-signifies-failure
DRC refugees and the limits of durable solutions
9 July 2014 (IRIN ), With around 365,000 DRC nationals dispersed across several countries in the Great Lakes region, many of them for almost two decades, the traditional triad of “durable solutions” - going home, integrating for good locally, or moving to a third country - remain “largely elusive”, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100323/DRC-refugees-and-the-limits-of-durable-solutions
ANALYSIS: Iraq’s minorities under fire
9 July 2014 (IRIN ), As the Islamist militants ISIS make gains across large swathes of Iraq, many of the country’s long-persecuted Christian, Turkoman and Yazidi minority groups worry what the future will hold for them if the country continues to destabilise.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100325/ANALYSIS-Iraq-s-minorities-under-fire
New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa
7 July 2014 (IRIN ), The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees. As of mid-June, nearly 800,000 refugees in 22 African countries have seen their monthly food allocations reduced, most of them by more than half.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100314/New-thinking-needed-on-food-aid-for-refugees-in-Africa
Sri Lanka’s rehabilitated ex-combatants struggle to adjust
4 July 2014 (IRIN ), Five years after the end of a 26-year civil war, most former combatants from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in northern Sri Lanka have been rehabilitated and re-entered civilian life, but whether war-disabled or not, many are finding genuine integration difficult, according to rehabilitees, government officials and humanitarian workers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100303/Sri-Lanka-s-rehabilitated-ex-combatants-struggle-to-adjust
Calls for media freedom to be included in post-2015 development goals
4 July 2014 (IRIN ), In the debate over the inclusion of media freedom and access to information in the post-2015 development agenda, it is perhaps fitting that it all comes down to language.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100301/Calls-for-media-freedom-to-be-included-in-post-2015-development-goals
Analysis: Understanding organized crime in Africa
3 July 2014 (IRIN ), Growing concern about the extent to which organized crime is undermining stability and prosperity on the African continent is galvanizing a search for analytical tools and a clamour for more research to understand the contextual forces at play and how best to undermine them.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100298/Analysis-Understanding-organized-crime-in-Africa
Analysis: Targeted assistance needed for DRC’s former child soldiers
3 July 2014 (IRIN ), Recent high profile moves against militia commanders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have done little to stem child recruitment into armed groups, and much more needs to be done to prevent it, stop re-recruitment, and rehabilitate victims.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100300/Analysis-Targeted-assistance-needed-for-DRC-s-former-child-soldiers

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