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Creativity key to peace dividends in Myanmar
20 November 2014 (IRIN ), As Myanmar’s nationwide ceasefire negotiations continue, peace in many formerly war-torn regions has allowed state-run lifesaving services to gradually expand. But their provision is intensely politicized, and carefully crafted access strategies are vital, experts warn.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100857/Creativity-key-to-peace-dividends-in-Myanmar
Trade and transfat in the Pacific
17 November 2014 (IRIN ), Diminished agricultural production and unhealthy imports are contributing to some of the world’s highest obesity and diabetes rates in the Pacific Islands. Thousands of kilometres away from this backdrop, high-level officials are gathering for the only second-ever global nutrition conference in Rome, starting 19 November, to consolidate agreement on an international framework to improve nutrition.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100849/Trade-and-transfat-in-the-Pacific
Crypto-currencies and the aid industry
13 November 2014 (IRIN ), Meet Bitcoin: An encrypted digital currency the value of which has fluctuated sharply in recent years. It does not exist physically, there is no authority that oversees it, and you need Internet access to manage it. This might not sound like a formula for humanitarian success. However, experts say, Bitcoin offers important lessons for aid delivery in situations with weak (or destroyed) institutions.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100831/Crypto-currencies-and-the-aid-industry
Analysis: Refugee or IDP - does it really matter?
13 November 2014 (IRIN ), In northern Iraq, Syrian refugees live alongside thousands of internally displaced Iraqis, both having fled the same conflict.Yet the two groups are treated differently by the international aid system, with separate programs and funding. Does this still make sense?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100835/Analysis-Refugee-or-IDP-does-it-really-matter
NGOs in the anti-terror trap *
11 November 2014 (IRIN ), The US anti-terrorism laws introduced since the World Trade Centre attacks are a minefield for humanitarian agencies and international NGOs, varying widely in their application from one country to another and targeting a whole variety of different political groups and individuals. The US-based NGO alliance, Interaction, says it needs six full time staff members just to ensure compliance with anti-diversion policies, two of whom spend most of their time checking partners against various anti-terrorism and other lists.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100824/NGOs-in-the-anti-terror-trap
Central African peacekeeping force gears up for action
10 November 2014 (IRIN ), With hundreds of soldiers from its member states successfully completing a series of joint exercises and manoeuvres in Congo, the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) says its Multinational Force for Central Africa (FOMAC), is now ready to intervene in local conflicts and be part of global anti-terrorism initiatives.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100815/Central-African-peacekeeping-force-gears-up-for-action
What slows Haiyan recovery - politics or practicality?
7 November 2014 (IRIN ), A year after one of the world’s most devastating typhoons swept through the Philippines, thousands are unable to resume their lives, with rehabilitation efforts bogged down by political divisions and bureaucracy, officials and survivors say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100803/What-slows-Haiyan-recovery-politics-or-practicality
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
No easy solution for Myanmar's Rakhine crisis
4 November 2014 (IRIN ), As the number of ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar hits record levels, the prospects for a lasting settlement of the crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine State look bleak.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100793/No-easy-solution-for-Myanmar-s-Rakhine-crisis
CAR: The search for justice
30 October 2014 (IRIN ), As the International Criminal Court (ICC) steps up its work in the Central African Republic (CAR), pledging to bring the worst perpetrators of violence to justice, concerted efforts are being made to counter endemic impunity in CAR. But the prevailing insecurity in many parts of the country rules out any quick fix solutions.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100773/CAR-The-search-for-justice
Indonesian brothel closures hit HIV prevention
30 October 2014 (IRIN ), Brothel closures in Indonesian cities could put sex workers in danger and hamper HIV prevention efforts, say health experts and outreach workers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100774/Indonesian-brothel-closures-hit-HIV-prevention
Australia pushes on with asylum seeker deterrence
29 October 2014 (IRIN ), As Australia moves on with a plan to resettle some 1,000 refugees in Cambodia, its legislature is also debating a bill that would eliminate most references to the 1951 Refugee Convention from domestic legislation - a move critics say could bolster the government’s asylum seeker deterrence efforts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100768/Australia-pushes-on-with-asylum-seeker-deterrence
Germany struggles to house rising number of asylum seekers
24 October 2014 (IRIN ), When a video emerged last month of security guards physically abusing a resident of a refugee housing facility in the German town of Burbach, the ensuing media furore shone a light on an asylum system straining under the weight of an unprecedented caseload.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100754/Germany-struggles-to-house-rising-number-of-asylum-seekers
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
Analysis: The state of state-building in Somalia
21 October 2014 (IRIN ), A fence-mending deal signed this month by Somalia and Puntland has variously been hailed as a blueprint for stability and state-building in the wake of decades of civil war, and dismissed as a recipe for renewed inter-clan violence.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100745/Analysis-The-state-of-state-building-in-Somalia
Ebola - Can you quarantine West Africa?
20 October 2014 (IRIN ), Since the death of Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan in Texas on 8 October and the Ebola infection of two US nurses that treated him, there have been increasing calls by US lawmakers to ban travel from the countries most affected by the virus - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100736/Ebola-Can-you-quarantine-West-Africa
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
Nepal disaster preparedness needs to go local
17 October 2014 (IRIN ), Mid-summer monsoon rains in Nepal triggered over three dozen floods and landslides,killing over 200 people and displacing tens of thousands. Experts say this highlights preparedness and response challenges and the urgent need for these to be prioritized in development plans and at local government level.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100723/Nepal-disaster-preparedness-needs-to-go-local
Briefing: Holding ISIS to account
16 October 2014 (IRIN ), The international outcry to the openly advertised atrocities committed in Iraq by the Islamic State has led to calls for justice. But what mechanisms exist to turn investigations into court cases and formally hold them to account?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100720/Briefing-Holding-ISIS-to-account

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