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Rethink needed on humanitarian funding for national NGOs
15 September 2014 (IRIN ), With humanitarian aid effectiveness high on the agenda of the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, there is much talk of how to reform humanitarian financing to make it more inclusive of national NGOs, but risk aversion will slow progress, say analysts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100610/Rethink-needed-on-humanitarian-funding-for-national-NGOs
Analysis: Rethinking global drug policy
15 September 2014 (IRIN ), What would the world look like if governments - instead of crime syndicates - controlled drug markets and drug use was decriminalized?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100611/Analysis-Rethinking-global-drug-policy
Coordination between industry sectors key to easing water scarcity
12 September 2014 (IRIN ), Manufacturing, agriculture and energy sectors are going to have to coordinate their water use much more efficiently if water scarcity is to be avoided, say experts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100606/Coordination-between-industry-sectors-key-to-easing-water-scarcity
Global conversation on humanitarian action kicks off
9 September 2014 (IRIN ), The event itself is still nearly two years away, but already the "pre-summits" are in full swing. Concept notes have been written, regional consultations have started, and online forums are open for comments - all leading up to the World Humanitarian Summit itself, scheduled to take place in Turkey, probably during May 2016.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100587/Global-conversation-on-humanitarian-action-kicks-off
Concern over World Bank proposals to roll back safeguards for indigenous people
3 September 2014 (IRIN ), Activists warn of a harmful regression in the World Bank's safeguard policies, claiming that proposed changes being considered this autumn could weaken the rights of indigenous people, and others in danger of displacement and abuse as a result of Bank-funded development projects.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100569/Concern-over-World-Bank-proposals-to-roll-back-safeguards-for-indigenous-people
Does the global HIV response understand sex?
28 August 2014 (IRIN ), Stigma, squeamishness and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behaviour, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards "sex positive" approaches could enhance social acceptance and increase protection.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100545/Does-the-global-HIV-response-understand-sex
Higher profile for climate change in new SDGs
26 August 2014 (IRIN ), Following months of lobbying by poor island states and NGOs, action on climate change is to be a stand-alone goal among the 17 newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100538/Higher-profile-for-climate-change-in-new-SDGs
World Humanitarian Day: Staying Safe
19 August 2014 (IRIN ), World Humanitarian Day this year brought with it with grim news – more aid workers died in 2013 than any year since records began. In total 155 were killed, while another 305 and were either seriously wounded or kidnapped – representing a 66 percent increase in the number of victims from 2012.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100515/World-Humanitarian-Day-Staying-Safe
Analysis: Data to the people!
14 August 2014 (IRIN ), Protests against poor delivery of services such as water, toilets, health and education, have become such a ubiquitous part of the South African landscape they barely make the news: as the delivery problems continue, so do the protests, and the vicious cycle of creeping poverty and mounting frustration continues.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100484/Analysis-Data-to-the-people
LGBTI rights – still not there yet
14 August 2014 (IRIN ), In recent years, the world has seen enormous human rights gains with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. However, there have also been substantial setbacks - ranging from discriminatory legislation, to impunity for brutal violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100487/LGBTI-rights-still-not-there-yet
Right to dignity - barriers to healthcare for transgenders
14 August 2014 (IRIN ), Dorian Wilde, 26, an activist from Malaysia, was thrilled to be invited to the 2014 World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) symposium in Bangkok, but his journey to Thailand was fraught. His experience is not unique - to him, to Malaysia, or to air travel. Transgender people everywhere face extraordinary barriers when attempting to access services, including the most essential, such as healthcare.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100488/Right-to-dignity-barriers-to-healthcare-for-transgenders
Lost in the chaos - LGBTI people in emergencies
14 August 2014 (IRIN ), Unaddressed protection needs, rigid systems and research gaps imperil lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in humanitarian emergencies. While the experiences of sexual and gender minorities during disasters and conflicts are drawing increased attention from some responders, structural barriers remain and experts are urging a rethink of policies and protocols that could fuel exclusion and harm.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100489/Lost-in-the-chaos-LGBTI-people-in-emergencies
Latest innovations in cash transfers
31 July 2014 (IRIN ), Five years ago, delivering food aid was all about hauling cargoes of wheat, rice and maize around the world. Today, instead of queuing for rations, recipients are quite likely to be given the means to buy their own food. As the cash transfer sector matures, IRIN spoke to experts to discuss the latest innovations and lessons learned.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100420/Latest-innovations-in-cash-transfers
Heightened HIV risk for people with disabilities
29 July 2014 (IRIN ), Inaccessible health services for people with disabilities (PWD), combined with social stigma and violence, contribute to high HIV risk - a gap that must be filled if the disabled are not to remain disproportionately vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, say health experts and activists.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100414/Heightened-HIV-risk-for-people-with-disabilities
Is the UN peacekeeper selection process flawed?
29 July 2014 (IRIN ), Reports on Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Nigeria released in July 2014 at the Open Society Institute in New York reveal failures in human rights vetting for soldiers in countries that contribute to UN peacekeeping operations.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100415/Is-the-UN-peacekeeper-selection-process-flawed
Better management of dead and missing migrants needed in Europe
28 July 2014 (IRIN ), As the number of migrants and asylum seekers reaching southern Europe’s shores this year continues to climb - to about 75,000 at last count - so too does the death toll from attempts to cross the Mediterranean in over-crowded, unseaworthy boats.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100403/Better-management-of-dead-and-missing-migrants-needed-in-Europe
Innovation - What's new?
24 July 2014 (IRIN ), Alexander Aleinikoff, deputy high commissioner for refugees at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), is frank about the challenge of innovating within what he refers to as “stodgy and sclerotic” UN organizations. He says: “I have not been to one of our operations where people aren't doing really new and interesting things; they just don't tell headquarters about it. Because they are sure that if they tell headquarters it'll be squashed.”
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100400/Innovation-What-s-new
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
Building food security in Ethiopia
18 July 2014 (IRIN ), Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP), set up in 2005, aims to make fully food secure the millions of people still dependent on food aid, provide support to the vulnerable to prevent the depletion of livestock, and create productive assets at community level. But nearly a decade on and over US$3 billion spent, how successful has it been?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100367/Building-food-security-in-Ethiopia
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

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