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Combating food insecurity and displacement in drought-hit parts of Afghanistan
22 April 2014 (IRIN ), Ghor is one of the Afghan provinces most severely affected by consecutive droughts over the past few decades, creating alarming food shortages and displacement. Authorities admit the government’s weakness has prevented the implementation of large-scale, long-term responses like water management projects. Instead, aid workers have turned to small-scale projects, which they admit cannot solve all the community's problems, but have had some positive impact.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99973/Combating-food-insecurity-and-displacement-in-drought-hit-parts-of-Afghanistan
Nepal activists flay reconciliation bill
18 April 2014 (IRIN ), Human rights activists have strongly criticized the provisions of a proposed Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) bill, saying it could grant amnesty to Maoist combatants and government troops for alleged crimes committed during the country’s decade-long civil war.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99959/Nepal-activists-flay-reconciliation-bill
Unclear path for Sri Lankan war probe
15 April 2014 (IRIN ), Human rights activists and academics in Sri Lanka remain divided over how best to proceed in the investigation of alleged war crimes committed during the final days of the country's decades-long civil war.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99945/Unclear-path-for-Sri-Lankan-war-probe
New-concept flood insurance could help Bangladesh's poor
11 April 2014 (IRIN ), A new insurance scheme in which pre-determined flood thresholds trigger speedy compensation offers hope for poor people in flood-prone Bangladesh, experts say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99928/New-concept-flood-insurance-could-help-Bangladesh-s-poor
Hunger in Myanmar’s “dry zone”
10 April 2014 (IRIN ), Myanmar’s central “dry zone”, home to a quarter of its 58 million people, is falling short on food production, pushing local people into hunger, malnutrition and debt.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99919/Hunger-in-Myanmar-s-dry-zone
Filling Myanmar's Rakhine aid gap
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), Aid agencies are trying to find practical ways of getting humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in Myanmar's Rakhine State following a series of attacks on the aid community there, and pending an agreement on the resumption of their operations.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99910/Filling-Myanmar-s-Rakhine-aid-gap
Myanmar peace and development scorecard
8 April 2014 (IRIN ), Three years after Myanmar’s first nominally civilian government in decades came to power, many of the country’s 135 minority ethnic groups say they have yet to see any tangible change on the ground.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99899/Myanmar-peace-and-development-scorecard
Pakistan slum clearances politically motivated?
7 April 2014 (IRIN ), This month, the Pakistani government is planning to move or raze eighteen illegal settlements that are home to more than 80,000 people - many of whom are internally displaced or Afghan refugees and migrants. Residents of the slums say they are being blamed for the government's inability to provide adequate security for the country's civilian population.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99895/Pakistan-slum-clearances-politically-motivated
Drought begins to bite in Sri Lanka
4 April 2014 (IRIN ), Sri Lanka has had six months of drought and could face severe crop losses and electricity shortages if the coming monsoon is as weak as forecasts predict, experts say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99884/Drought-begins-to-bite-in-Sri-Lanka
Analysis: How effective is Pakistan’s disaster authority?
3 April 2014 (IRIN ), The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was set up shortly after the 2005 quake that killed at least 87,000 people in northern Pakistan to act as the “implementing, coordinating and monitoring body” for disaster management.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99880/Analysis-How-effective-is-Pakistan-s-disaster-authority
Concern over polling in Afghan schools and clinics
2 April 2014 (IRIN ), The recent spate of Taliban-led attacks against electoral targets in Afghanistan, with the presidential vote just days away, has increased concerns in the aid community about the use of schools and health clinics as polling stations.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99875/Concern-over-polling-in-Afghan-schools-and-clinics
Aid workers keen to return to tense western Myanmar
1 April 2014 (IRIN ), International aid workers forced to flee western Myanmar after being targeted by Buddhist mobs last week say they need to return to Rakhine State to help with food and water distributions for displaced people.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99870/Aid-workers-keen-to-return-to-tense-western-Myanmar
Malnutrition stalks Pakistan’s desert regions
31 March 2014 (IRIN ), Pastoralists and others in Pakistan’s desert regions of Cholistan in the southern Punjab and Tharparkar in Sindh are facing a grave crisis: Their livestock are dying, their children are malnourished, and when families move to less drought-affected areas they often get a hostile reception.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99867/Malnutrition-stalks-Pakistan-s-desert-regions
Curbing Myanmar’s spread of drug-resistant malaria
28 March 2014 (IRIN ), Efforts to halt the spread of drug-resistant malaria in Myanmar have delivered encouraging results through the private health sector, but health experts warn the disease cannot be won outside the public health system - and that the country is still a potential “gateway” for the spread of drug resistance.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99852/Curbing-Myanmar-s-spread-of-drug-resistant-malaria
Conflict in Indonesia’s Papua Region
28 March 2014 (IRIN ), The clearing of forests inhabited by indigenous people in Indonesia's Papua* Region by agribusinesses is fuelling conflict in the southern Merauke Regency, say campaigners.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99856/Conflict-in-Indonesia-s-Papua-Region
Rude health - fear and violence in Nepal’s medical system
21 March 2014 (IRIN ), Regular attacks and harassment of Nepalese health workers are undermining health care in the country, authorities and doctors say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99818/Rude-health-fear-and-violence-in-Nepal-s-medical-system
Muslims rebuild homes as communal tensions ease in central Myanmar town
20 March 2014 (IRIN ), Thousands of residents displaced by inter-communal violence a year ago in this central town in Myanmar are being allowed to rebuild their homes.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99815/Muslims-rebuild-homes-as-communal-tensions-ease-in-central-Myanmar-town
Prospects for peace in Mindanao
19 March 2014 (IRIN ), Analysts warn that a peace accord due to be signed on 27 March between the Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim rebel force, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), is unlikely to bring an immediate end to violence and displacement on the southern island of Mindanao.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99806/Prospects-for-peace-in-Mindanao
New Cambodian bird flu cases highlight regional risk
14 March 2014 (IRIN ), Governments in Southeast Asia need to do more to combat the deadly H5N1 avian flu virus, say health officials.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99779/New-Cambodian-bird-flu-cases-highlight-regional-risk
Factoring conflict reduction into WASH programmes
14 March 2014 (IRIN ), Evidence that sanitation interventions can contribute to local stability and conflict reduction is encouraging and should be considered in programme design, experts say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99780/Factoring-conflict-reduction-into-WASH-programmes

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