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Intimidation, uncertainty mar aid work in Myanmar's Rakhine State
19 September 2014 (IRIN ), Nearly six months after international aid workers fled Myanmar's Rakhine State when Buddhist mobs attacked their offices and accused them of aid bias, international humanitarian aid services remain restricted, despite the needs of hundreds of thousands of people.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100634/Intimidation-uncertainty-mar-aid-work-in-Myanmar-s-Rakhine-State
Turning away the Ebola dying
17 September 2014 (IRIN ), A US announcement on 16 September to send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak in Liberia was welcomed with relief by health workers, who are losing the battle to contain the disease.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100619/Turning-away-the-Ebola-dying
Gulf countries: growing aid powers
17 September 2014 (IRIN ), Gulf countries are ramping up their overseas aid spending by providing hundreds of millions of dollars to emergencies both in the Middle East and further afield while at the same time broadening multilateral engagement and joining global debates on aid effectiveness.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100625/Gulf-countries-growing-aid-powers
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
Liberian Ebola burial teams stressed, traumatized
12 September 2014 (IRIN ), As the Ebola death toll mounts in Liberia, burial teams are having to contend with physical risk and trauma as they take charge of safely burying the dead, often in the face of local anger.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100599/Liberian-Ebola-burial-teams-stressed-traumatized
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
Analysis: Challenges around aid access in Afghanistan
9 September 2014 (IRIN ), Few issues get more attention nowadays in Afghanistan’s aid circles than insecurity-engendered restrictions on humanitarian access.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100585/Analysis-Challenges-around-aid-access-in-Afghanistan
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
Mistrust of government spurs Ebola spread
3 September 2014 (IRIN ), Decades of corruption, deep-rooted mistrust of government and weak public services in Liberia have hastened the spread of the Ebola virus, and much more needs to be done to bridge a communication gap between government and citizens, say civil society groups and analysts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100568/Mistrust-of-government-spurs-Ebola-spread
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
Yemen fuel subsidy cuts hit poor hardest
25 August 2014 (IRIN ), A sharp increase in fuel prices threatens to plunge hundreds of thousands of Yemenis into poverty and food insecurity in the Arab world’s poorest country - particularly if regular welfare payments to Yemen's poorest people continue to be dispersed erratically, aid organizations have warned.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100535/Yemen-fuel-subsidy-cuts-hit-poor-hardest
South Sudan’s child soldiers - a step backwards
25 August 2014 (IRIN ), The government of South Sudan signed an Action Plan with the UN in 2012 to end the use of child soldiers but there is evidence the ongoing conflict is eroding any gains achieved.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100534/South-Sudan-s-child-soldiers-a-step-backwards
Analysis: Iraq's forgotten displaced
22 August 2014 (IRIN ), In recent weeks the world’s attention has fixed on the plight of the Christians and Yezidis of northern Iraq as hundreds of thousands have fled advancing Islamic militants to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan. Yet across the country the same number again of Iraqis have fled their homes to other regions, receiving far less attention and support.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100524/Analysis-Iraq-s-forgotten-displaced
Record harvest loss, food shortages hit dry Sri Lanka
21 August 2014 (IRIN ), Sri Lanka's government is scrambling to ease the impact of record harvest losses on millions of farmers as the country enters its tenth month of an acute dry spell.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100523/Record-harvest-loss-food-shortages-hit-dry-Sri-Lanka
Ebola horror hastens use of test drugs
21 August 2014 (IRIN ), Ebola’s devastation in West Africa has catapulted experimental drugs from labs to patients and shaken up vaccine development, which was hitherto patchy as outbreaks of the virus have tended to be spasmodic and geographically limited.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100522/Ebola-horror-hastens-use-of-test-drugs
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
A tribute to two Ebola heroes
19 August 2014 (IRIN ), Today is World Humanitarian Day when the UN sets out to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. This year the UN and aid agencies are highlighting humanitarian heroes who have made huge sacrifices to help others in need.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100512/A-tribute-to-two-Ebola-heroes
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
Drug control efforts go local in Myanmar’s Kachin State
14 August 2014 (IRIN ), Myanmar's northern Kachin State, renowned for its heroin production, is changing tack in its efforts to curb rampant drug use and cultivation: In addition to crop-substitution programmes, community-led campaigns aim to change minds and steer people towards treatment.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100483/Drug-control-efforts-go-local-in-Myanmar-s-Kachin-State

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