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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
NGOs against MONUSCO drones for humanitarian work
23 July 2014 (IRIN ), International NGOs have rebuffed a recent offer by the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to use drones for humanitarian information gathering, saying this could represent a dangerous “blurring of the lines” between military and humanitarian actors in the conflict.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100391/NGOs-against-MONUSCO-drones-for-humanitarian-work
Capturing Asia’s aid response lessons
22 July 2014 (IRIN ), Governments, academics, humanitarians, military leaders, and activists from across the Asia-Pacific region will gather in Tokyo tomorrow to glean expertise on responses to humanitarian crises across the region in the lead-up to the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100386/Capturing-Asia-s-aid-response-lessons
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
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
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
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
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
Refugee economies - the Ugandan model
30 June 2014 (IRIN ), When a team from Oxford University's Humanitarian Innovation Project set out to explore what work refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda had managed to find, they were struck by the breadth and scale of businesses they were engaged in - from being café owners to vegetable sellers, to farmers growing maize on a commercial scale, millers, restaurateurs, transporters and traders in fabrics and jewellery.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100284/Refugee-economies-the-Ugandan-model
Flat funding, harsh laws could hurt Uganda’s battle against HIV
25 June 2014 (IRIN ), Inadequate funding coupled with harsh laws targeting same sex unions could erode the gains so far made in the fight against HIV in Uganda, activists warn.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100260/Flat-funding-harsh-laws-could-hurt-Uganda-s-battle-against-HIV
ISIS advance adds to aid challenges in Iraq’s north
25 June 2014 (IRIN ), As fighting grows between Islamist insurgents and government forces in Iraq, aid agencies are straining to support the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the violence amid unclear government policies, lack of funding and a multiplicity of humanitarian actors flooding in to respond.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100261/ISIS-advance-adds-to-aid-challenges-in-Iraq-s-north
Coral reef restoration can save lives, livelihoods
24 June 2014 (IRIN ), A new report suggests that preserving and restoring coral reefs may be one of the cheapest and most effective ways to mitigate coastal erosion and flooding.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100253/Coral-reef-restoration-can-save-lives-livelihoods
Swaziland braces itself for AGOA exit
17 June 2014 (IRIN ), The threat of Swaziland being suspended from a US preferential trade agreement for poor progress in meeting democratic norms is threatening the livelihoods of tens of thousands of worker in a country where unemployment is already above 40 percent.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100227/Swaziland-braces-itself-for-AGOA-exit
NGOs and the shock of the new
16 June 2014 (IRIN ), The big international aid agencies have been hugely successful. Organizations that were once small civil society operations - groups of friends with a passion to make the world a better place - now have thousands of staff members, multi-storey headquarters buildings and multi-million dollar budgets. But insiders fret that they have become too big and have lost the flexibility and responsiveness they once had.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100221/NGOs-and-the-shock-of-the-new
Aid agencies scramble to support Iraq displaced
12 June 2014 (IRIN ), Cash-strapped aid agencies are scrambling to respond to an escalating humanitarian crisis after Islamist militants seized control of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, forcing an estimated half a million people to flee towards the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in the space of days.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100209/Aid-agencies-scramble-to-support-Iraq-displaced
Amid the violence, education suffers in South Sudan
12 June 2014 (IRIN ), The latest conflict in South Sudan has undermined much of the progress that had been made in education there since a 2005 peace accord between Khartoum and southern rebels ended decades of civil war.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100210/Amid-the-violence-education-suffers-in-South-Sudan
The challenge of delivering aid in Yemen
9 June 2014 (IRIN ), Humanitarian needs in Yemen are huge, but it is also recognised as one of the most difficult places in the world for aid workers to operate in. What to do?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100186/The-challenge-of-delivering-aid-in-Yemen
Unknown unknowns hamper global malaria fight
9 June 2014 (IRIN ), Some 60 percent of countries where malaria is endemic lack solid information about the quality of available drugs to treat the deadly disease, according to a new study.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100191/Unknown-unknowns-hamper-global-malaria-fight

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