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Talking to the Taliban, again
20 November 2014 (IRIN ), As foreign troops withdraw from Afghanistan, NGOs and UN bodies are admitting it publicly - they are dealing with the Taliban again. For humanitarians this represents the end of a 14-year process where at the worst moments they became the civilian wing of a military occupation.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100859/Talking-to-the-Taliban-again
PRESS RELEASE: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN
20 November 2014 (IRIN ), After nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, the humanitarian news service IRIN is spinning off to become an independent non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private donor
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100867/PRESS-RELEASE-IRIN-humanitarian-news-service-to-spin-off-from-the-UN
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
IRIN's top reads this week
20 November 2014 (IRIN ), IRIN's reading list offers the top reads for those in the humanitarian sector every week.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100864/IRIN-s-top-reads-this-week
Outrage over UAE's new terror list
18 November 2014 (IRIN ), The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sparked anger and confusion by including several prominent Western Muslim charities and civil society groups in a new list of "terrorist organizations" together with Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and the so-called Islamic State.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100854/Outrage-over-UAE-s-new-terror-list
Questions over Mali's Ebola response
18 November 2014 (IRIN ), The failure of a top Malian hospital to detect probable cases of Ebola has raised questions about whether the country's health system is sufficiently prepared to tackle the disease.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100853/Questions-over-Mali-s-Ebola-response
Any lessons from Operation Lifeline Sudan?
14 November 2014 (IRIN ), When Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) began 25 years ago, it sought to extend a helping hand to the millions in need and caught up in the second Sudanese civil war (1989-2005).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100837/Any-lessons-from-Operation-Lifeline-Sudan
School lessons by radio in Sierra Leone, Liberia
14 November 2014 (IRIN ), With the nationwide closure of schools in Liberia and Sierra Leone due to the Ebola outbreak, and with no immediate prospect of them reopening, a growing number of students are receiving their lessons via radio.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100838/School-lessons-by-radio-in-Sierra-Leone-Liberia
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
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
IRIN's top reads this week
13 November 2014 (IRIN ), IRIN's reading list highlights some of the recent must-read research, reports and in-depth articles in the humanitarian field, as well as key upcoming conferences and policy debates.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100834/IRIN-s-top-reads-this-week
Ebola survivors work to improve response
12 November 2014 (IRIN ), The Ebola epidemic has killed some 5,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but it has also left many survivors who are playing a key role in the Ebola response.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100825/Ebola-survivors-work-to-improve-response
Tunisia prepares for Libya influx despite hardened attitudes
12 November 2014 (IRIN ), Government authorities and aid agencies in Tunisia say they are prepared for a sudden additional flood of refugees from Libya despite growing public hostility to the influx ahead of presidential elections.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100827/Tunisia-prepares-for-Libya-influx-despite-hardened-attitudes
Afghan malnutrition - the search for solutions
11 November 2014 (IRIN ), Attempts to tackle malnutrition in Afghanistan are being hampered by cultural norms, shrinking health budgets and the short-term nature of aid.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100821/Afghan-malnutrition-the-search-for-solutions
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
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
Medevac policy gaps slow volunteer recruitment
7 November 2014 (IRIN ), More than 5,000 international healthcare workers and support staff are needed to contain the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa, but doctors, nurses and emergency responders say the uncertainty about what might happen in the field if they get sick is slowing down recruitment.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100802/Medevac-policy-gaps-slow-volunteer-recruitment
Aid agencies adapt to Ebola challenge
4 November 2014 (IRIN ), From using Bitcoins to fundraise, to adopting new strategies to prevent malaria victims appearing to be Ebola cases, to working with new partners - aid agencies in West Africa are learning to adapt fast.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100789/Aid-agencies-adapt-to-Ebola-challenge
Ebola: Experienced doctors still rare
27 October 2014 (IRIN ), The difficulty of finding doctors with field experience is hampering international medical intervention to help curb Ebola in West Africa. Fear of contracting the virus and restricted air travel have also slowed the response.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100764/Ebola-Experienced-doctors-still-rare
Exporting Ebola - who's really at risk?
22 October 2014 (IRIN ), More than 50 percent of Americans report being afraid of a mass Ebola outbreak on US soil, according to a Harvard poll earlier this month, but health experts say the true risk is further spread of the virus within the West African region.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100749/Exporting-Ebola-who-s-really-at-risk

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