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Need asylum in South Africa? Pay a bribe
22 July 2015 (IRIN ), In South Africa, asylum seekers and refugees in need of documentation often have no choice but to pay for it. So says a new report exposing how corruption and bribery have permeated nearly every level of the country’s asylum system: from border crossings, to queues outside refugee reception offices, to what takes place inside those offices.
Five ways aid agencies can better communicate with those they help
20 July 2015 (IRIN ), In recent years, aid agencies have made many strides in opening up channels of communication with those they are trying to help. But while affected communities’ views have become an integral part of emergency response, aid workers say their outreach must evolve to keep up with changing trends in both the technology and humanitarian aid sectors.
IRIN’s Top Picks: Beyond aid, transparency and development finance
17 July 2015 (IRIN ), Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates.
Somaliland losing youth to lure of Europe
16 July 2015 (IRIN ), As the European Union continues to engage in deeply divisive talks about how to deal with the influx to its shores, Somaliland is having its own conversation about why so many of its young people are risking everything to reach Europe.
Do #summits solve problems?
16 July 2015 (IRIN ), What did the UN's Financing for Development (FFD3) summit in Addis Ababa really achieve? Were there any new real commitments and breakthroughs or was it simply a talking shop?
Irregular migration threatens asylum in Europe
14 July 2015 (IRIN ), In a new column, Christopher Horwood, who has worked in humanitarian and development aid for over three decades and is the founding coordinator of the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS) in Nairobi, Kenya, urges EU leaders to rethink their contradictory approach to irregular migration.
Burundi crisis gets serious for regional leaders
14 July 2015 (IRIN ), Burundi’s political crisis is centred on a leader who is refusing to leave office after almost 10 years. The man sent in to mediate has been in power for almost 30. Apart from that irony, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s arrival in Bujumbura underlines just how high the stakes are for regional leaders.
Can WHO learn the lessons from Ebola?
13 July 2015 (IRIN ), As Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone continue to battle the Ebola outbreak, the international community's "delayed" and "inadequate" response last year has led many critics to ask: how can future responses be handled more effectively?
Secrecy in Sinai - an unknown human toll
10 July 2015 (IRIN ), Ever since Islamic State-affiliated militants tried to take the town of Sheikh Zuwayed in North Sinai last week, the Egyptian media has talked of little else. But the government's policy of crushing free media means reporting of the human suffering on the ground has been severely lacking.
Durable solutions for refugees prove elusive
10 July 2015 (IRIN ), Nothing seems to be working to reduce the global refugee burden. Record levels of new displacement are far outpacing the best efforts to resettle, repatriate or integrate refugees, and the humanitarian world appears bereft of solutions.

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