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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
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
Ebola: Diagnostic capabilities need boosting
12 November 2014 (IRIN ), Critical gaps in "behind-the-scenes" infrastructure are hampering Ebola response times and containment efforts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, aid agencies and health workers say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100826/Ebola-Diagnostic-capabilities-need-boosting
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
Central African peacekeeping force gears up for action
10 November 2014 (IRIN ), With hundreds of soldiers from its member states successfully completing a series of joint exercises and manoeuvres in Congo, the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) says its Multinational Force for Central Africa (FOMAC), is now ready to intervene in local conflicts and be part of global anti-terrorism initiatives.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100815/Central-African-peacekeeping-force-gears-up-for-action
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
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
Lake Malawi’s dwindling fish stocks threaten livelihoods
7 November 2014 (IRIN ), A combination of overfishing and the use of illegal fishing gear has seen fish stocks in Lake Malawi dwindle to the point that local people's livelihoods and food security are now under threat.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100806/Lake-Malawi-s-dwindling-fish-stocks-threaten-livelihoods
IRIN's top reads this week
6 November 2014 (IRIN ), Want to stay on top of the current debate around humanitarian and development issues without having to trawl the web? Welcome to IRIN's new reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents will share some of their top picks of recent must-read research, reports and in-depth articles while also highlighting key upcoming conferences and policy debates.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100800/IRIN-s-top-reads-this-week
Conditions worsen in Benghazi as fighting intensifies
5 November 2014 (IRIN ), Medical conditions are under severe strain in the Libyan city of Benghazi, where government forces are grappling to regain territory from Islamist rebels, and residential streets have become battle zones patrolled by self-appointed local committees.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100795/Conditions-worsen-in-Benghazi-as-fighting-intensifies

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