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Peak youth - seizing the moment
25 November 2014 (IRIN ), We have accepted the concept “peak oil” - the point where oil production goes into an irreversible decline. Now we are being asked to contemplate that we are also rapidly approaching “peak youth”, when there will be more young people than ever before in the history of the planet, and when young people as a proportion of the population will reach a maximum, before starting to drop.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100881/Peak-youth-seizing-the-moment
Bringing Ebola tests up to speed
20 November 2014 (IRIN ), Ebola in West Africa is believed to have erupted almost a year ago in southern Guinea, but was confirmed by the French Pasteur Institute only in March 2014, by which time it had killed 60 people and was suspected to have crossed the border into Liberia and Sierra Leone.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100861/Bringing-Ebola-tests-up-to-speed
Tough conditions for CAR displaced at airport camp
20 November 2014 (IRIN ), One of the most telling effects of the bitter internal crisis which has rocked the Central African Republic (CAR) since December 2012 is the continuing displacement of thousands of ordinary citizens. Those who fled have been forced to abandon their houses and home areas, often moving into rapidly-established camps, living in dismal conditions.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100862/Tough-conditions-for-CAR-displaced-at-airport-camp
Yemen crisis a boon for people smugglers
20 November 2014 (IRIN ), Yemen’s security crisis is leading to a rapid expansion in the country’s people smuggling trade, with thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa desperate to use the country as a gateway to Saudi Arabia.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100863/Yemen-crisis-a-boon-for-people-smugglers
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
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
ICN2: Feast and famine - trends in nutrition
17 November 2014 (IRIN ), More than 20 years on from the first ever International Conference on Nutrition, its successor is due to take place in Rome this week. Yet what do those in the nutrition sector think should be focussed upon?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100848/ICN2-Feast-and-famine-trends-in-nutrition
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

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