Humanitarian Analysis

New border regime in the Balkans “inequitable and illegal”

OXFORD, 27 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - In a new column, Jeff Crisp, former policy chief at UNHCR and now an advisor with Refugees International, condemns new border policies that only admit certain nationalities. full report

COP 21: Ready or not - drought tests Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, 27 November 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Herding weary sheep up a dusty path, Hussein Boru knows he won’t find green pastures. He’s just looking for the minimum to keep his flock fed in drought-hit eastern Ethiopia. full report

COP21: A turning point?

NAIROBI, 26 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - Paris will not be a magic bullet, but can it at least be a turning point? Can there be agreement on the emissions cuts necessary to stop runaway global warming? Can the financing be put in place to help the majority of the world adapt, and find a sustainable development path? This IRIN special feature explores these critical issues. full report

NRC kidnap ruling is ‘wake-up’ call for aid industry

LONDON, 25 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - In a case with far-reaching implications for security in the aid industry, a court in Oslo has found the Norwegian Refugee Council guilty of gross negligence in its handling of the kidnapping of Steve Dennis and three other staff members in Dadaab, Kenya in 2012. full report

Unsustainable Development Goals: Are 222 indicators too many?

NEW YORK, 23 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - Are the Sustainable Development Goals in danger of collapsing under the weight of their own lofty ambitions? full report

How bad is the drought in Ethiopia?

LONDON, 19 November 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Alarm bells are ringing for a food emergency in Ethiopia. The UN says 15 million people will need help over the coming months. The government, wary of stigma and therefore hesitant to ask for help, has nevertheless said more than eight million Ethiopians need food assistance. Inevitably, comment and media coverage compare the current situation with 1984 – the year Ethiopia’s notorious famine hit the headlines. Reports suggest this is the worst drought in 30 years. One declares it a “code red” drought. So how bad actually is it? full report

How the refugee crisis is hurting foreign aid

OXFORD, 18 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - Faced with the arrival of record numbers of asylum seekers and shrinking levels of public sympathy, more and more European countries are using their foreign aid budgets to foot the bill of feeding and housing the newcomers. full report

Look back and learn: The Evian Conference, 1938

LONDON, 18 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - Influxes of refugees, and conferences to determine collective response, are not new in Europe. What can today’s architects of refugee policy learn from applying the 20/20 vision of hindsight? full report

Comment: What talks in Burundi should look like

BUJUMBURA, 17 November 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Warnings of a looming genocide in Burundi dangerously misrepresent the nature of the crisis in my country, but the widespread calls for urgent mediated talks are nevertheless well founded. They are an essential step to halting a cycle of violence that has claimed some 240 lives since April. full report

Africa’s meningitis A vaccine: how partnership replaced ‘Big Pharma’

London, 17 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - For years, the unwillingness of big pharmaceutical companies to invest in treatments for diseases that primarily affect the poor has hampered epidemic management in the developing world. But now an experimental partnership working without the support of 'Big Pharma' has delivered an incredible success: a vaccine that has all but wiped out meningitis A across Africa in less than four years. Is this the future of medical research and development in lower-income countries? Elizabeth Blunt reports: full report

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