Humanitarian Analysis

So much for sanctuary: how an EU asylum rule 'results in death'

OXFORD, 28 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - The discovery of dozens of dead migrants in a truck in Austria has shed fresh light on how the overzealous use of EU regulations can have tragic consequences. full report

When to use the M-word

OXFORD, 27 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - Using the right terms when referring to Europe’s migration crisis has become a minefield for journalists. Al Jazeera’s recent decision to stop using the word ‘migrant’ entirely in reference to people crossing the Mediterranean is one reflection of the evolving debate, but there are still plenty of major media brands getting it wrong. full report

Ebola: Where are we now?

DAKAR, 27 August 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The Ebola outbreak appears to be winding down, but it isn't over yet. Here's where things stand. full report

Eyes Wide Shut: The challenge of humanitarian biometrics

BELGRADE, 26 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - The use of biometrics clearly has a role to play in humanitarianism. The challenge, says IRIN columnist Paul Currion, is to protect the vulnerable, whose identities may be vital for accessing government services, while preventing powerful states and private companies who may seek to experiment or exploit. full report

Do we still care about the F word?

ISTANBUL, 24 August 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Famine, one of the most loaded words in the humanitarian lexicon, used to have the power to provoke global campaigns. Nowadays, the general public barely bats an eyelid. full report

Whatever happened to those heroes?

BELGRADE, 19 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - World Humanitarian Day honours aid workers who have been killed in conflict zones around the world. But IRIN columnist Paul Currion argues the hero narrative avoids tough questions about who is really responsible. full report

What peace deal? No end to Mali conflict

BAMAKO, 19 August 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The Malian government and Northern rebel groups signed a peace deal on 20 June that was supposed to end years of conflict. Two months later, the violence continues. full report

On World Humanitarian Day, a new idea to protect aid workers

ISTANBUL, 18 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - The French NGO Action Against Hunger is proposing a radical new idea to protect aid workers from attack. But could it work? full report

Progress but little punch in Libya talks

GENEVA, 17 August 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Almost a year into UN-led talks in Libya, progress has been excruciatingly slow - often appearing to slide backwards. But Mary Fitzgerald, who has been watching the talks closely, finds some reason for optimism. full report

Bright ideas for better aid

DUSHANBE, 17 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - The World Humanitarian Summit is looking for bold, new ideas for improving the international response to crises. Here are some that caught our ear – some more feasible than others: full report

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