Humanitarian Analysis

Why was the UN sidelined in "joint" DRC operation against rebels?

GOMA, 26 February 2015 (IRIN Africa) - This week, a long-awaited military offensive began against a Rwandan rebel group based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It had been planned as a joint operation between Congolese government forces and a unique combat unit of United Nations peacekeepers. But by the time the gunfire began on Tuesday, the partnership had broken down and the UN had been side-lined. full report

The World Humanitarian Summit: Talking shop or game changer?

LONDON, 25 February 2015 (IRIN Global) - With just over one year to go until the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, aid workers say the consultations so far have broadly succeeded at engaging an unprecedented spectrum of voices, but many fear the process still lacks any clear framework for turning talk into action. IRIN takes a look at the WHS preparations and some of the key issues emerging from the consultation process. full report

Three words of advice for WHO Africa's new chief

DAKAR, 24 February 2015 (IRIN Africa) - WHO’s new regional director for Africa faces a tough road ahead, as she attempts to restore confidence in the organization following failures to act more quickly during the Ebola outbreak. full report

Game of Drones

BELGRADE, 24 February 2015 (IRIN Global) - In his latest column, recovering aid worker Paul Currion asks whether the debate over the use of drones misses a fundamental point: Does their very nature compromise humanitarian principles? full report

No longer at ease: Tackling the trauma of Boko Haram

KANO, 23 February 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Nigerian society celebrates resilience – the ability to cope with adversity. But the growing number of people coming through the doors of the Crisis and Trauma Counselling Centre (CTCC) in the northern city of Kano suggests people sometimes need a little help to get by. full report

Life after combat in CAR

BANGUI, 17 February 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Helping thousands of fighters in the Central African Republic return to civilian life presents a dilemma for aid workers: offer too many incentives and risk rewarding violence; offer too few and potentially fail to stem it full report

Only five percent of pledged aid reaches Gaza

JERUSALEM, 16 February 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Five months on from a conference that pledged over $5.4 billion to support the Palestinians and rebuild Gaza, just a fraction of the money has appeared. IRIN goes in search of the missing millions. full report

Who celebrity advocates are really targeting. And it’s not you.

LONDON, 13 February 2015 (IRIN Global) - In recent years, aid agencies have increasingly used celebrities to raise awareness and money for their causes. There’s just one problem: It doesn’t actually work. full report

Unloved but unyielding: Burkina’s presidential guard could derail transition

WASHINGTON DC, 13 February 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The potential for widespread civil unrest in Burkina Faso could grow if the country’s Presidential Security Regiment continues to remain a powerful and largely unanswerable force. full report

Why South Sudan’s children are fighting again

NAIROBI, 12 February 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Thousands of children are fighting with government and rebel forces in South Sudan, reversing a painstaking demobilization program and fanning calls for war crimes trials as a better way to protect minors from recruitment. full report

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