Humanitarian Analysis

Refugee or IDP - does it really matter?

ERBIL, 13 November 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - In northern Iraq, Syrian refugees live alongside thousands of internally displaced Iraqis, both having fled the same conflict.Yet the two groups are treated differently by the international aid system, with separate programs and funding. Does this still make sense? full report

Analysis: The state of state-building in Somalia

NAIROBI, 21 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A fence-mending deal signed this month by Somalia and Puntland has variously been hailed as a blueprint for stability and state-building in the wake of decades of civil war, and dismissed as a recipe for renewed inter-clan violence. full report

Analysis: South Sudan at a crossroads

NAIROBI, 2 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The failure of peace talks and the end of South Sudan’s wet season could unleash fresh fighting between government forces and rebel factions, propelling millions of people in the world’s youngest nation back towards a man-made famine, analysts and humanitarian workers warn. full report

Analysis: Rethinking global drug policy

NEW YORK, 15 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - What would the world look like if governments - instead of crime syndicates - controlled drug markets and drug use was decriminalized? full report

Analysis: Challenges around aid access in Afghanistan

DUBAI/JALALABAD, 9 September 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Few issues get more attention nowadays in Afghanistan’s aid circles than insecurity-engendered restrictions on humanitarian access. full report

Analysis: Why child marriage persists in Nepal

SURKHET, 15 August 2014 (IRIN Asia) - At age 33, Rami Biswokarma has been married for 20 years. Her village of Kateghari in Nepal’s western Surkhet District has seen multiple campaigns against child marriage, but she says little has changed. full report

Analysis: Data to the people!

NEW YORK, 14 August 2014 (IRIN Global) - Protests against poor delivery of services such as water, toilets, health and education, have become such a ubiquitous part of the South African landscape they barely make the news: as the delivery problems continue, so do the protests, and the vicious cycle of creeping poverty and mounting frustration continues. full report

Analysis: Conflict dynamics on Kenya’s coast

MOMBASA, 23 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A string of attacks by gunmen on communities in Kenya’s southeastern Coast Province over the past six weeks has left more than 100 people dead, and the real fear of yet more violence to come. full report

Analysis: Why Timor-Leste’s stability could be deceptive

DILI, 18 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Timor-Leste’s current stability could be undermined by a sharp decline in oil revenues and leadership challenges if the country’s first president and current prime minister Xanana Gusmão steps down later this year as announced. full report

Analysis: Adversity in northern Mali*

GAO, 10 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Only just recovering from a brutal Islamist occupation, residents of northern Mali are facing further devastation following recent clashes between separatist rebel forces and government troops. The violence has heightened insecurity, throttled an already difficult aid operation and driven up hunger. full report

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