Humanitarian Analysis

When shit happens

NEW YORK, 8 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - Everyone defecates, but ‘how’ and ‘where’ are questions that highlight class, gender and cultural differences between us. full report

Briefing: The new Jihadist strategy in the Sahel

NAIROBI, 4 February 2016 (IRIN Africa) - Security has been intense over the last few weeks in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, with police and soldiers on the streets, vehicle searches, and round-ups of alleged Islamist militants. full report

The axis of generosity

LONDON, 3 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - As a major funding conference opens in London, IRIN has run the numbers. Which countries can claim to be doing the most for the Syria crisis? We compare 29 aid donors (to Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan) and refugee-hosting countries. full report

Where in the world is Zika?

LONDON, 3 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - The World Health Organization has declared that the strong links between Zika infection during pregnancy and microcephaly should be treated as a global public health emergency. IRIN maps the range of the Aedes aegypti mosquito and the Zika virus it spreads. full report

Stop scapegoating Greece

MYTILINE, 2 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - As the Greek islands continue to receive around 2,000 migrants and refugees every day, despite treacherous winter sea conditions, many other European countries are trying to prevent their onward movement. Greece is increasingly isolated and under pressure. full report

Southern Africa’s food crisis in numbers

NAIROBI, 28 January 2016 (IRIN Africa) - Southern Africa is facing the threat of extensive crop failures this year as a result of record low rainfall in a region in which 29 million people already don't have reliable access to enough affordable and nutritious food. full report

Syrian peace talks lost in a fog of war

JERUSALEM, 28 January 2016 (IRIN Middle East) - With the main Syrian opposition group threatening not to show, and talks in separate rooms even if they do, are these peace talks at all? full report

Should airdrops be tried to save starving Syrians?

JERUSALEM, 27 January 2016 (IRIN Middle East) - Since Madaya forced the plight of Syrians under siege onto the international stage, voices calling for airdrops to save starving civilians have only become louder. Governments and aid agencies say it can't be done effectively. But is it that simple? full report

Oil crash exposes Angola’s era of excess

NAIROBI, 26 January 2016 (IRIN Africa) - There’s never a good time for a drought, but this is a particularly bad period for Angola as it struggles to cope with shrinking revenues as a result of the global oil price crash. full report

Breakthrough in Cambodia malaria row

PHNOM PENH, 22 January 2016 (IRIN Asia) - Malaria-carrying parasites in Cambodia have developed resistance to both of the main drugs used to fight the disease, putting millions of lives potentially at risk should that resistance spread. To make matters worse, a corruption scandal led to the freezing of millions of dollars of vital funding to combat malaria in Cambodia. The WHO tells IRIN the row has been resolved, but has the damage already been done? full report

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