Humanitarian Analysis

Killing us softly

HONG KONG, 27 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Of the 100 million Chinese who watched a documentary - later censored - about air pollution in their country, 172,000 are likely to die this year from air pollution-related diseases. full report

Nigeria's election - "anything fit happen"

ABUJA, 27 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Nigeria is increasingly tense in the countdown to presidential elections on Saturday. President Goodluck Jonathan is facing an exceptionally strong challenge from former military ruler, General Muhammadu Buhari. Never has a presidential race been so close, and with that the risk of major political violence. full report

Millions of aid dollars lost in currency swings

BEIRUT/GENEVA, 26 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Currency fluctuations this year could cost relief agencies hundreds of millions of dollars in lost income, threatening aid to millions of people around the world. full report

Zimbabwe on alert over cholera threat

HARARE, 25 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Children play on the dumpsite in the Budiriro suburb of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, scrambling through the garbage and ignoring the clouds of flies and overpowering stench from the rotting, untreated waste. full report

One year on: why Ebola is not yet over in Guinea

CONAKRY/DAKAR, 23 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The Ebola outbreak, which was first declared on 22 March 2014, continues to ravage the country, in large part because information campaigns have failed to bring about comprehensive changes in behavior and beliefs. full report

Iraqi Kurdistan nears breaking point

ERBIL, 20 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - The pressure of hosting more than 1 million people displaced by militants from the group calling itself Islamic State - on top of an existing 225,000 Syrian refugees - is taking a crippling economic and social toll on Iraqi Kurdistan and increasing risks for the most vulnerable. full report

Ebola and HIV: how to change behaviour for the long term

NAIROBI, 20 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Ebola-hit countries are working hard to reduce their infection rates and get to zero, with mixed success. But when the day does come and the crisis is declared over, how can prevention lessons be made to stick? Are there models to emulate from the global HIV campaign? full report

After Israel's elections, what prospects for Middle East peace process?

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT, 18 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explicitly confirmed he would block all bids for an independent Palestinian state, is the two-state solution dead? full report

What you need to know about DRR

NAIROBI, 18 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - A new global plan to prepare for future natural and climate-linked disasters agreed in Sendai, Japan today has been condemned by development NGOs as lacking in ambition and short-changing poorer countries that are most at risk. full report

Coaxing the dragon: Why China should join the great aid debate

LONDON, 17 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Amid the countless meetings, summits and conferences being held around the world to determine the post-2015 development agenda and the future of humanitarian aid, how much attention is being paid to the growing role of China? Not enough perhaps, but the wariness cuts both ways. James Wan, fellow at the Wits University China-Africa Reporting Project in South Africa, argues it’s time for China to get its hands dirty in the great aid debate. full report

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