Humanitarian Analysis

Legal routes no easy fix to EU migration crisis

OXFORD, 28 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - In a new column, Jeff Crisp, former policy chief at UNHCR and now an advisor with Refugees International, questions whether opening up more legal routes into Europe is really the silver bullet to the migration crisis in the Mediterranean many make it out to be. full report

Does community-driven aid need a makeover?

NAIROBI, 27 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - Community-Driven Development (CDD) instinctively makes sense – give people the power to determine and control their own development projects and you get better results, right? Wrong. This briefing explores why, at least in some post-conflict countries, CDD doesn’t deliver as promised. full report

Why Nepal response will be so hard

NAIROBI, 27 April 2015 (IRIN Asia) - International aid is beginning to flow into earthquake-hit Nepal, but much more is needed as the scale of the disaster becomes all too clear. Access, capacity and bad weather are all hampering efforts to reach those in need. full report

Why wasn't quake-prone Nepal better prepared?

NAIROBI, 27 April 2015 (IRIN Asia) - Nepal was known to be a major quake risk and yet nothing was really done about it. IRIN news editor Anthony Morland explains why the Himalayan country is so quake-prone and why the government has struggled to do anything meaningful to prepare for the inevitable. full report

Destroy the smuggling market, not the boats

LONDON, 24 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - Anthropologist and author of "Illegality, Inc." Ruben Andersson of the London School of Economics explains why an EU plan to destroy migrant smugglers' boats is doomed to fail. full report

The EU’s ‘disappointing’ response to the migration crisis

OXFORD, 24 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - A closer look at the list of commitments from Europe’s leaders after their hastily-arranged migrant crisis summit in Brussels reveals no substantial change in response and few measures likely to have any major impact on the flows of migrants and asylum-seekers trying to reach Europe. full report

Yemenis need trade more than Saudi aid

BEIRUT, 23 April 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - If the Saudi Arabian-led coalition wants to prove its commitment to the people of Yemen, it must allow freer access for trade vessels. Trade, not aid, is the real humanitarian priority right now. full report

Will latest migrant tragedy shame EU into action?

GENEVA, 22 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Despite a strong public show of unity and a pricked conscience, Europe's leaders are struggling to overcome their selfish national interests and make the tough choices needed to save migrant lives in the Mediterranean. full report

South Africa’s xenophobia problem: dispelling the myths

NAIROBI, 21 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Xenophobia doesn’t exist in isolation. It needs social problems and economic hardship to flourish. After an upsurge in violence in Durban and Johannesburg that has claimed seven lives and forced more than 5,000 people to flee their homes, here’s a look at South Africa’s long history of xenophobia and some of the misconceptions that have been allowed to take root. full report

Is Kenya’s security policy the real enemy within?

NAIROBI, 21 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The Kenyan government has threatened to eject 350,000 Somali refugees and even to build a wall along its entire border with Somalia, but perhaps the real enemies within are poor governance and stalled police reforms full report

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