Humanitarian Analysis

Ugandan rebel leader’s arrest a shot in the arm for justice

Kampala, 30 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The arrest in Tanzania of the leader of one of the longest-standing insurgencies in Africa’s Great Lakes region marks a step forward for justice and accountability but is unlikely to bring an end to the transnational network he leads. full report

Is it really time to call off search-and-rescue in Nepal?

KATHMANDU, 30 April 2015 (IRIN Asia) - The Nepalese government called off search-and-rescue today in favour of dead body removal, just as a 15-year-old boy was pulled out of the rubble alive. Five days after the earthquake, is it too soon to stop trying to find survivors? full report

Can you hear me now? Why good communication is critical to the Nepal quake response

LONDON , 29 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - As aid continues to pour into Nepal after Saturday's powerful earthquake, the need for clear information is becoming ever more stark. Imogen Wall, a communications specialist who has worked for various humanitarian agencies in several emergency responses, says a well-managed exchange of information can be the difference between an effective relief operation and misguided chaos. full report

Aid agencies pour into Nepal – and then what?

OXFORD, 29 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - In the immediate aftermath of a disaster of the scale of Nepal’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake, the scramble by aid agencies to respond can easily descend into chaos. full report

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

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