Humanitarian Analysis

Unsustainable Development Goals: Are 222 indicators too many?

NEW YORK, 23 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - Are the Sustainable Development Goals in danger of collapsing under the weight of their own lofty ambitions? full report

How bad is the drought in Ethiopia?

LONDON, 19 November 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Alarm bells are ringing for a food emergency in Ethiopia. The UN says 15 million people will need help over the coming months. The government, wary of stigma and therefore hesitant to ask for help, has nevertheless said more than eight million Ethiopians need food assistance. Inevitably, comment and media coverage compare the current situation with 1984 – the year Ethiopia’s notorious famine hit the headlines. Reports suggest this is the worst drought in 30 years. One declares it a “code red” drought. So how bad actually is it? full report

How the refugee crisis is hurting foreign aid

OXFORD, 18 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - Faced with the arrival of record numbers of asylum seekers and shrinking levels of public sympathy, more and more European countries are using their foreign aid budgets to foot the bill of feeding and housing the newcomers. full report

Look back and learn: The Evian Conference, 1938

LONDON, 18 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - Influxes of refugees, and conferences to determine collective response, are not new in Europe. What can today’s architects of refugee policy learn from applying the 20/20 vision of hindsight? full report

Comment: What talks in Burundi should look like

BUJUMBURA, 17 November 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Warnings of a looming genocide in Burundi dangerously misrepresent the nature of the crisis in my country, but the widespread calls for urgent mediated talks are nevertheless well founded. They are an essential step to halting a cycle of violence that has claimed some 240 lives since April. full report

Africa’s meningitis A vaccine: how partnership replaced ‘Big Pharma’

London, 17 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - For years, the unwillingness of big pharmaceutical companies to invest in treatments for diseases that primarily affect the poor has hampered epidemic management in the developing world. But now an experimental partnership working without the support of 'Big Pharma' has delivered an incredible success: a vaccine that has all but wiped out meningitis A across Africa in less than four years. Is this the future of medical research and development in lower-income countries? Elizabeth Blunt reports: full report

Raqqa civilians on the line

JERUSALEM, 16 November 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - No civilians were reported killed in the recent strikes on Raqqa but plenty remain in the area. How are they getting by in the capital of the so-called Islamic State? full report

The Volunteer Effect

London, 10 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - Historically, professional aid workers have looked askance at independent volunteer responders, regarding them as well-meaning amateurs as likely to cause problems as to be helpful. But their growing numbers, and increasing role in the frontline response in the current refugee crisis, are starting to force a rethink. full report

The Quiet Americans

NAIROBI, 9 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - Kitting out a Nigerien army unit is not what most humanitarians would consider the best response to Boko Haram. But for the NGO Spirit of America, it is precisely the sort of muscular aid – along with more traditional wealth-generating development projects – that’s needed to tackle the militants. full report

Will climate change = more disease?

NEW YORK, 6 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - Climate change is having a profound impact on animal habitats, but what disease risk does this pose for humans? full report

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