Humanitarian Analysis

Can the UN's agency for Palestinians be fixed?

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT, 3 July 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Facing what its commissioner-general Pierre Krähenbühl called its “most serious financial crisis ever,” this week the UN agency for Palestinian refugees let go some half of its international personnel. What, if anything, can be done to fix the frequently broke agency? full report

The most important aid organisation you've never heard of

BEIRUT, 2 July 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Saudi Arabia has quietly launched a new behemoth in the international aid world. The King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid looks set have a budget of hundreds of millions and could become the country's equivalent to USAID. As one UN expert said, "the era of the Saudis just giving money and disappearing is over." full report

It's all about the money

DUBAI, 1 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - The rising cost of responding to concurrent crises – and how to plug that funding gap – is dominating debate in the aid sector and is likely to become one of the key themes at next year’s World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). full report

The humanitarian one percent

DUBAI, 1 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - Charities and NGOs like to promote transparency and good governance in the countries they work, but how much do we really know about where and how aid money is really spent? Very little, according to the Local to Global Protection Initiative (L2GP), which in conjunction with IRIN has produced a series of graphics analysing the money flows from big donors. full report

As Burundi goes to the polls, journalism is a high-risk job

BUJUMBURA, 29 June 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Parliamentary and local elections take place in Burundi today after two months of protests and in defiance of international calls for the polls to be postponed. Here our correspondent, Désiré Nimubona, reflects on the challenges of operating as an independent journalist in a country where all media voices except those operated by the state have been silenced. Amid threats and attacks, dozens of reporters have fled to neighbouring states. full report

Islamic State attack puts Kobani reconstruction at risk

BEIRUT, 26 June 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - The Islamic State's daring attack on the Kurdish Syrian city of Kobani has left thousands of those who returned displaced again, including over 1,000 stranded on the border, and could derail plans for a major demining and reconstruction operations in the city. full report

Taking the refugee boat out of Yemen

BEIRUT, 24 June 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Yemen's peace talks collapsed almost as soon as they begun, leaving the country's citizens desperate. Last month Lama Fakih was with some of them as they took the boat to Djibouti. full report

How goes the hunt for Joseph Kony and the LRA?

KAMPALA, 23 June 2015 (IRIN Africa) - US special forces joined the hunt for Joseph Kony and the leaders of his Lord’s Resistance Army almost four years ago. So, what progress has been made, are they any closer to catching him, and what else can be done? full report

Shining light on refugees' energy needs

LONDON, 22 June 2015 (IRIN Global) - When refugee crises strike, energy provision is well down the list of priorities, and ad hoc solutions tend to persist for years, even when they are unsatisfactory, expensive, damaging to the environment, and in all ways unsustainable. full report

Will the UN’s Gaza report force change?

JERUSALEM, 22 June 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - A United Nations investigation accusing Israel and Palestinian armed groups of alleged war crimes in last summer’s Gaza conflict has caused a stir, but will it make any difference? full report

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