Humanitarian Analysis

Why bin Laden's thoughts matter

LONDON, 21 May 2015 (IRIN Global) - Osama bin Laden's recently released writings on humanitarian aid were treated with skepticism and scorn by many observers. Here's why you should pay attention. full report

Philippines strives to end recruitment of child soldiers

MANILA, 20 May 2015 (IRIN Global) - The Philippines government has taken steps to make good on its pledged to stop the use of child soldiers by all official and non-state armed groups. But the apparent surrender of an 11 year-old boy who has been fighting with the communist New People's Army for the past six years, shows the practice is still widespread among the country's insurgent militias. full report

BRIEFING: Can new pact bring peace to the CAR?

GOMA, 15 May 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Can the Central African Republic finally turn the page on decades of instability and conflict? Rebel groups and militias have signed a new peace pact aimed at putting the horrific violence of the past few years behind them. But will it work? full report

All at sea: what lies behind Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis?

OXFORD, 15 May 2015 (IRIN Asia) - The plight of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers from Myanmar and Bangladesh, left adrift without food and water for nearly a week, has all the hallmarks of a full-blown humanitarian crisis. Yet despite statements of concern from governments, aid agencies and human rights groups, there is little sign of a coordinated plan to address the issue. full report

BRIEFING: Third time lucky for Syria talks?

GENEVA, 14 May 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - A new round of talks are underway in Geneva in a bid to find a way to end to the war in Syria. Now in its fifth year, the conflict has claimed at least 220,000 lives and driven more than nine million people from their homes. In this briefing, we look at what has been tried so far and what chance this latest effort has of making any difference. full report

What now for Burundi? Five key risks

NAIROBI, 14 May 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Hours before an army general in Burundi announced he had ousted President Pierre Nkurunziza, a group of experts were making predictions before a packed audience in Nairobi. They turned out right. Here's what else they're warning of. full report

Will NGO bill restrict aid efforts in South Sudan?

JUBA, 13 May 2015 (IRIN Africa) - South Sudan's parliament has just passed a bill regulating the activities of NGOs, but humanitarian agencies fear it is more about restricting aid workers and are warning it could have "catastrophic effects" for civilians in the war-ravaged nation: full report

Bringing drones down to earth

KATHMANDU, 12 May 2015 (IRIN Global) - Disaster coverage now seems incomplete without amazing drone footage of the damage, accompanied by effusive media reports on the technological wizardry of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their humanitarian application. But is that really the story? Here’s a look at the evolution needed for them to better fulfill their potential. full report

Beyond quotas: What else is new in EU migration policy?

OXFORD, 12 May 2015 (IRIN Global) - The European Commission releases its long-awaited European Agenda on Migration on Wednesday, but a leaked draft of the new policy is already in circulation. full report

Should Europe open its borders or shore them up?

OXFORD, 11 May 2015 (IRIN Global) - This week promises to be an important one for Europe’s response to the migration crisis in the Mediterranean, where more than 1,800 migrants have lost their lives since the beginning of the year. full report

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