Humanitarian Analysis

Pakistan floods expose response gaps

ISLAMABAD, 30 July 2015 (IRIN Asia) - As Pakistan faces its fourth consecutive year of heavy flooding, relief workers are urging the government to do more to ensure inevitable future inundations do less harm. full report

US food aid: Charity begins at home

LONDON, 30 July 2015 (IRIN Africa) - More than 60 years after the US Food for Peace program was launched, vested interests continue to hinder reforms to allow for more local sourcing of food aid. full report

Morocco: The forgotten frontline of the migrant crisis

NADOR, 29 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - Morocco has become a choke point for sub-Saharan African migrants aiming to reach Europe, pinched by the Moroccan and Spanish governments working together to halt the flow across the Mediterranean. In this multimedia special, IRIN talks to the migrants determined to cross, playing cat-and-mouse with the authorities, and explores Morocco's role as outsourced "Gendarme" for Europe. full report

Four reasons Syrian ‘safe zone’ unlikely to work

BEIRUT, 29 July 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Turkey has announced the creation of a "safe zone" in Syria. Here's why it might not work. full report

The heat is on: Surviving summer in an Iraqi camp

ERBIL, 28 July 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - For the 250,000 displaced Iraqis living in camps, the sweltering heat of the summer can make their lives misery. Staying cool is a gargantuan challenge. full report

IRIN's Top picks: Effective altruism, humanitarian complicity and Boko Haram

DUBAI, 24 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. This week - Palestine, Cameroon and Bulgaria. full report

Counting the uncountable

OXFORD, 24 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - How do you design effective policies and programmes to help vulnerable populations when you don’t know how many people you’re dealing with? full report

Three concerns ahead of Côte d’Ivoire poll

ABIDJAN, 21 July 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Five years after Côte d’Ivoire’s disputed presidential election threw the country into turmoil and left more than 3,000 dead, its people are set to go to the polls again. Could we see similar unrest this October or will the West African nation turn the page and move forward? full report

Joined-up aid thinking in Lebanon

BEKAA, 20 July 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - A country of only around four million citizens, Lebanon hosts more than a million Syrian refugees. With a global push to better link short-term and long-term aid, could the crisis be an opportunity to put theory into practice? full report

Five ways aid agencies can better communicate with those they help

GENEVA, 20 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - In recent years, aid agencies have made many strides in opening up channels of communication with those they are trying to help. But while affected communities’ views have become an integral part of emergency response, aid workers say their outreach must evolve to keep up with changing trends in both the technology and humanitarian aid sectors. full report

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