Humanitarian Analysis

Hospitals and war crimes: a patchy record

LONDON, 7 October 2015 (IRIN Global) - MSF says the bombing of their hospital in Kunduz by a US warplane was a war crime. The four separate enquiries that have been launched into the incident, which killed 22 people, should show whether the medical charity is right. But precedent suggests that whatever their findings, criminal prosecutions are unlikely. full report

Central African Republic goes back to square one

BANGUI, 6 October 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Six days of fighting that ended in Central African Republic’s capital last week has left a heavy toll: dozens dead, hundreds wounded, thousands displaced, and hope of an imminent resolution to the country’s protracted and complex political crisis fading fast. full report

Bitcoin for good? - From the dark web to the light

LONDON, 5 October 2015 (IRIN Global) - It’s the dark web’s currency of choice: for drugs, blackmail and worse. Its exchange rate has been wildly volatile. Why then are aid agencies, child rights advocates and land activists getting their heads around Bitcoin? full report

Bomb it, fix it: Saudi aid to Yemen

GENEVA, 2 October 2015 (IRIN Global) - Saudi Arabia's aid to Yemen looks like an enormously charitable humanitarian gesture in the account books, but it takes on a starkly different perspective when global politics are brought into consideration. full report

The road to redemption? Unmaking Nigeria's Boko Haram

ABUJA, 1 October 2015 (IRIN Global) - Is Nigeria attempting the impossible in trying to de-radicalise Boko Haram militants? IRIN speaks to the prisoners, their victims, and the de-rad “treatment teams” trying to reintegrate them into society. We explore what drove the men to join an insurgency that is tearing the region apart and ask whether such a programme can work. full report

Is Burkina Faso’s elite guard still a threat?

DAKAR, 1 October 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Burkina Faso's transitional government has dissolved the RSP, but will the elite security force responsible for last month's coup finally go away? OSIWA's Mathias Hounkpe looks at what must happen next to keep the country on its path to civilian rule and democracy. full report

Is the Philippine army turning a blind eye to murder?

MANILA, 29 September 2015 (IRIN Asia) - Has the Philippine army been in cahoots with armed groups accused of murdering civilians in the southern region of Mindanao? That’s the focus of an investigation the government has finally agreed to undertake. full report

Bad time to change UN refugee supremo?

OXFORD, 28 September 2015 (IRIN Global) - Around the world, more people are being driven from their homes by wars and persecution than ever before. At the same time there appears to be less agreement than ever about how to deal with simultaneous refugee crises of unprecedented scale and duration. full report

The hurdles awaiting the new SDGs

NAIROBI, 25 September 2015 (IRIN Global) - No one does summits like the UN, and this weekend will be a big one, as the world celebrates the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals – a new set of targets that global leaders have signed up to, including Shakira, David Beckham, and Pope Francis. full report

SDGs and the dangers of data

NEW YORK, 25 September 2015 (IRIN Global) - Amid the fanfare of hope surrounding this weekend’s adoption of a 17-point blueprint to end world poverty, there are murmurs of caution not to let the benchmarks obscure the real priorities ahead. full report

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