Humanitarian Analysis

Can the world really end poverty by 2030?

NEW YORK, 17 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - The slogan “make poverty history” has been used by development pundits and pop star philanthropists for years. Now, in a bid to turn words into deeds, it is being discussed as a universal global target to be met within a generation. full report

Analysis: Scaling up accountability to communities

DAKAR, 10 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - SMS feedback in Haiti; radio outreach in the Philippines; community helpdesks in Darfur; a Humanitarian Call Centre in Pakistan: many such initiatives boost communication with disaster-affected communities, and in some cases improve accountability to communities, but most remain at pilot project scale because they are difficult to scale up. Evidence of the benefits remains piecemeal and in some cases projects risk being tokenistic rather than meaningful, said participants at a meeting of the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Practice (ALNAP) in Addis Ababa last month. full report

Analysis: How effective is Pakistan’s disaster authority?

ISLAMABAD, 3 April 2014 (IRIN Asia) - The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was set up shortly after the 2005 quake that killed at least 87,000 people in northern Pakistan to act as the “implementing, coordinating and monitoring body” for disaster management. full report

Analysis: Challenges of bringing more women into the Afghan justice sector

NEW YORK, 28 March 2014 (IRIN Global) - Better gender representation in the justice sector in Afghanistan will empower more women to take action against the men who abuse them. This is the reasoning of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), which released a report last week documenting the gains - and considerable challenges that still lie ahead - in bringing more women into key legal positions in the country. full report

Analysis: Critical year ahead for Afghanistan

KABUL, 11 March 2014 (IRIN Asia) - In under four weeks’ time (5 April) Afghanistan’s 12 million voters will get the chance to elect one of 11 candidates to replace President Hamid Karzai, in what observers hope will be the country’s first ever peaceful and democratic handover of power. full report

Analysis: Reconciliation looks remote in Egypt

CAIRO, 5 March 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - The seven months since July’s overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt have been among the most violent and divisive in recent times, analysts say, as much of society polarizes along pro-Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and pro-army lines. full report

Analysis: Evacuation dilemma in the Central African Republic

BANGUI, 28 February 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Zannah Bassar, a Muslim woman living in the Central African Republic (CAR) capital, Bangui, has a simple message for the international community - she wants to be evacuated. full report

Analysis: EU aid to Palestinians - help or hindrance?

JERUSALEM, 19 February 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - While EU aid to the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) may be averting a major humanitarian crisis, some say it is playing into Israeli hands by supporting the political status quo and freeing Israel of its international obligations. Others say the aid would be better directed elsewhere. full report

Analysis: Turning to ancient diets to alleviate modern ills

HONG KONG, 23 January 2014 (IRIN Global) - Unprecedented levels of chronic non-communicable diseases are prompting health experts and indigenous activists to highlight a need to revert to the diets of our ancestors to regain lost nutrients. This would also assist in improving society's relationship with the earth, and to restoring both human and environmental health. full report

Analysis: The plight of Myanmar’s Chins in India

AIZAWL, 3 January 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Recent political reforms have not improved conditions in Myanmar’s northwestern Chin State, but life in neighbouring India - where many Chin people continue to seek asylum and livelihoods - often means surviving without legal protection and encountering tensions with host communities, experts say full report

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