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IRIN's Top Reads this week

DUBAI, 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - Do you want to stay on top of the current debate around humanitarian and development issues without having to trawl the web? Welcome to our reading list pulling together our correspondents' top picks of must-read research, reports and in-depth articles. full report

Afghanistan: Uphill struggle for female aid workers

KABUL, 15 December 2014 (IRIN) - NGOs in Afghanistan are working hard to counter the male-dominated work place and give jobs to women. This is both to empower the women as well help widen organisation's outreach and give them access to more women in the community. full report

Afghanistan seeks anti-corruption support

KABUL, 3 December 2014 (IRIN) - New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is seeking a cash injection from donors to help him implement a ground-breaking anti-corruption campaign, but aid experts are sceptical he will get the desired funding. full report

The world's strangest land grab?

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, 24 November 2014 (IRIN) - Every year the Amu Darya river encroaches about 500 metres into Afghanistan, taking with it large swathes of territory and leaving hundreds of families homeless. And as the official border between the countries is defined as the middle of the river, Uzbekistan has laid claim to hundreds of square kilometres of Afghan territory. full report

Talking to the Taliban, again

KABUL, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - As foreign troops withdraw from Afghanistan, NGOs and UN bodies are admitting it publicly - they are dealing with the Taliban again. For humanitarians this represents the end of a 14-year process where at the worst moments they became the civilian wing of a military occupation. full report

Afghan malnutrition - the search for solutions

JALALABAD, 11 November 2014 (IRIN) - Attempts to tackle malnutrition in Afghanistan are being hampered by cultural norms, shrinking health budgets and the short-term nature of aid. full report

An ambitious plan to end statelessness

LONDON, 7 November 2014 (IRIN) - It is now 60 years since stateless people received recognition in international law, and the UN has two conventions (1954 and 1961) dedicated to their protection and the regularization of their situation. Yet an estimated 10 million people worldwide still suffer the problems and indignities of having no nationality. full report

Climate change: Afghans on the front line

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, 4 November 2014 (IRIN) - As the UN warns that "irreversible" climate change is affecting more people than ever, in northern Afghanistan the story is all too familiar. full report

Migrant detention "abuse" can scar children for life

BANGKOK, 21 October 2014 (IRIN) - An increasing number of migrant children are being detained in countries where they are seeking asylum despite a growing body of scientific evidence that such incarceration leads to long-term psychological and developmental difficulties. full report

Asia's first IDP policy - from theory to practice

JALALABAD, 20 October 2014 (IRIN) - Afghanistan's new policy on internally displaced people grants a whole swathe of rights to those forced from their homes by conflict or disaster but it now needs to implemented. full report

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