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Turkey’s ambitions as a rising donor

ANKARA, 27 March 2014 (IRIN) - From humble beginnings, Turkey is maturing into a major player in international humanitarian aid, becoming the world’s fourth largest government donor of humanitarian aid in 2012. And as it has grown, Turkey’s aid has taken its own form - largely bilateral and on the frontlines - arousing both critics and admirers. full report

Jordan pins water hopes on controversial pipeline project

AMMAN, 20 March 2014 (IRIN) - Jordan, one of the world’s most water scarce states, is facing a “perfect storm of pressures” including chronic scarcity, over-use, waste, and a massive increase in demand caused by refugee arrivals, according to a report published this month by the NGO Mercy Corps. full report

UAE aid - a top 20 donor plans to get bigger

DUBAI, 6 March 2014 (IRIN) - Atop a tall metal pole some 80km north of the Jordanian capital, Amman, a giant United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag flaps near the entrance to a Syrian refugee camp. full report

Jordanian farmers face “driest season in decades”

KARAK, 26 February 2014 (IRIN) - On the surface all looks well: the sky above southern Jordan is deep blue and the sun is shining over fields of wheat and barley. Some families are out playing in the fields and celebrating the first glimpse of spring. full report

Jordan’s other refugees feel forgotten

AMMAN, 5 February 2014 (IRIN) - Just like thousands of refugees arriving in Jordan, Jacob Khamees experienced violence, hunger and fear in his home country. “I still remember when they attacked us, killed the animals and burned the fields,” he told IRIN. full report

Arab Spring complicates shifting demands in health sector

LONDON, 30 January 2014 (IRIN) - Healthcare needs are changing in the Arab world, and chronic diseases linked to rising prosperity and aging populations are forcing health services to retool, even as the region grapples with political turmoil and uncertainty. full report

Getting away with sexual abuse in Jordan

AMMAN, 27 January 2014 (IRIN) - Shop cleaner Nawal* from East Amman regrets the day she accepted an offer of extra work from her employer, who said he wanted her to clean his wife’s home. It was a trap; he took her home and raped her. full report

Life-saving hepatitis C drug approved, but cost is high

New York, 23 December 2013 (IRIN) - Following approvals in the US and Europe this month of a new drug to treat hepatitis C, activists are pushing for the medication to be made available in poor countries. full report

Syrian aid in the tech age

AMMAN, 14 November 2013 (IRIN) - Innovative use of technologies like satellite imagery, QR codes, tablets and biometric identification is helping aid workers deliver a better, more dignified response to Syrians in need. full report

Hosting Syrian refugees - the cost conundrum

DUBAI, 8 November 2013 (IRIN) - Syria’s neighbours say they have collectively spent billions of dollars hosting Syrian refugees. What are the actual costs? And can there also be economic benefits to refugee influxes? full report

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