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The refugee camp that became a city

DADAAB, 20 January 2016 (IRIN) - When Halima Abdi fled the civil war in Somalia with her young daughter, she hoped her stay across the border in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp would be short-lived. full report

NRC kidnap ruling is ‘wake-up’ call for aid industry

LONDON, 25 November 2015 (IRIN) - In a case with far-reaching implications for security in the aid industry, a court in Oslo has found the Norwegian Refugee Council guilty of gross negligence in its handling of the kidnapping of Steve Dennis and three other staff members in Dadaab, Kenya in 2012. full report

IRIN's Top Picks: Syrian sketches, sugary deals and sheer generosity

LONDON, 13 November 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. full report

NGOs in Kenya protest threatened deregistration of 959 organisations

LONDON, 30 October 2015 (IRIN) - On 29 October, a government body announced plans to deregister 959 local organisations and freeze their bank accounts. But key local groups described the allegations as unfounded and politically motivated. full report

IRIN's Top Picks: Deadly journeys, the drone papers and ethical aid dilemmas

LONDON, 23 October 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. full report

IRIN's Top Picks: Homophobia in Kenya, helping refugees and humanitarian hotlines

LONDON, 2 October 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. full report

US food aid: Charity begins at home

LONDON, 30 July 2015 (IRIN) - 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

Women and aid: beyond box-ticking

DUBAI, 28 July 2015 (IRIN) - Aid agencies have no problem agreeing that gender-sensitive programming is a good idea, but few have come up with concrete methods for evaluating the impact it has on those it is supposed to be helping - until now. full report

Kenya backpedals on closure of Somali refugee camp

NAIROBI, 29 April 2015 (IRIN) - Kenya appears to have softened its stance on the imminent closure of a camp hosting more than a third of a million Somali refugees, weeks after the deputy president announced it would happen within three months, in a reaction to the massacre at Garissa University. full report

Is Kenya’s security policy the real enemy within?

NAIROBI, 21 April 2015 (IRIN) - The Kenyan government has threatened to eject 350,000 Somali refugees and even to build a wall along its entire border with Somalia, but perhaps the real enemies within are poor governance and stalled police reforms full report

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