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IRIN’s Top Picks: White elephants, corruption and IEDs

DUBAI, 17 April 2015 (IRIN) - This week's Top Picks features MSF's executive director on the dangers of mixing military and humanitarian missions, how homemade bombs affect aid work in Afghanistan, wasted Ebola funds in West Africa, the links between corruption and conflict in South Sudan, and much more. full report

Why are humanitarians so WEIRD?

BELGRADE, 15 April 2015 (IRIN) - In his latest column, recovering aid worker Paul Currion argues that humanitarian organisations are fundamentally WEIRD - Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic. Unless that changes, he says, they will always struggle to understand the communities in which they work. full report

What future for the humanitarian capital of the world?

GENEVA, 7 April 2015 (IRIN) - Geneva has firmly taken its place as one of the most expensive cities in the world, following a sharp rise in the value of the Swiss franc in January. Should cost-conscious aid agencies be headquartered there? full report

Killing us softly

HONG KONG, 27 March 2015 (IRIN) - Of the 100 million Chinese who watched a documentary - later censored - about air pollution in their country, 172,000 are likely to die each year from air pollution-related diseases. full report

Ebola and HIV: how to change behaviour for the long term

NAIROBI, 20 March 2015 (IRIN) - Ebola-hit countries are working hard to reduce their infection rates and get to zero, with mixed success. But when the day does come and the crisis is declared over, how can prevention lessons be made to stick? Are there models to emulate from the global HIV campaign? full report

Beyond the outbreak: leading expert on what the Ebola crisis can teach us

LONDON, 19 March 2015 (IRIN) - What lessons can be drawn from the Ebola crisis? Epidemiologist Jimmy Whitworth talks to IRIN about treatment, prevention, “research windows,” and how little has changed since an 1854 cholera epidemic. full report

A long wait for home – how Ebola kept refugees stuck in Liberia

ABIDJAN, 18 March 2015 (IRIN) - Nearly 38,000 Ivorian refugees living in Liberia have been unable to return home since July 2014, when Cote d’Ivoire closed its borders with Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak. full report

"Let’s finish the job" : UN Ebola envoy

DAKAR, 16 March 2015 (IRIN) - At the height of the Ebola outbreak in September, the United Nations appointed public health expert Dr. David Nabarro as its Special Envoy on Ebola. He spoke to IRIN from New York about ongoing challenges and lessons learned. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Aid worker anxiety, conflict pollution and DRR

LONDON , 13 March 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share some of their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, 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

Photo gallery: Ebola overshadows Decoration Day in Liberia

MONROVIA, 12 March 2015 (IRIN) - Thousands of recently bereaved Liberian families, in the wake of the ongoing Ebola outbreak, have no graves to visit this year on Decoration Day. full report

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