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Which way is up? Flatpacks alone can't solve global shelter crisis*

BELGRADE, 25 May 2015 (IRIN) - IKEA's new flatpack shelter partnership with the UNHCR is well and good, but how about reforming the process as well as the product? Now that could make a more profound difference, Paul Currion argues in his latest column. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Siege gardening, Scientology and aid pledges

DUBAI, 22 May 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. full report

The identity crisis frustrating Nepal's quake survivors

MAILUNG , 21 May 2015 (IRIN) - Mento Ghale did what any parent would do when Nepal’s 25 April earthquake struck her village of Mailung: she grabbed the children and got them out of the house as quickly as she could. full report

Shaken by quakes, Nepal now needs to survive the monsoon

NAIROBI, 15 May 2015 (IRIN) - Three weeks after a major earthquake struck Nepal, aid efforts have yet to reach many remote communities. Now those still living amid the rubble of their villages must survive the monsoon due in the next few weeks. full report

Psychologists stay home: Nepal doesn't need you

LONDON, 11 May 2015 (IRIN) - Following the earthquake in Nepal, psychologist Alessandra Pigni recalls her experiences in humanitarian aid: she reminds Western do-gooders that affected populations are resilient and that pathologising suffering after a traumatic event may get in the way of healing and recovery. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Separation, compassion and re-shaping aid

DUBAI, 8 May 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's weekly assortment of noteworthy humanitarian journalism and research, compiled by the editorial team. full report

Are mothers and children missing out on Nepal aid?

GHUMARCHOWK, 7 May 2015 (IRIN) - The way aid in Nepal is prioritised has led to fears that pregnant and breastfeeding women in certain areas may not be receiving the specialised help they need. Nirmala Tamang is breastfeeding and worried about her two infants: full report

Nepal quake fund move is PR fiasco*

NAIROBI, 5 May 2015 (IRIN) - The Nepalese government’s decision to route earthquake donations through the bank account of the Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund has been a public relations disaster, introducing suspicions about the politicisation of aid even if there is no evidence of foul play. full report

No husband, no home: Migrant wives struggle in Nepal

KATHMANDU, 4 May 2015 (IRIN) - Every year thousands of Nepalese men travel abroad in search of work, leaving their families behind. So when a powerful earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April, many women suddenly found themselves without a home to live in or a husband to help. In a country where gender discrimination is common, these migrants' wives are now especially vulnerable. full report

Nepal Earthquake

KATHMANDU, 4 May 2015 (IRIN In-Depth) - A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck on 25 April, burying entire villages near the epicentre in Nepal’s mountainous Gorkha district and killing thousands as it shook down large parts of the capital Kathmandu. The exact toll will never be known, but the enormous scale of the task facing the humanitarian community is clear. International aid and relief teams have descended on Nepal, while millions of people try to rebuild their shattered lives. full report

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