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

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

Analysis: EU aid to Palestinians - help or hindrance?

JERUSALEM, 19 February 2014 (IRIN) - While EU aid to the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) may be averting a major humanitarian crisis, some say it is playing into Israeli hands by supporting the political status quo and freeing Israel of its international obligations. Others say the aid would be better directed elsewhere. full report

A housing crisis yet demolitions in East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, 31 January 2014 (IRIN) - The threatened demolition of apartment blocks in East Jerusalem is adding new pressure to the city’s housing crisis, with hundreds facing the prospect of losing their homes and Palestinian residents saying they face discrimination in city planning. 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

Property rights scarce for Palestinians in Lebanon

Qasmiyeh, 24 December 2013 (IRIN) - The Ghadbaans are facing the prospect of their homes being destroyed. Like many of Lebanon’s estimated 280,000 Palestinian residents, the family came to the country in 1948 after being evicted from their homes. Now, 65 years later, they are presented with the prospect of a second eviction. 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

Powerful storm and power shortages fill Gaza with waste water

GAZA, 19 December 2013 (IRIN) - The biggest storm in decades has exacerbated pre-existing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) concerns in the Gaza Strip, where fuel and electricity shortages linked to the Israeli blockade had already led to sewage overflow onto the streets. full report

Finding the urban crisis tipping point

DAKAR, 21 November 2013 (IRIN) - By 2015, three billion people will be living in urban slums according to UN Habitat. As the number of vulnerable people living in urban slums rises, aid agencies are struggling to identify the tipping point at which chronic urban vulnerability turns into a humanitarian crisis. IRIN spoke to aid staff to find out what they are doing about it. full report

Families powerless in Gaza

GAZA, 12 November 2013 (IRIN) - Since the beginning of November, Gaza’s only power plant has been shut due shortages of industrial diesel. The result has been a major increase in power outages for Gaza’s 1.7 million inhabitants, with electricity now absent for around half of each day. full report

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