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Australia looks to Philippines to solve refugee conundrum

BANGKOK, 14 October 2015 (IRIN) - With the failure of its scheme to resettle refugees in Cambodia and growing concerns about its offshore detention centres, the Australian government is hoping the elusive solution to what has become a policy nightmare might be found in the Philippines. full report

Is the Philippine army turning a blind eye to murder?

MANILA, 29 September 2015 (IRIN) - Has the Philippine army been in cahoots with armed groups accused of murdering civilians in the southern region of Mindanao? That’s the focus of an investigation the government has finally agreed to undertake. full report

Typhoon Grindr: love, liberation and post-disaster sex in the Philippines

TACLOBAN, 8 September 2015 (IRIN) - Researcher Jonathan Corpus Ong found an unexpected silver lining in the wake of the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan: 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

Ferry sinking highlights safety gaps in storm-battered Philippines

MANILIA, 3 July 2015 (IRIN) - This week’s sinking of a ferry in the Philippines, at a cost of 40 lives, has given added urgency a to calls for a probe of the maritime sector in an archipelago beset by similar disasters. The Kim Nirvana was the 14th major ferry accident in the country since 2000. full report

Time to fix the aid industry’s broken record?

DUBAI, 1 July 2015 (IRIN) - Barely a month goes by without a new report or panel event urging better co-ordination between local, national and international actors in disaster response situations, and more advance community resilience building and investment into countering climate change. But when will this talk start to walk? full report

Making accountability accountable

LONDON, 10 June 2015 (IRIN) - Who are the clients of aid agencies? Is it the donors, who pay the bills, or the people being helped? For all the talk of participation and community-led initiatives, when do people on the receiving end of aid get a chance to say what they think? And then, when they are invited to give their views, what difference does it make? Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines was ripe for such reflection: full report

After regional quakes, Philippines prepares for the big one

MANILA, 10 June 2015 (IRIN) - Recent quakes in Nepal and Malaysia have shaken the Philippines into action, with authorities scaling up earthquake preparedness drills and safety inspections of public buildings in the capital Manila. full report

Is the Philippines about to miss its chance at peace?

MANILA, 4 June 2015 (IRIN) - After almost 30 years of fighting, the government in the Philippines signed a peace agreement last year with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). With a bill aimed at ending the Muslim separatist insurgency floundering in congress, observers are warning that the conflict could reignite: full report

Glimmer of hope for Southeast Asia's migrants

OXFORD/KUALA LUMPUR, 20 May 2015 (IRIN) - Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to provide temporary shelter and assistance to thousands of migrants still stranded at sea in Southeast Asia, but they have stopped short of offering to find their boats and bring them ashore. full report

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