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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

Philippines strives to end recruitment of child soldiers

MANILA, 20 May 2015 (IRIN) - The Philippines government has taken steps to make good on its pledged to stop the use of child soldiers by all official and non-state armed groups. But the apparent surrender of an 11 year-old boy who has been fighting with the communist New People's Army for the past six years, shows the practice is still widespread among the country's insurgent militias. full report

Noul hits, but Philippines learns the lessons of Haiyan

MANILA , 11 May 2015 (IRIN) - Powerful Typhoon Noul slammed into the the Philippines late Sunday, but the damage was less severe than some had feared. Officials say lessons learned in the wake of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster had proved effective and people had this time heeded warnings and moved to safety. 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

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