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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

The new buzzword in aid – and why agencies are slow to act

NEW YORK, 9 April 2015 (IRIN) - 'Urban' is a new buzzword in humanitarian circles, but aid agencies, accustomed to working in more remote war zones or in the aftermath of natural disasters, have been slow to turn it into action full report

Yarmouk - a timeline of suffering

BEIRUT, 8 April 2015 (IRIN) - The Islamic State has now entered the Yarmouk camp for Palestinians on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. An interactive timeline of four years of suffering in the camp. 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

IRIN’s Top Picks: Aleppo, militarised aid and an end to poverty

DUBAI, 3 April 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's weekly pick of journalism and research about the humanitarian world. full report

Syria pledging conference: Three key trends

KUWAIT CITY, 1 April 2015 (IRIN) - On Tuesday, International donors pledged a record US$3.8billion towards humanitarian relief for the Syrian crisis, now into its fifth year. Here are three key trends from the conference. full report

What Jews, Syrian refugees and a Swedish King have in common

GENEVA, 31 March 2015 (IRIN) - With 1.7 million Syrians, Turkey is now the country hosting the largest number of refugees in the world. But this so-called “Turkish hospitality” dates back much further – from Jews fleeing the Inquisition in the 15th century to asylum-seekers from Kosovo in 1999. full report

Map: Which countries are doing their fair share for Syria?

BEIRUT, 31 March 2015 (IRIN) - On Monday Oxfam released a report outlining what each country ought to have given to Syria in 2014 based to the size of their economies. It called this amount their 'fair share' of the $7.7 billion sought for the over three million refugees in neighbouring countries plus millions in need inside the country. full report

Donors asked to dig deep for Syria

KUWAIT CITY / DUBAI, 31 March 2015 (IRIN) - High-level officials from 78 countries and more than 40 international organisations are gathering in Kuwait City to take part in the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria on Tuesday, amid major concerns of funding shortages. 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

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