Global Issues

Aid reform: Turkeys won’t vote for Christmas

DUBAI, 4 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - Aid policy experts are talking about improving delivery and doing things better, finding new financing streams, and, most of all, localising response. But can you really just push money down the chain to local organisations and expect better results, or is it time to take a candid look at the entire humanitarian architecture and rethink the incentive structure? full report

Special Feature - Forgotten Conflicts

LONDON, 3 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - As you read this, there are more than 40 conflicts unfolding in countries around the world. Many of them don’t get the media or policy attention of the wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan or Ukraine, and they may not have the same geopolitical or economic importance. But the toll of decades-long conflicts – from Colombia to the Ogaden, from Kashmir to Western Sahara – is just as devastating for the people who live there. In the first in a series of special features, IRIN examines the root causes, human cost and potential for peace of conflicts in Casamance, South Kordofan and southern Thailand. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Sea slaves, worm wars and risk-taking

DUBAI, 31 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. full report

Mapped - the world's conflicts

LONDON, 30 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - An interactive map showing all the ongoing conflicts around the world. full report

Morocco: The forgotten frontline of the migrant crisis

NADOR, 29 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - Morocco has become a choke point for sub-Saharan African migrants aiming to reach Europe, pinched by the Moroccan and Spanish governments working together to halt the flow across the Mediterranean. In this multimedia special, IRIN talks to the migrants determined to cross, playing cat-and-mouse with the authorities, and explores Morocco's role as outsourced "Gendarme" for Europe. full report

Asylum seekers forced to rough it in Austria

BUDAPEST/VIENNA , 29 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - Austria lies at the end of the increasingly popular Balkan migration route and is now receiving thousands of asylum seekers from neighbouring Hungary. A reception centre near Vienna has run out of beds and even tents and residents are now forced to sleep outside in the open until the government comes up with a solution. full report

Women and aid: beyond box-ticking

DUBAI, 28 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - 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

Why child migrants are playing grown up in Italy

ROME, 27 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - Since the start of the year, nearly 7,500 child migrants have arrived in Italy without a parent or guardian. Many don't admit to being under 18 for fear the authorities will place them in a centre for unaccompanied migrant children, dashing their hopes of reaching northern Europe. full report

IRIN's Top picks: Effective altruism, humanitarian complicity and Boko Haram

DUBAI, 24 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. This week - Palestine, Cameroon and Bulgaria. full report

Counting the uncountable

OXFORD, 24 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - How do you design effective policies and programmes to help vulnerable populations when you don’t know how many people you’re dealing with? full report

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