Global Issues

Rethink needed on humanitarian funding for national NGOs

DAKAR, 15 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - With humanitarian aid effectiveness high on the agenda of the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, there is much talk of how to reform humanitarian financing to make it more inclusive of national NGOs, but risk aversion will slow progress, say analysts. full report

Analysis: Rethinking global drug policy

NEW YORK, 15 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - What would the world look like if governments - instead of crime syndicates - controlled drug markets and drug use was decriminalized? full report

Coordination between industry sectors key to easing water scarcity

STOCKHOLM, 12 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - Manufacturing, agriculture and energy sectors are going to have to coordinate their water use much more efficiently if water scarcity is to be avoided, say experts. full report

Global conversation on humanitarian action kicks off

LONDON, 9 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - The event itself is still nearly two years away, but already the "pre-summits" are in full swing. Concept notes have been written, regional consultations have started, and online forums are open for comments - all leading up to the World Humanitarian Summit itself, scheduled to take place in Turkey, probably during May 2016. full report

Concern over World Bank proposals to roll back safeguards for indigenous people

BANGKOK, 3 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - Activists warn of a harmful regression in the World Bank's safeguard policies, claiming that proposed changes being considered this autumn could weaken the rights of indigenous people, and others in danger of displacement and abuse as a result of Bank-funded development projects. full report

Does the global HIV response understand sex?

MELBOURNE, 28 August 2014 (IRIN Global) - Stigma, squeamishness and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behaviour, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards "sex positive" approaches could enhance social acceptance and increase protection. full report

Higher profile for climate change in new SDGs

NEW YORK, 26 August 2014 (IRIN Global) - Following months of lobbying by poor island states and NGOs, action on climate change is to be a stand-alone goal among the 17 newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). full report

World Humanitarian Day: Staying Safe

DUBAI, 19 August 2014 (IRIN Global) - World Humanitarian Day this year brought with it with grim news – more aid workers died in 2013 than any year since records began. In total 155 were killed, while another 305 and were either seriously wounded or kidnapped – representing a 66 percent increase in the number of victims from 2012. full report

Analysis: Data to the people!

NEW YORK, 14 August 2014 (IRIN Global) - Protests against poor delivery of services such as water, toilets, health and education, have become such a ubiquitous part of the South African landscape they barely make the news: as the delivery problems continue, so do the protests, and the vicious cycle of creeping poverty and mounting frustration continues. full report

LGBTI rights – still not there yet

BANGKOK, 14 August 2014 (IRIN Global) - In recent years, the world has seen enormous human rights gains with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. However, there have also been substantial setbacks - ranging from discriminatory legislation, to impunity for brutal violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people. full report

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