Global Issues

Business and humanitarian action: Overcoming the language barrier

LONDON, 21 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - A cloud of mistrust hangs over relations between business and the humanitarian community, the result of decades of mutual suspicion. Aid workers stereotype the private sector as profiteering and unscrupulous; business people write off international agencies as bloated and inefficient. full report

Building food security in Ethiopia

AFAR (NORTHEASTERN ETHIOPIA) , 18 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP), set up in 2005, aims to make fully food secure the millions of people still dependent on food aid, provide support to the vulnerable to prevent the depletion of livestock, and create productive assets at community level. But nearly a decade on and over US$3 billion spent, how successful has it been? full report

How flawed are current aid responses?

JOHANNESBURG, 15 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Last week, international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) released a hard-hitting report Where is everyone? outlining a number of severe shortcomings in the international aid community’s response to humanitarian crises. full report

Donors giving more but needs are greater than ever

DAKAR, 14 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Humanitarian funding reached a record US$22 billion in 2013, yet almost a third of needs remained unmet, according to data recently released by the UK-based think tank Global Humanitarian Assistance Programme’s Development Initiatives. full report

Breaking the poverty trap – the power of cash grants

NEW YORK, 10 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - A cash injection of as little as US$12 per month for an impoverished family could determine whether a child eats properly or goes to school or not. With cash transfer programmes around the world now having a profound impact on the lives of poor people, the debate is less about whether to implement them than how to do so. full report

Calls for media freedom to be included in post-2015 development goals

NEW YORK, 4 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - In the debate over the inclusion of media freedom and access to information in the post-2015 development agenda, it is perhaps fitting that it all comes down to language. full report

Analysis: Understanding organized crime in Africa

NEW YORK, 3 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Growing concern about the extent to which organized crime is undermining stability and prosperity on the African continent is galvanizing a search for analytical tools and a clamour for more research to understand the contextual forces at play and how best to undermine them. full report

The race to adapt

AFAR/JOHANNESBURG, 1 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Momina Ali is a teenager in one of the toughest and hottest places on earth - Ethiopia’s Afar region where average annual temperatures hover around 35 degrees Celsius. Increasingly intermittent rainfall in her village, Anderkelo, means that every three or four days Momina takes a day off school to search for water. In future the chances are that Momina’s treks for water could take even longer, depending on how rising temperatures affect the rains around her village and hence its water table. full report

NGOs and the shock of the new

LONDON, 16 June 2014 (IRIN Global) - The big international aid agencies have been hugely successful. Organizations that were once small civil society operations - groups of friends with a passion to make the world a better place - now have thousands of staff members, multi-storey headquarters buildings and multi-million dollar budgets. But insiders fret that they have become too big and have lost the flexibility and responsiveness they once had. full report

Soldiers in schools - the impact of military occupations on education

BANGKOK, 12 June 2014 (IRIN Global) - Schools are targeted in conflicts around the world - they might represent ideas viewed as controversial, the destruction of a civilian building that is important to a community inflicts terror, and a school reduced to rubble can rob an entire generation of education. But attacks are only part of the problem, as significant harm can also be done when educational buildings remain intact and armed forces move in. full report

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