Global Issues

A marriage of convenience: the UK military and NGOs

LONDON, 3 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - It's an interesting moment for the UK armed forces. Currently their biggest overseas deployment is not military at all, in the normal sense of the world, but humanitarian, as part of Operation Gritrock, fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone. There they are working alongside civilian health staff and NGOs, and under the leadership of a civilian official from the overseas development ministry. full report

Turf wars or teamwork? The rise of regional aid organisations

DUBAI, 2 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Regional humanitarian organisations are playing an increasingly active role in disaster response and aid delivery.But how do these new groups fit into the system, and are there tensions with so-called traditional humanitarian operators likes the United Nations? full report

Working to keep the peace: The impact of job schemes on ex-rebels

NAIROBI, 27 February 2015 (IRIN Global) - Job-creation schemes are the traditional way to tackle the post-conflict problem of unemployed ex-fighters and to reduce the threat they can pose to peace and stability in fragile states. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Cats, Celebrities, Cold War and Climate Change

DUBAI, 26 February 2015 (IRIN Global) - Our global network of specialist correspondents share some of their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. full report

Will Washington surrender in the War on Drugs?

NAIROBI, 26 February 2015 (IRIN Global) - The news this week that Jamaica is decriminalizing marijuana for personal use is the latest step in a global trend towards rethinking drug policy. For decades the international consensus has focused on criminalization and interdiction, but the approach has not only failed to stem drug production and use, it has also had a devastating impact on communities and individual lives. full report

The World Humanitarian Summit: Talking shop or game changer?

LONDON, 25 February 2015 (IRIN Global) - With just over one year to go until the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, aid workers say the consultations so far have broadly succeeded at engaging an unprecedented spectrum of voices, but many fear the process still lacks any clear framework for turning talk into action. IRIN takes a look at the WHS preparations and some of the key issues emerging from the consultation process. full report

Game of Drones

BELGRADE, 24 February 2015 (IRIN Global) - In his latest column, recovering aid worker Paul Currion asks whether the debate over the use of drones misses a fundamental point: Does their very nature compromise humanitarian principles? full report

Two charts showing that 'deterring' migrant boats is failing

LONDON, 19 February 2015 (IRIN Global) - The European Union has cut its migrant rescue service on the basis it will 'deter' potential migrants and criminals. So far it is clearly not working. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Journalists, fragile states and remote management

LONDON, 19 February 2015 (IRIN Global) - Our global network of specialist correspondents share some of their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. full report

Who celebrity advocates are really targeting. And it’s not you.

LONDON, 13 February 2015 (IRIN Global) - In recent years, aid agencies have increasingly used celebrities to raise awareness and money for their causes. There’s just one problem: It doesn’t actually work. full report

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