Global Issues

Millions of aid dollars lost in currency swings

BEIRUT/GENEVA, 26 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Currency fluctuations this year could cost relief agencies hundreds of millions of dollars in lost income, threatening aid to millions of people around the world. full report

Record-breaking year for asylum claims: 8 key trends

OXFORD, 26 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - 2014 was a year of records for asylum claims, according to an annual round-up released today by UNHCR, which noted that 866,000 claims were made in the world's industrialized nations, double the figure for 2013. full report

Agencies overwhelmed as Mindanao conflict flares again

MAGUINDANAO , 25 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Humanitarian agencies are struggling to cope with a growing number of people displaced by fighting in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says more than 120,00 have sought shelter in public buildings or informal camps. The latest conflict, sparked by a botched anti terror raid, threatens the future of much heralded peace deal. full report

Photo Feature: Bulgaria repels asylum seekers at Turkish border

EDIRNE, 25 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Thousands of asylum seekers, many of them from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are being denied entry to the European Union via Turkey’s border with Bulgaria. According to testimonies from asylum seekers, they are not only denied the opportunity to apply for asylum, but turned back by Bulgarian border police and, in many cases, beaten. full report

Ukrainian refugees face dwindling options in Poland

WROCLAW, 23 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - During nearly a year of conflict between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces in eastern Ukraine, neighbouring Poland has received less than 3,000 of the 674,000 Ukrainians that have fled the country. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Bad jokes, innovation and apathy

DUBAI , 20 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week 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. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. full report

Going cold Turkey: African migrants in Istanbul see hopes turn sour

ISTANBUL, 20 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - In a nondescript cafe in one of Istanbul's more rundown neighbourhoods, migrants from Africa watch a Congolese soccer match as Afro-pop music blasts in the background. full report

Ebola and HIV: how to change behaviour for the long term

NAIROBI, 20 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Ebola-hit countries are working hard to reduce their infection rates and get to zero, with mixed success. But when the day does come and the crisis is declared over, how can prevention lessons be made to stick? Are there models to emulate from the global HIV campaign? full report

What you need to know about DRR

NAIROBI, 18 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - A new global plan to prepare for future natural and climate-linked disasters agreed in Sendai, Japan today has been condemned by development NGOs as lacking in ambition and short-changing poorer countries that are most at risk. full report

Coaxing the dragon: Why China should join the great aid debate

LONDON, 17 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Amid the countless meetings, summits and conferences being held around the world to determine the post-2015 development agenda and the future of humanitarian aid, how much attention is being paid to the growing role of China? Not enough perhaps, but the wariness cuts both ways. James Wan, fellow at the Wits University China-Africa Reporting Project in South Africa, argues it’s time for China to get its hands dirty in the great aid debate. full report

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