Bangladesh refugees anxious
Bangladesh's announcement that it will move two camps housing some 30,000 officially documented Rohingya refugees has heightened anxieties among the Muslim minority, who fled persecution in neighbouring Myanmar. Observers applaud the possibility of improving camp conditions, but are concerned the move could also increase insecurity. Full report
The world's strangest land grab?
24 November 2014
Every year the Amu Darya river encroaches about 500 metres into Afghanistan, taking with it large swathes of territory and leaving hundreds of families homeless. And as the official border between the countries is defined as the middle of the river, Uzbekistan has laid claim to hundreds of square kilometres of Afghan territory.
Talking to the Taliban, again
20 November 2014
As foreign troops withdraw from Afghanistan, NGOs and UN bodies are admitting it publicly - they are dealing with the Taliban again. For humanitarians this represents the end of a 14-year process where at the worst moments they became the civilian wing of a military occupation.
Creativity key to peace dividends in Myanmar
20 November 2014
As Myanmar’s nationwide ceasefire negotiations continue, peace in many formerly war-torn regions has allowed state-run lifesaving services to gradually expand. But their provision is intensely politicized, and carefully crafted access strategies are vital, experts warn.
What slows Haiyan recovery - politics or practicality?
7 November 2014
A year after one of the world’s most devastating typhoons swept through the Philippines, thousands are unable to resume their lives, with rehabilitation efforts bogged down by political divisions and bureaucracy, officials and survivors say.
How disaster preparation broke down in Sri Lanka
4 November 2014
Nearly one week after a central Sri Lankan village was hit by a deadly landslide on 29 October, officials are reviewing how dozens of injuries, at least six deaths and hundreds of displacements could have been avoided with better disaster preparedness.