Talking to the Taliban, again

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. Full report

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Creativity key to peace dividends in Myanmar

YANGON, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - 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. full report

Afghan malnutrition - the search for solutions

JALALABAD, 11 November 2014 (IRIN) - Attempts to tackle malnutrition in Afghanistan are being hampered by cultural norms, shrinking health budgets and the short-term nature of aid. full report

What slows Haiyan recovery - politics or practicality?

TACLOBAN, 7 November 2014 (IRIN) - 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. full report

How disaster preparation broke down in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, 4 November 2014 (IRIN) - 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. full report

No easy solution for Myanmar's Rakhine crisis

SITTWE, 4 November 2014 (IRIN) - As the number of ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar hits record levels, the prospects for a lasting settlement of the crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine State look bleak. full report

Climate change: Afghans on the front line

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, 4 November 2014 (IRIN) - As the UN warns that "irreversible" climate change is affecting more people than ever, in northern Afghanistan the story is all too familiar. full report

Indonesian brothel closures hit HIV prevention

SURABAYA, 30 October 2014 (IRIN) - Brothel closures in Indonesian cities could put sex workers in danger and hamper HIV prevention efforts, say health experts and outreach workers. full report

Asia's first IDP policy - from theory to practice

JALALABAD, 20 October 2014 (IRIN) - Afghanistan's new policy on internally displaced people grants a whole swathe of rights to those forced from their homes by conflict or disaster but it now needs to implemented. full report

Nepal disaster preparedness needs to go local

KATHMANDU, 17 October 2014 (IRIN) - Mid-summer monsoon rains in Nepal triggered over three dozen floods and landslides,killing over 200 people and displacing tens of thousands. Experts say this highlights preparedness and response challenges and the urgent need for these to be prioritized in development plans and at local government level. full report

WFP shortfall fuels Afghan funding fears

DUBAI, 10 October 2014 (IRIN) - The World Food Programme (WFP) is facing a US$40 million deficit for its Afghanistan programmes, as aid agencies fear that foreign troop withdrawal will lead to decreasing budgets for humanitarian action. full report