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The most important aid organisation you've never heard of

BEIRUT, 2 July 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Saudi Arabia has quietly launched a new behemoth in the international aid world. The King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid looks set have a budget of hundreds of millions and could become the country's equivalent to USAID. As one UN expert said, "the era of the Saudis just giving money and disappearing is over." full report

It's all about the money

DUBAI, 1 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - The rising cost of responding to concurrent crises – and how to plug that funding gap – is dominating debate in the aid sector and is likely to become one of the key themes at next year’s World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). full report

The humanitarian one percent

DUBAI, 1 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - Charities and NGOs like to promote transparency and good governance in the countries they work, but how much do we really know about where and how aid money is really spent? Very little, according to the Local to Global Protection Initiative (L2GP), which in conjunction with IRIN has produced a series of graphics analysing the money flows from big donors. full report

Cameroonians plagued by urban flooding

DOUALA, 1 July 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Rapid urbanization in Cameroon's Douala city and an increase in annual rainfall in the region is putting more people at risk of flooding each year. The latest storm affected more than 30,000 people, destroying homes, businesses and livelihoods. full report

Time to fix the aid industry’s broken record?

DUBAI, 1 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - Barely a month goes by without a new report or panel event urging for better co-ordination between local, national and international actors in disaster response situations, and for more advance community resilience building and investment into countering climate change. But when will this talk start to walk? full report

As Burundi goes to the polls, journalism is a high-risk job

BUJUMBURA, 29 June 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Parliamentary and local elections take place in Burundi today after two months of protests and in defiance of international calls for the polls to be postponed. Here our correspondent, Désiré Nimubona, reflects on the challenges of operating as an independent journalist in a country where all media voices except those operated by the state have been silenced. Amid threats and attacks, dozens of reporters have fled to neighbouring states. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Open data, clichés and bush meat

DUBAI, 26 June 2015 (IRIN Global) - Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share 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

Islamic State attack puts Kobani reconstruction at risk

BEIRUT, 26 June 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - The Islamic State's daring attack on the Kurdish Syrian city of Kobani has left thousands of those who returned displaced again, including over 1,000 stranded on the border, and could derail plans for a major demining and reconstruction operations in the city. full report

The week in numbers

BEIRUT, 26 June 2015 (IRIN Global) - A new weekly feature rounding up the key figures in crisis and humanitarian reporting. full report

Mexico's minefield for migrants

COAHUILA, 26 June 2015 (IRIN Global) - Central Americans fleeing gang violence and extreme poverty back home endure perilous journeys through Mexico to reach safety in the US. Now they face additional hurdles as Mexican authorities implement a crackdown. full report