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Humanitarian reform: What's on - and off - the table

GENEVA/LONDON, 11 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - Pressure is mounting for concrete proposals for the future of humanitarian aid, in the lead-up to the first ever World Humanitarian Summit to be held in Istanbul in May. Hundreds of ideas are floating around. Which are now rising to the top? And which are being pushed to the side? Here’s our take on the emerging trends. full report

Editor’s Take: The UN Secretary General’s vision for humanitarian reform

GENEVA, 11 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - The UN secretary-general is leading a global process to reform the way aid is delivered in crisis zones. IRIN’s Managing Editor Heba Aly reflects on whether his vision, as outlined in his long-awaited report for the World Humanitarian Summit released this week, hits the right notes. full report

Drought spells disaster for Somali herders

HARGEISA/GAROWE, 11 February 2016 (IRIN Africa) - Two consecutive seasons of drought across northern Somalia are driving tens of thousands of pastoralists to hunger and debt. full report

Why does no one care about Yemen?

LONDON, 11 February 2016 (IRIN Middle East) - More than 6,000 Yemenis have been killed since March in a conflict that has set off a humanitarian catastrophe so severe that humanitarian agencies are struggling to cope. So why does no one seem to care? full report

FILM - Needed but Unwanted: Haitians in the Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, 10 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - Hundreds of thousands of people of Haitian descent living in the Dominican Republic are at risk of arbitrary deportation or of becoming stateless. Even though many were born in the Dominican Republican or have lived there for decades, tens of thousands have either been forcibly deported or have fled the crackdown and legal uncertainty. full report

Books not bombs for Sudan refugees

YIDA, 9 February 2016 (IRIN Africa) - One of the first stops for people fleeing the conflict in Sudan’s South Kordofan region is the town of Yida, 20 kilometres across the border in South Sudan. full report

Sri Lanka war crimes in the spotlight as UN rights chief visits

YANGON, 9 February 2016 (IRIN Asia) - Sri Lanka's president is unlikely to cave in any time soon to pressure for international participation in a war crimes tribunal, as the United Nations rights chief urged today. But he could turn the situation to his advantage by offering up less controversial reforms to win back domestic political support and satisfy the international community. full report

Turkey’s refugee smugglers adapt and prosper

ISTANBUL, 8 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - Turkish and German leaders may be ramping up the rhetoric and hardening their resolve to crack down on the people smugglers pushing a steady stream of Syrians and others out into the Aegean, but the illicit trade is still booming and the criminal networks are finding new ways to avoid detection. full report

When shit happens

NEW YORK, 8 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - Everyone defecates, but ‘how’ and ‘where’ are questions that highlight class, gender and cultural differences between us. full report