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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

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

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

Greek financial showdown overshadows refugee crisis

MYTILENE, 30 June 2015 (IRIN Global) - In the shadow of Greece’s bitter row with creditors, the refugee crisis unfolding in its islands has been pushed from the headlines, but boats carrying migrants and asylum seekers continue to arrive and systems for receiving them have virtually collapsed. full report

Fleeing Islamic State: 'We heard them calling takbir'

AMUDA, SYRIA, 30 June 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled fighting in the northern city of Hassakeh, with residents describing widespread panic following a sustained assault by so-called Islamic State militants. For the newly displaced, there are shortages of goods and support. full report

Are SE Asia’s trafficking kingpins getting off the hook?

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 30 June 2015 (IRIN Asia) - Southeast Asia’s smuggling and trafficking rings have now gone dormant. But rights groups warn that the criminal syndicates will soon be back unless the authorities go after the kingpins, who may include politicians and businessmen, as well as senior police and military officers. full report

Words are weapons as Burundi heads to the polls

BUJUMBURA, 25 June 2015 (IRIN Africa) - In the weeks ahead of Monday’s highly contentious parliamentary elections in Burundi, a profusion of hate speech has been used as a key tool to whip up support in a campaign marred by harassment, intimidation and violence: full report

Turkish NGO move boosts Syria aid delivery

ISTANBUL, 25 June 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Eight international NGOs delivering desperately needed food, blankets and medical aid to war-torn Syria have finally been granted legal status in Turkey after years of deadlocked applications. full report

EU toughens stance on migrant returns

OXFORD, 25 June 2015 (IRIN Global) - More than 125,000 migrants and asylum-seekers have crossed the Mediterranean so far this year, all carrying the hope that they will be able to start new lives in Europe. Many more will have arrived by other means using forged documents or will have overstayed on their visas. full report