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What refugees really think of aid agencies

LONDON, 5 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Aid agencies are partial, unaccountable and potentially corrupt, and they fail to meet people's most pressing needs, according to a new report based on focus group interviews with refugees and other aid recipients in the Middle East. Other concerns included a lack of consultation about people’s needs, a failure to protect the most vulnerable, confusion over which agency was responsible for what, duplicated aid, as well as instances where help was perceived to be withheld or prioritised due to political or religious affiliation. full report

No shortage of recruits for Boko Haram in Cameroon’s Far North

FAR NORTH, CAMEROON, 5 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Young people in northern Cameroon, who lack access to school and employment, are increasingly joining the ranks of Boko Haram. full report

Disaster-prone Madagascar battles flooding and drought

ANTANANARIVO, 5 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Authorities in Madagascar are struggling to respond to increasingly severe flooding in the central highlands region of the country that includes the capital, Antananarivo, in addition to a prolonged drought in the south. full report

A marriage of convenience: the UK military and NGOs

LONDON, 3 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - It's an interesting moment for the UK armed forces. Currently their biggest overseas deployment is not military at all, in the normal sense of the world, but humanitarian, as part of Operation Gritrock, fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone. There they are working alongside civilian health staff and NGOs, and under the leadership of a civilian official from the overseas development ministry. full report

Preventing the next Ebola - the world's worst healthcare systems

BEIRUT, 3 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - An interactive guide to the world's worst health systems full report

UK detention report calls for "radical shift"

LONDON, 3 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Following a parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK, a cross-party panel of MPs has released a hard-hitting report calling for major reforms of a system it describes as “expensive, ineffective and unjust”. full report

The problem with Iraq's offensive against the Islamic State

BAGHDAD, 2 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - As the Iraqi army and affiliated militias sweep into northern Iraq to try to re-take the city of Tikrit from so-called Islamic State (IS), the local civilians are fearful they may be punished for the crimes of the Islamist militants. full report

Turf wars or teamwork? The rise of regional aid organisations

DUBAI, 2 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Regional humanitarian organisations are playing an increasingly active role in disaster response and aid delivery.But how do these new groups fit into the system, and are there tensions with so-called traditional humanitarian operators likes the United Nations? full report

Disaster warnings ignored in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, 2 March 2015 (IRIN Asia) - Lives and livelihoods are being lost unnecessarily in Sri Lanka because local communities are ignoring disaster warnings. More than 70 people died in the last two months of 2014 as a result of floods and landslides while the earlier part of the year was marked by a prolonged drought, severely impacting the rice harvest. full report

ICC Uganda visit prompts fresh calls for state "crimes" probe

LIRA, 2 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s visit to Uganda has prompted fresh calls for the tribunal to investigate atrocities allegedly committed by government forces fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army insurgency in the north of the country. full report