Horn of Africa

Killing us softly

HONG KONG, 27 March 2015 (IRIN) - Of the 100 million Chinese who watched a documentary - later censored - about air pollution in their country, 172,000 are likely to die this year from air pollution-related diseases. full report

The true cost of media restrictions in Somalia

MOGADISHU, 10 March 2015 (IRIN) - When journalists face constant threats and dangers, as they do in Somalia, humanitarian reporting also suffers and it becomes difficult to hold authorities to account. full report

Turf wars or teamwork? The rise of regional aid organisations

DUBAI, 2 March 2015 (IRIN) - 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

Three words of advice for WHO Africa's new chief

DAKAR, 24 February 2015 (IRIN) - WHO’s new regional director for Africa faces a tough road ahead, as she attempts to restore confidence in the organization following failures to act more quickly during the Ebola outbreak. full report

Who celebrity advocates are really targeting. And it’s not you.

LONDON, 13 February 2015 (IRIN) - In recent years, aid agencies have increasingly used celebrities to raise awareness and money for their causes. There’s just one problem: It doesn’t actually work. full report

Aid under fire: A timeline of MSF's withdrawal

NAIROBI, 30 January 2015 (IRIN) - Médecins Sans Frontières has been among the highest risk-taking NGOs since it was founded in 1971, with its staff routinely putting their lives on the line in the midst of hostilities. Yet sometimes they have to withdraw - either to protect their independence or security. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: IDPs, Yemen, War Pillage and Ebola

DUBAI, 22 January 2015 (IRIN) - Our 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

Nice and dirty – the importance of soil

NAIROBI, 16 January 2015 (IRIN) - Be it laterite, loam, peat or clay, soil is life. It's the foundation of food security, and so the UN has declared 2015 as the year to draw attention to the stuff. full report

IRIN's top reads this week

DUBAI, 4 December 2014 (IRIN) - Do you want to stay on top of the current debate around humanitarian and development issues without having to trawl the web? Welcome to our reading list pulling together our correspondents' top picks of must-read research, reports and in-depth articles. full report

Press 4 for fertilizer - M-farming in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, 3 December 2014 (IRIN) - A new mobile phone hotline is giving Ethiopian farmers instant access to vital information and practical advice to help improve their yields and prepare for bad weather as well as potential disease and pest outbreaks. full report