Asia

Time to fix the aid industry’s broken record?

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

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

DUBAI, 26 June 2015 (IRIN) - 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

Making accountability accountable

LONDON, 10 June 2015 (IRIN) - Who are the clients of aid agencies? Is it the donors, who pay the bills, or the people being helped? For all the talk of participation and community-led initiatives, when do people on the receiving end of aid get a chance to say what they think? And then, when they are invited to give their views, what difference does it make? Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines was ripe for such reflection: full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Obsessions, omissions and repetitions

DUBAI, 29 May 2015 (IRIN) - This week our Top Picks include a lament about the gap between tweets and action, a critique of unethical reporting of rape in Iraq, an analysis of opaque funding channels, an overview of NGO challenges in Syria and a detailed look at progress made since the 2006 signing of the Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement. full report

Which way is up? Flatpacks alone can't solve global shelter crisis*

BELGRADE, 25 May 2015 (IRIN) - IKEA's new flatpack shelter partnership with the UNHCR is well and good, but how about reforming the process as well as the product? Now that could make a more profound difference, Paul Currion argues in his latest column. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Siege gardening, Scientology and aid pledges

DUBAI, 22 May 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share some of 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

Why bin Laden's thoughts matter

LONDON, 21 May 2015 (IRIN) - Osama bin Laden's recently released writings on humanitarian aid were treated with skepticism and scorn by many observers. Here's why you should pay attention. full report

Philippines strives to end recruitment of child soldiers

MANILA, 20 May 2015 (IRIN) - The Philippines government has taken steps to make good on its pledged to stop the use of child soldiers by all official and non-state armed groups. But the apparent surrender of an 11 year-old boy who has been fighting with the communist New People's Army for the past six years, shows the practice is still widespread among the country's insurgent militias. full report

Help at last for Sri Lanka war widows

VAVUNIYA, 13 May 2015 (IRIN) - Sri Lanka's new government is finally addressing the plight of women made widows by the country's long and bitter civil war. The fighting may be over, but a staggering number of families in the north of the country, where the fighting was fiercest, are now headed by single women who are struggling to make ends meet. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Separation, compassion and re-shaping aid

DUBAI, 8 May 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's weekly assortment of noteworthy humanitarian journalism and research, compiled by the editorial team. full report