Economy

Aceh redux: The legacy of Aceh’s emergency economy

BANDAH ACEH, 24 December 2014 (IRIN Asia) - What happens when you suddenly inject billions of dollars, hundreds of jobs and 500 aid agencies into to an isolated corner of the world battered by more than a quarter century of conflict and then devastated by one of the world’s worst natural disasters? IRIN looks back at some of the unintended and residual consequences of the international response in Indonesia’s Aceh Province to the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004. full report

Burning issues facing Sri Lanka ahead of January polls

COLOMBO, 16 December 2014 (IRIN Asia) - As Sri Lanka gears up for a presidential election five years after the end a long separatist rebellion, the country, especially the war-scarred north, faces a raft of unresolved chronic problems. Analysts regard many of them as long-term drivers of conflict. full report

Cash transfers: Good for people, bad for the community?

DAKAR, 2 December 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Some 24 million people around the world now receive money instead of food or goods from humanitarian and development agencies. full report

Yemen faces economic crisis as Saudi mulls pulling plug

SANAA, 1 December 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Saudi Arabia is considering stopping financial support to Yemen, a move that could tip the country further towards economic collapse, Yemeni, Saudi and Western officials have said. full report

Peak youth - seizing the moment

LONDON, 25 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - We have accepted the concept “peak oil” - the point where oil production goes into an irreversible decline. Now we are being asked to contemplate that we are also rapidly approaching “peak youth”, when there will be more young people than ever before in the history of the planet, and when young people as a proportion of the population will reach a maximum, before starting to drop. full report

Mauritania cracks down on land reform activists

NOUAKCHOTT, 21 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The latest arrest of a group of prominent anti-slavery activists in Mauritania has once again brought to the fore the country's struggle with slavery and discrimination based on colour. full report

Yemen crisis a boon for people smugglers

SANAA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Yemen’s security crisis is leading to a rapid expansion in the country’s people smuggling trade, with thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa desperate to use the country as a gateway to Saudi Arabia. full report

PRESS RELEASE: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN

GENEVA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - After nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, the humanitarian news service IRIN is spinning off to become an independent non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private donor full report

Questions over Mali's Ebola response

BAMAKO, 18 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The failure of a top Malian hospital to detect probable cases of Ebola has raised questions about whether the country's health system is sufficiently prepared to tackle the disease. full report

Ebola survivors work to improve response

FREETOWN/KAILAHUN/MONROVIA/DAKAR, 12 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The Ebola epidemic has killed some 5,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but it has also left many survivors who are playing a key role in the Ebola response. full report

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