Governance

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

Timor-Leste's judicial lurch could worsen domestic violence trauma

DILI, 15 December 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Timor-Leste's efforts to reduce the prevalence of domestic gender-based violence through criminalization and prosecution, already hampered by a general lack of trust in the formal court system, have suffered a fresh setback with the enforced departure of 11 foreign judicial staff who had played a key role in delivering justice in rural areas. full report

South Africa's controversial new asylum form

JOHANNESBURG, 11 December 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Refugee advocates in South Africa have reacted with dismay and skepticism to a planned revamp of the asylum application process which the government says is designed to distinguish economic migrants from people with a bona fide case for refugee status. full report

IRIN's top reads this week

DUBAI, 4 December 2014 (IRIN Global) - 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

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

Locking Ebola out of Sierra Leone jails

DAKAR, 1 December 2014 (IRIN Africa) - It is next to impossible to avoid physical contact in an overcrowded prison. In Sierra Leone, heavily congested jails and a worsening Ebola outbreak make a potentially lethal combination. So how do you keep inmates safe? full report

Northeast Nigeria: "Hundreds of thousands have fled"

DAKAR, 28 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - More than 400,000 people in northeastern Nigeria, who have been forced to flee their homes due to ongoing violence by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, are in "urgent need" of assistance, humanitarian agencies say. This number is likely to increase as attacks against civilians escalate. full report

Terrorism hits education, health in Kenya’s marginalized Mandera

NAIROBI, 28 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - People in northern Kenya’s marginalized Mandera County face a devastating loss of basic services as teachers, healthcare workers and other state employees face calls to leave in the wake of a terrorist attack which claimed 28 bus passengers. 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

Bangladesh's Rohingya camps - promise or peril?

COX'S BAZAR, 25 November 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Bangladesh's announcement that it will move two camps housing some 30,000 officially documented Rohingya refugees has heightened anxieties among the Muslim minority, who fled persecution in neighbouring Myanmar. Observers applaud the possibility of improving camp conditions, but are concerned the move could also increase insecurity. full report

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