Aid Policy

Breaking the poverty trap – the power of cash grants

NEW YORK, 10 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - A cash injection of as little as US$12 per month for an impoverished family could determine whether a child eats properly or goes to school or not. With cash transfer programmes around the world now having a profound impact on the lives of poor people, the debate is less about whether to implement them than how to do so. full report

TB drug resistance signifies failure

LONDON, 9 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Tuberculosis control programmes are among the oldest public health campaigns (dating back 125 years) but are not nearly as successful as they should be. Despite effective drugs having been available for over 50 years, TB still kills a million people a year, making it the world's single deadliest infectious disease after AIDS. full report

New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa

JOHANNESBURG, 7 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees. As of mid-June, nearly 800,000 refugees in 22 African countries have seen their monthly food allocations reduced, most of them by more than half. full report

Calls for media freedom to be included in post-2015 development goals

NEW YORK, 4 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - In the debate over the inclusion of media freedom and access to information in the post-2015 development agenda, it is perhaps fitting that it all comes down to language. full report

Refugee economies - the Ugandan model

LONDON, 30 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - When a team from Oxford University's Humanitarian Innovation Project set out to explore what work refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda had managed to find, they were struck by the breadth and scale of businesses they were engaged in - from being café owners to vegetable sellers, to farmers growing maize on a commercial scale, millers, restaurateurs, transporters and traders in fabrics and jewellery. full report

Flat funding, harsh laws could hurt Uganda’s battle against HIV

KAMPALA, 25 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Inadequate funding coupled with harsh laws targeting same sex unions could erode the gains so far made in the fight against HIV in Uganda, activists warn. full report

ISIS advance adds to aid challenges in Iraq’s north

ERBIL, 25 June 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - As fighting grows between Islamist insurgents and government forces in Iraq, aid agencies are straining to support the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the violence amid unclear government policies, lack of funding and a multiplicity of humanitarian actors flooding in to respond. full report

Coral reef restoration can save lives, livelihoods

KISUMU, 24 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A new report suggests that preserving and restoring coral reefs may be one of the cheapest and most effective ways to mitigate coastal erosion and flooding. full report

Swaziland braces itself for AGOA exit

MBABANE, 17 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The threat of Swaziland being suspended from a US preferential trade agreement for poor progress in meeting democratic norms is threatening the livelihoods of tens of thousands of worker in a country where unemployment is already above 40 percent. full report

NGOs and the shock of the new

LONDON, 16 June 2014 (IRIN Global) - The big international aid agencies have been hugely successful. Organizations that were once small civil society operations - groups of friends with a passion to make the world a better place - now have thousands of staff members, multi-storey headquarters buildings and multi-million dollar budgets. But insiders fret that they have become too big and have lost the flexibility and responsiveness they once had. full report

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