Table of contents


  1. IRIN's Top picks: Effective altruism, humanitarian complicity and Boko Haram
  2. Women and aid: beyond box-ticking
  3. Special Feature - Forgotten Conflicts
  4. Aid reform: Turkeys won’t vote for Christmas
  5. Editor's take: What hope for reform?
  6. Can UN aid change? Q&A with top officials
  7. IRIN's Top Picks: Lessons for aid workers, Instagram migrants, and quitting when ahead
  8. Bright ideas for better aid
  9. On World Humanitarian Day, a new idea to protect aid workers
  10. Whatever happened to those heroes?


IRIN's Top picks: Effective altruism, humanitarian complicity and Boko Haram
DUBAI، 24/7/2015 (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. This week - Palestine, Cameroon and Bulgaria. full report
Women and aid: beyond box-ticking
DUBAI، 28/7/2015 (IRIN) - Aid agencies have no problem agreeing that gender-sensitive programming is a good idea, but few have come up with concrete methods for evaluating the impact it has on those it is supposed to be helping - until now. full report
Special Feature - Forgotten Conflicts
LONDON، 3/8/2015 (IRIN) - As you read this, there are more than 40 conflicts unfolding in countries around the world. Many of them don’t get the media or policy attention of the wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan or Ukraine, and they may not have the same geopolitical or economic importance. But the toll of decades-long conflicts – from Colombia to the Ogaden, from Kashmir to Western Sahara – is just as devastating for the people who live there. In the first in a series of special features, IRIN examines the root causes, human cost and potential for peace of conflicts in Casamance, South Kordofan and southern Thailand. full report
Aid reform: Turkeys won’t vote for Christmas
DUBAI، 4/8/2015 (IRIN) - Aid policy experts are talking about improving delivery and doing things better, finding new financing streams, and, most of all, localising response. But can you really just push money down the chain to local organisations and expect better results, or is it time to take a candid look at the entire humanitarian architecture and rethink the incentive structure? full report
Editor's take: What hope for reform?
DUSHANBE، 5/8/2015 (IRIN) - The UN secretary-general is leading a global process to reform the way aid is delivered in crisis zones. IRIN’s Managing Editor Heba Aly reflects on whether the World Humanitarian Summit can revive a genuine empathy between aid workers and those they seek to help. full report
Can UN aid change? Q&A with top officials
DUSHANBE، 5/8/2015 (IRIN) - In 2014, more than $23 billion was spent on crisis response. Yet in places like Syria and eastern Ukraine, the international emergency aid system is still failing those most in need. IRIN proposed specific reforms to two senior UN officials. Here's how they responded: full report
IRIN's Top Picks: Lessons for aid workers, Instagram migrants, and quitting when ahead
LONDON، 7/8/2015 (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. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. full report
Bright ideas for better aid
DUSHANBE، 17/8/2015 (IRIN) - The World Humanitarian Summit is looking for bold, new ideas for improving the international response to crises. Here are some that caught our ear – some more feasible than others: full report
On World Humanitarian Day, a new idea to protect aid workers
ISTANBUL، 18/8/2015 (IRIN) - The French NGO Action Against Hunger is proposing a radical new idea to protect aid workers from attack. But could it work? full report
Whatever happened to those heroes?
BELGRADE، 19/8/2015 (IRIN) - World Humanitarian Day honours aid workers who have been killed in conflict zones around the world. But IRIN columnist Paul Currion argues the hero narrative avoids tough questions about who is really responsible. full report