Table of contents


  1. Playing the EU asylum lottery
  2. Yarmouk camp no longer besieged, UN rules
  3. IRIN's Top picks: Effective altruism, humanitarian complicity and Boko Haram
  4. Counting the uncountable
  5. When war creates environmentalists
  6. The heat is on: Surviving summer in an Iraqi camp
  7. Women and aid: beyond box-ticking
  8. Morocco: The forgotten frontline of the migrant crisis
  9. Mapped - the world's conflicts
  10. Special Feature - Forgotten Conflicts
  11. Dial A for Aid - Iraq's new humanitarian hotline
  12. Dataviz: The civilians killed targeting ISIS
  13. Aid reform: Turkeys won’t vote for Christmas
  14. Editor's take: What hope for reform?
  15. IRIN's Top Picks: Lessons for aid workers, Instagram migrants, and quitting when ahead
  16. IRIN's Top Picks: Syria’s status, the migrant crisis and talking to ISIS
  17. Bright ideas for better aid
  18. Film: Gaza fire
  19. On World Humanitarian Day, a new idea to protect aid workers
  20. Whatever happened to those heroes?


Playing the EU asylum lottery
LONDON، 21/7/2015 (IRIN) - Asylum seekers arriving in Europe have not truly made it until their applications are approved, giving them the right to remain as refugees or under some other form of international protection. But asylum approval rates across the European Union vary dramatically. full report
Yarmouk camp no longer besieged, UN rules
BEIRUT، 24/7/2015 (IRIN) - Despite not being able to deliver food to the camp since March, the UN has quietly dropped the Palestinian camp from its list of besieged areas in Syria full report
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
Counting the uncountable
OXFORD، 24/7/2015 (IRIN) - How do you design effective policies and programmes to help vulnerable populations when you don’t know how many people you’re dealing with? full report
When war creates environmentalists
SANA'A، 27/7/2015 (IRIN) - As Yemen's war continues, the country has been starved of fuel and suffers from chronic water shortages. Can solar power be the answer? full report
The heat is on: Surviving summer in an Iraqi camp
ERBIL، 28/7/2015 (IRIN) - For the 250,000 displaced Iraqis living in camps, the sweltering heat of the summer can make their lives misery. Staying cool is a gargantuan challenge. 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
Morocco: The forgotten frontline of the migrant crisis
NADOR، 29/7/2015 (IRIN) - Morocco has become a choke point for sub-Saharan African migrants aiming to reach Europe, pinched by the Moroccan and Spanish governments working together to halt the flow across the Mediterranean. In this multimedia special, IRIN talks to the migrants determined to cross, playing cat-and-mouse with the authorities, and explores Morocco's role as outsourced "Gendarme" for Europe. full report
Mapped - the world's conflicts
LONDON، 30/7/2015 (IRIN) - An interactive map showing all the ongoing conflicts around the world. 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
Dial A for Aid - Iraq's new humanitarian hotline
ERBIL، 3/8/2015 (IRIN) - A communication gap has grown between the 3.1 million displaced Iraqis and the organisations supposed to serve them. Can a new hotline help? Or will they just be a voice telling people that their food aid has been cut? full report
Dataviz: The civilians killed targeting ISIS
ISTANBUL، 3/8/2015 (IRIN) - The US-led bombing campaign against the so-called Islamic State has killed hundreds of civilians in Iraq and Syria, despite official recognition of only two deaths, a new report has alleged. 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
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
IRIN's Top Picks: Syria’s status, the migrant crisis and talking to ISIS
LONDON، 14/8/2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, 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
Film: Gaza fire
GAZA CITY، 18/8/2015 (IRIN) - Last summer's war in Israel and Gaza left more than 2,000 Palestinians dead. At the forefront of the battle to save people were the Palestinian enclave's fire service. One year on, the firefighters are battling not just flames - but politics, salary shortages and a chronic lack of equipment. 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