Table of contents


  1. Playing the EU asylum lottery
  2. The Gravedigger and the President: Chadian torture victims face former president
  3. IRIN's Top picks: Effective altruism, humanitarian complicity and Boko Haram
  4. Women and aid: beyond box-ticking
  5. Morocco: The forgotten frontline of the migrant crisis
  6. Mapped - the world's conflicts
  7. Cameroon pays high price for joining Boko Haram fight
  8. Special Feature - Forgotten Conflicts
  9. Aid reform: Turkeys won’t vote for Christmas
  10. Editor's take: What hope for reform?
  11. Can UN aid change? Q&A with top officials
  12. IRIN's Top Picks: Lessons for aid workers, Instagram migrants, and quitting when ahead
  13. Refugees pour into Cameroon fearing Boko Haram
  14. Refugee relations turn sour in Cameroon
  15. IRIN's Top Picks: Syria’s status, the migrant crisis and talking to ISIS
  16. Bright ideas for better aid
  17. Ebola scares off trainee nurses in Liberia
  18. On World Humanitarian Day, a new idea to protect aid workers
  19. 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
The Gravedigger and the President: Chadian torture victims face former president
N'DJAMENA/DAKAR، 22/7/2015 (IRIN) - Almost a quarter of a century after thousands of Chadians were allegedly imprisoned, killed and tortured during the rule of former president Hissène Habré, there is finally a chance for belated justice. Clement Abaifouta was only 23 when he was jailed and made to bury dead prisoners on an almost daily basis. Now 55, he has waited a long time to ask Habré: why? Watch: The Gravedigger and the President: 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
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
Cameroon pays high price for joining Boko Haram fight
MAROUA، 31/7/2015 (IRIN) - New security measures across much of Cameroon, which are meant to prevent more attacks by Boko Haram, are having a negative impact on people's livelihoods. 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
Refugees pour into Cameroon fearing Boko Haram
MINAWAO, Cameroon، 10/8/2015 (IRIN) - Boko Haram attacks in northeastern Nigeria and along the Cameroonian border have caused a surge of refugees in recent weeks, most of them trying to flee further into Cameroon. The only camp near the border, at Minawao, is overcrowded and some people have taken to living rough in the bush: full report
Refugee relations turn sour in Cameroon
YAOUNDE، 11/8/2015 (IRIN) - Relations between many of the more than 250,000 refugees from the Central African Republic who fled into Cameroon and local host populations are becoming increasingly strained. 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
Ebola scares off trainee nurses in Liberia
MONROVIA، 18/8/2015 (IRIN) - Liberia was in dire need of more doctors and nurses before the Ebola outbreak began. Now the situation is getting even more desperate as many Liberians considering a medical career are being put off because they’re afraid of catching the virus. 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