Table of contents


  1. Aid reform: Turkeys won’t vote for Christmas
  2. Flooded mines cause toxic sludge in Vietnam
  3. Why helicopters matter in Nepal
  4. Record dengue outbreak fans fears in Malaysia
  5. Hunger in the jungle as Myanmar blocks aid
  6. Farm debt rises as Myanmar floodwaters recede
  7. Lessons from the rubble in Nepal
  8. IRIN's Top Picks: Needs in Nepal, words about war and a myth-busting map
  9. After Nepal, is South Asia prepared for the Big One?
  10. Eyes Wide Shut: The challenge of humanitarian biometrics
  11. Face of World Humanitarian Summit to step down
  12. When to use the M-word
  13. Will Thailand deport Uighurs who fled China?
  14. IRIN's Top Picks: New aid narratives, El Niño and mapping mine deaths
  15. When Myanmar votes, Rohingya must stay home
  16. Will UN report bring justice for Sri Lanka war victims?


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
Flooded mines cause toxic sludge in Vietnam
HANOI، 7/8/2015 (IRIN) - Toxic sludge that spilled out of open pit coal mines during 10 days of heavy rains may have seriously contaminated farmland, rivers and coastal areas in northern Vietnam. full report
Why helicopters matter in Nepal
YANGON، 10/8/2015 (IRIN) - The United Nations warned on Monday that it will be forced to ground its fleet of six helicopters in Nepal – which are being used for post-earthquake relief efforts – unless it receives more funding. full report
Record dengue outbreak fans fears in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR، 12/8/2015 (IRIN) - Malaysia’s Health Ministry has warned the country is facing its largest dengue outbreak ever, with 201 deaths so far this year. full report
Hunger in the jungle as Myanmar blocks aid
YANGON، 17/8/2015 (IRIN) - Local aid groups and the United Nations are urging Myanmar to allow access to about 1,400 people who are running out of food in makeshift camps in the jungle after fleeing clashes between the military and an ethnic armed group in Kachin state. full report
Farm debt rises as Myanmar floodwaters recede
KANBALU, Myanmar، 19/8/2015 (IRIN) - One month after torrential rains submerged much of Myanmar, the floodwaters are finally receding. But the government says 773,000 acres of farmland were damaged, including nursery plots containing seedlings for the next crop. If farmers don’t get a crop into the ground within two weeks they will miss out on the harvest in November and December. full report
Lessons from the rubble in Nepal
SINDHUPALCHOK DISTRICT, Nepal، 21/8/2015 (IRIN) - More than a million Nepalese children no longer have access to safe classrooms after earthquakes in April and May this year. Children are learning in makeshift classrooms fashioned out of tarpaulin sheets and poles, while others are still being taught on the rubble of their former schools. full report
IRIN's Top Picks: Needs in Nepal, words about war and a myth-busting map
LONDON، 21/8/2015 (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
After Nepal, is South Asia prepared for the Big One?
DELHI، 24/8/2015 (IRIN) - When a massive earthquake struck Nepal in April, it flattened villages and killed more than 9,000 people. It should also have sent countries across the region scrambling to improve preparedness systems; yet experts say too little is being done to get ready for the next big quake. full report
Eyes Wide Shut: The challenge of humanitarian biometrics
BELGRADE، 26/8/2015 (IRIN) - The use of biometrics clearly has a role to play in humanitarianism. The challenge, says IRIN columnist Paul Currion, is to protect the vulnerable, whose identities may be vital for accessing government services, while preventing powerful states and private companies who may seek to experiment or exploit. full report
Face of World Humanitarian Summit to step down
LONDON، 26/8/2015 (IRIN) - After 15 months at the helm of the UN’s largest attempt in decades to reform emergency aid, the head of the World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat, Jemilah Mahmood, is stepping down. full report
When to use the M-word
OXFORD، 27/8/2015 (IRIN) - Using the right terms when referring to Europe’s migration crisis has become a minefield for journalists. Al Jazeera’s recent decision to stop using the word ‘migrant’ entirely in reference to people crossing the Mediterranean is one reflection of the evolving debate, but there are still plenty of major media brands getting it wrong. full report
Will Thailand deport Uighurs who fled China?
BANGKOK، 27/8/2015 (IRIN) - Despite Thailand's recent deportation of 109 ethnic Uighurs to China where they could face torture, about 60 members of the persecuted minority who remain in detention are refusing to register with the United Nations as asylum seekers. full report
IRIN's Top Picks: New aid narratives, El Niño and mapping mine deaths
LONDON، 28/8/2015 (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
When Myanmar votes, Rohingya must stay home
BUTHIDAUNG, Myanmar، 1/9/2015 (IRIN) - In the 2010 general elections, about 150,000 Muslims in this isolated township in western Myanmar were able to cast their votes. When the country returns to the polls in November the number of Muslim voters here is likely to be about a dozen. full report
Will UN report bring justice for Sri Lanka war victims?
UNNICHCHI, Sri Lanka، 2/9/2015 (IRIN) - After acceding to the Sri Lankan government’s request to delay by six months a report examining crimes committed during Sri Lanka's civil war, the Geneva-based United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is scheduled to finally release the results of its investigation within the next two weeks. full report