Table of contents


  1. Aid reform: Turkeys won’t vote for Christmas
  2. Bearing witness to the crimes of the Islamic State
  3. IRIN's Top Picks: Syria’s status, the migrant crisis and talking to ISIS
  4. Film: Gaza fire
  5. Yemeni rebels 'planting mines' as they retreat
  6. 'We can't have another year like this'
  7. Iraq's mystery murders
  8. Do we still care about the F word?
  9. Photo Feature: The race to beat Hungary's border fence
  10. Eyes Wide Shut: The challenge of humanitarian biometrics
  11. Face of World Humanitarian Summit to step down
  12. In Libya's desert south, a town fends for itself
  13. So much for sanctuary: how an EU asylum rule 'results in death'
  14. Here today, gone tomorrow
  15. Photo feature: No way forward, no way back for migrants in Libya
  16. The orphanage in the rubble
  17. Will Islamic State allow polio drive?


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
Bearing witness to the crimes of the Islamic State
ERBIL, IRAQ، 12/8/2015 (IRIN) - Brave civilians in Iraq’s second city of Mosul and other areas under the control of so-called Islamic State are defying the Islamist militants by reporting information to aid agencies. But with access still impossible, what good does it do? 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
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
Yemeni rebels 'planting mines' as they retreat
ADEN، 19/8/2015 (IRIN) - In the past few weeks, the momentum in Yemen's civil war has shifted radically. The northern Houthi rebels have suddenly been put on the back foot. As they pull back, they are accused of mining civilians areas indiscriminately. full report
'We can't have another year like this'
JERUSALEM، 21/8/2015 (IRIN) - Pierre Krähenbühl, head of the UN's agency for Palestinians, has just faced the largest financial crisis in the organisation's history. Has he got a plan to stop another? full report
Iraq's mystery murders
KIRKUK، 24/8/2015 (IRIN) - A series of mystery killings and disappearances in Iraq’s disputed territories have left some displaced afraid to leave their homes. There is little evidence to show who is behind the crimes, but the identities of those dying follows a trend – the majority of the victims are Sunni Muslim and Arab, often already displaced by conflict. full report
Do we still care about the F word?
ISTANBUL، 24/8/2015 (IRIN) - Famine, one of the most loaded words in the humanitarian lexicon, used to have the power to provoke global campaigns. Nowadays, the general public barely bats an eyelid. full report
Photo Feature: The race to beat Hungary's border fence
Röszke ، 25/8/2015 (IRIN) - As Hungary rushes to complete the first phase of a controversial fence along its Serbian border, migrants – mainly refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq – have been desperately trying to reach the country, which marks the beginning of the European Union’s passport-free Schengen zone. When the fence is up, entry will become much harder. 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
In Libya's desert south, a town fends for itself
UBARI، 27/8/2015 (IRIN) - Civilians in the oasis town of Ubari in southern Libya are trapped in a conflict that has cut them off from the outside world. Supplies and aid are almost non-existent, the hospital barely functions and the wounded often die of their injuries before they can get the assistance they need. full report
So much for sanctuary: how an EU asylum rule 'results in death'
OXFORD، 28/8/2015 (IRIN) - The discovery of dozens of dead migrants in a truck in Austria has shed fresh light on how the overzealous use of EU regulations can have tragic consequences. full report
Here today, gone tomorrow
LESVOS، 31/8/2015 (IRIN) - For aid workers responding to the rush of migrants and asylum seekers arriving in Greece, the crisis raises a set of troubling questions with no easy answers. full report
Photo feature: No way forward, no way back for migrants in Libya
ZUWARA، 31/8/2015 (IRIN) - The deaths of 140 migrants and refugees in Libya have thrown into stark light the lack of options for Sub-Saharan African migrants and refugees who make it to the north African state. If they want to return, it can actually be more expensive and dangerous than taking the boats. full report
The orphanage in the rubble
SANA'A، 1/9/2015 (IRIN) - Before Yemen's war, the Dar al-Aytam orphanage was known for turning Yemen’s street children into soldiers, business leaders and politicians. Now, it struggles even to get by. full report
Will Islamic State allow polio drive?
GAZIANTEP، 2/9/2015 (IRIN) - The news that Syria had eradicated polio was one of the few positive pieces of news from the country this year. With so-called Islamic State cracking down on NGOs, the country is now at risk of another outbreak. full report