Table of contents


  1. Did the Khmer Rouge commit genocide?
  2. Response, or opportunism?
  3. Sri Lankans disabled by war, forgotten in peace
  4. Does the aid industry have a sexual violence problem?
  5. What Chile did right
  6. The right way to reinvent the wheel?
  7. Emergency aid: obstacles to going local
  8. Is the Philippine army turning a blind eye to murder?
  9. Bitcoin for good? - From the dark web to the light
  10. Hospitals and war crimes: a patchy record
  11. Can new governors turn the Taliban tide in northern Afghanistan?
  12. IRIN's Top Picks: Overhauling aid, ending poverty and 'philanthrocapitalism'


Did the Khmer Rouge commit genocide?
PHNOM PENH، 14/9/2015 (IRIN) - During its short stay in power in the late 1970s, the Khmer Rouge killed about a quarter of Cambodia’s population, but did they commit genocide? After four years of trying surviving senior leaders of the regime, a war crimes tribunal is only now attempting to answer that question. full report
Response, or opportunism?
LONDON، 15/9/2015 (IRIN) - Several major aid agencies have announced dramatic upscaling – and funding requests – to help the European refugee crisis. But does this represent a long overdue and much-needed response or is it more about opportunism and the imposition of inappropriate response models? And why does the world’s richest continent need help from already overstretched aid agencies? full report
Sri Lankans disabled by war, forgotten in peace
KARADIYANARU, Sri Lanka، 16/9/2015 (IRIN) - Government soldiers can receive assistance packages for injuries sustained during the war, including the continuation of salaries for those able to work at desk jobs, or long-term care in military-run facilities for those severely disabled. But there is no programme to help civilians and former Tamil Tigers who remain permanently affected by injuries. full report
Does the aid industry have a sexual violence problem?
LONDON، 17/9/2015 (IRIN) - Anecdotal reports of sexual assault within the aid industry suggest the sector has a systemic problem. But the official data says incidence is incredibly low. So how serious a problem for aid workers is sexual violence? New research by the Headington Institute aims to find out. full report
What Chile did right
LONDON، 18/9/2015 (IRIN) - Earlier this year, an 8.1-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, killing more than 8,000 people. A few days ago, an earthquake significantly more powerful struck Chile. The epicentre was just 175 miles north of the capital Santiago, yet only 11 people died and only a few hundred houses were damaged. What did Chile do right? full report
The right way to reinvent the wheel?
VIENNA، 24/9/2015 (IRIN) - Despite an EU agreement to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers over the next two years, the best hope for meeting the immediate needs of the tens of thousands of migrants and refugees already making their way across Europe often comes from volunteers working for recently formed grassroots organisations. Paul Currion looks at how one such initiative took the lead in responding to Europe’s refugee crisis. full report
Emergency aid: obstacles to going local
GENEVA، 24/9/2015 (IRIN) - The emergency aid sector has long recognised that too much money and power rests with the big international players, too little with the local groups who often do the most to save lives in a crisis. And yet change has been slow. This year's World Disasters Report, launched today, examines the obstacles to localising aid response, from overzealous financial reporting to domestic politics to regulatory constraints. full report
Is the Philippine army turning a blind eye to murder?
MANILA، 29/9/2015 (IRIN) - Has the Philippine army been in cahoots with armed groups accused of murdering civilians in the southern region of Mindanao? That’s the focus of an investigation the government has finally agreed to undertake. full report
Bitcoin for good? - From the dark web to the light
LONDON، 5/10/2015 (IRIN) - It’s the dark web’s currency of choice: for drugs, blackmail and worse. Its exchange rate has been wildly volatile. Why then are aid agencies, child rights advocates and land activists getting their heads around Bitcoin? full report
Hospitals and war crimes: a patchy record
LONDON، 7/10/2015 (IRIN) - MSF says the bombing of their hospital in Kunduz by a US warplane was a war crime. The four separate enquiries that have been launched into the incident, which killed 22 people, should show whether the medical charity is right. But precedent suggests that whatever their findings, criminal prosecutions are unlikely. full report
Can new governors turn the Taliban tide in northern Afghanistan?
KABUL، 8/10/2015 (IRIN) - The replacement of four provincial governors in northern Afghanistan could stem years of steady gains made by the Taliban in the region, where thousands of people have been displaced by violence. full report
IRIN's Top Picks: Overhauling aid, ending poverty and 'philanthrocapitalism'
LONDON، 9/10/2015 (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