Table of contents


  1. Did the Khmer Rouge commit genocide?
  2. Sri Lankans disabled by war, forgotten in peace
  3. Does the aid industry have a sexual violence problem?
  4. Flooding in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta
  5. The right way to reinvent the wheel?
  6. The refugee crisis: time for some perspective
  7. Emergency aid: obstacles to going local
  8. The hurdles awaiting the new SDGs
  9. SDGs and the dangers of data
  10. Bad time to change UN refugee supremo?
  11. Slideshow: Humans of Syria
  12. Is the Philippine army turning a blind eye to murder?
  13. The humanitarian caste system?
  14. Bitcoin for good? - From the dark web to the light
  15. Hospitals and war crimes: a patchy record
  16. Can new governors turn the Taliban tide in northern Afghanistan?
  17. 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
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
Flooding in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta
PATHEIN DISTRICT, Myanmar، 17/9/2015 (IRIN) - Almost two months after Cyclone Komen triggered Myanmar’s worst flooding in recent memory, parts of the Irrawaddy delta remain submerged while rising river levels have prompted the government to urge people in some areas to evacuate. 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
The refugee crisis: time for some perspective
LONDON، 24/9/2015 (IRIN) - At the end of a long summer that has seen record numbers of migrants and refugees arriving on Europe’s shores, EU member states are still deeply divided in their response to the crisis. This week, they agreed to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers from over-burdened frontline states like Greece and Italy to other EU countries over the next two years, despite four countries voting against the deal. This IRIN film puts this latest figure into a bit of perspective. 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
The hurdles awaiting the new SDGs
NAIROBI، 25/9/2015 (IRIN) - No one does summits like the UN, and this weekend will be a big one, as the world celebrates the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals – a new set of targets that global leaders have signed up to, including Shakira, David Beckham, and Pope Francis. full report
SDGs and the dangers of data
NEW YORK، 25/9/2015 (IRIN) - Amid the fanfare of hope surrounding this weekend’s adoption of a 17-point blueprint to end world poverty, there are murmurs of caution not to let the benchmarks obscure the real priorities ahead. full report
Bad time to change UN refugee supremo?
OXFORD، 28/9/2015 (IRIN) - Around the world, more people are being driven from their homes by wars and persecution than ever before. At the same time there appears to be less agreement than ever about how to deal with simultaneous refugee crises of unprecedented scale and duration. full report
Slideshow: Humans of Syria
LESVOS، 28/9/2015 (IRIN) - Objects of pity or attractive prospective employees? The Syrians landing on the beaches on the Greek island of Lesvos have some serious CVs. IRIN policy editor Imogen Wall spoke to some about the professional skills they have to offer Europe, and their career ambitions. 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
The humanitarian caste system?
LESVOS، 30/9/2015 (IRIN) - Syrians are everyone’s new favourite refugees. But the growing perception that they receive preferential treatment from governments, volunteers and aid agencies is undermining humanitarian principles and causing serious problems for responders in Lesvos and beyond. 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