Table of contents


  1. Does the aid industry have a sexual violence problem?
  2. The refugee crisis: time for some perspective
  3. SDGs and the dangers of data
  4. Bad time to change UN refugee supremo?
  5. Slideshow: Humans of Syria
  6. The humanitarian caste system?
  7. Slideshow: Surviving in the Sudd
  8. Bomb it, fix it: Saudi aid to Yemen
  9. IRIN's Top Picks: Homophobia in Kenya, helping refugees and humanitarian hotlines
  10. Bitcoin for good? - From the dark web to the light
  11. Burundi's descent into hell
  12. Central African Republic goes back to square one
  13. Hospitals and war crimes: a patchy record
  14. IRIN's Top Picks: Overhauling aid, ending poverty and 'philanthrocapitalism'
  15. Another peace deal unravels in South Sudan


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
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
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
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
Slideshow: Surviving in the Sudd
KOCH COUNTY، 30/9/2015 (IRIN) - A month after President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a peace deal aimed at ending South Sudan's two-year civil war there is still intermittent fighting in some of the nation's most far-flung and violent places. full report
Bomb it, fix it: Saudi aid to Yemen
GENEVA، 2/10/2015 (IRIN) - Saudi Arabia's aid to Yemen looks like an enormously charitable humanitarian gesture in the account books, but it takes on a starkly different perspective when global politics are brought into consideration. full report
IRIN's Top Picks: Homophobia in Kenya, helping refugees and humanitarian hotlines
LONDON، 2/10/2015 (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
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
Burundi's descent into hell
BUJUMBURA، 5/10/2015 (IRIN) - It’s not unusual to find dead bodies in Bujumbura these days. We find them on the streets, in drainage channels, bushes and rivers. To help understand the depth of the crisis, it's worth looking back at some key recent events. full report
Central African Republic goes back to square one
BANGUI، 6/10/2015 (IRIN) - Six days of fighting that ended in Central African Republic’s capital last week has left a heavy toll: dozens dead, hundreds wounded, thousands displaced, and hope of an imminent resolution to the country’s protracted and complex political crisis fading fast. 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
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
Another peace deal unravels in South Sudan
NYAL، 9/10/2015 (IRIN) - South Sudan's latest peace deal is unravelling as fighting picks up and a new declaration by President Salva Kiir threatens the most delicately struck parts of the agreement. full report