Table of contents


  1. Does the aid industry have a sexual violence problem?
  2. The rocky road to democracy in Burkina Faso
  3. No aftercare for Boko Haram bomb victims
  4. The right way to reinvent the wheel?
  5. Emergency aid: obstacles to going local
  6. IRIN's Top Picks: Aid bureaucracy, bombing Yemen and a bungled Ebola response
  7. The hurdles awaiting the new SDGs
  8. Bad time to change UN refugee supremo?
  9. Slideshow: Humans of Syria
  10. Cattle rustlers profit from Boko Haram bonanza
  11. The humanitarian caste system?
  12. The road to redemption? Unmaking Nigeria's Boko Haram
  13. Is Burkina Faso’s elite guard still a threat?
  14. Bitcoin for good? - From the dark web to the light
  15. Hospitals and war crimes: a patchy record
  16. What happened to Liberia’s Ebola orphans?
  17. Since you've been gone: the families migrants leave behind


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 rocky road to democracy in Burkina Faso
DAKAR/OUAGADOUGOU، 22/9/2015 (IRIN) - Negotiations are under way to return Burkina Faso to civilian rule following last week's coup, but a proposed amnesty for the coup plotters would leave many people unhappy. full report
No aftercare for Boko Haram bomb victims
KADUNA STATE، 23/9/2015 (IRIN) - Countless Nigerians have been killed by Boko Haram suicide bombings since 2009. Many more have survived, but their difficulties are far from over. 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
IRIN's Top Picks: Aid bureaucracy, bombing Yemen and a bungled Ebola response
LONDON، 25/9/2015 (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
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
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
Cattle rustlers profit from Boko Haram bonanza
KADUNA، 28/9/2015 (IRIN) - Cattle theft has long been a problem in northwestern Nigeria but the general insecurity caused by the Boko Haram insurgency is emboldening seasoned rustlers and encouraging those struggling with endemic poverty and high unemployment to turn to it as a lucrative second ‘career’, with potentially disastrous consequences. 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
The road to redemption? Unmaking Nigeria's Boko Haram
ABUJA، 1/10/2015 (IRIN) - Is Nigeria attempting the impossible in trying to de-radicalise Boko Haram militants? IRIN speaks to the prisoners, their victims, and the de-rad “treatment teams” trying to reintegrate them into society. We explore what drove the men to join an insurgency that is tearing the region apart and ask whether such a programme can work. full report
Is Burkina Faso’s elite guard still a threat?
DAKAR، 1/10/2015 (IRIN) - Burkina Faso's transitional government has dissolved the RSP, but will the elite security force responsible for last month's coup finally go away? OSIWA's Mathias Hounkpe looks at what must happen next to keep the country on its path to civilian rule and democracy. 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
What happened to Liberia’s Ebola orphans?
MONROVIA، 7/10/2015 (IRIN) - Many of the Liberian children who lost one or both parents to Ebola have since found loving homes, but others are still struggling to survive. full report
Since you've been gone: the families migrants leave behind
AMANKWU، 8/10/2015 (IRIN) - Every migrant who sets out on a journey leaves behind a family. Our natural focus is on the odyssey, and the crisis that drives people from their homes. But migration is much more than just about people fleeing conflict or seeking asylum. It affects many more people than those actually on the move and navigating hostile borders. Those left behind, out of the media spotlight, also carry a burden – both financial and emotional – in supporting loved ones on their journey. This special report focuses on two such families. full report