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Crises on the horizon in 2018: the view from Davos

Political violence, increased weather threats, and the rise of strongmen will be key drivers of crises in 2018, experts told IRIN at the World Economic Forum this week. The Global Humanitarian Outlook, convened by IRIN News and the Overseas Development Institute in Davos, Switzerland, brought together UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian...

An Ethiopian thaw, a Syrian flare-up, and an Afghan reprieve: The Cheat Sheet
Jan05

An Ethiopian thaw, a Syrian flare-up, and an Afghan reprieve: The Cheat Sheet

Every week, IRIN’s team of specialist editors scans the humanitarian horizon to curate a reading list on important and unfolding trends and events around the globe: New year, more war in Syria The new year has not been kind to civilians in northern Syria, where a spike in fighting between the government of President Bashar al-Assad and...

Improving the mixed fortunes of Ukraine’s 1.7 million war-displaced
Dec21

Improving the mixed fortunes of Ukraine’s 1.7 million war-displaced

Imagine at 50 years old having to leave a region you’ve called home your entire life. And imagine having to leave almost everything behind, including your livelihood. That’s the story of Oleksandr Dovzhenko, now 53, who left war-torn Donetsk at the height of Ukraine’s almost four-year-old conflict to relocate in safer Poltava...

Security lapses at aid agency leave beneficiary data at risk
Nov30

Security lapses at aid agency leave beneficiary data at risk

Aid agencies have put some projects on hold while reviewing the security of a popular online system for handling aid distributions, IRIN has learnt. Sensitive personal and financial data on tens of thousands of people in humanitarian aid projects is at risk from hackers, according to a damning security analysis by a financial technology startup....

Frozen and forgotten: The neglected displacement crisis on Europe’s doorstep

Many of the world’s humanitarian catastrophes are described as forgotten emergencies, but only this one is playing out relatively unnoticed on the doorstep of Europe, over an area roughly the size of Switzerland. The frozen, low-intensity conflict in Ukraine’s Donbass region will mark a grim, four-year milestone in April. And the...

Hostility in US, Europe makes Mexico a new refugee destination of choice
Nov24

Hostility in US, Europe makes Mexico a new refugee destination of choice

Aisha woke up bruised and disoriented in a hospital bed in Kinshasa. Her husband, a driver for a prominent opposition politician in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was dead. Her five children were missing. One thing was clear: She had to leave her home. On a cold November morning last year, Aisha set foot in an airport half a world away....

EU fails to identify and protect gay, lesbian, and transgender asylum seekers
Nov22

EU fails to identify and protect gay, lesbian, and transgender asylum seekers

Daar* was scared to tell anyone he was gay, let alone the foreign officials who held his future in their hands. So when the 28-year-old Syrian from Damascus had his first interview for European asylum on the Aegean island of Lesvos, he kept mum, even though revealing his identity would have helped him start a new life away from the island’s...

Bots and bombs: Does cyberspace need a “Digital Geneva Convention”?
Nov15

Bots and bombs: Does cyberspace need a “Digital Geneva Convention”?

Cyber-attacks are on the rise, threatening power grids, driving up geopolitical tensions, and even crippling hospitals. Countries should agree a new “Digital Geneva Convention” to contain the risk and set up a new international organisation to police the new rules. These proposals from Microsoft’s chief legal officer, Brad Smith, also say...

Updates
Jun26

Updates

IRIN launches new stream of Geneva-based policy reporting 26 June 2017 We are pleased to announce the launch of a new stream of Geneva-based policy reporting, which will complement IRIN’s field journalism from crisis zones around the world by shining a light on trends in financing of humanitarian assistance, the aid reform agenda, peace...

Illegal weapons: A global guide
Apr04

Illegal weapons: A global guide

Just today, dozens of Syrians were killed in a suspected chemical weapons attack in Idlib. Be it also by barrel bomb, cluster munition, or landmine, civilians die all too frequently at the hands of weapons the international community has set out to ban. After years of declining use and progress in destroying stockpiles, deaths from such munitions...

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