DOUALA, 1 July 2015 (IRIN) - More than a week after floods caused by heavy rain in Cameroon’s economic capital, Douala, killed at least four people and destroyed the homes and businesses of thousands of others, displacing at least 2,000 people and directly affecting more than 30,000, the city remains devastated. Fallen electric poles are a grim reminder that much of the city is still without power, upturned wrecked cars and motorcycles lie abandoned in gutters, trash and other debris litter the muddy streets.
By Louise Redvers
DUBAI, 1 July 2015 (IRIN) - Charities and NGOs like to promote transparency and good governance in the countries they work, but how much do we really know about where and how aid money is really spent?
Very little, according to the Local to Global Protection Initiative (L2GP), which in conjunction with IRIN has produced a series of graphics analysing the money flows from big donors.
By Louise Redvers
DUBAI, 1 July 2015 (IRIN) - There are plenty of gripes about the humanitarian system, but most of them boil down to money.
According to the UN’s aid coordination body, OCHA, less than one fifth of the US$19.44 billion required for humanitarian response this year has been funded, creating frontline cash shortages and spending cutbacks across the board.
MYTILENE, 30 June 2015 (IRIN) - In the shadow of Greece’s bitter row with creditors, the refugee crisis unfolding in its islands has been pushed from the headlines, but boats carrying migrants and asylum seekers continue to arrive and systems for receiving them have virtually collapsed.
Outside the Mersinidi identification centre on the island of Chios, migrants are hanging their clothes out to dry on trees and bushes following an early morning storm. They are mostly families with small children that arrived the evening before.
BUJUMBURA, 30 juin 2015 (IRIN) - Pour les familles de journalistes - comme moi - au Burundi, la vie est un enfer ces derniers temps, surtout depuis que les manifestations ont commencé en avril pour protester contre la volonté du président de se représenter pour un troisième mandat.