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18 Jan 2018 description
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2017 saw a host of new and quickly deepening humanitarian crises from Southeast Asia to Africa. But behind this rising tide of forced displacement was an isolationist and xenophobic political backdrop that could render 2018 even worse, especially given the lack of diplomatic leverage and leadership required to resolve intractable conflicts.

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By Christopher Horwood

NAIROBI, 14 July 2015 (IRIN) - In a new column, Christopher Horwood, who has worked in humanitarian and development aid for over three decades and is the founding coordinator of the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS) in Nairobi, Kenya, urges EU leaders to rethink their contradictory approach to irregular migration

26 Nov 2012 description
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JOHANNESBOURG, 26 novembre 2012 (IRIN) - Les crises de réfugiés semblent commencer et se terminer. En 2011, tous les yeux étaient tournés vers le complexe de réfugiés de Dadaab, dans le nord du Kenya, alors qu’il accueillait des centaines de milliers de Somaliens qui fuyaient la famine et le conflit. Cette année, c’est l’exode des réfugiés syriens qui a attiré l’attention du public, même si la majorité des Somaliens qui sont arrivés à Dadaab l’an dernier y sont toujours.

21 Nov 2012 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 21 November 2012 (IRIN) - Refugee crises appear to come and go. In 2011, all eyes were on the Dadaab refugee complex in northern Kenya as it received hundreds of thousands of Somalis fleeing famine and conflict. This year, attention has shifted to the refugee exodus from Syria, even though the majority of Somalis who arrived at Dadaab last year are still there.

24 Jul 2012 description
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DAKAR, 24 juillet 2012 (IRIN) - Selon un rapport de l'organisation non gouvernementale (ONG) Development Initiatives, basée au Royaume-Uni, les besoins humanitaires dans le monde ont diminué en 2011, mais les pénuries de fonds se sont accentuées. La résilience est le nouveau mot à la mode en matière d'intervention humanitaire.

23 Jul 2012 description
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DAKAR, 23 July 2012 (IRIN) - Global humanitarian needs declined in 2011 but funding shortfalls continued to widen, according to a report by the UK-based NGO, Development Initiatives. And resilience is the new buzzword in aid response as people across the sector give more thought – but not yet enough action - to helping vulnerable people better withstand shocks, rather than waiting until disaster strikes.

12 Apr 2012 description
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DAKAR, 12 April 2012 (IRIN) - Private donors are growing steadily more important to global aid, contributing one-quarter of the estimated US$73.9 billion spent on emergency assistance from 2006 to 2010.

24 Jan 2012 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 25 January 2012 (IRIN) - In the past five years, “resilience” (the ability to absorb shocks and recover) has become quite a buzzword in the aid community. Discussions on adapting to a changing climate are increasingly peppered with the “need to build resilience” of people, infrastructure and governments in the face of shocks such as soaring temperatures, rising sea levels, severe storms and flooding.

30 Jul 2010 description
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DAKAR, 30 juillet 2010 (IRIN) - A l'heure o=F9 le « système » humanitaire se complique, avec l'arrivée de nouveaux acteurs et le recoupement des mandats, les différentes définitions de l'aide humanitaire, et des objectifs toujours plus ambitieux, Development Initiatives [http://www.devinit.org/], organisme de surveillance de l'aide humanitaire, présente certaines tendances observées ces 10 dernières années en matière de besoins, d'interventions et de financements dans son rapport 2010 sur …

27 Jul 2010 description
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DAKAR, 27 July 2010 (IRIN) - As the humanitarian "system" becomes more complex, with new actors and overlapping mandates, different definitions of humanitarian aid, and ever-more ambitious goals, humanitarian aid watchdog Development Initiatives outlines some of the needs, responses and funding trends over the past decade in its 2010 Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) report. [http://www.devinit.org/;

19 Apr 2010 description
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DAKAR, 19 avril 2010 (IRIN) - Environ 200 000 femmes de moins que ce que l'on pensait meurent chaque année des suites de complications liées à la grossesse. Une étude mondiale réalisée par l'université de Washington, aux états-Unis, révèle que le développement de nouvelles méthodes d'études et de meilleures mesures de la mortalité maternelle permet de générer des estimations de la mortalité plus précises.

Selon la plus récente estimation des Nations Unies sur la mortalité maternelle dans le monde, 535 900 femmes sont mortes en 2005.

16 Apr 2010 description
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AKAR, 16 April 2010 (IRIN) - Almost 200,000 fewer women die each year from pregnancy-related complications than previously thought, because new survey methodology and better maternal mortality data mean more accurate mortality estimates, says a global study by the US-based University of Washington.

The most recent UN-funded assessment of worldwide maternal mortality estimated there were 535,900 deaths in 2005, while the new study put the number at 342,900 in 2008, after …

31 Mar 2010 description
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DAMASCUS, 31 March 2010 (IRIN) - Thousands of non-Iraqi and non-Palestinian refugees and asylum-seekers in Syria risk deportation and ill-treatment, and cannot get the help they need, according to refugee agencies.

Most are Somalis but there are also sizeable communities of Afghanis, Sudanese and Iranians, as well as nationals from Ethiopia, Eritrea and the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to agencies working on the ground.

There are no accurate numbers, but registrations by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) give an idea of the proportions, if not the sizes, of the various …

24 Nov 2009 description
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DAKAR, 24 November 2009 (IRIN) - It would take US$8.8 billion annually over several years to halve the number of malnourished children worldwide, currently at some 178 million, says Save the Children in a new eight-point action plan.

In its report, Hungry for change, Save the Children focuses on eight countries where it says half of the world's malnourished children live: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Sudan and Vietnam.

Political leaders have …

14 Oct 2009 description
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ROME, 14 October 2009 (IRIN) - The 2008/09 economic crisis has hit poor households in developing countries harder than any crisis in recent times, pushing more than a billion people into hunger, said the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in its latest annual report, The State of Food Insecurity in the World.

Somalia, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Iraq and Eritrea top a list of 16 countries identified as the most vulnerable, all of which have experienced either man-made or natural crises, or both, at least once in the past 10 years.

The financial crisis has been …

18 Aug 2009 description
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DAKAR, 18 August 2009 (IRIN) - On the first-ever World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, when the UN spotlights fallen aid workers and growing humanitarian needs, experts say a trend toward integrating aid goals into broader social and security agendas has contributed to an erosion of "humanitarian space". IRIN looks at why, and at how donors, UN agencies and NGOs might ensure that it does not shrink for good.

Lacking any formal definition, the term "humanitarian …

27 Mar 2009 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 27 March 2009 (IRIN) - In a time of growing food shortages and high prices, humanitarian agencies have begun exploring ways to respond to crises sooner.

18 Dec 2008 description
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JOHANNESBOURG, 18 décembre 2008 (IRIN) - Le prix élevé des vivres et l'instabilité persistante des marchés vont inciter le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM) des Nations Unies à faire appel de plus en plus à des bailleurs hors norme, tels que la Chine ou le monde des entreprises, pour obtenir des fonds, l'agence ayant prévenu qu'elle aurait épuisé, d'ici à mars 2009, les fonds qui lui servent à nourrir des millions d'affamés aux points chauds de la faim à travers la planète.

Christopher Barrett, éminent expert de l'aide alimentaire qui enseigne l'économie du …

17 Dec 2008 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 17 December 2008 (IRIN) - High food prices and continued market volatility will increasingly make the UN World Food Programme (WFP) tap non-traditional donors like China and the corporate world for funds, as it warned that it would run out of cash by March 2009 to feed millions in hunger hotspots across the globe.

Christopher Barrett, a leading food aid expert who teaches development economics at Cornell University, New York, warned that the world should not forget the need to pull the poor out of the poverty trap; which the global food and fuel price crisis has made all …

14 Nov 2002 description
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