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22 Dec 2016 description
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By Kristy Siegfried

OXFORD, 21 December 2016

It’s been a tumultuous year: shock election results, the Brexit referendum, a nervy global economy, and a raft of extremist attacks – all of which have had impacts on migratory movements and the way countries have responded to them.

There is no sure way of predicting where the next refugee crisis will come from, but some strong policy trends have emerged. And what is striking is how similar those policies are becoming, despite widely varying contexts.

21 Oct 2013 description
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NAIROBI, 21 octobre 2013 (IRIN) - Plus de deux cents ans après l'interdiction de l'esclavage, 29,8 millions de personnes dans le monde sont toujours soumises à de nouvelles et diverses formes de servitude. C'est ce que montre un nouvel indice de classement de 162 pays.

18 Oct 2013 description
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NAIROBI, 18 October 2013 (IRIN) - More than two centuries after slavery was outlawed, 29.8 million people globally continue to be subjected to new and diverse forms of servitude, a new index ranking 162 countries shows.

28 May 2013 description
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By Fragkiska Megaloudi

- Disaster-struck communities less dependent on aid groups
- 32% of people in Asia-Pacific have Internet access
- Social media’s capacity to self-correct
- New partnerships boost communication projects

19 Feb 2013 description
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DAKAR, 19 February 2013 (IRIN) - Following the 9/11 attacks and the launch of the Global War on Terror, many humanitarian policy wonks spoke of a new era of heightened aid instrumentalization - that is the use of humanitarian action or rhetoric as a tool to pursue political, security, development, economic, or other non-humanitarian goals, which would muddy humanitarian principles and constrain access to those in need.

08 Jan 2013 description
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NEW YORK, 8 janvier 2013 (IRIN) - À Harare, capitale du Zimbabwe (3 000 000 habitants), un homme urine sur des ordures, à quelques pas de sa baraque en tôle. Il se bouche le nez pour ne pas sentir la puanteur qui s’échappe d’une latrine qui déborde non loin de là. À Ramallah, capitale du Territoire palestinien occupé (300 000 habitants), une jeune fille de 14 ans est réveillée par des crampes menstruelles – elle n’ira pas en classe, car son école n’a pas de toilettes permettant l’intimité.

09 Jul 2012 description
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DAKAR, 9 juillet 2012 (IRIN) - L’Évaluation conjointe de l’aide d’urgence au Rwanda (Joint Evaluation of Emergency Assistance to Rwanda - JEEAR), une évaluation de la réponse humanitaire des gouvernements et des organisations d’aide humanitaire au génocide de 1994 réalisée en 1996, a souligné, entre autres problèmes, la mauvaise coordination, la faible redevabilité (« accountability » en anglais) envers les survivants du génocide et la distribution d’aide aux auteurs des violences.

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.

17 Jan 2012 description
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NAIROBI, 17 January 2012 (IRIN In-Depth) - At end-November 2011, Somalia and the Central African Republic became the latest countries to commit to end the use of child soldiers – a move seen as “encouraging” by the UN, albeit with the proviso that the situation in both countries remains volatile.

11 Dec 2011 description
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Dear friends and colleagues,

IRIN is ending the year on a high.
Our climate change expert, Jaspreet Kindra, was invited to chair two separate panel discussions at COP 17 in Durban, and our PlusNews staffer, Keisha Rukikaire-Kagwa, was part of a satellite discussion on HIV in emergencies at the ICASA HIV/AIDS conference in Addis Ababa – great recognition of the quality of their work.

26 Jan 2011 description
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JOHANNESBOURG, 26 janvier 2011 (IRIN) - En 2010, cinq des catastrophes les plus désastreuses, en termes de morts, de biens matériels et d'infrastructures, ont eu lieu en Asie. Investir dans la planification en prévision des catastrophes pourrait grandement contribuer à limiter le nombre de victimes, ont dit les experts.

« Les catastrophes en Asie sont principalement dues aux inondations et dans une moindre mesure, aux tempêtes.

25 Jan 2011 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 25 January 2011 (IRIN) - In 2010, five of the most devastating disasters, measured in loss of lives, goods and infrastructure, occurred in Asia. Investing in disaster planning could go a long way to keeping the number of casualties down, experts said.

"Disasters in Asia are largely due to floods and, in the second instance, storms.

16 Dec 2010 description
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CANCUN, 16 December 2010 (IRIN) - Under the new Cancun Agreements, endorsed at the end of the UN climate change talks in Mexico, countries have been asked to submit their views on the possible development of a climate and disaster risk insurance facility. The one to emulate would be the Caribbean Climate Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF).

The not-for-profit scheme created in 2007 for the 16 members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) offered quick pay-outs and comparatively low premiums, said Sven Harmeling, an adaptation expert with Germanwatch, a non-governmental lobby group.

When …

06 Sep 2010 description
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LONDON, 6 September 2010 (IRIN) - The UK's Disaster Emergencies Committee (DEC) [http://www.dec.org.uk], founded more than 45 years ago to persuade aid agencies to collaborate rather than compete in their fund-raising for emergencies, has so far raised more than US$60 million for the Pakistan flood appeal (unrelated to official UK aid).

This is the second time this year, after the Haiti earthquake, that the well-oiled machine in London has swung into action.

21 Jul 2010 description
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DAKAR, 21 juillet 2010 (IRIN) - IRIN a demandé aux responsables de certains des plus grands réseaux d'organisations non gouvernementales (ONG) quelles devraient être, à leur avis, les priorités de la future Coordonnatrice des secours d'urgence et Secrétaire générale adjointe des Nations Unies aux affaires humanitaires, Valerie Amos, qui devrait débuter son mandat dans deux ou trois mois.

Parmi les organisations consultées figurent :

Le Conseil international des agences bénévoles (CIAB) [

20 Jul 2010 description
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DAKAR, 20 July 2010 (IRIN) - IRIN consulted the heads of some of the largest NGO networks on what they thought should be the top priorities of the incoming UN Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) and Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, who is expected to take up her role within two or three months.

Those consulted include:

The International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), an advocacy alliance of 75 humanitarian and human rights NGOs.

Interaction, the biggest alliance of US-based international NGOs focused on humanitarian and development …

31 May 2010 description
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NAIROBI, 31 May 2010 (IRIN) - Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran and Pakistan top a new ranking of countries at "extreme risk" of experiencing natural disasters compiled by a global risk assessment company.

The Natural Disaster Risk Index (NDRI) released on 27 May by Maplecroft, ranks 229 countries according to the human impact of natural disasters in terms of deaths per annum and per million of population, plus the frequency of events as well as the likelihood of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, …

25 May 2010 description
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DAKAR, 25 mai 2010 (IRIN) - Le Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) et le Comité International de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) protègent les civils depuis des décennies.