A group of NGO staff working in Lebanon have written a reflection on their experience of cash programming. They prefer to remain anonymous. They have asked me to share it, in order to foster debate.
Cash aid for refugees in Lebanon is paralysed. Donors and UN agencies are in a deadlock on how to organise the next phase of multi-purpose cash delivery. The donors demanded that multiple UN agencies and NGOs currently involved stand aside. …
The World Humanitarian Summit starts on Monday, bringing together (some) global leaders to agree ways to better respond to the world’s crises. Here’s what to watch out for.
A summit ought to have heads of state. That’s the definition. Of 193 UN member states, how many are going to show up? The lower the rank of the government representative, the less seriously they take it. If developing countries send their presidents and PMs, while the rich and powerful countries send lowly deputy ministers, the idea of a meeting of minds is, well, not met. So far the organisers have told…
For a long time, my password was based on the name of someone I’d never met.
Conveniently unguessable, it also served as a micro-memorial of sorts; we’d both worked in a hot, very difficult corner of a country at war, with epic malnutrition rates and thousands of skin-and-bone children living in makeshift tents made of plastic bags and sacks. The mothers gave the children tea made of coffee husks to stop them feeling so hungry.
Only a handful of foreigners worked there at the time. One of the early debates during that operation for me, an inexperienced aid worker, was…
Today marks a new beginning for IRIN. No longer part of the UN, we’re an independent non-profit news and information service providing the inside story on emergencies.
Our goal remains the same: compelling coverage of the causes and effects of humanitarian crises, as well as the responses to them.
The scale of suffering, abuse and injustice around the world is outrageous. Hard to contemplate, it’s often easier to just shut it out. We get that. We want to make a difference with fair and balanced news, analysis and comment. But not in a boring, preachy way. We want our coverage…
co-founder of the leading humanitarian news service, IRIN