Upcoming events

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Thursday 21 March 2019, 16:30 CET

IRIN becomes The New Humanitarian

Friday 22 March 2019, 13:00 CET

From the ground up: the state of local aid

Humanitarian needs are soaring and donor funds aren’t keeping pace. Local aid workers are pushing to take a leading role on the front lines of crises, but is the global aid sector prepared for change?

IRIN – soon to be The New Humanitarian – has been boosting its reporting on locally driven humanitarian action, ensuring that the voices of local humanitarians are heard. Our coverage explores how local aid is taking shape, examines the aid sector’s stalled “localisation” reforms, and sparks discussion on what it means to be a humanitarian in 2019.  

Join us for our latest webinar, “From the ground up: the state of local aid”, on Friday 22 March at 13:00-13:40 CET. We’ll hear how local responses are evolving, ask tough questions about mistrust and risk in the aid sector, and challenge perceptions – both local and international – of what makes a humanitarian response effective.

The discussion will be moderated by IRIN editor Irwin Loy. Our panelists include:

  • Regina Salvador-Antequisa, executive director for ECOWEB, a civil society organisation based in Mindanao, in the Philippines
  • Sune Gudnitz, associate director for strategy and partnerships with RedR Australia, a humanitarian training organisation, and former head of UN OCHA in the Pacific
  • Evans Onyiego, director for Caritas Maralal in northern Kenya

Participation is free and open to all.

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Have a question for our panelists? Email us at [email protected] or tweet using the hashtag #LocalAid.

Support for this coverage has been provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Tuesday 29 January 2019, 18:30 CET

The future of the UN's agency for Palestine refugees

Thursday 8 November 2018

In Conversation with IRIN | Countering Militancy in the Sahel: What Works? What doesn't?

Wednesday 7 November 2018

Media's Local and Global Contributions to Peacebuilding

Tuesday 29 January 2019, 18.30 CET

The future of the UN's agency for Palestine refugees

Join IRIN at the Graduate Institute in Geneva or through a livestream on Tuesday, 29 January at 18.30 CET.

IRIN Director Heba Aly will be in discussion with Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees).

We’ve all seen the images of angry young people brandishing guns in the name of religion. But what drives them to join militant movements, and what may convince them to disengage?

IRIN News has been broadening its coverage of insurgent conflicts in Africa’s Sahel region to better understand the causes of violent extremism and its humanitarian impact. Our reporting aims to help identify interventions that could help build tolerance, reconciliation, and a sustainable peace.

Join us for this webinar, "In Conversation with IRIN: Countering Militancy in the Sahel", on Thursday 8 November at 13:00-13:40 CET to discuss some of the findings from our five-nation reporting project. We’ll explore what works and doesn’t work to counter violent extremism, talking with analysts and journalists who work in the region.

The discussion will be moderated by Obi Anyadike, IRIN’s editor-at-large, who is a regular commentator on Boko Haram for media outlets around the world.

Our panelists include: 

  • Chika Oduah, journalist and writer focusing on the Boko Haram insurgency in northeastern Nigeria
  • Idayat Hassan, director of the Abuja-based Centre for Democracy and Development
  • Ryan Cummings, a director at risk mitigation firm Signal Risk and an independent analyst specialising in terrorism and political instability in Africa

Participation is free and open to all.

Register now.

Support for this project has been provided by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa.


In this age of clickbait, fake news and competing headlines, there is a greater need for quality journalism than ever before. News coverage of humanitarian crises in particular has a role to play in informing local populations as well as international decision-makers.

Join us in Geneva on Wednesday 7 November at 13:00-14:15 at the UN Palais for a special afternoon event that will bring together a group of prominent local and international journalists for a debate on the contributions that the media can make to peacebuilding. The event will be held in English and French with translation.

The discussion will be moderated by Stéphane Bussard, Geneva Correspondent for Le Temps, and speakers include:

  • Josephine Schmidt, Executive Editor of IRIN News and a former Editor at the New York Times
  • Obi Anyadike, Editor at Large, IRIN News and OSF Fellow on Nigeria
  • Michel Beuret, Head of Editorial at Fondation Hirondelle and former Reporter for RTS
  • Martin Faye, Fondation Hirondelle’s Representative in Mali

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Note that access to the UN Palais requires pre-registration in the UNOG system.

We hope to see you on 7 November for a lively discussion!

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