Part III
Coordination Activities in the Field

Integrated Regional Information Networks


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  Requirements 6,993,430  
  Income from Voluntary Contributions 8,384,843  
  EXPENDITURE    
  Staff Costs 4,768,976  
  Consultant Fees and Travel 1,104,892  
  Travel 514,772  
  Operating Expenses 732,484  
  Contractual Services 458,663  
  Supplies, Materials, Furniture and Equipment 279,499  
  Fellowships, Grants and Contributions  
  Programme Support Costs 1,021,709  
  Total Expenditure (US$) 8,880,995  

Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) is a multimedia humanitarian news agency managed by OCHA that provides news, analysis and advocacy tools related to the humanitarian impact of crises and emergencies. IRIN has a field presence in areas affected by humanitarian crises, ensuring a unique flow of timely and reliable news for aid workers, decision makers, affected populations and the media. Guided by OCHA’s mandate, IRIN maintains editorial independence in its coverage of more than 60 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

During 2006, IRIN focused on some of the worst humanitarian crises and disasters in the world while consolidating its news service for cost-effective coverage. As part of a major drive to improve its services, IRIN established an integrated newsroom in Nairobi with close ties between IRIN Film, IRIN Radio and IRIN Photo to enhance multimedia coverage. The Asia office in Ankara was closed and the Dubai office was made responsible for both Asia and Middle East coverage.

Objectives

Activities and Accomplishments

IRIN reported extensively on deadly conflicts and internecine violence in Africa, focusing on Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, Somalia, northern Uganda, Chad and Côte d’Ivoire. In southern Africa, IRIN’s reporting focused on the vulnerability of populations to poverty, HIV/AIDS and food insecurity. IRIN’s Middle East service became fully operational in 2006 and reported from ten troubled locations in the region, focusing on Iraq, the occupied Palestinian territory and Lebanon during the 34-day conflict.

IRIN generated in-depth packages of analysis and research on issues such as malaria, small arms, minorities at risk, youth and violence, the South Asia earthquake and the global water crisis. Around 5,000 copies of the publication Broken Bodies – Broken Dreams, Violence against Women Exposed were distributed to donors, advocacy groups and United Nations agencies worldwide.

In total during 2006 IRIN produced more than 4,000 articles, special reports and features, seven in-depth reports and five special web pages in English and French. IRIN also augmented its photo gallery, with more than 600 high-resolution images now accessible free of charge from the IRIN website.

IRIN Film produced nine short documentaries and a range of short media clips addressing humanitarian issues, such as emergency needs in Somalia, the impact of cluster bombs in Lebanon, the challenges of returnees in Southern Sudan and post-earthquake rehabilitation efforts in Pakistan.

IRIN’s PlusNews service, produced in English, French and Portuguese, continued to be the largest source of original reporting on HIV/AIDS in Africa. During 2006, PlusNews joined a consortium of United Nations agencies seeking to expand HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care services to communities of humanitarian concern. IRIN Radio produced radio programmes, news reports and features for partner radio stations and provided training and support to radio journalists in Afghanistan, Angola, Burundi, Lesotho, Somalia, South Africa and Sudan, and the five corridor countries of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria. A partnership with the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organization enabled IRIN to make programmes on HIV/AIDS with 15 partner stations in the same five corridor countries as part of a programme supported by the World Bank.

Performance Evaluation