The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN News) puts independent journalism at the service of the millions of people affected by humanitarian crises around the world. Our on-the-ground reporting informs humanitarian need and response, amplifies the voices of those at the center of crises, and acts as a watchdog to hold the sector accountable to itself, its funders, and the communities it serves.
We were founded by the United Nations in 1995, in the wake of the Rwandan genocide, out of the conviction that objective on-the-ground reporting of humanitarian crises could help mitigate or even prevent future disasters of that magnitude. In 2015, we spun off from the UN to become a fully independent nonprofit newsroom, headquartered in Switzerland.
In March, we re-launched as The New Humanitarian, part of our goal to bring our unique reporting to wider audiences at a time when humanitarian crises have never been so global in their repercussions.
Some 170,000 people (mostly government, UN and NGO officials, journalists, and academics) visit our website every month, 40,000 subscribe to our email newsletters, and many more access our journalism through social media and re-publication by mainstream media. Our journalism has prompted public petitions, donations and charity telethons, new aid programmes, debates in parliaments, and changes in UN policy.
Our reporting tackles many of the key issues of our time, from migration to climate change, from the war in Syria to a multi-billion-dollar aid industry in turmoil. In a recent audience survey, readers described TNH as unique in reporting on issues that many news agencies overlook; conducting exclusive investigations into the aid sector; reporting from undercovered locations; and offering expert analysis and opinions unavailable elsewhere.
Our work is regularly cited and reproduced in academic journals and local and international media outlets, including the BBC and The New York Times.
We are funded by a mix of governments and foundations.
The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN News) puts independent journalism at the service of the millions of people affected by humanitarian crises around the world. Our on-the-ground reporting informs humanitarian need and response…